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Forest fires in Canada confirm predictions of ‘unprecedented’ wildfire activity

Originally published at Climate Central For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the…

Japanese androids take us closer to ‘Blade Runner’ future

A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan. But as the once-fantastical idea of wise-cracking android sidekicks takes form in laboratories — and the gap between humans and robots narrows — society faces…

Treatment derived from cat poop parasite fights cancer with body’s own defenses

A treatment derived from a parasite commonly found in the fecal matter of infected cats is showing promise as a new way of fighting cancer. According to Science World Report, researchers have found that the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii causes the human immune system to react in much the same…

Body doubles and alien replicants: Capgras delusions explained

By Ricky van der Zwan In the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers aliens invade earth by replicating individuals. While the idea that we could be duped by shape-shifting aliens is a great idea for a film, the story echoes a bizarre appeal playing out around Senate elections in the…

Orbital Sciences Corp cargo ship brings food, supplies, science equipment to space station

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – An Orbital Sciences Corp cargo ship reached the International Space Station on Wednesday with a delivery of food, supplies, science experiments and a fleet of tiny Earth-imaging satellites that will be launched from the orbital outpost. Working from a control panel inside…

The Changyuraptor yangi: A 125-million-years-old flying dinosaur with four wings

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was built sort of like a biplane but probably did not fly as well, if at all. Scientists on Tuesday described a fossil of a strange dinosaur that lived in China 125 million years ago which was covered in feathers, looked like it…

CNBC’s climate-denying ‘expert’: Carbon is demonized ‘just like the poor Jews under Hitler’

A Princeton professor who CBNC billed as an “industry expert” on the climate said this week that scientists were demonizing carbon dioxide “like the poor Jews under Hitler” in order to perpetrate a global warming hoax. During a Monday interview on the cable business channel, professor William Happer asserted that…

Better at reading than math? Don’t blame it all on your genes

By Kathryn Asbury, University of York I disliked and feared maths for most of my school career and dropped it as soon as I possibly could. My mother recalls me crying as a five-year-old because: “I can’t do the people-on-the-bus sums”. If the bus has 12 passengers and three get…

Parts of Yellowstone National Park closed after massive supervolcano beneath it melts roads

Tourists at Yellowstone National Park are being barred from areas of the park because the massive underground supervolcano beneath it is melting the asphalt roads. “It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal,” Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said. In particular, Hottle said that the…

At least 1,500 labs handle deadly bioweapons. Should some of those be closed?

In the wake of disclosures that top government labs mishandled anthrax, smallpox, and avian flu, U.S. health authorities are considering the once unthinkable: cutting the burgeoning number of labs working with the planet’s most dangerous microbes. When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week unveiled a report…

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