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Trump warns Fox News viewers: Autism caused by vaccines

Business mogul Donald Trump chose the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day to reveal that he “strongly” believes that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are linked to exposure to vaccines. In a Monday interview on Fox News, the reality star explained that a series of casual observations had led him to…

Skin cancer on the rise among young adults: U.S. study

Skin cancer is on the rise among young adults, according to a US study published Monday that suggests indoor tanning beds and childhood sunburns may be to blame. Between 1970 and 2009, the rate of melanoma among women increased eightfold and quadrupled among men, according to the research by Mayo…

AI robot: How machine intelligence is evolving

No computer can yet pass the ‘Turing test’ and be taken as human. But, says Marcus du Sautoy, the hunt for artificial intelligence is moving in a different, exciting direction that involves creativity, language – and even jazz. ‘I propose to consider the question “Can machines think?”‘ Not my question…

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…

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