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US approves first new lupus drug in 56 years

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US health officials Wednesday announced approval of the first new drug in 56 years to treat lupus, a potentially fatal autoimmune disease affecting millions worldwide. The US Food and Drug Administration said it approved belimumab, marketed under the trade name Benlysta, an inhibitor that may reduce the…

Pace of polar ice melt ‘accelerating rapidly’: study

WASHINGTON — The pace at which the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are melting is “accelerating rapidly” and raising the global sea level, according to findings of a study financed by NASA and published Tuesday. The findings suggest that the ice sheets — more so than ice loss from Earth’s…

Satellite measures gravity’s effect on climate change

PARIS — After nearly two years in space, the European satellite GOCE has collected the raw data needed to map variations in Earth’s gravity field, the European Space Agency has said. The data will help scientists better understand the impact of climate change on sea levels, ice sheets, and ocean…

Philippines to fight invading species

MANILA (AFP) – Like some bad science-fiction movie, Philippine fishermen are encountering strange alien creatures: tough, speckled fish with sharp spines that tear and rip their nets. These suckermouth catfish from South America are just one of a growing number of foreign species that are spreading in local waterways and…

EU pulls up shy of bold climate emissions targets

STRASBOURG – The European Commission on Tuesday set out recommendations for EU states to radically slash CO2 emissions by 2050, but avoided upsetting governments or industry with precise targets. Climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard and energy colleague Guenther Oettinger laid out their “roadmap” to 2050, but stressed that its success…

Bias creeps into meta-studies: US medical journal

WASHINGTON – Meta-analysis combines the results of small studies and is often used to help interpret research and form treatment guidelines, but bias can creep in, a major US medical journal said Tuesday. Information on funding and conflicts of interest by study authors who may have financial ties to drug…

Chinese in stew over California shark fin threat

SAN FRANCISCO — Chefs in San Francisco’s Chinatown are sharpening their knives to defend the right to serve shark fin soup, a staple in high-end Chinese restaurants in the city. Two local assemblymen have proposed a law to ban the transport and sale of shark fins in California, which would…

Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday. Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and Bangladesh’s use of ducks to eat weeds in rice paddies are among…

US shuttle Discovery undocks from space lab

WASHINGTON — The US space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station early Monday and started its trek back to Earth, winding up it final mission in orbit before retirement. The American shuttle, the first of the three-member fleet set to become a museum piece when the three-decade-long program…

NASA scientist claims he’s found clear evidence of alien life

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A NASA scientist’s claim that he found tiny fossils of alien life in the remnants of a meteorite has stirred both excitement and skepticism, and is being closely reviewed by 100 experts. Richard Hoover’s paper, along with pictures of the microscopic earthworm-like creatures, were published late Friday…

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