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Activist: New climate poll shows ‘reality will trump big dollar denial efforts’

Following the publication of a George Mason University poll on Wednesday that shows 69 percent of Americans believe the weather is getting worse due to climate change, author and environmental activist Bill McKibbon hailed the findings as proof that “reality will trump big dollar denial efforts” by the pollution-causing industries.…

Scientists: Dinosaurs put eggs in wrong evolutionary basket

PARIS — The fact that land-bound dinosaurs laid eggs is what sealed their fate of mass extinction millions of years ago while live birthing mammals went on to thrive, scientists said Wednesday. In a new explanation for mammals’ evolutionary victory over dinosaurs, researchers said a mathematical model has shown that…

New U.S. anti-drug policy stresses treatment and prevention

The White House unveiled a new drug policy strategy that veers away from imposing heavy prison sentences for illicit drug use and focuses instead on prevention and treatment. Officials said the new approach looks at drug addiction as a treatable disease rather than a crime. “For US drug policy, this is nothing short of a revolution…

Study raises hopes of cure for baldness

Japanese researchers have successfully grown hair on hairless miceby implanting follicles created from stem cells, they announced Wednesday, sparking new hopes of a cure for baldness. Led by professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science, the team bioengineered hair follicles and transplanted them into the skin of hairless mice. The creatures eventually grew hair, which continued regenerating…

‘No-till farming’ revolution grows in Indiana

Indiana farmer Mike Starkey does not plow his fields and uses fertilizer only sparingly, but he is on the cutting edge of a growing trend in American agriculture. Advocates of his “no-till farming” technique say it could provide the low-cost, environmentally-friendly crops the agricultural industry has sought for many years. Starkey’s cropland…

Researchers create nanosponges to suck up oil spills

Nanosponges created by researchers at Penn State and Rice University have the potential to revolutionize the way environmentally-devastating oil spills are cleaned up. The nanosponges are hydrophobic — they repeal water — and highly porous, being comprised of more than 99 percent air. Their composition makes them able to adsorb…

Pat Robertson: Global warming a hoax because no SUVs on Mars

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday pointed to the fact that there were no sport utility vehicles (SUVs) or oil refineries on Mars as evidence that claims of global warming on Earth were a hoax. Following a segment about how European climate change activists were like a “religious cult,” Robertson explained…

New prostate cancer therapy shows fewer side effects: study

A new prostate cancer treatment using high frequency sound waves may be a viable alternative to surgery and radiotherapy with less chance of incontinence or impotence, researchers said Tuesday. A clinical trial funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council examined the efficacy of a new treatment known as high-intensity focused ultrasound…

Two new frog species found in Philippines

Two new species of frog have been discovered in fast-disappearingforests in the Philippines, boosting hopes for the survival of the country’s rich but threatened wildlife, scientists said Tuesday. The new discoveries are a mottled brown frog with red eyes and a broad yellow stripe running down its back, and a…

Sushi ‘tuna scrape’ blamed for U.S. salmonella outbreak

A ground fish product known as “tuna scrape,” imported to the United States from India, was blamed Monday for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 116 people, US health authorities said. The illnesses are being linked to Nakaochi Scrape, or tuna backmeat, “which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like…

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