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Study linking genetically modified corn to cancer ‘a non-event’

A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a “scientific non-event”, six French scientific academies said Friday. “This work does not enable any reliable conclusion to be drawn,” they said, adding bluntly that the affair helped “spread fear among the public.” The joint statement…

Saudi Arabia reveals plans to be powered entirely by renewable energy

World’s biggest oil producer says it wants to make a 100% switch from fossil fuels to clean energy Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, has plans to become 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy, according to an influential member of the royal family. But the process…

30 environmental groups press for Antarctica marine haven

Thirty environmental groups on Thursday issued a joint appeal for upcoming talks on establishing protected zones in the seas off East Antarctica to widen the scope of the marine haven. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), gathering WWF, Greenpeace, Oceans 5 and other groups, said the plan had to be expanded…

Brain wave-controlled robots hold hope for nuclear work

Brain wave-controlled robot suits that allow wearers to don heavy radiation protection without feeling the weight were unveiled in Japan on Thursday. Researchers showed off the latest incarnation of HAL, the Hybrid Assistive Limb, a full body suit that could eventually be used by workers dismantling the crippled Fukushima nuclear…

First man to live without a heart dies

Czechs on Thursday mourned the death of Jakub Halik, a 38-year-old fireman, who became the first human ever to have survived six months without a heart on artificial life support, but succumbed to liver and kidney failure. Physicians treating an aggressive cancerous tumour in his heart removed it in April…

UN: World governments not on track to achieve temperature targets

Governments are “not on track” to achieve a target of keeping the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN climate chief said Thursday. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told a forum in Singapore that the…

Study: Young blood reverses some effects of aging

Blood from young mice improved learning and memory in older mice, and increased connections between their brain cells It is rumoured that the late Kim Jong-il would inject himself with blood from healthy young virgins in a bid to slow the ageing process. Remarkably, the North Korean dictator might have been onto…

Grim exhibition shows role of grave robbers in medical science

Museum of London exhibition opens this week with findings uncovered from the London Hospital’s burial ground It was the skeletons that apparently had four legs or three arms that startled the archaeologists, not the mere fact of finding masses of human bones in the back yard of one of London’s…

Obesity surgery is good for the heart: research

Bariatric surgery to help the obese shed weight also reduces risks of cardiovascular disease, according to a review published on Wednesday in the specialist journal Heart. Restrictive bands on the stomach or surgery to bypass part of the digestive tract are sometimes used to help morbidly obese patients lose weight…

Twins conjoined at the head separated in life-saving operation

Conjoined twin girls have been successfully separated the day after their birth during an emergency operation in London, their mother revealed on Thursday. The chances of Rosie and Ruby Formosa surviving a separation were deemed low by doctors, but now the pair are “bubbly babies” who are expected to lead…

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