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Scientists host NASA bake sale

Could some really great cupcakes be enough to send Americans back to the Moon? More than a dozen US universities are hosting events on Saturday to urge support for the cash-strapped space agency, which faces major cuts to its planetary programs in fiscal year 2013. Ranging from shoe shines to…

U.S. experienced warmest spring ever on record this year

Adding to a slew of recent dire news about the global climate, a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that March through May of this year was the warmest such stretch ever in the contiguous United States since record keeping began in 1895. According to…

Einstein was right, neutrino researchers admit

A team of scientists who last year suggested neutrinos could travel faster than light conceded Friday that Einstein was right and the sub-atomic particles are — like everything else — bound by the universe’s speed limit. Researchers working at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) caused a storm when…

Mite helps virus destroy bee colonies: study

Parasitic mites linked to the deaths of millions of bee colonies worldwide may have destroyed them by incubating a potent virus and spreading it through the hives, according to a new report. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, could help explain the mysterious collapse of bee colonies in…

Huge algae blooms discovered beneath Arctic ice

WASHINGTON — A NASA mission to study the tiny algae vital to the ocean’s food chain has turned up a massive amount of phytoplankton where scientists least expected it — under the Arctic ice. In a project that uses both satellites and on-site measurements to study this important food source…

Wildlife groups sue U.S. over lead bullets

WASHINGTON — Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The…

Europe requires new cars to slash carbon emissions by a third

New cars sold in Europe will have to slash their carbon emissions by a third by 2020, according to leaked European Commission documents seen by the Guardian. The proposed regulation would be legally binding and the document plans for even stricter emissions targets for 2025 and 2030, which could only…

Scientist Peter Gleick reinstated to former job after Heartland Institute exposé

The scientist who exposed the inner workings of the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute, triggering the defection of key donors, has been reinstated after an investigation. Peter Gleick, who impersonated a Heartland board member to obtain and make public confidential budget and strategy documents, was restored to his position as president of…

Data: Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The boost for the environment comes a week after president Dilma Rousseff was criticised for weakening the forest protection measures widely credited for the improvement,…

Study: CT scans put children at heightened risk for leukemia

Researchers have warned doctors to ensure that CT scans carried out on children are clinically justified, after a government-funded study found that exposure to ionising radiation during such scans could triple the risk of under-15s developing brain cancer or leukaemia later in life. Two or three scans would be sufficient…

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