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Higgs boson theorist criticizes Richard Dawkins over anti-religious ‘fundamentalism’

Higgs boson theorist says he agrees with those who find Dawkins’ approach to dealing with believers ‘embarrassing’ As public disagreements go, few can have boasted such heavy-hitting antagonists. On one side is Richard Dawkins, the celebrated biologist who has made a second career demonstrating his epic disdain for religion. On…

Study: Coral reefs decimated by Chinese economic boom

China’s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, according to a joint Australian study, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss. Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South…

Childhood obesity rates show signs of decreasing in U.S.

A recent study shows that rates of childhood obesity in the U.S. may be slowing. According to Scientific American (SA), after years of ever-increasing numbers, a survey of 26.7 million young children from low-income families showed that, for this group of children, the surging national rates of obesity may at…

Archeologists complete ‘most important’ excavation in 80 years: 900-seat Roman arts center

Arts centre discovered under one of Rome’s busiest roundabouts was built in 123 AD and could seat 900 people Archeologists who have completed the excavation of a 900-seat arts centre under one of Rome’s busiest roundabouts are calling it the most important Roman discovery in 80 years. The centre, built…

Saving the rhino with U.S. military surveillance drones

South African farmer plans to put 30 drones in the air to help combat poachers A rhino farmer in South Africa is planning to use surveillance drones designed for the US military to combat poachers who are driving the animals towards extinction. Clive Vivier, cofounder of the Zululand rhino reserve in…

Does Einstein’s brain hold the secret to his genius?

A new study of the great physicist’s brain received a huge amount of media coverage, but some aren’t convinced by how it has been interpreted Albert Einstein’s brain fascinates scientists and the general public alike, because it may provide clues to the neurological basis of his extraordinary intellectual abilities. The…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the science behind Santa’s visits

On his Twitter account on Christmas Eve, Hayden Planetarium director and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson noted that, “at the North Pole, where all lines meet, clock time has no meaning,” adding, “Santa surely keeps track of how many hours pass & how long the Elf union allows them to work,…

‘Bad Pharma’ says we’re all victims of drug industry

You should read it because behind the anodyne cover lurks a tale of horrific fascination that affects us all. Bad Pharma is the story of the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry, with the help of regulators, doctors and academics, seeks to pervert and obfuscate the research done to test…

Secrets of ancient Chinese medicinal herb revealed by scientists

Scientist in the United States on Sunday offered a molecular-level explanation for how a Chinese herbal medicine used for more than 2,000 years tackles fever and eases malaria. The herb is an extract of the root of a flowering plant called blue evergreen hydrangea, known in Chinese as chang shan…

Southwest will have less surface water over next decade, says study

Southwestern areas of the United States, reeling from its worst drought in 50 years, may have 10 percent less surface water within a decade due to global warming, a study said Sunday. While rainfall is forecast to increase over northern California in winter and the Colorado River feeding area, warmer…

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