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Study hints at brain chemistry of cocaine withdrawal pain

WASHINGTON — US researchers have uncovered part of what’s happening, on a cellular level, to make cocaine addicts going cold turkey feel so bloody awful, according to a study published Monday. The results provide a better understanding of what’s creating that crashing low of withdrawal — and may offer a…

Game makers to release Alan Turing Monopoly game

Alan Turing, it turns out, had a theory about Monopoly. Fascinated by data patterns and algorithms the father of modern computing was convinced that there was a code-based tactic to playing and winning at the board game. When he discovered that the son of brilliant mathematician Max Newman had drawn…

Landmark Higgs boson announcement clears key formal hurdle

The announcement two months ago that physicists have discovered a particle consistent with the famous Higgs boson cleared a formal hurdle on Monday with publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Two laboratories working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) had jointly announced on July 4 they had detected a…

Caribbean coral reefs face collapse

Caribbean coral reefs are in danger of disappearing, depriving the world of one of its most beautiful and productive ecosystems Caribbean coral reefs – which make up one of the world’s most colourful, vivid and productive ecosystems – are on the verge of collapse, with less than 10% of the…

British scientist calls for ‘major nuclear program’ to head off climate change

A leading British academic has called for accelerated research into futuristic geo-engineering and a worldwide nuclear power station “binge” to avoid runaway global warming. Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University, said both potential solutions had inherent dangers but were now vital as time was running out. “It…

New evidence suggests that there may never have been life on Mars after all

Instead of a warm, wet and possibly life-bearing planet as some scientists contend, early Mars may have been a hostile and volatile place with frequent volcanic outbursts, a study said Sunday. Earlier research had theorised that certain minerals detected on the surface of the Red Planet indicated the presence of…

Philosophy versus science: Which can answer the big questions of life?

Julian Baggini No one who has understood even a fraction of what science has told us about the universe can fail to be in awe of both the cosmos and of science. When physics is compared with the humanities and social sciences, it is easy for the scientists to feel…

Cyprus offers safe haven for endangered turtles

On a late August evening, thousands of baby endangered sea turtles flip, flop and somersault down the sands of this protected beach in northern Cyprus as excited onlookers cheer them on. “Go on little turtle! A couple of inches and there you go!” yells Elliott Evlyn-Bufton, a 12-year-old Briton whose…

Threat to wildlife haven in ‘scariest place on Earth’

An unlikely and unique cradle of biodiversity that runs the length of the world’s most heavily-militarised border is being threatened by encroaching development, conservation experts say. Once described by former US president Bill Clinton as “the scariest place on Earth”, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula between…

Overfishing pushes tuna stocks to the brink: experts

Global tuna stocks are fast reaching the limits of fishing sustainability, decimated by an absence of comprehensive, science-based catch limits, conservation experts warned Saturday. Five of the world’s eight tuna species are already classified as threatened or nearly threatened with extinction, according to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled…

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