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Study: Men better multi-taskers than women

Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multitasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research. “On the contrary, the results of our study show that men are better at multitasking than women,” Timo Maentylae,…

Report: Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB

Industrial pollutants harm the health of 125 million people, many of whom live in the developing world and work in mining Waste from mining, lead smelters, industrial dumps and other toxic sites affects the health of an estimated 125 million people in 49 low- and middle-income countries. This unrecognised health…

Lady Gaga to have new genus of plant named after her

Researchers name ferns in tribute to singer’s ‘defence of equality’ – and because they look like one of her outfits Lady Gaga will be immortalised in the name of a newly identified genus of fern. Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina have given 19 different species of fern the…

World’s oldest turtle shells found next to trash dump could provide clues to ancient reptile’s origins

Plucked from a pit of grey clay next to a rubbish dump in southern Poland, fossilised turtle shells resembling the battle-scarred shields of ancient warriors are the world’s oldest and most complete. Dating back 215 million years, experts say they could provide invaluable clues in solving the riddle of the…

Japanese engineer creates wheelchair that can walk up stairs

An engineer at Japan’s Chiba Institute of Technology has designed a new robotic wheelchair with the amazing capability to climb stairs. In a demonstration video, lead engineer Shuro Nakajima shows off the device’s capabilities, easily overcoming curbs and flights of stairs simply by pushing a joystick. “Each of the four…

NASA tracks X-class solar flare many times larger than Earth

The sun burped on Monday, triggering a spectacular eruption many times larger than Earth that NASA cameras were fortunately able to track in exquisite detail. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory said the flare, recorded just after 11 p.m. EST, was the seventh “X-class” solar flare recorded this year. It hit a…

New 3-D breast scan technique effective with 25 times less radiation

A new type of computerized tomography (CT) scan produces 3-D images of breast tissue while delivering a radiation dose that is 25 times smaller than current technology.  According to a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), scientists have declared that the new technique…

Russia launches astronauts to space station

A Russian rocket carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut blasted off on Tuesday for the International Space Station. Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA’s Kevin Ford blasted off in a Soyuz TMA-06M space craft on schedule at 1051 GMT from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, an…

Organic food not necessarily more nutritious for children: experts

WASHINGTON — Feed your children plenty of fruits and vegetables but don’t fret over whether they’re organic or not if you’re on a budget, US experts said Monday. While organic foods have lower pesticide levels, they also have the same vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients as their conventional counterparts.…

Scientists report whale making human voice sounds

WASHINGTON — US marine biologists puzzled by human-like sounds coming from the whale and dolphin tank of an aquarium concluded they were actually coming from a whale. Anecdotal reports of whales sounding like people are not new. But in this case in San Diego, California, scientists for the first time…

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