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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…

Starbucks isn’t alone: 10 examples of bugs in supposedly vegan food

Vegan and vegetarian Starbucks aficionados are aghast at recent revelations that the company replaced an artificial dye in its Strawberry Frappucino with cochineal extract. The dye, an approved food additive, is made from the crushed shells of cochineal beetles, which vegans and many vegetarians eschew as part of their dietary…

Tech upstart looks to create terrifying robot apes

A new solicitation on the crowdsourcing investment website Kickstarter proposes an unusual thing: robots that bonobo apes can control. The proposal was posted by researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, where software is being developed to help facilitate human-to-bonobo communication using touch screen…

Self-checking won’t spot testicle cancer: doctor

Celebrity appeals for British men to check their testicles to detect early signs of cancer are a waste of time and possibly harmful, an opinion piece published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) says. Singer Robbie Williams and the Leicester Tigers rugby team are among those who have lent their names to a campaign for men to…

‘Dissecting brains is pretty intense’

What’s it like to spend your career cutting up people’s grey matter? A neuropathologist at the UK’s Brain Bank reveals all You never know how you’re going to feel, watching a brain being dissected. We’re just about to get called in to watch, Jill Davis from Parkinson’s UK, Marius Kwint,…

Deaths from cancer in U.S. continue to fall

WASHINGTON — Cancer deaths in the United States continued to decline over the past decade, said a yearly report on US cancer statistics released Wednesday. Trends in death rates from cancer declined an average of 1.7 percent per year among men and 1.3 percent among women and children from 1998…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made global-warming gases…

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