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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…

China caps car sales in booming city to curb pollution

China’s booming southern city of Guangzhou has imposed a cap on the number of cars allowed to be sold in an effort to curb worsening traffic and pollution, state media reported on Monday. Guangzhou, one of the biggest cities in China with a population of more than 16 million according…

Study shows spanking boosts odds of mental illness

People who were hit or spanked as children face higher odds of mental ailments as adults, including mood and anxiety disorders and problems with alcohol and drug abuse, researchers said Monday. The study, led by Canadian researchers, is the first to examine the link between psychological problems and spanking, while…

World has 5 million ‘test tube’ people: estimate

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has given the world about five million new people since the first test tube baby was born in England 34 years ago, according to an estimate released on Monday. As the initial controversy over man’s scientific manipulation of nature has faded, about 350,000 babies conceived in petri…

Geochemist: Real culprit in mass extinctions was toxic seas

We’re all familiar with the standard scenario of how the dinosaurs met their fate. A mountain-sized asteroid crashed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula, setting off continent-wide forest fires, a nuclear winter, and a mass die-off first of plants, then of plant-eaters, and finally of T. rex and his…

Peruvian archaeologists unearth pre-Inca relics

Archeologists in Peru have discovered a sundial, an underground tunnel and a reception room in a complex dating back to the Wari civilization, El Comercio newspaper reported Sunday. One of the relics is believed to be a precursor to an Incan sundial, while 18 niches painted in white on the…

Three astronauts land on Earth from ISS in Russian capsule

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts on Sunday landed on schedule in the Kazakh steppe, the Russian mission control said. “At 12:14 Moscow time (0814 GMT) the Soyuz TMA-03M capsule landed with an international crew,” Russian flight control centre said after Russian Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and…

What is the ‘god particle’ ?

Physicists are set to announce the latest results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but what exactly is the Higgs boson, why do people call it the ‘god particle’ and what would its discovery mean for physics? What is the Higgs boson? Named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist,…

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