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1,100-year-old Mayan ruins found in North Georgia

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in the mountains of North Georgia believed to be at least 1,100 years old. According to Richard Thornton at Examiner.com, the ruins are reportedly what remains of a city built by Mayans fleeing wars, volcanic eruptions, droughts and famine. In…

U.S. population grows at slowest rate since 1940s

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The population of the United States is growing at its slowest rate in more than 70 years, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Wednesday. The country’s population increased by an estimated 2.8 million to 311.6 million from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. The growth…

Taiwan kills 1,000 pigs in foot-and-mouth outbreak

Taiwanese authorities said Thursday they had slaughtered nearly 1,000 pigs following the island’s worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in more than 14 years. The pigs were culled earlier this week at a farm in the southern city of Tainan after showing symptoms of the disease. Altogether 983 out of the…

Single gene links rare cancers

WASHINGTON — Canadian researchers have discovered that a common gene links a number of rare reproductive cancers, a finding that could lead to new approaches for treatment, said a study published on Wednesday. Ovarian, uterine and testicular cancer were all found to have the same mutation in a gene called…

U.S. official says bird flu limits not ‘censorship’

Leading US health official Anthony Fauci on Wednesday rejected claims that the United States is censoring science by seeking to limit potentially dangerous bird flu information in major journals. The controversy arose when two separate research teams — one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States — separately found ways to…

UK authorities see no breast implant cancer link

LONDON (Reuters) – Women with breast implants made by a now defunct French company have no reason to have them removed but should seek medical advice if they believe they have ruptured, British health officials said on Wednesday. French officials have said they will decide soon whether to offer surgery to remove the Poly Implant…

Leak halts production at major Shell field off Nigeria

An oil leak has caused a production halt at a Shell facility off Nigeriacapable of producing 200,000 barrels per day, the company said Wednesday, adding that “less than 40,000 barrels” have spilled. “Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company can confirm it is responding to an oil leak at the 200,000 barrel-per-day capacity Bonga deepwater facility, approximately 120 kilometres off…

EU court rejects challenge to airline emissions charges

Europe’s top court on Wednesday threw out a US-led challenge to new charges for carbon emissions across EU airspace, opening up fears of a possible trade war which could also draw in China. North American airlines had challenged a European Union decision to include as of January 1 all carriers in a carbon trading system targeting heavy…

Huge Antarctic iceberg foils centenary plans

An iceberg nearly 100 kilometres (60 miles) long was Wednesday preventing tourist ships from reaching Antarctica to mark the centenary of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson’s epic polar voyage. Mawson, among Antarctica’s earliest pioneers, led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition between 1911 and 1914 — an ambitious scientific research trip that laid…

Deafness shaped Beethoven’s music

ARIS — Progressive deafness profoundly influenced Beethoven’s compositions, prompting him to choose lower-frequency notes as his condition worsened, scientists said on Tuesday. Beethoven first mentioned his hearing loss in 1801 at the age of 30, complaining that he was having problems hearing the high notes of instruments and voices. By…

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