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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…

Investigation shows Deepwater Horizon crew ignored warnings

The crew of an oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year causing one of the worst oil spills in US history ignored warning signs a disaster was imminent, an investigator said Friday. Marshall Islands deputy maritime affairs commissioner Bill Gallagher, who carried out an inquiry into…

Ecstasy could treat blood cancers: researchers

LONDON — Researchers in Britain revealed Friday they are exploring whether the nightclubbers’ drug ecstasy could be effective in treating blood cancers. Scientists at the University of Birmingham in central England said modified forms of the drug boosted its ability to destroy cancerous cells by 100 times. Six years ago,…

Blacks get less science funding than whites: U.S. study

WASHINGTON — Black scientists lag behind whites in US government funded research grants with a 10 percentage point gap between the two that cannot be explained by education or experience, a study said Thursday. The National Institutes of Health, which funnels more than 30 billion dollars into scientific research each…

Climate change forces species to move fast: study

WASHINGTON — Climate change appears to be forcing many of the world’s creatures to migrate to more favorable locales up to three times faster than previously believed, a study said Thursday. Researchers compiled past studies on species migration and combined them into a meta-analysis that showed a clear trend toward…

Study: Cell phone radiation may reduce sperm count

A study published this week (PDF) in the Journal of Andrology claims that prolonged exposure to cellular phone radiation may reduce sperm count and overall reproductive health in male humans and animals. Though the study cautions that much more research is needed, the conclusions are rather stark for male cell…

Study finds that sniffer dogs can detect lung cancer

LONDON (Reuters) – German scientists experimenting with sniffer dogs have found they can accurately detect lung cancer by smelling breath samples. In a study carried out by researchers from Schillerhoehe Hospital in Germany, the dogs were able to correctly detect lung tumors in 71 percent of patients, suggesting a similar…

Stem cell team aims for spare heart parts within five years

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Stem cell researchers in Hong Kong and the United States are trying to grow spare parts for the human heart that may be ready for tests on people within five years, they said on Thursday. Scientists have already made basic heart muscle from stem cells, but…

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