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TransCanada proposes new oil pipeline through Nebraska

A Canadian firm has reapplied for a US permit to build a multi-billion dollar Canada-US oil pipeline, after its first proposal was rejected over environmental concerns, both sides said Friday. The US State Department said it is “committed to conducting a rigorous, transparent and thorough review” of the northern leg…

9-month-old babies demonstrate racial bias in face recognition

Racial biases in face recognition seem to appear in infants as young as 9 months old, according to a blog post from “Live Science.” A study conducted by psychologists at Massachusetts, Amherst has shown that while babies younger than 9 months are equally able to recognize faces and their expressions…

East Asians nearsighted from snubbing outdoors: study

Snubbing the outdoors for books, video games and TV is the reason up to nine in ten school-leavers in big East Asian cities are near-sighted, according to a study published on Friday. Neither genes nor the mere increase in activities like reading and writing is to blame, the researchers suggest,…

Antarctic waters changing due to climate: study

The densest waters of Antarctica have reduced dramatically over recent decades, in part due to man-made impacts on the climate,Australian scientists said Friday. Research suggests that up to 60 percent of “Antarctic Bottom Water”, the dense water formed around the edges of Antarctica that seeps into the deep sea and spreads out through the world’s…

Patient with terminal cancer ‘more at peace’ after mushroom trip

Artist Norma Loring, a patient with incurable stage 4 cancer, described her life-transforming experience with the powerful psychedelic drug psilocybin to CNN on Thursday. “It is kind of a wonderful visual world of colors and figures and motion, and more profound than that, for me, was the feeling of maybe…

Contraception use on the rise as more teens delay sex: Study

More US teenagers are postponing sex than in 1995, and hormonal contraceptive use is up among those who are sexually active, said US health authorities on Thursday. However, disparities in safe sex practices remain, with white teenagers more likely to regularly use contraception than African-Americans or Hispanics, said the report…

Australia had tree-climbing sheep-sized marsupials

Sheep-sized relatives of modern-day wombats lived in Australian treetops 15 million years ago, a palaeontologist said Thursday as she was honoured for her discovery. Karen Black, from the University of New South Wales, said her team discovered the world’s largest tree-climbing marsupial among fossils found at the Riversleigh World Heritage Site in Queensland state. The…

Aspirin works as well as blood thinner in heart patients

WASHINGTON — Aspirin works as well as the blood thinner warfarin, or Coumadin, in most patients with heart failure when it comes to preventing death, stroke or brain hemorrhage, said a major international study on Wednesday. The findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine came from a landmark…

SpaceX delays ISS launch again

WASHINGTON — The first attempt by a private company to send a cargo-loaded spacecraft to the International Space Station was delayed again on Wednesday and a new launch date remains uncertain, SpaceX said. The planned May 7 launch has been postponed while engineers work out software issues, said SpaceX spokeswoman…

Controversial ‘mutant virus’ study published

Scientists who created a mutant virus to explore a key aspect of influenza published their research Wednesday after a four-month storm that brewed fears of bioterrorism and accusations of censorship. The controversy began in December when teams in the United States and the Netherlands separately said they had engineered a…

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