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CT scans cut lung cancer deaths by 20 percent: study

WASHINGTON — Current or former heavy smokers screened with low-dose CT scans experienced a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths compared to those screened using chest X-rays, a US study found Wednesday. The National Lung Screening Trial, conducted starting in 2002 among 53,454 patients at a high risk of…

Study finds Republicans can gain votes with ‘green’ positions

Even conservative candidates can benefit politically by admitting climate change is real, according to a poll released Wednesday. Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment found that both parties gained votes by acknowledging that humans are at least partially responsible for the Earth’s temperature increasing over the last one hundred years…

Canada seeks to breed a better honey bee

Following a massive bee die-off in parts of the world, two Canadian universities on Wednesday launched an effort to breed honey bees resistant to pests and diseases. Led by the universities of Guelph and Manitoba, the program will try to breed a better bee through genetic selection. It will also…

Lightning strike kills 19 children in Uganda

A lightning strike at a primary school in western Uganda killed 19 students and injured 50, Ugandan police said on Wednesday. Lightning on Tuesday hit Runyanya primary school in Kiryandongo district, about 225 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Kampala, killing 18 children outright with a further child dying from burns…

Greenland ice melts most in half-century: U.S.

Greenland’s ice sheet melted the most it has in over a half century last year, US government scientists said Tuesday in one of a series of “unmistakable” signs of climate change. “The world continues to warm,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a briefing paper for reporters. “Multiple…

New Zealand’s lost penguin faces long swim home

An Emperor penguin found in New Zealand will be released into the ocean when fully fit so it can swim the 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) home to Antarctica, wildlife experts said Wednesday. The penguin, nicknamed “Happy Feet”, was found wandering on a beach near Wellington last week and was taken…

Experts warn epic weather ravaging US could worsen

CHICAGO — Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather. The human and economic toll over just the past few months has been staggering: hundreds of people have…

Google predicts U.S. will miss up to $3.2 trillion in GDP growth if green tech isn’t encouraged

Web giant Google said Tuesday that the United States stands to lose up to $3.2 trillion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth if it further delays policies that encourage renewable energy technology. In an economic study published on the company’s official blog, Google researchers assumed several key breakthroughs would…

Debris narrowly misses space station

MOSCOW — An unidentified piece of debris narrowly missed the International Space Station on Tuesday in a rare incident that forced the six-member crew to scramble to their rescue craft. The piece of space junk missed the fragile orbiter by just 250 metres (820 feet), the Interfax news agency quoted…

Russian scientists expect to meet aliens by 2031

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilizations within the next two decades, a top Russian astronomer predicted on Monday. “The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms… Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years,” Andrei Finkelstein,…

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