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Bill Nye slams GOP Rep. on science committee: Creationism is ‘not in the national interest’

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) sits on the House science committee, but Bill Nye doesn’t think he’s much of a science guy. Reacting to a video of Broun dismissing various scientific theories, including the theory of evolution, the longtime children’s television host declared that Broun’s creationist views “are not in the…

Nobel Prize-winning stem cell research holds dramatic potential

Research in reprogrammed cells, which on Monday earned the 2012 Nobel Prize, has been hailed as a new dawn for regenerative medicine but remains troubled by several clouds. Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka were honoured with the world’s paramount award in medicine for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).…

Why Einstein never received a Nobel prize for relativity

Nobel prizes often attract controversy, but usually after they have been awarded. Albert Einstein’s physics prize was the subject of argument for years before it was even a reality. There was a lot riding on Einstein winning a Nobel prize. Beyond his academic reputation, and that of the Nobel Institute…

Scientists claim ‘effective’ way to kill destructive starfish responsible for devastating coral reefs

An Australian research team said Monday they have found an effective way to kill the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish, which is devastating coral reefs across the Pacific and Indian oceans. The discovery by James Cook University’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Queensland state comes after a study showed…

Teacher told Nobel winner John Gurdon career in science was ‘total waste of time’

Veteran British scientist John Gurdon, who shared the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, is often described as the “godfather of cloning” for his work on stem cell research but was once told by his teacher not to pursue a career in science. Based at Cambridge University, Gurdon shared the…

Teen’s stomach removed after drinking nitrogen cocktail

A teenager has had her stomach removed in life-saving emergency surgery after she drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen during a night out in northern England. The 18-year-old, named in media reports as Gabby Scanlan, was rushed to hospital after she began feeling breathless and suffering severe stomach pain on…

British-Japanese duo win Nobel for stem cell research

Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John B. Gurdon of Britain won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their groundbreaking work on stem cells, the jury said. The pair were honoured “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent,” it said. The two discovered “that mature,…

Activists stockpile urine and boulders to disrupt mass badger-killing in the U.K.

Dark days are approaching for badgers. Since the government gave the go-ahead to a trial cull in an attempt to protect cattle from bovine TB, up to 100,000 badgers could be shot. Trained marksmen are preparing for the cull, which will involve using bait to lure the creatures out of…

SpaceX set for first NASA-contracted supply mission

US firm SpaceX aims for its next big launch into orbit Sunday — the first of 12 flights in its $1.6 billion contract with NASA to bring supplies to and from the international space station. The launch is the next step in American efforts to commercialize the space industry, in…

Man dies in UK from Congo fever after flying home to Scotland from Afghanistan

A man has died of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever after flying home to Scotland from Afghanistan, in Britain’s first case of the deadly disease, health officials said Saturday. Two passengers who sat close to the 38-year-old man on a plane are undergoing daily health checks, although they have not yet shown…

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