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Researchers: Time to re-examine LSD as treatment for alcoholism

Neuroscientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have called for research on LSD as a possible treatment for alcoholism to continue. “There has long been a need for better treatments for addiction,” Teri Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen said after reviewing previous LSD research. “We think it is time…

Space storm fizzles on arrival

A space weather storm that was forecast to be the strongest in five years has fizzled out and ended up causing no impact to power grids or modern navigation systems, US experts said on Thursday. A series of eruptions on the Sun this week sent radiation and solar plasma hurtling…

Michigan State University to offer ‘zombie survival’ class

Michigan State University has an interesting course on tap for the upcoming session: zombies, and lots of ‘em. Well, that’s not exactly correct. The zombie motif is just a hook. The class is actually about studying mass catastrophes and human behavior in life or death situations. But a video produced…

Scientists survey seabed fractured by Japan quake

Scientists on Thursday launched a mission to the seabed off Japan where a massive quake triggered last year’s devastating tsunami, to get their first proper look at the buckled ocean floor. Researchers from Germany and Japan are sending high-tech vehicles to probe the seabed up to 7,000 metres (23,000 feet)…

Marriage lifts survival chances for heart patients: study

WASHINGTON — Married adults are more than three times more likely to survive the critical first three months after heart surgery than their single counterparts, according to a US study released Wednesday. “That’s a dramatic difference in survival rates for single people, during the most critical post-operative recovery period,” said…

Earth braces for biggest space storm in five years

A pair of steamy explosions on the Sun’s surface in recent days is sparking the biggest radiation and geomagnetic storm the Earth has experienced in five years, space weather experts said Wednesday. The full brunt of the storm is expected to hit Earth early Thursday US time and last through…

Zoo tries to drum up alligators’ interest in sex

A Japanese zoo has turned to rhythmical banging on traditional drums in a bid to encourage some enthusiasm for sex among lust-lacking alligators. Zookeepers said Wednesday they hoped the low booming sound produced by large Japanese “taiko” drums would spur lethargic Chinese alligators to begin mating because of its similarity to the animals’…

U.S. physicists close to historic particle finding

US-based physicists said Wednesday that their experiments confirm those from a major European atom-smasher’s that have narrowed the range where the elusive Higgs boson particle could be hiding. The results come from the now-defunct Tevatron collider, which closed down in September after nearly a quarter century, though physicists continue to analyze its data in the…

Olympics doping lab to hold tests for eight years

The gold medal may be safely packed away in their luggage, and the drug tests may have come back clean. But any cheat clever enough to outwit the unprecedented anti-doping regime put in place for the 2012 London Olympics will be spooked by the knowledge that for the next eight years they…

Vomit bird throws up a defense against predators

Babies of a bird species called the Eurasian roller vomit a foul-smelling orange liquid as a defence mechanism against predators, biologists have discovered. Offspring of the bright-blue jackdaw-sized bird — Latin name Coracias garrulus — throw up the repugnant fluid when they are frightened in their nests, according to a…

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