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New wind-energy label gains Deutsche Bank support

Deutsche Bank and a handful of other global firms pledged on Friday to get at least 25 percent of their energy from wind. Companies including Deutsche Bank, the news service Bloombergand the medical technology firm BD announced they would sign on to a new label, WindMade, which will designate companies that usewind energy. The…

New test finds that neutrinos still faster than light

LONDON (Reuters) – A new experiment appears to provide further evidence that Einstein may have been wrong when he said nothing could go faster than the speed of light, a theory that underpins modern thinking on how the universe works. The new evidence, challenging a dogma of science that has…

‘Weightless’ teachers eye giant science leap

“Excited,” “nervous,” “terrified” — just three emotions described by a group of US teachers about to take a dizzying “weightless” flight all for the cause of science, naturally. The 30 classroom professionals donned blue “astronaut” jumpsuits to defy gravity in the skies above California, in a project designed to help…

Fukushima radiation ‘mostly fell in sea’: Japanese study

Most of the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant dropped into the ocean and began circling the planet, Japanese researchers said Thursday. Up to 80 percent of the caesium released by the Fukushima Daiichi power plant landed in the Pacific and made its way into other…

Massive lakes could lie beneath ice of Jupiter moon

PARIS — A body of water as big as North America’s Great Lakes could lie beneath Europa, a shining enigmatic moon of Jupiter, astronomers reported on Wednesday. The finding — if backed by a hoped-for unmanned robot mission — is exciting, for water is one of the key ingredients for…

First U.S. embryonic stem cell trial is halted

The first-ever trial using human embryonic stem cells to treat paralysis has been halted due to high costs and the company will focus instead on new cancer treatments, Geron said Tuesday. The California-based biotech firm, which had bypassed federal funding to get its pioneering but controversial trial off the ground in October…

Doctors urge UK government to ban smoking in cars

Britain should introduce a ban on all smoking in cars to protect people from second-hand smoke, a leading doctors’ union said Wednesday. The British Medical Association (BMA) urged the government to take a “bold and courageous step” and extend current laws to include a ban on smoking in private vehicles. Britain banned smoking in public…

Pioneering liver treatment cures baby

British doctors said they had cured a baby boy of a life-threatening liver disease using a pioneering treatment in which cells are injected into the abdomen. The team from London’s King’s College Hospital treated eight-month old Iyaad Syed by injecting him with a group of cells, which acted as a…

Hong Kong seizes record haul of rhino horns

Hong Kong Customs officers have seized a record haul of 33 rhino horns along with ivory chopsticks and bracelets hidden inside a container shipped from South Africa, officials said on Tuesday. Officers found the horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets in a haul worth a total…

One in five Americans has hearing loss: study

WASHINGTON — About one in five Americans age 12 and over suffers from hearing loss in at least one ear that is severe enough to interfere with daily communication, US researchers said Monday. The estimate is the first to cover the entire United States instead of select populations according to…

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