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Study finds that analytical thinking reduces religious belief

A study carried out by psychologists at the University of British Columbia has concluded that tests which promote analytical thinking simultaneously reduce the level of religious belief in skeptics and devout believers alike. The subjects of the study were given problem-solving tasks, shown a picture of Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker,”…

New Yorkers branch into ‘beyond organic’ urban fish farming

So you recycle, drive a small car, and try to eat organic. But what about running an eco-sustainable fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized vegetable patch in your kitchen? Christopher Toole and Anya Pozdeeva, two former New York bankers who founded the Society for Aquaponic Values and Education (SAVE),…

Reef shark populations in steep decline: Study

Reef sharks have dropped sharply near populated islands in the Pacific Ocean, scientists said Friday. The survey by the University of Hawaii showed that the numbers were drastically lower near populated islands in Hawaii, the Mariana Archipelago and American Samoa, compared to more pristine, remote areas in the ocean. “We…

Chiropractic manipulation could cause stroke, death: Study

It would be an understatement to call the debate on the risks posed by chiropractic neck manipulations “lively” – it is a heated discussion, and every time I write about this subject, my inbox fills with hate mail. Well over 500 cases have been documented where a patient has suffered…

U.K. company to build Sun orbiter

The European Space Agency said on Friday it had awarded a 300-million-euro ($400 million) contract to a British technology firm to build a satellite to examine the Sun from closer up than any before it. The Solar Orbiter, to be built by Astrium UK, is due to launch in January 2017 — coming to within 45 million…

Climate change has accelerated the rainfall cycle: study

An Australian study of ocean salinity over the past 50 years has revealed a “fingerprint” showing that climate change has accelerated the rainfall cycle, according to a researcher. The study published in the journal Science and conducted by Australian and US scientists looked at ocean data from 1950 to 2000…

Study: Lava flows carved Mars valleys

Lava flows carved valleys on Mars, US scientists said Thursday amid a long-running debate over whether water or volcanoes formed part of the red planet’s landscape. The lava left behind telltale coils as seen on some parts of Earth, like on the Big Island of Hawaii and in submarine lava…

No evidence that mobile phones harm health: study

There is no convincing evidence that the use of mobile phonesdamages human health, a “comprehensive” review of scientific evidence said on Thursday. Studies have not demonstrated that the use of mobiles causes brain tumours or any other cancer, according to the review by the Health Protection Agency (HPA)’s independent advisory group on non-ionising radiation. But it said it was…

Earth faces a century of disasters, report warns

World population needs to be stabilised quickly and high consumption in rich countries rapidly reduced to avoid “a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills”, warns a major report from the Royal Society. Contraception must be offered to all women who want it and consumption cut to reduce inequality, says…

Space ‘boat’ could explore the oceans of Saturn’s moon Titan

It is arguably the most audacious maritime adventure ever undertaken – a mission worthy of James Cook or Christopher Columbus to unlock the secrets of unknown seas and faraway lands. But what sets this mission apart from the great age of maritime exploration is that the hi-tech vessel must first…

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