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Traveling medical technician could have exposed thousands to hepatitis C

A 33-year-old medical technician who criss-crossed the country for years may have exposed thousands of patients to hepatitis C, according to a report from NPR. David Kwiatkowsky is accused of diverting syringes full of the powerful opiate drug Fentanyl, injecting the drugs and refilling the needles with saline solution to…

Rare earth metals under Greenland’s melting ice sheet could trigger mining rush

Inside every wind turbine, inside computers, phones and other high-tech equipment from medical scanners to electric cars, are materials known as “rare earths”. This small group of 17 elements are in extraordinary demand – but their supply is limited, and most of the existing sources have already been snapped up…

NASA: Apollo 11 flag from man’s first moon landing ‘missing’

A series of American flags that were planted on the moon during visits by Apollo astronauts some four decades ago are still standing, except for one, a NASA scientist has said. The missing flag was the one planted by the pioneering astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 when…

Canadian intelligence report sees threat from ‘radicalized environmentalist faction’

An intelligence assessment from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that describes environmental activsts as posing a significant threat of violence has drawn an immediate rebuttal from Greenpeace Canada, which is cited by name in the assessment. A heavily-censored copy of the classified report — which also covers ordinary criminal activities…

Saturn’s moon Enceladus holds promise of alien life

Enceladus is little bigger than a lump of rock and has appeared, until recently, as a mere pinprick of light in astronomers’ telescopes. Yet Saturn’s tiny moon has suddenly become a major attraction for scientists. Many now believe it offers the best hope we have of discovering life on another…

Koch-funded climate scientist: I was wrong, humans are to blame

The founder and director of a climate change study project funded heavily by the Koch brothers, who last year reversed course and said he believed global warming was real, has gone one step further, writing in a weekend op-ed in the New York Times that he is now convinced the…

Controversial Down’s syndrome testing gets Swiss go-ahead

GENEVA, Switzerland — Switzerland has given the green light for a new prenatal test for Down’s syndrome amid controversy over whether this will lead to more abortions, a Swiss newspaper reported Sunday. Testing will be available in the country from mid-August following a decision by Swissmedic, the national agency for…

Photos show U.S. flags on the moon are still standing

New photos from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Camera (LROC) reveal that most of the American flags planted on the moon during the Apollo mission series are still standing, according to Space.com. “It is now certain that the American flags are still standing and casting shadows at all of the sites,…

Humans wouldn’t do well in all-species Olympics: study

Human beings would be made to look decidedly unimpressive were animals allowed to compete in the Olympics — outperformed by the likes of kangaroos, gorillas and ostriches, a science paper said. Usain Bolt, currently the world’s fastest man, may just be able to outrun a Dromedary camel but would trail…

Are climate skeptics more likely to be conspiracy theorists?

New research finds that sceptics also tend to support conspiracy theories such as the moon landing being faked It’s time to come clean: climate change is a hoax. And the moon landings were faked, 9/11 was an inside job, and the CIA is hiding the identity of the gunman on…

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