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Arctic ice shrinks to smallest area ever recorded

Sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its smallest extent ever recorded, smashing the previous record minimum and prompting warnings of accelerated climate change. Satellite images show that the rapid summer melt has reduced the area of frozen sea to less than 3.5 million square kilometres this week – less than…

Job strain boosts heart attack risk by 23 percent: Lancet study

Workers who suffer job strain are 23-percent more likely to have a heart attack than stress-free counterparts, but the risk is far smaller than smoking or a sedentary lifestyle, a large study published in The Lancet on Friday says. “Job strain is asociated with a small, but consistent, increased risk…

Curie museum in Paris shines spotlight on the ‘first family’ of physics

A museum scarcely bigger than a Paris flat sheds light on a momentous era for physics, a time of heroic individuals who made extraordinary discoveries but often at hideous risk. Within the walls of the former “Radium Institute” in the city’s Latin Quarter is the preserved laboratory of Marie Curie,…

New generation of green racecars will speed around track at 138 mph

Motor racing is set for an electric makeover that will see a new generation of green cars speeding at 220 kmh (138 mph) around urban racetracks — at least until their batteries run out. Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, says the global championship, which has been authorized by…

WHO: Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak ‘out of control’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could soon spread to major towns and cities in the region.  According to Reuters, the death toll in the current outbreak of the lethal hemorrhagic fever has doubled in the…

How Buzz Aldrin’s surreal communion on the moon was hushed up

As Neil Armstrong’s memorial takes place, it’s good to remember why Nasa kept Aldrin’s surreal lunar ceremony under wraps Neil Armstrong will be remembered at Washington National Cathedral today. It’s a good moment to look at one eccentric Apollo story: the tale of Aldrin’s hushed-up communion on the moon. Before…

Benefits of thorium as alternative nuclear fuel are ‘overstated’: report

A report on thorium’s potential says the UK should continue to research the technology but downplays proponents’ claims The benefits of an alternative nuclear fuel that could offer a safer and more abundant alternative to the uranium that powers conventional reactors have been “overstated”, according a new government report on…

Whooping cough vaccine efficiency questioned

US researchers are questioning how the United States protects against whooping cough, a disease that killed 11 babies and sickened thousands of people in a major outbreak in 2010. The current vaccine known as DTaP, which is designed to protect against whooping cough but also tetanus and diphtheria, wanes greatly…

West Nile virus deaths up 35% in the U.S.

Deaths linked to the West Nile virus jumped 35 percent in the United States over the past week, amid one of the worst US outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease, according to officials. As of Tuesday, a total of 118 fatalities have been blamed on West Nile virus infections since the…

Mars rover Curiosity working ‘flawlessly’: NASA

WASHINGTON — For the past week, the rover, which touched down on August 6, has undergone a series of instrument tests, as well as a rebooting of its steering computers, and everything so far appears fine, according to officials with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Through every phase…

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