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Scientists: Bizarre summer weather offers proof of climate change

The bizarre weather of early summer in the US – from heatwave, wildfires, drought to freak storms – is just a sampling of what is to come for 2012 and a window to the future under climate change, scientists have said. Scientists are wary of linking specific weather events to…

Is the hunt for the Higgs almost over?

European physicists on Wednesday will make an announcement that may solve a decades-old puzzle about the nature of matter, leave the question only part-answered or serve up yet another mystery. In a profession driven by rationality, particle scientists gave full rein to their emotions as they pondered what could lie…

Government-sponsored study destroys DEA’s classification of marijuana

A government-sponsored study published recently in The Open Neurology Journal concludes that marijuana provides much-needed relief to some chronic pain sufferers and that more clinical trials are desperately needed, utterly destroying the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) classification of the drug as having no medical uses. While numerous prior studies have shown…

New Taiwanese center to probe origins of universe

LUNGTAN, Taiwan — Taiwan opened a space research control centre Tuesday, as part of an ambitious international project aimed at exploring the origins of the universe. Facilities at the Payload Operations and Control Centre in the northern Lungtan township started monitoring signals transmitted from the International Space Station immediately after…

NASA’s Mars rover to land via ‘sky crane’ in search of ancient habitable environment

NASA’s one-ton Mars rover “Curiosity” is expected to touch down on the red planet next month using a radically new delivery method. Previous landings on Mars have used large airbags to cushion the space rover’s fall. But the new rover is much too large to use that method of landing.…

New study finds eight new genes for osteoarthritis

PARIS — The biggest probe yet into the inherited causes of osteoarthritis has turned up eight genes associated with this painful disease, bringing the tally of suspects to 11, The Lancet reported on Tuesday. Researchers led by John Loughlin at Newcastle University, northeast England, compared the DNA code of more…

Bill Nye to CNN: ‘The two sides aren’t equal’ on climate change

Science educator Bill Nye on Monday told CNN that they weren’t doing the public any favors by giving climate change deniers equal airtime because “the two sides aren’t equal.” “There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last…

Researchers probe controversial embryo test for breast cancer screening

A lab test to screen embryos for inherited risk of breast or ovarian cancer is “feasible” but controversy surrounding this method is unlikely to be stilled, a fertility conference heard on Monday. European researchers carried out the biggest-ever probe of a procedure to vet in-vitro embryos for gene mutations linked…

Scientists find ‘strong hints’ of elusive ‘God particle’

US-based physicists Monday reported finding strong hints of the Higgs boson, the elusive particle that is believed to give objects mass, but said European data is needed to confirm any potential discovery. If physicists can confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, the last missing piece in the standard model…

‘World’s thinnest’ 3D display created using a soap bubble

Researchers at the University of Tokyo say they have created the world’s thinnest transparent display by projecting images on soap film. “It is common knowledge that the surface of soap bubble is a micro membrane,” lead researcher Yoichi Ochiai wrote on his blog. “It allows light to pass through and…

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