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Archaeologists believe the Mediterranean diet came to Britain during the Iron Age

Iron Age Britons were importing olives from the Mediterranean a century before the Romans arrived with their exotic tastes in food, say archaeologists who have discovered a single olive stone from an excavation of an Iron Age well at at Silchester in Hampshire. The stone came from a layer securely…

Study: HIV/AIDS treatment costs four times less than previously thought

Lack of money can no longer be considered a reason – or an excuse – for failing to treat all those with HIV who need drugs to stay alive, following game-changing work about to be published by the Clinton Foundation that shows the real cost is four times less than…

Sea rise threatens ‘paradise’ Down Under

When Elaine Pearce left Sydney for the seaside peace of Old Bar 12 years ago she was assured her new house was a solid investment, with a century’s worth of frontage to guard against erosion. But three neighbours have already lost their homes to the rising ocean and there are…

Nobel laureate, discoverer of HIV, says cure in sight

The Nobel laureate who helped to discover HIV says a cure for AIDS is in sight following recent discoveries, in an interview with AFP ahead of a global conference on the disease. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 as part of a team that discovered…

Scientists urge fresh push for AIDS cure

WASHINGTON — International scientists on Thursday urged a new push for a cure to AIDS, saying the three-decade epidemic is outpacing medications to curb it. The seven-step scientific strategy focuses efforts on key areas such as the reservoirs where human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) holes up in the body, and the…

Ancient Mayan ‘night sun’ temple found in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — Archeologists have uncovered a 1,600-year-old Mayan temple dedicated to the “night sun” atop a pyramid tomb in the northern Guatemalan forest near the border with Mexico. “The sun was a key element of Maya rulership,” lead archeologist Stephen Houston explained in announcing the discovery by the joint…

NASA and Microsoft team up for Xbox ‘Mars Rover’ game

With significant budget cuts for its Mars program looming, NASA is looking to shake things up a bit, and they’ve turned to the video game makers at Microsoft to help them do it. Available now on Xbox Live, “Mars Rover Landing” uses the mostion-sensitive Kinect camera to let users interact…

Massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan breaks off Greenland glacier

A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken off of a glacier in Greenland, according to NASA satellite imagery, in what could be the latest indication of global warming. The images released Wednesday show the massive chunk of ice breaking off of the Petermann Glacier on the northwestern…

Report: China produces as much CO2 per person as Europe

China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) levels soared in 2011, putting its per capita emissions on a par for the first time with those of Europe, while global levels of the greenhouse gas hit another all-time high, a report released Wednesday said. Last year, China’s CO2 emissions rose by 9.0 percent, meaning…

Hubble finds rare spiral galaxy

Astronomers said Wednesday they had stumbled upon an astonishing spiral galaxy that was born nearly 11 billion years ago, a finding that could spur a rethink of how galaxies formed after the Big Bang. Dubbed BX442, the ancient star cluster was discovered in a survey of 300 distant galaxies carried…

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