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Thousands protest Bulgaria ‘fracking’ plans

Several thousand Bulgarians demonstrated across the country on Saturday against plans for shale gas exploration by US companyChevron that they say could harm the environment. About 1,000 youngsters marched along the streets of the capital Sofia, beating drums and blowing whistles as “a wake-up call to all Bulgarians,” an AFP correspondent at the…

Magnesium-rich diet tied to lower stroke risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A fresh look at past research concludes that people who eat lots of greens and other foods rich in magnesium have fewer strokes — a finding that supports current diet guidelines. But because the research focused on magnesium in food, the authors stopped short of…

Newly discovered molecules in atmosphere may offset global warming

A newly discovered form of chemical intermediary in the atmosphere has the ability to remove pollutants in a way that leads to cloud-formation and could potentially help offset global warming. The existence of these so-called Criegee biradicals, which are formed when ozone reacts with a certain class of organic compounds,…

Warmer summers cause colder winters, scientists say

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Warmer summers in the far Northern Hemisphere are disrupting weather patterns and triggering more severe winter weather in the United States and Europe, a team of scientists say, in a finding that could improve long-range weather forecasts. Blizzards and extreme cold temperatures in the winters of 2009/10…

Researcher accused of faking red wine studies

WASHINGTON — A US university on Thursday accused one of its researchers of widespread fraud by publishing fake studies that touted the benefits of red wine in as many as 11 scientific journals. Dipak Das, a professor in the department of surgery and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at…

Cut back on soot, methane to slow climate change: study

WASHINGTON — There are simple, inexpensive ways to cut back on two major pollutants — soot and methane — and taking action now could slow climate change for years to come, international scientists said Thursday. When it comes to fending off global warming, the focus often is on harmful carbon…

Child leukaemia doubles near French nuclear plants: study

PARIS (Reuters) – The incidence of leukemia is twice as high in children living close to French nuclear power plants as in those living elsewhere in the country, a study by French health and nuclear safety experts has found. But the study, to be published soon in the International Journal…

Pool chlorine tied to lung damage in elite swimmers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Competitive swimmers who train at indoor chlorinated swimming pools may have lung changes similar to those seen in people with mild asthma, a new study has found. Researchers from France and Canada compared lung tissue and breathing tests from twenty-three elite Canadian swimmers, whose average…

Milky Way teeming with ‘billions’ of planets: study

PARIS — The Milky Way is home to far more planets than previously thought, boosting the odds that at least one of them may harbour life, according to a study released Wednesday. Not long ago, astronomers counted the number of “exoplanets” detected outside our own solar system in the teens,…

World’s tiniest frogs found in Papua New Guinea

WASHINGTON — With voices hardly louder than an insect’s buzz, the tiniest frogs ever discovered are smaller than a coin and hop about the rainforest of the tropical island of Papua New Guinea, US scientists said Wednesday. Not only are these little peepers with the big names — Paedophryne amauensis…

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