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Scientist predict only 10 named hurricanes during 2012 Atlantic season

The number of 2012 Atlantic hurricanes will be below average this season due to a cooling of tropical waters and the potential development of El Nino conditions, US forecasters said Wednesday. The Colorado State University forecast team predicted 10 named storms during the hurricane season from June 1 to November…

US discovers more counterfeit doses of the anti-cancer drug Avastin

Less than two months after counterfeit Avastin, a cancer drug made by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, was found on the US market, another fake version has turned up, health authorities said Wednesday. The injectable cancer medication, bevacizumab, is labeled by the name under which Avastin is approved in Turkey,…

Study: Ultrasounds aid better breast screening

Women’s annual breast exams could be improved by adding ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to the usual mammogram, according to a US study released on Tuesday. The research, published in the April 4 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that those two technologies helped spot small cancers that…

Scientist reveals how he made bird flu that could spread between people

Researcher created a hybrid of H5N1 bird flu and swine flu viruses then isolated a strain that can infect cells in the throat A scientist whose work was deemed too dangerous to publish by US biosecurity advisers revealed for the first time on Tuesday how he created a hybrid bird…

Canadians protest wind power subsidies over environmental concerns

Hundreds of Canadians demonstrated on Tuesday calling for an end to subsidies for wind power, saying noise from colossal turbines is making some people sick and driving down rural property prices. Organizers told AFP about 800 farmers and other rural residents rallied outside a clean energy forum in downtown Toronto…

Conservations wait as time is ripe for pandas to breed

The clock is ticking, and the heat is on. A giant male panda loaned to Britain by China has just 36 hours to make his move on his female companion or he’ll have to wait another year. Conservationists at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland put Yang Guang together in the same…

Study: women who ate broccoli more likely to survive breast cancer

Chinese women who ate cabbage, broccoli and leafy greens saw improved survival rates after breast cancer than women who did not eat these cruciferous vegetables, said a US study presented on Tuesday. The findings came from data on 4,886 Chinese breast cancer survivors age 20-75 who were diagnosed with stage…

Author: Mutant bird flu ‘less lethal’

The author of a paper on a mutant bird flu strain said experts agreed to publish it only after he explained that the virus was “much less lethal” than previously feared. A panel of US science and security experts on Friday said two papers on mutant viruses should be published after all, reversing its…

Scientists find clue to human evolution’s burning question

The discovery in Africa of a one million year old fireplace may enable us to identify when humans first began using fire Cooking is a universal in human culture. The mixing and heating of raw ingredients to make dinner is a fundamental part of our lives, one of the most…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: The ‘invention of tomorrow’ absent in American culture today

Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Monday lamented that American culture no longer had a culture of innovation that prized scientific and technological discoveries. Tyson noted on MSNBC that space exploration no longer captured American’s attention like it previously had. He blamed the lack of public interest on the lack…

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