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Quest for oil threatens Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve

The quest for oil may be the latest threat to Africa's most venerable wildlife reserve, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and already hard hit by deforestation, poaching and armed conflict. Early in March, European Development Commissioner……

New U.S. guidelines could put most Americans on cholesterol-lowering drugs

Nearly every male and most women over 55 could fall under new US guidelines for who should take cholesterol lowering drugs, researchers said Saturday, stirring fresh controversy in the medical world. If applied to a group of 5,000 otherwise healthy people over that age in The Netherlands, 96 percent of…

Heart attacks rise after clocks go forward: study

Turning the clocks forward an hour in the spring for daylight saving time is followed by a spike in heart attacks on the Monday afterward, said a US study on Saturday. But when the clocks fall back and people gain an hour of sleep, there is a drop in……

Space ‘makes the heart grow rounder,’ microgravity could lead to heart problems: study

Astronauts' hearts grow rounder while they are in space, suggesting that spending lots of time in microgravity could lead to heart problems, according to US research on Saturday. That could mean trouble for people who want to embark on long-term missions……

Experimental therapy fails to cure blood pressure

An experimental therapy that was once hailed as a possible cure for people whose high blood pressure does not respond to medication, has been shown to be ineffective, a US study said Saturday. Known as renal denervation, the process involves inserting……

Where are 2014′s tornadoes?

In terms of sheer numbers, the past two years have been one of the quietest periods for tornadoes in the U.S. since the late 1980s, that despite some terribly destructive storms. March represents a major weather transition……

Entirely new way to filter light achieved by MIT researchers

An entirely new way to filter light, one that has long been sought but until now remained elusive, has been achieved by researchers at MIT. For the first time, it’s become possible to selectively filter light according to its direction of propagation……

Lawrence Livermore scientists discover way to help E. coli bacteria produce advanced biofuels

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered how to help E. coli bacteria squirt out advanced biofuels, and the key is held by a pair of genes found in a soil-dwelling bacterium from a rainforest in Puerto Rico. The finding could……

Former government adviser: ‘Global market shock’ from oil crash could hit in 2015

A former oil man calls for renewable “Renaissance” to ward off shale dystopia In a new book, former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy, Dr. Jeremy Leggett, identifies five “global systemic risks directly connected to energy” which, he says, together “threaten capital markets and hence the global economy”…

Marriage is healthy for the heart: study

Being married makes for a healthy heart, while being divorced or widowed is linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a study of 3.5 million people released Friday. The study is the largest of its kind to show how heart health is linked to marital status, and was…

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