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Study proves pesticide exposure linked to bumblebee colony failures

Chronic exposure to pesticides has a bigger knock-on effect on bees than conventional probes suggest, according to a new study on Sunday touching on the mysterious collapse of bee colonies. Biologists at the University of London carried out an exceptional field study into bumblebees exposed to two commonly used agricultural…

Scientists confirm water extraction helped trigger deadly 2011 quake in Spain

Massive extraction of groundwater helped unleash an earthquake in southeastern Spain last year that killed nine people, injured at least 100 and left thousands homeless, geologists said on Sunday. The finding adds a powerful piece of evidence to theories that some earthquakes are human-induced, they said. Seismologists were surprised by…

New study shows that boys are hitting puberty earlier

Recent research states boys are hitting puberty nearly six months to two years earlier now. Studies done years ago found similar results in girls.…

Rare condition makes a man’s scalp resemble a brain

Two Brazilian doctors reported a rare find — a man with a skin condition that causes his scalp to look like the surface of the human brain. In a report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two dermatologists at the Hospital Universitario de Santa María said…

Forgotten women of science win recognition online

Royal Society and Wikimedia UK mark Ada Lovelace Day with event to promote work of female scientists By late afternoon scores of red women on Sam Haskell’s list had turned blue: female scientists, some dead and some living, many immensely distinguished, some geniuses, but whose names have almost been forgotten…

Brits develop synthetic fuel that scrubs carbon from the atmosphere

Engineers in London said this week that they’ve developed a new type of synthetic vehicle fuel that’s created out of water and thin air, literally by pulling carbon molecules out of the atmosphere and recycling them. Speaking to a conference this week put on by the British Institution of Mechanical…

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…

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