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Explorer goes on voyage to the ‘front line’ of global warming

When Cameron Dueck set sail to the Canadian Arctic to witness what he calls “the front line of climate change”, he did so knowing he would have to brave seas that have killed scores of sailors and reduced men to cannibals. For 450 years before the first successful voyage in 1906, people sought the Northwest Passage,…

Australia had ‘globe-trotting’ dinosaurs: study

Scientists said Monday a new fossil discovery suggested Australia’s dinosaurs were cosmopolitan globe-trotters, unlike the “unique weirdos” of its current wildlife. Palaeontologist Erich Fitzgerald said an ankle bone fossil found 87 kilometres (54 miles) from Melbourne indicated that meat-eating dinosaurs known as ceratosaurs lived in what is now Australia some…

Africa’s last rhinos threatened by poaching

Decades of conservation efforts to save rhinos are coming undone, as surging demand for their horns in Asian traditional medicine has spawned a vast criminal trade powered by poaching. South Africa is the epicentre of the poaching battle. A conservation success story, the country is home to 70 to 80…

MRI study hopes to unlock what dogs are thinking

Republicans have been complaining lately that President Obama is taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden that is rightfully due to the Navy SEALS. But for Gregory Berns, director of the Emory University Center for Neuropolicy, the most impressive participant in the operation by far was the U.S.…

Heartland Institute funder withdraws support after Unabomber billboard

Diageo, one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has announced it will no longer fund the Heartland Institute, a rightwing US thinktank which briefly ran a billboard campaign this week comparing people concerned about climate change to mass murderers and terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Charles Manson and Ted…

NASA explains the ‘supermoon’ of May 5

In a video uploaded to YouTube in March, NASA explained the “supermoon” phenomenon that occurred the night of May 5. “The scientific term for the phenomenon is perigee moon,” the video explained. “Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an…

Ritalin use soars fourfold in U.K. as psychologists warn of untested drug cocktails

Prescriptions of Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have quadrupled in a decade, prompting fears it is being pushed on children at the expense of alternative treatments and without appreciation of long-term effects. Figures released by the NHS business services authority to the Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt reveal the…

Fertility treatment babies prone to ‘serious defects’

Children conceived with the aid of fertility treatments are more likely to be born with serious physical defects, according an Australian study published on Saturday. Conception using treatments like ovulation induction, in-vitro fertilisation or the injection of sperm directly into an egg, resulted in serious defects in 8.3 percent of…

Yogurt diet leads to ‘swaggering’ mice with larger testicles

Researchers who recently undertook a study with mice in hopes of confirming earlier reports that eating yogurt can help prevent age-related weight gain have discovered a number of unexpected side-effects in their rodent subjects. First, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists realized that the yogurt-eating mice had shinier, silkier, and…

TransCanada proposes new oil pipeline through Nebraska

A Canadian firm has reapplied for a US permit to build a multi-billion dollar Canada-US oil pipeline, after its first proposal was rejected over environmental concerns, both sides said Friday. The US State Department said it is “committed to conducting a rigorous, transparent and thorough review” of the northern leg…

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