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Avoiding fracking earthquakes: expensive venture

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With mounting evidence linking hundreds of small earthquakes from Oklahoma to Ohio to the energy industry’s growing use of fracking technology, scientists say there is one way to minimize risks of even minor temblors. Only, it costs about $10 million a pop. A thorough seismic survey to assess tracts of…

Wind turbine maker’s shares plunge 19 percent

Vestas, the world leader in the wind turbine industry, saw its share price plummet around 19 percent at the opening Wednesday, a day after issuing a profit warning. The Danish company announced late Tuesday that its sales for 2011 would be around 400 million euros ($522 million) lower than expected a few months…

Scientists say unreported drug data a health hazard

LONDON (Reuters) – Unreported data from early trials of experimental medicines in humans can result in harm to future patients and needless costs for health systems, according to scientists writing in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday. In a series of studies for the BMJ on the extent to which…

Modern disease found in ancient bones

WASHINGTON — US scientists said Tuesday that their study of a set of medieval bones found in Albania has revealed traces of a modern infectious disease that afflicts people who eat unpasteurized dairy products. The findings, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, are the first to suggest that…

Calories, not protein, boost body fat: study

WASHINGTON — People who eat too much of a high-calorie, low-protein diet tend to gain more body fat than people who overeat high amounts of protein, US researchers said Tuesday. A study published in the January 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association included 25 people in…

Scientists learn how to grow mouse sperm in lab

Scientists in Germany and Israel have successfully grown mouse sperm in a laboratory, opening up the future possibility to grow human sperm from the cells of infertile men. According to the science journal Nature , researchers were able to grow sperm by using germ cells, which are responsible for sperm…

Bird flu virus doesn’t jump between humans: China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The latest bird flu virus that killed a 39-year-old bus driver in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen over the weekend is not yet transmissible between humans, Chinese health authorities said. “The virus found in the patient was 90 percent similar to H5N1 viruses previously isolated in ducks in China,…

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

Australian scientists hailed what they described as a world-first discovery of two shark species interbreeding Tuesday, a never-before-seen phenomenon which could help them cope with warmer oceans. Lead researcher Jess Morgan said the mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented…

Three arrested for peddling miracle cure from stem cells

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Three men were arrested and a fourth is being sought by the FBI in connection with what investigators said was a scheme to market stem cells as miracle cures to desperate people suffering from terminal diseases. “Protecting the public from unproven and potentially dangerous drug and…

Some girls overestimate HPV vaccine protection

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Some adolescent girls who get the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer wrongly think they no longer need to practice safe sex, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, shows the need for better education about the vaccines…

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