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New technique helps scientists unwrap Peruvian mummy deaths

A team of scientists from the U.S. and Argentina used a new technique to discover what killed three Peruvian mummies 500 years ago, according to IO9.com. The group used a technique called shotgun proteomics to analyze proteins taken from the lips of the Andean Inca mummies, first splitting the proteins…

Watchdog group: Pro-fracking study had conflict of interest

A university study that claimed fracking for gas deep beneath the Earth’s surface did not cause water contamination was led by a US professor with financial ties to the gas industry, a watchdog group said Friday. Lead author Charles “Chip” Groat, of the University of Texas, told reporters when the…

French researchers on the verge of ‘functional cure’ for AIDS

A small group of patients with HIV in France have been able to stop taking Aids drugs without any resurgence of the virus in their bodies, giving scientists new hope that a “functional cure” for HIV may be possible. The Visconti cohort, as the 14 French patients are being called,…

U.S. ‘extreme drought’ zones triple in size

The drought in America’s breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world’s key producer are decimated. The US Drought Monitor reported a nearly threefold increase in areas of extreme drought over the past week in the nine Midwestern…

‘Cure’ research suggests new paths to HIV control

WASHINGTON — Three studies presented Thursday at a major world conference on AIDS show new ways that scientists are striving toward a cure for the three-decade-old disease. One study focused on a group of 12 patients in France who began treatment on antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of becoming infected…

New device allows disabled people to draw on a computer using only their eyes

A French researcher has built a device allowing disabled people to write or draw on a computer screen using only their eyes, a report said Thursday. With head-mounted cameras monitoring their eye movements, test subjects were able to write and draw on a blank computer screen in the latest breakthrough…

Study: Pop music becoming louder and less original

Your mother was right: Pop music has become louder and less original over the years. At least, this is the conclusion of a computer analysis of nearly half-a-million songs recorded between 1955 and 2010 and reported in Nature Scientific Reports Thursday. “We have been able to show how the global…

Olympics could spark global measles outbreak

A spike in international cases of measles and an increase in the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children has health officials worrying that the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London could produce thousands of new cases of the disease. According to a Salon.com editorial by Rahul K.…

Study: Radical decline in Arctic ice is ‘at least 70 percent’ man-made

The radical decline in sea ice around the Arctic is at least 70% due to human-induced climate change, according to a new study, and may even be up to 95% down to humans – rather higher than scientists had previously thought. The loss of ice around the Arctic has adverse…

NASA warns 97 percent of Greenland ice sheet surface melted in four days

The Greenland ice sheet melted at a faster rate this month than at any other time in recorded history, with virtually the entire ice sheet showing signs of thaw. The rapid melting over just four days was captured by three satellites. It has stunned and alarmed scientists, and deepened fears…

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