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GMO in sport: Genetically Modified Olympians?

As athletes get ready to smash Olympic records in London, scientists are in a high-stakes race of their own to develop a test that will unmask anyone altering their genes in a desperate quest for gold. Observers said science will not prevail in time for the games that start on…

Three astronauts blast off for ISS on Russian rocket

A Russian rocket carrying an international crew of three blasted off without a hitch Sunday for the International Space Station in the first manned mission in two months. NASA’s Sunita Williams and Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and Yury Malenchenko of Russia started their journey on top of the Soyuz-FG rocket under…

Oxford computing prof claims overpopulation is at the root of all the planet’s troubles

Science has not shouted out about unchecked human expansion. Now, one professor, Stephen Emmott, will proclaim its dangers on stage Stephen Emmott is a professor of computing at Oxford University and head of Microsoft’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge. His lab is devoted to finding new techniques and ideas for…

Hopes high as AIDS conference returns to U.S.

A cure for AIDS remains a distant prospect but a host of drug treatments and other advances have fueled fresh hope that new human immunodeficiency virus infections may some day be halted for good. Strategies for ending the 30-year AIDS epidemic through advances in treatment, testing and prevention are high…

Lemurs the world’s most threatened mammal: study

Lemurs, the furry apes brought to fame by the Disney animation film “Madagascar”, are the most endangered mammals on Earth, an International Union for Conservation of Nature conference found. An IUCN workshop met in Madagascar this week to discuss the world’s 103 lemur species as conservation deteriorates amid political turmoil…

NASA’s seven minutes of terror as Mars probe hurtles to planet at 13,000 mph

The latest NASA expedition to the Red Planet is due to land next month. Robin McKie reports on the state of the art technology and scientists’ fears for the spaceship’s descent and delicate touchdown.  A giant space probe will plunge into the atmosphere of Mars at a speed of more…

Ancient pre-Inca tomb found in northern Peru

Archeologists said Friday they have discovered a tomb about 1,200 years old, from the pre-Inca Sican era, in northern Peru. Human remains and jewelry were found July 4 along with the tomb, likely that of a member of the aristocracy of the Sican or Lambayeque elite, head researcher Carlos Wester…

Brazil puzzled by 512 penguins found dead on beaches

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 500 penguins have been found dead on beaches of Brazil’s southern Rio Grande do Sul state, authorities said Friday. The Center of Coastal and Marine Studies (Ceclimar) said veterinarians were investigating the deaths of the 512 marine animals which beached on the coast between…

Stoned mice lead to breakthrough in understanding memory

Scientists hoping to allow users of medical marijuana to avoid the impairment of short-term memory that typically goes along with the drug have made a dramatic breakthrough in the understanding of how memory functions. According to Scientific American, Giovanni Marsicano and his colleagues at the University of Bordeaux in France…

Brazilian species set for extinction even if Amazon deforestation halts

The destruction of great swaths of the Brazilian Amazon has turned scores of rare species into the walking dead, doomed to disappear even if deforestation were halted in the region overnight, according to a new study. Forest clearing in Brazil has already claimed casualties, but the animals lost to date…

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