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U.S. presidents live longer than average men: study

WASHINGTON — Gray hair and a wrinkled brow beset most US presidents soon after they take office, but a study Tuesday said most live longer than average men due to their wealth and access to medical care. Some research has suggested that US presidents age twice as fast as regular…

Japan scientists study oyster ‘language’

Scientists in Japan have begun studying the “language” of oysters in an effort to find out what they are saying about their environment. Researchers are monitoring the opening and closing of the molluscs in response to changes in seawater, such as reduced oxygen or red tide, a suffocating algal bloom, that can…

S.Korea, U.S. resume talks on nuclear energy

South Korea is reportedly pushing for US permission to recycle spent nuclear fuel for power generation as the two countries resumed talks to revise a 1974 pact on the use of atomic energy. The focus of the three-day talks until Thursday will be the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including Seoul’s right…

Eating fish boosts heart health in young women

WASHINGTON — Women of childbearing age can reduce their risk of heart problems by regularly eating fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, said a Danish study out Monday. The study is the first to examine younger women, age 15-49, and determine whether fish in their diet has a real…

Global emissions grew faster than ever in 2010: study

Global carbon emissions, seen as the driver for climate change, grew at the fastest rate in recorded history in 2010, according to a study published Monday. Scientists from the U.S., Europe and India teamed up with the Global Carbon Project to measure emissions around the world, publishing the study in…

Astronomers discover biggest black holes ever

Scientists have discovered the two biggest black holes ever observed, each with a mass billions of times greater than the Sun’s, according to a study published Monday. The two giants are located in the heart of a pair of galaxies several hundred million light years from Earth, said the study…

NASA’s Kepler confirms its first habitable planet

In another step toward finding Earth-like planets that may hold life, NASA said Monday the Kepler space telescope has confirmed its first-ever planet in a habitable zone outside our solar system. French astronomers earlier this year confirmed the first exoplanet to meet key requirements for sustaining life, but Kepler 22b,…

Scientists confirm Himalayan glacial melting

Millions of people are under threat from melting of Himalayan glaciers, according to scientists carrying out the most comprehensive ever assessment of climate change in the region. The findings, published in three reports by the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), show Nepal’s glaciers have shrunk by 21…

Greenpeace activists sneak into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists managed to sneak into a French nuclear power plant on Monday, police have confirmed. In a statement Greenpeace said some members had entered the nuclear site at Nogent-sur-Seine, 95 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of Paris, to “spread the message that there is no such thing as safe nuclear…

Powerful eruptions occurring at Ecuador volcano

QUITO — There was no sign Sunday that eruptions at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano would cease any time soon, geologists monitoring the activity said. Experts with the Geophysical Institute (IG) said that since dawn “powerful roars and explosions sounding like cannon blasts” coming from the volcano could be heard in the…

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