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Study: Sea-level rise two or three times higher than expected

Global sea levels could rise two to three times higher over the next century than previously estimated, according to a study released Friday by the US National Research Council. A committee of experts evaluated that latest UN estimates and updated them with new data on polar ice-cap melting that is…

Male Zimbabwe officials undergo circumcision for anti-HIV campaign

Male lawmakers in Zimbabwe on Friday underwent voluntary circumcision in a new public drive to curb the spread of HIV, which affects about one in 10 people in the southern African country. A handful of lawmakers stepped into a mobile clinic set up inside the parliament building to undergo the…

Scientists perform world’s first in-utero tumor surgery on fetus

When Tammy Gonzalez saw what appeared to be a giant bubble blowing from her unborn baby’s mouth during an ultrasound scan, the joy of pregnancy turned to despair as doctors diagnosed a rare and potentially fatal tumour. Now, two years later, she has revealed for the first time how her…

Dinosaur that entered U.S. illegally faces deportation

The 70-million-year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a smaller Asian cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex, has been found to be in the U.S. illegally and is being sent home, according to Time magazine’s News Feed blog. The T. bataar was purchased at auction by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions in May for $1.05…

Solar plane makes flight over Moroccan desert

A solar-powered plane early Friday completed a flight over the Moroccan desert to showcase renewable energy, as a key summit in Rio discussed “greening” the world economy. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse landed in Ouarzazate at 26 minutes after midnight (2326 GMT) after having taken off from Rabat at dawn on…

Smarter lighting would save $110 billion, summit told

RIO DE JANEIRO — Efficient lighting would save $110 billion a year worldwide, according to a UN-led study published at the Rio+20 summit on Thursday. Yearly savings in phasing out incandescent bulbs and making other simple changes would amount to around five percent of global electricity consumption, it said. It…

European campaign bills science as a ‘girl thing’

With few women in Europe taking up research jobs, a campaign launched Thursday by the EU executive seeks to convince teenagers that science is a “girl thing.” “Science does not just mean old men in white coats,” said Research and Science Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn. “The under-representation of women in a…

Journal publishes research on creating mutant airborne bird flu

The US journal Science published research Thursday on how a mutant bird flu may spread among mammals and possibly humans, following months of controversy over the risks of bioterrorism. The paper detailed how a Dutch lab engineered an H5N1 bird flu virus that can be transmitted in the air among…

Experts find 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid injected into earth poisons ground water

By Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers…

Australians find huge mega-wombat graveyard

Australian scientists Thursday unveiled the biggest-ever graveyard of an ancient rhino-sized mega-wombat called diprotodon, with the site potentially holding valuable clues on the species’ extinction. The remote fossil deposit in outback Queensland state is thought to contain up to 50 diprotodon skeletons including a huge specimen named Kenny, whose jawbone…

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