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Study: Kids suffer long-term from parents’ smoking

Children exposed to their parents’ cigarette smoke are at greater risk of suffering serious cardiovascular health problems later in life, a study showed Wednesday. The Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania collected data from a Finnish and Australian study following children first examined 20 years ago who are now aged in their mid-30s. It found that those…

Street lights disrupt ecosystem, says beetle study

Street lights have an unexpectedly strong effect on insect populations, favouring some species while punishing others, according to a study released Wednesday that raises new questions about human impact on wildlife. Researchers led by Thomas Davies at the University of Exeter, southwestern England, spent three days in August 2011 placing…

‘Natural causes’ blamed for Peru dolphin deaths

LIMA — Nearly 900 dolphins that washed up along Peru’s northern coast since the start of the year died of natural causes, a top official said Tuesday, citing a government report. Environmental groups, however, remained unconvinced and said they were certain the massive dolphin die-off was linked to offshore oil…

U.S. rules pomegranate juice claims deceptive

Pomegranate juice has not been proven to be an effective treatment for cancer, heart disease or erectile dysfunction, US regulators said Monday, calling a company’s ad claims deceptive. The US Federal Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judgeD. Michael Chappell ruled that the company, POM Wonderful LLC, violated federal law by making deceptive claims. The judge ordered the…

SpaceX blasts off to space station in historic first

Opening a new era in private space flight, the US company SpaceXon Tuesday became the first commercial outfit to launch its own craft toward the International Space Station. “Three, two, one and launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, as NASAturns to the private sector to resupply the International Space Station,” said NASA commentator George…

Chemical exposure influences rat behavior for generations

WASHINGTON — When pregnant rats are exposed to a common crop chemical, their descendants three generations later show more anxiety and stress than the offspring of unexposed peers, US researchers said. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the animal model may provide an…

Pomegranate juice claims deceptive, U.S. rules

WASHINGTON — Pomegranate juice has not been proven to be an effective treatment for cancer, heart disease or erectile dysfunction, US regulators said Monday, calling a company’s ad claims deceptive. The US Federal Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judge D. Michael Chappell ruled that the company, POM Wonderful LLC, violated…

High-ranking baboons are healthiest: study

WASHINGTON — Just as wealth and social status are often linked to good health in humans, the animal kingdom too has its benefits for those at the top of the hierarchy, according to a US study out Monday. After studying 27 years worth of data on baboons in Kenya, researchers…

SpaceX reschedules first private space launch for Tuesday

SpaceX on Monday readied a fresh bid to become the first private company to launch its own craft to the International Space Station after fixing an engine problem that grounded its earlier attempt. The launch of the Dragon space capsule atop the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 3:44 am…

Scientist Peter Gleick cleared of forging Heartland documents in expose: investigation

A review has cleared the scientist Peter Gleick of forging any documents in his expose of the rightwing Heartland Institute’s strategy and finances, the Guardian has learned. Gleick’s sting on Heartland brought unwelcome scrutiny to the organisation’s efforts to block action on climate change, and prompted a walk-out of corporate…

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