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Scientists say worst radiation exposures in life happen at doctor’s office

Where in life would you say that you get the highest doses of radiation? Would you say it’s from the television or cell phone? TSA scanners at the airport? If you did, you’d be wrong. According to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, most people receive their highest levels of…

Heartland faces financial crisis after ill-advised billboard campaign

The ultra-conservative Heartland Institute admitted it was in financial crisis on Wednesday, with the flight of corporate donors making it difficult to pay staff or cover the costs of its annual conference aimed at debunking climate science. In a speech at the close of this year’s climate conference, Heartland’s president,…

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of Bethlehem

Archaeologists have uncovered a tiny clay seal inscribed with the word “Bethlehem” in what is believed to be the earliest evidence for the existence of the ancient biblical city. “The first ancient artefact constituting tangible evidence of the existence of the city of Bethlehem, which is mentioned in the Bible,…

Unusual cold wave kills nearly 100 Peruvian children with pneumonia

Nearly 100 children under the age of five died of pneumonia between January and April in Peru due to a cold wave that swept through the country’s Andean region, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry reported over 797,000 episodes of non-pneumonic acute respiratory infections in toddlers during the period,…

Scientists ask publishers to allow text-mining tool that would improve research

Professor Peter Murray-Rust was looking for new ways to make better drugs. Dr Heather Piwowar wanted to track how scientific papers were cited and shared by researchers around the world. Dr Casey Bergman wanted to create a way for busy doctors and scientists to quickly navigate the latest research in…

Lab uses skin cells to help repair heart muscle

Lab scientists on Wednesday reported that for the first time they had taken skin cells from patients who had suffered heart failureand turned them into cells that could repair damaged cardiac muscle. The technique has so far been tested on rats and it could take up to a decade of problem-solving before trials…

Study: Kids suffer long-term from parents’ smoking

Children exposed to their parents’ cigarette smoke are at greater risk of suffering serious cardiovascular health problems later in life, a study showed Wednesday. The Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania collected data from a Finnish and Australian study following children first examined 20 years ago who are now aged in their mid-30s. It found that those…

Street lights disrupt ecosystem, says beetle study

Street lights have an unexpectedly strong effect on insect populations, favouring some species while punishing others, according to a study released Wednesday that raises new questions about human impact on wildlife. Researchers led by Thomas Davies at the University of Exeter, southwestern England, spent three days in August 2011 placing…

‘Natural causes’ blamed for Peru dolphin deaths

LIMA — Nearly 900 dolphins that washed up along Peru’s northern coast since the start of the year died of natural causes, a top official said Tuesday, citing a government report. Environmental groups, however, remained unconvinced and said they were certain the massive dolphin die-off was linked to offshore oil…

U.S. rules pomegranate juice claims deceptive

Pomegranate juice has not been proven to be an effective treatment for cancer, heart disease or erectile dysfunction, US regulators said Monday, calling a company’s ad claims deceptive. The US Federal Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judgeD. Michael Chappell ruled that the company, POM Wonderful LLC, violated federal law by making deceptive claims. The judge ordered the…

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