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Swedish study: Male sex workers twice as prevalent as female ones

More than twice as many young men in Sweden sell sex as do women, a study published Monday by the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs said. According to the study, 2.1 percent of Swedish males aged 16 to 25 said they had prostituted themselves in 2012, compared to 0.8…

Nobel laureate: Stem cell research will still draw debate despite embryo workaround

Newly-crowned Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka on Monday cautioned that stem cells could still spur sharp debate, despite his achievement in creating cells that are not derived from embryos. The Japanese scientist was interviewed on a trip to Paris after co-winning the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine last month alongside Britain’s…

Study suggests link between pregnancy flu and autism

A study of Danish children released Monday points to a slight increase in the chances that women who catch the flu while pregnant may have autistic children. According to NBC News, the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and the Centers for Disease Control and…

‘Invisibility cloak’ effort reaches new landmark

A so-called ‘invisibility cloak’ succeeded in making a centimeter-scale cylinder perfectly invisible to microwaves — from one direction, reported the BBC. “It’s like the card people in Alice in Wonderland,” said Professor David Smith of Duke University, who co-authored the study published in Nature Materials. “If they turn on their…

Atmospheric CO2 risks increasing space junk: study

PARIS — A build-up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk and resulting in more collisions, scientists said on Sunday. While it causes warming on Earth, CO2 conversely cools down the atmosphere and contracts its outermost layer, the…

Satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts

The mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time as global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from US military satellites. Two decades of measurements show that changing wind patterns around Antarctica have caused a small increase in…

Red wine compound resveratrol could aid prostate cancer treatment

Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in red wine, can make prostate tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, according to a preliminary research published in the Journal of Andrology and Cancer Science. “Other studies have noted that resveratrol made tumor cells more susceptible to chemotherapy, and we wanted to see…

China plans manned space launch in 2013

China is aiming to launch its next manned space mission as early as June 2013, state media reported Saturday, as the country steps up its ambitious exploration programme. The Shenzhou-10, with three crew members, is aiming for a primary launch window in June, Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of the manned…

Exxon subsidiary detects Nigeria offshore oil spill

US oil giant ExxonMobil’s Nigerian subsidiary on Saturday said a pipeline had been shut down after an oil spill off southern Akwa Ibom state. The source of Friday’s offshore leak had been identified and an investigation launched, the company said without giving further details. Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer.…

Marine ‘treasure trove’ could bring revolution in medicine and industry

Scientists have pinpointed a new treasure trove in our oceans: micro-organisms that contain millions of previously unknown genes and thousands of new families of proteins. These tiny marine wonders offer a chance to exploit a vast pool of material that could be used to create innovative medicines, industrial solvents, chemical…

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