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Successful AIDS vaccine trial may be due to individuals’ existing antibody levels

The success of an AIDS vaccine trial that in 2009 was shown to protect 31 percent of people studied may have been due to varying levels of antibody responses in the patients, researchers said Thursday. Different types of antibody responses were associated with who became infected and who did not,…

TEPCO admits radioactive water recently ‘leaked’ into the Pacific from Fukushima

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying Thursday that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak was found early Thursday from a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination…

British pandas dry-hump but fail to complete coitus in fertility window

Britain’s only giant pandas failed to mate during their 36-hour window of opportunity, Edinburgh Zoo said Thursday. It was “close, but no cigar”, the zoo said, after Yang Guang (Sunshine) mounted female panda Tian Tian (Sweetie) several times, without full mating taking place. The pandas are spending 10 years on…

Uterine cancer deaths up almost 20 percent in 10 years in UK

The number of women in Britain dying each year from womb cancer has risen by almost 18 percent in the last decade, according to a cancer charity. Cancer Research UK said rising obesity was likely to be behind a sharp increase in women being diagnosed with the disease and had…

Antarctic ice shelf shrunk by 85 percent since 1995

A vast ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula, a hotspot for global warming, has shrunk by 85 percent in 17 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday. Images taken by its Envisat satellite show that the so-called Larsen B ice shelf decreased from 11,512 square kilometres (4,373 square…

Large Hadron Collider sets new record with proton collision

The world’s largest particle collider notched up a new record on Thursday as it escalated its quest to find fundamental matter and explore the origins of the Universe, CERN said. At 00:38 am Thursday (2238 GMT Wednesday), the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) brought together two opposing beams of protons, each…

International telescope consortium stalls over siting dispute

The international consortium behind a plan to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope on Wednesday signalled further delays in deciding whether it should be hosted by South Africa or Australia. It was hoped that members of the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Organisation would set a date for the eagerly…

Doctors unveil campaign to cut 45 unnecessary medical tests

A group of nine medical specialty boards representing 375,000 doctors on Wednesday announced a list of 45 tests and procedures that they say doctors should perform less often or not at all. Through its “Choosing Wisely” campaign, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation is urging doctors to reduce unnecessary…

New research proves rising carbon dioxide levels led to climate change before

A scientific conundrum that has puzzled climate experts for years may have been solved with the publication of research showing how an increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere contributed to rising temperatures millions of years ago. The paper, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, has wide-ranging implications…

Scientist predict only 10 named hurricanes during 2012 Atlantic season

The number of 2012 Atlantic hurricanes will be below average this season due to a cooling of tropical waters and the potential development of El Nino conditions, US forecasters said Wednesday. The Colorado State University forecast team predicted 10 named storms during the hurricane season from June 1 to November…

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