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Is the secret to great wine under the sea?

Does the sea hold the secret to truly great wines? To find out a trio of French wine lovers — a vineyard manager, a barrel maker and an oyster farmer — teamed up to test the myth, above and below water. “I had heard a bunch of stories about wines…

Revealed: Secret of HIV’s natural born killers

PARIS — Scientists on Sunday said they had found a key piece in the puzzle as to why a tiny minority of individuals infected with HIV have a natural ability to fight off the deadly AIDS virus. In a study they said holds promise for an HIV vaccine, researchers from…

Amelia Earhart mystery may be solved in Pacific

WASHINGTON — Seventy-five years after Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific, a research team is setting off July 2 with high hopes of resolving the mystery surrounding the pioneering aviatrix. For the tenth time in 23 years, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will set off for Nikumaroro…

Scientists accused of distorting theory of human evolution by misdating bones

Briton says Spanish researchers are out by 200,000 years and have even got the wrong species It is the world’s biggest haul of human fossils and the most important palaeontology site in Europe: a subterranean chamber at the bottom of a 50ft shaft in the deepest recesses of the Atapuerca…

Researchers shed light on cockroaches’ vanishing act

Researchers shed light on cockroaches’ vanishing act (via The Bay Citizen) Insects swing like a pendulum to hide under cracks and ledges. You’ve seen it and begrudgingly admired it: the speed and swiftness with which a cockroach vanishes when you turn on a light while entering a dark room. Now,…

‘Sexual depravity’ of penguins that Antarctic scientist dared not reveal

Landmark polar research about the Adelie penguin’s sex life by Captain Scott’s expedition, deemed too shocking for the public 100 years ago, is unearthed at the Natural History Museum It was the sight of a young male Adelie penguin attempting to have sex with a dead female that particularly unnerved…

Scientists map DNA of fetuses and raise ethical questions about ‘designer’ babies

A stunning breakthrough in biotechnology was announced this week that brings humanity closer to an Orwellian prospect: parents being able to choose the characteristics of an unborn child. For the first time, scientists have mapped the DNA of a fetus. They did so by using specimens from a pregnant woman……

Scientists host NASA bake sale

Could some really great cupcakes be enough to send Americans back to the Moon? More than a dozen US universities are hosting events on Saturday to urge support for the cash-strapped space agency, which faces major cuts to its planetary programs in fiscal year 2013. Ranging from shoe shines to…

U.S. experienced warmest spring ever on record this year

Adding to a slew of recent dire news about the global climate, a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that March through May of this year was the warmest such stretch ever in the contiguous United States since record keeping began in 1895. According to…

Einstein was right, neutrino researchers admit

A team of scientists who last year suggested neutrinos could travel faster than light conceded Friday that Einstein was right and the sub-atomic particles are — like everything else — bound by the universe’s speed limit. Researchers working at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) caused a storm when…

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