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Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth

Scientists from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia, a report said Saturday. Teams from the Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum and Japan’s Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next…

Thousands march in Durban calling for ‘climate justice’

Chanting “Amandla,” the rallying cry of the South African anti-apartheid movement, thousands of people marched through the streets of Durban Saturday calling for “climate justice.” Their appeal was aimed at diplomats locked in negotiations under the 194-nation UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is tasked with beating back…

Ugandan works on space project from mother’s backyard

Chris Nsamba says that at one time or another every successful scientist has been called a madman, and some think he is crazy about working to send the first Ugandan into space — from the backyard of his mother’s home. “People around here used to come and see and say…

Study says Arctic changing ‘at record pace’

An international team of 121 scientists has found “record-setting” change in the Arctic linked to global warming, including melting ice, warming waters and changing wind patterns. The 2011 Arctic Report Card, compiled by scientists from 14 countries, “shows that record-setting changes are occurring throughout the Arctic environmental system. “Given the…

HIV prevention and treatment programs still struggle for funding on World AIDS Day

For as long as scientists have known how HIV is transmitted, they have known that its spread of HIV is preventable and, over the past three decades, numerous public health programs have been established toward this end. Some have been unsuccessful, and some have greatly curtailed the rate of new…

‘Let’s finish the fight’ against AIDS, says Obama

US President Barack Obama on Thursday added $50 million to fight AIDS in the United States and launched efforts to treat two million more people abroad. “We can beat this disease,” Obama said at an event to mark World AIDS Day which included speeches by satellite from former presidents Bill…

U.N.: HIV drives families into ‘irreversible poverty’

Tens of thousands of HIV-affected households in Asia are facing “irreversible poverty” because of the cost of living with the disease, with women and children hardest hit, a UN report said Thursday. Catastrophic healthcare costs and the loss of employment opportunities due to widespread discrimination mean that many HIV-positive households…

Bachmann suggests intelligent design is a ‘scientific fact’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says schools should teach children about evolution and intelligent design because “the best thing to do is to allow all scientific facts on the table.” During a question-and-answer session at the University of Northern Iowa Wednesday, Bachmann was asked if intelligent design should be taught…

Philippine solar light bottles offer hope

Filipino entrepreneur Illac Diaz is aiming to help a million poor people in a year, and with the help of some plastic bottles and a clever social media campaign may do even better. Diaz’s project appears simple — fill discarded soft drink bottles with water, place them in roofs of houses and allow the…

World deforestation rate ‘accelerating’: U.N.

The world’s deforestation rate has accelerated to 6.4 millionhectares a year, a new UN survey showed on Wednesday, but Asia showed net gains in forest land-use largely due to extensive planting in China. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) used satellite technology for the first time to map forests, finding there was a net…

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