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Studies paint bleak job picture for scientists

American drug companies have slashed 300,000 jobs over the past 12 years, according to the Washington Post, one of multiple factors contributing to a downward spiral of employment for the country’s laboratory science professions. The job losses can be attributed to widespread job outsourcing, a lack of investment in research…

Massive Mars crater image beamed back by NASA rover ‘Opportunity’

NASA scientists say crater, formed by an impact billions of years ago, is the largest yet encountered It could be the Sahara or Egypt’s Western Desert, but this sand-covered crater is the latest image from Mars. The picture was taken from US space agency Nasa’s Mars exploration rover, Opportunity, close…

Study finds arctic ice decline set new record in June

A study released Friday by the National Snow & Ice Data Center found that arctic ice levels underwent their most rapid loss ever for the month of June this year. According to the study, the arctic lost 2.86 million square miles of ice in June, the largest such drop since…

Researchers identify protein that may keep flu away

SDSU researchers identify protein that may keep flu away (via The Bay Citizen) It works by boosting immune system instead of just targeting virus By Susanne Rust on July 6, 2012 – 2:01 p.m. PDT Researchers have identified a protein that may prevent the flu from making people ill. The…

Guyana suspends gold, diamond mining permits over pollution fears

GEORGETOWN — The South American country of Guyana said it had suspended the granting of new permits to mine for gold and diamonds in rivers because of concerns over widespread pollution. The move comes as prices for the yellow metal have soared on global markets. The ministry for natural resources…

Japan, Norway block attempt to give UN more power over whaling

By Shaun Tandon (AFP) PANAMA CITY — Japan, Norway and their allies blocked a bid Friday to give the United Nations a greater role in protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep polarization over whaling. The International Whaling Commission was closing its latest annual meeting marred by intense…

Study: ‘Urban mining’ for precious metals in e-waste more fruitful than traditional mining

“Deposits” of gold in electronic waste are around 50 times richer than ore mined from the ground, according to figures put forward by recycling experts on Friday. The amount of precious metal junked in cellphones, laptop computers, PCs and other electronic goods is rising hugely but very little of it…

Higgs: It’s ‘nice to be right sometimes’

The British scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle spoke Friday of his delight after researchers affirmed its existence, saying it was “nice to be right sometimes”. Professor Peter Higgs was making his first detailed public comments since researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)…

Afghanistan working toward a hydroelectric future

Say the word ‘Afghanistan’, and you’ll conjure up a number of associations in your listener’s mind. It’s a safe bet that none of them will include ‘promising haven of renewable energy’. But that’s a pretty fair description of what’s underway in the mountainous north eastern province of Badakhshan – “the…

Biomechanical legs are a giant step for robot-kind

Scientists in the United States say they have made the world’s most advanced pair of biomechanical legs, bringing the goal of human-friendly household robots a bit closer. About half the size of their human counterparts, the legs are the first to mimic walking in a biologically accurate, energy-efficient manner, say…

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