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Paleontologists find 6.5-foot tall penguin fossils in Antarctica

Argentine experts have discovered the fossils of a two-meter (6.5 foot) tall penguin that lived in Antarctica 34 million years ago. Paleontologists with the Natural Sciences Museum of La Plata province, where the capital Buenos Aires is located, said the remains were found on the icy southern continent. “This is…

UN: Goals on curbing greenhouse gases even further out of reach

The gap has widened between countries’ pledges for reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and what is needed to keep planet warming in check, the UN warned. Based on current pledges, global average temperatures could rise by three to five degrees Celsius (5.4 to 9.0 degrees Fahrenheit) this century…

The world won’t end next month, Maya experts insist

Relax doomsayers, the Maya people did not really mark their calendar for the end of the world on December 21, 2012. As tourists book hotels rooms in Mexico’s Maya Riviera and Guatemalan resorts ahead of next month’s fateful date, experts are busy debunking the doomsday myth. The apocalyptic prophecy that…

Greenhouse gases rose to record levels in 2011: UN

The volume of greenhouse gases causing global warming rose to a new high last year, the UN World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday, warning it is becoming increasingly unlikely the world can limit rising temperatures to UN-backed targets. Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) — the single most important man-made contributor to…

Ecstasy-assisted psychotherapy shows promising results for PTSD

An illegal drug popularized by the rave culture of the 90′s could have beneficial applications in psychological science. Using ecstasy, known scientifically as methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), to assist psychotherapy could be a viable treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research published today in the respectable Journal of Psychopharmacology. PTSD…

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…

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