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First evidence for string theory at the Large Hadron Collider

A bug in the software used to model the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider could have been covering up evidence for extra space time dimensions. Complex software models are used to understand the results from the Large Hadron Collider. These include simulations of the particle physics in the proton-proton…

Lights go off for Earth Hour

The Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis and the Sydney Opera House were plunged into darkness on Saturday for the annual Earth Hour campaign, leading a global effort to raise awareness about climate change. In a twist to this year’s Earth Hour, Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers will observe from the International Space…

Gulf’s dolphins pay heavy price for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

New studies show impact of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster on dolphins and other marine wildlife may be far worse than feared.  A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established…

Scientific study recommends bringing dogs to the workplace

WASHINGTON — Employers looking to ramp up productivity in these dog-eat-dog times might consider letting their staff bring Fido to the office, a scientific study published Friday suggests. Dogs at work can not only bring down stress levels among their owners, but they can also help make work more satisfying…

Earth Hour to be watched over from space as the lights go out

The event will have a live commentary from space as landmarks from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House switch off their lights Earth Hour, the environmentally symbolic annual switch off of lights for one hour this Saturday night, is to extend into space this year, with the International…

Engines from Apollo 11 moon flight found in the Atlantic

Salvage operation led by Amazon boss aims to recover engines that powered the first moon landing Nearly 43 years after they thrust the Apollo 11 astronauts moonwards through a blue Florida sky, the mighty engines that helped deliver man to the Sea of Tranquillity have been found in the depths…

Pesticides harm bee populations: study

A commonly used type of pesticide may be wielding hefty damage to honey bees and bumble bees, said a pair of European studies published Thursday, urging a hunt for safer alternatives. Both teams of researchers focused on neonicotinoid insecticides, which have become the most widely used in the world on…

Now it’s official: beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder

French scientists say they have confirmed the folklore that a glass in your hand will make you feel sexier, smarter and funnier, even when others privately think you are a turkey. Psychologists led by Laurent Begue at the Pierre-Mendes France University in the southeastern city of Grenoble carried out an…

Concerns grow over children using tablet computers

Electronic tablets like the iPad are a revolutionary educational tool and are becoming part of childhood, but should be watched carefully so that overuse doesn’t lead to learning or behavioral problems, experts say. “It’s a topic that really emerged in the last two years. You can’t pull it from their…

Autism in children said to be on the rise in the U.S.

Autism in children appears to be on the rise, according to US health officials who said Thursday the rate has risen 23 percent in two years, with one in 88 children affected. Previous figures showed that as many as one in 110 US children had the disorder, leading autism research…

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