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Particles travel faster than light, say scientists

PARIS — Physicists reported Thursday that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos can travel faster than light, a finding that — if verified — would blast a hole in Einstein’s theory of relativity. In experiments conducted between the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and a laboratory in Italy, the…

Perry’s top environment official is ‘anti-science’: environmentalist

Amid the hubbub of trying to single out a nominee for the 2012 presidential election, some are thinking of a bigger picture — who the candidates’ potential cabinet members will be. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has been his state’s executive for a decade, so some of his longest-standing advisers…

‘Longevity gene’ may be dead end: study

PARIS — Research over the last decade showing that proteins called sirtuins can increase lifespan is deeply flawed, according to a new study in Nature that debunks prior claims of a direct causal link. Pioneering experiments on earthworms and fruitflies — commonly used as models to examine the biology of…

Did chemical reactions cause Twin Towers collapse?

PARIS — A mix of sprinkling system water and melted aluminium from aircraft hulls likely triggered the explosions that felled New York’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, a materials expert has told a technology conference. “If my theory is correct, tonnes of aluminium ran down through the towers, where…

Toxic BPA turning up in children’s soup cans: group

Worrying levels of BPA, an industrial chemical with suspected links to cancer, lurk inside canned soups and pasta targeted at American children, the Breast Cancer Fund said Wednesday. In a product testing report, the non-profit advocacy group — which focuses on environmental causes of cancer — said an average of…

Typhoon smashes into Japan, four already dead

A powerful typhoon smashed into disaster-ravaged Japan, having already killed at least four people, less than a month after a vicious storm left 100 dead. Typhoon Roke, whose maximum speed was recorded at 216 kilometres (130 miles) per hour, made landfall near Hamamatsu, central Japan, at about 2:00pm on Wednesday…

Study reveals sex life of deep-sea squid

The sex life of Octopoteuthis deletron — O. deletron, if you prefer — is a cruelly hit-or-miss affair, according to candid footage of the deep-sea squid in its element, unveiled Wednesday. No foreplay, no tender caresses, no fond farewells until the next union, just a desperate drive to reproduce followed…

Marijuana blocks PTSD symptoms in rats: study

JERUSALEM — Marijuana administered in a timely fashion could block the development of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in rats, a new study conducted at Haifa University has found. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the university’s psychology department and published in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal, found that rats which…

World leaders counter climate change denialism at Clinton Global Initiative

Former president Bill Clinton took the stage at his eponymous conference and apologized for the continued climate change denialism in Congress: “The Senate voted [the Kyoto Protocol] down 95-0. We’re down to 50-50 denialists now.” Clinton was joined on stage by Mexican president Felipe Calderón, who highlighted his own nation’s…

Whooping cough vaccine fades after 3 years: study

The vaccine for whooping cough commonly administered to young children loses its effectiveness after three years, according to the preliminary results of a new US study. The results released on Monday come from a survey of 15,000 children in Marin County, California, where an outbreak of the bacterial disease killed…

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