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Fukishima radiation ruled out, for now, as cause of Alaska seal deaths

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Preliminary tests appear to rule out radiation from Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant as the cause of mysterious deaths and illness that struck scores of Alaska seals last year, federal officials said on Friday. Preliminary tests of tissue samples from animals that fell victim to…

Theory suggests Stonehenge built to duplicate a sound-based illusion

Scientists have known for a long time that sound waves coming from opposite directions can cancel each other out, creating areas of relative quiet. This is not just a laboratory effect, but can be observed, for example, if two pipers play their pipes as they walk around a field. Now…

Judge rules treasure-hunters must return sunken booty to Spain

MIAMI — A Florida company that found sunken treasure from a 19th century warship must return more than a half-million silver and gold coins to the Spanish government by next week, a federal judge in Tampa ruled Friday. In addition, Spain does not need to reimburse the deep sea recovery…

New Hampshire lawmaker suggests the pill causes cancer in men

A New Hampshire lawmaker thinks she has found one more reason for health insurance not to cover contraception for women. During a Thursday hearing on a resolution calling for President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from covering birth control, state Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack) made the surprising claim that…

China to launch manned spacecraft this summer

China will launch a manned spacecraft between June and August on a mission to take three astronauts to the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting the Earth, state media reported Friday. The trio will blast off on board the Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) IX which will manually dock with the module, Xinhua news…

Tasmanian devil genome mapping may help humans too

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Scientists have mapped the genome of Australia’s endangered Tasmanian devil for the first time and found that deadly facial tumors decimating the species evolve very slowly, making it possible help might be found before the animals vanish forever. Not only that, scientists at Australian National University said…

Russian cosmonauts begin ISS spacewalk

MOSCOW — Two Russian cosmonauts stepped out of the International Space Station on Thursday in a spacewalk due to last six hours, Russia’s mission control centre said. Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov opened the door to the Pirs space module and began work on the exterior of the ISS, the…

One in 10 U.S. kids have alcoholic parent – study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – More than one in 10 U.S. children live with an alcoholic parent and are at increased risk of developing a host of health problems of their own, according to a new government study released on Thursday. Researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)…

Rice products may be source of high arsenic levels: study

(Reuters) – Significant levels of arsenic may be found in some prepared food products listing organic brown rice syrup as a sweetener and main ingredient, including some cereal bars and infant formulas, according to findings from a study published on Thursday. Higher concentrations of inorganic arsenic found in certain infant…

Scientists debate mutant bird flu risk at WHO

Scientists met behind closed doors in Geneva Thursday to discuss whether controversial research on a mutant form of bird flu capable of being spread among humans can be made public. The two-day gathering at the World Health Organization (WHO) was called to discuss the studies on the H5N1 virus which…

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