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China caps car sales in booming city to curb pollution

China’s booming southern city of Guangzhou has imposed a cap on the number of cars allowed to be sold in an effort to curb worsening traffic and pollution, state media reported on Monday. Guangzhou, one of the biggest cities in China with a population of more than 16 million according…

Study shows spanking boosts odds of mental illness

People who were hit or spanked as children face higher odds of mental ailments as adults, including mood and anxiety disorders and problems with alcohol and drug abuse, researchers said Monday. The study, led by Canadian researchers, is the first to examine the link between psychological problems and spanking, while…

World has 5 million ‘test tube’ people: estimate

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has given the world about five million new people since the first test tube baby was born in England 34 years ago, according to an estimate released on Monday. As the initial controversy over man’s scientific manipulation of nature has faded, about 350,000 babies conceived in petri…

Geochemist: Real culprit in mass extinctions was toxic seas

We’re all familiar with the standard scenario of how the dinosaurs met their fate. A mountain-sized asteroid crashed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula, setting off continent-wide forest fires, a nuclear winter, and a mass die-off first of plants, then of plant-eaters, and finally of T. rex and his…

Peruvian archaeologists unearth pre-Inca relics

Archeologists in Peru have discovered a sundial, an underground tunnel and a reception room in a complex dating back to the Wari civilization, El Comercio newspaper reported Sunday. One of the relics is believed to be a precursor to an Incan sundial, while 18 niches painted in white on the…

Three astronauts land on Earth from ISS in Russian capsule

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts on Sunday landed on schedule in the Kazakh steppe, the Russian mission control said. “At 12:14 Moscow time (0814 GMT) the Soyuz TMA-03M capsule landed with an international crew,” Russian flight control centre said after Russian Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and…

What is the ‘god particle’ ?

Physicists are set to announce the latest results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but what exactly is the Higgs boson, why do people call it the ‘god particle’ and what would its discovery mean for physics? What is the Higgs boson? Named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist,…

Scientists planning 3D model of thinning Arctic sea ice

OSLO — Scientists working with Greenpeace will undertake an expedition to the Arctic that will produce the first 3D models of the Arctic sea ice, the group said on Friday. The team was due to leave on Friday for the icy north from the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. “Starting on…

Scientists add ‘leap second’ to Saturday

Thanks to science, your weekend will be one second longer (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) The transition from June to July will be delayed by circumstances beyond everyone’s control. Time will stand still for one second on Saturday evening (June 30) because a “leap second” will be added to let…

Scientists puzzle over dozens of dead green turtles

Scientists were at a loss Friday to explain the mysterious deaths of more than 70 green turtles that have washed up on beaches in northeast Australia over the last week. Queensland state authorities said 62 of the vulnerable species were confirmed dead and another 10 were spotted floating at sea…

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