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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…

Could novel technique to curb global warming also trigger earthquakes?

Could novel technique to curb global warming also trigger earthquakes? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions and pumping it deep underground may not be as useful a tool for dealing with rising greenhouse-gas levels as advocates suggest, according to a new analysis. The reason: Rising…

Mother of world’s first test-tube baby dies at 64

The British woman who gave birth to the world’s first test tube baby has died aged 64, her family said on Wednesday. Lesley Brown made history on July 22, 1978 when her daughter Louise was born following pioneering in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. She died in hospital in Bristol, southwest England,…

Walgreens expanding globally despite refusing emergency contraception to men

Walgreens, already the largest drug retailing chain in the US, is to expand into the global marketplace with the takeover of Alliance Boots in the UK. It may have work to do on its reputation among female consumers, however, as it has repeatedly come under fire from US reproductive health…

Public health officials warn effort to eradicate polio at risk

The quest for polio eradication is faltering, with millions of children still unvaccinated and insufficient funds available to finish the job, the official monitoring group says in a new report. Global politics is having a severe impact on vaccination programmes in some parts of the world, according to health officials,…

U.S. kids taking less antibiotics and more ADHD meds

 More drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and fewer antibiotics are being prescribed to US children and teenagers compared to a decade ago, said a US study on Monday. Also, contraceptive prescriptions soared 93 percent from 2002 to 2010, though the reasons for the rise remain unclear, said the research…

Palaeontologists find 47 million year-old turtles caught in final ‘embrace’

German palaeontologists have dug up the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while mating some 47 million years ago, sinking into poisonous waters while locked in a final embrace, a report said Wednesday. The find represents the first-ever fossil record of copulating vertebrates (animals with a backbone), said a…

Study: Chemicals in baby soaps can trigger marijuana-positive drug tests

A study (PDF) featured in the June 2012 print edition of the medical journal Clinical Biochemistry claims that tiny traces of certain baby soaps and shampoos can trigger drug test results showing the presence of marijuana, which can in some cases cause state authorities to remove a child from parental…

Studies suggest that microbes can control our minds

An increasing amount of evidence is coming to light suggesting that human moods, emotions and perceptions can be influenced by the type and number of microscopic life forms inhabiting our gut, according to an article in Scientific American magazine. Scientists say a time may even come when we treat mental…

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