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Task force recommends HIV testing for everyone

The U.S. Preventative Task Force has recommended that every American between the ages of 15 and 65 get tested for HIV. According to ABC News, the task force, an independent panel formed of mainly primary care providers, hopes to curb transmission of HIV and to speed treatment to people who…

New SARS virus linked to bats

A novel strain of the deadly SARS virus that sparked a health scare this year is closely related to a virus found in Asian bats, according to a study published on Tuesday. Scientists in the Netherlands said they had sequenced the genetic code of a viral sample taken from a…

Study: Happy teenagers earn more as adults

The happier you are as a teenager, the more money you are likely to earn by the time you reach 30, according to a long-term study that tracked the wellbeing and income of more than 10,000 people. Researchers found that the unhappiest people at age 16 and 18 earned 30%…

Intoxicated patients more likely to survive traumatic injuries, study finds

In a somewhat paradoxical finding, being intoxicated on alcohol could help you survive a traumatic injury, according to a study to be published in the December issue of the journal Alcohol. The study analyzed 190,612 patients treated at trauma centers between 1995 and 2009 following traumatic injuries such as fractures,…

Scientists: Chimps and orangutans may experience mid-life crises

Study suggests the wellbeing of captive apes declines in middle age then picks up as they approach old age There comes a time in some men’s lives when the days seem darker, mortality more certain, and the only sensible response is to blow the life savings on a sportscar. Radical…

Research: Diversity on college campuses promotes critical thinking

Four new studies point to evidence that diversity can improve colleges students’ critical thinking skills, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education on Monday. The research, presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education meeting in Las Vegas, found that students studied in various ways seemed to improve on…

World Bank warns global temp. could rise devastating 4 degrees this century

The World Bank warned Sunday that global temperatures could rise by four degrees this century without immediate action, with potentially devastating consequences for coastal cities and the poor. Issuing a call for action, the World Bank tied the future wealth of the planet — and especially developing regions — to…

Europe to decide this week on helping NASA build manned spaceship to travel to deep space

Europe is preparing plans to join the United States in building a manned spaceship that would take men and women to the moon and beyond. The project is supported by the UK and could see a British astronaut launched into deep space before the end of the decade. The proposal…

Keystone pipeline protestors to rally at White House

Environmental groups will step up the pressure on Barack Obama to act on climate change in his second term, with a rally Sunday at the White House against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Activists are pressing Obama to deliver early on his promise – renewed at his first White…

Solar vehicles in Chile race across world’s driest desert

Fifteen solar panel vehicles, some that look like small space ships, raced across Chile’s Atacama desert as part of a contest to build low-cost environmentally-friendly cars. Teams from countries like Argentina, Chile, India and Venezuela have crafted aerodynamic racers to speed across 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of the world’s driest…

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