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Autism in children said to be on the rise in the U.S.

Autism in children appears to be on the rise, according to US health officials who said Thursday the rate has risen 23 percent in two years, with one in 88 children affected. Previous figures showed that as many as one in 110 US children had the disorder, leading autism research…

Starbucks isn’t alone: 10 examples of bugs in supposedly vegan food

Vegan and vegetarian Starbucks aficionados are aghast at recent revelations that the company replaced an artificial dye in its Strawberry Frappucino with cochineal extract. The dye, an approved food additive, is made from the crushed shells of cochineal beetles, which vegans and many vegetarians eschew as part of their dietary…

Tech upstart looks to create terrifying robot apes

A new solicitation on the crowdsourcing investment website Kickstarter proposes an unusual thing: robots that bonobo apes can control. The proposal was posted by researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, where software is being developed to help facilitate human-to-bonobo communication using touch screen…

Self-checking won’t spot testicle cancer: doctor

Celebrity appeals for British men to check their testicles to detect early signs of cancer are a waste of time and possibly harmful, an opinion piece published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) says. Singer Robbie Williams and the Leicester Tigers rugby team are among those who have lent their names to a campaign for men to…

‘Dissecting brains is pretty intense’

What’s it like to spend your career cutting up people’s grey matter? A neuropathologist at the UK’s Brain Bank reveals all You never know how you’re going to feel, watching a brain being dissected. We’re just about to get called in to watch, Jill Davis from Parkinson’s UK, Marius Kwint,…

Deaths from cancer in U.S. continue to fall

WASHINGTON — Cancer deaths in the United States continued to decline over the past decade, said a yearly report on US cancer statistics released Wednesday. Trends in death rates from cancer declined an average of 1.7 percent per year among men and 1.3 percent among women and children from 1998…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made global-warming gases…

Half of all cancers are preventable: study

Half of all cancers could be prevented if people just adopted healthier behaviors, US scientists argued on Wednesday. Smoking is blamed for a third of all US cancer cases and being overweight leads to another 20 percent of the deadly burden that costs the United States some $226 billion per…

Creatures from the deep surface in NY exhibit

NEW YORK — They have their own lights, teeth, and weird names like vampire squid, stoplight loosejaws, and bristlemouth — meet the weird denizens of the deep surfacing for an exhibition in New York starting this week. The American Museum of Natural History’s “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence,” which opens…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

PARIS — Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made…

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