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Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Crop scientists in the United States, the world’s largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat? For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate change and pointed with concern at melting glaciers and other visible changes…

GPS shoes for Alzheimer’s patients to hit U.S.

WASHINGTON — The first shoes with built-in GPS devices — to help track down dementia-suffering seniors who wander off and get lost — are set to hit the US market this month, the manufacturer says. GTX Corp said the first batch of 3,000 pairs of shoes has been shipped to…

German satellite re-enters earth’s atmosphere

BERLIN — A German satellite the size of a car re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early Sunday, officials said, adding they did not know yet if any debris had hit the Earth. The Roentgen Satellite (ROSAT), an x-ray observatory, made its re-entry between 0145 GMT and 0215 GMT on Sunday, the…

Crowded Earth: World Population set to hit seven billion

PARIS — Already straining to host seven billion souls, Earth is set to teem with billions more, and only a revolution in the use of resources can avert an environmental crunch, experts say. As early as 1798, Thomas Malthus gloomily forecast that our ability to reproduce would quickly outstrip our…

Nepal scientists to ‘poo-print’ tigers

Scientists in Nepal are to build up the world’s first national DNA database of the endangered Bengal tiger by collecting and recording a unique genetic fingerprint from each adult’s faeces. Conservationists have relied in the past on the old-fashioned technique of photographing the big cat and recording footprints to study…

Expect a tough round of climate talks in Durban: S.Africa

The UN climate negotiations in South Africa will be “tough”, with the big question focusing on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the foreign minister said Friday after preparatory talks. “It is going to be a tough COP (Conference of Parties) because it is a COP that can’t avoid the…

New study confirms reality of global warming

A broad-based new study of climate change has confirmed earlier evidence of a global rise in average land temperatures of 1 degree Centigrade since the 1950′s. However, it draws no conclusions as to whether this warming is man-made. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study, released on Thursday, analyzed data from…

E.U. starts new probe into painkillers’ heart risks

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s drugs regulator is launching a new review of the safety of common painkillers in the light of fresh evidence about possible risks they may pose to heart health. Five years ago the European Medicines Agency concluded that the overall benefit-risk balance of non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs…

Greenpeace criticises Japan radiation screening

Greenpeace called on Tokyo to toughen radiation screening and food labelling rules on Thursday after it said low levels of radiation had been detected in seafood sold at Japanese stores. The environmental pressure group said it tested 60 seafood samples bought at stores in eastern Japan operated by five major supermarket chains and…

Mosquito lab handles ‘world’s most dangerous animals’

SEATTLE (Reuters) – He keeps them in warm, comfortable bug dorms, feeds them on meals of human blood with the occasional sugar water snack and lives in awe of their killing power. Seattle-based research scientist Stefan Kappe says mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world. Which is probably…

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