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Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in top brand name clothes

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be…

Bisexual men exist: study

Researchers at Northwestern University have concluded what seems like an obvious fact to many: male bisexuality exists. However unnecessary the study — testing whether men who labeled themselves as bisexual were truly aroused by both men and women — seemed to be, the researchers’ findings actually contradicted a 2005 study,…

City sued over plan to turn sewage into snow

If one Arizona resort has its way, vacationers will soon be skiing over snow made of reclaimed sewage water. The Hopi Tribe filed a lawsuit Friday in Arizona Superior Court against the city of Flagstaff over their plans to sell 1.5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater to Snowbowl Ski Resort.…

Homo erectus was first master of the kitchen: study

WASHINGTON — The first ancestor of modern humans to have mastered the art of cooking was likely homo erectus, which evolved around 1.9 million years ago, according to a US study published Monday. The ability to cook and process food allowed homo erectus, the Neanderthals and homo sapiens to make…

Evidence of elusive ‘God particle’ fades

WASHINGTON — International scientists searching to solve the greatest riddle in all of physics said Monday that signs are fading of the elusive Higgs-Boson particle, which is believed to give objects mass. Just last month, physicists announced at a European conference that a big atom-smasher experiment had shown tantalizing hints…

Laser technique to enrich uranium raises proliferation fears

WASHINGTON — US conglomerate General Electric is seeking permission to build a $1 billion plant for uranium enrichment by laser, a process which has raised proliferation fears, The New York Times said Sunday. After testing the enrichment process for two years, GE has asked the US government to approve its…

Earth’s oldest fossils boost hopes for life on Mars

PARIS — Microfossils found in Australia show that more than 3.4 billion years ago, bacteria thrived on an Earth that had no oxygen, a finding that boosts hopes life has existed on Mars, a study published Sunday says. Researchers from the University of Western Australia and Oxford University say the…

Dozens arrested at White House as pipeline protests begin

Dozens were arrested at the White House Saturday as protesters began a two-week sit-in expected to draw over 2,000 opponents of a proposed pipeline from Canada to the US Gulf Coast. “President (Barack) Obama can stop this climate-killing disaster with the stroke of a pen,” said Bill McKibben, spokesman for…

Study: Boys are reaching sexual maturity earlier, social maturity later

A new study has concluded that the age of sexual maturity in boys has been steadily decreasing in Europe since the mid-18th century. A similar trend among girls had previously been determined on the basis of medical records related to the onset of menstruation, but it has been harder to…

Female pharaoh may have died from cancer-causing salve

BERLIN — An Egyptian queen who died 3,500 years ago might have poisoned herself accidentally by using a carcinogenic balm to treat a skin complaint, German university researchers said Friday. This follows research on the dried up contents of a small flask belonging to queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Upper Egypt…

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