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Greenpeace’s ‘Arctic Sunrise’ ship returns to warm welcome after Russian capture

Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship arrived home to a warm welcome in The Netherlands on Saturday, almost a year after it was seized by Russia during a protest against Arctic oil drilling. “It’s great to have her back,” veteran Greenpeace skipper Pete Willcox, who captained the ship at the time of…

61-year old Kenyan activist gets international companies to pay for ‘forests for the future’

When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land. She watched forests dwindle and rivers dry up across her homeland of Kasigau — a semi-arid savanna grassland dotted with shrubs, woodland and…

French wine producers turn to science to ‘liberate’ flavor

A group of wine cooperatives in southwest France has joined forces with leading scientists to “liberate” the flavours most prized by consumers in growing wine markets, from China to the US. In a bid to bring out the fruitiness enjoyed by many new wine drinkers, the Vinneo project has been…

Do these methane bubbles signal the start of rapid climate change?

First it was mysterious craters appearing in Siberia — possibly the result of the Earth belching methane as permafrost thaws and collapses. Then scientists observed methane gas bubbling to the surface from the sea floor in the Arctic Ocean, where for eons it lay trapped in a flammable slush. The…

Preventative Ebola vaccine to trial next month, may be ready by 2015: UN

Clinical trials of a preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus made by British pharma company GlaxoSmithKline may begin next month and made available by 2015, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. “We are targeting September for the start of clinical trials, first in the United States and certainly in…

Something’s in the water making these fish live longer — and it’s not necessarily a good thing

The waste from anxiety medication Oxazepam is decreasing perch mortality rates in the surface waters of a Swedish lake.…

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Stroke patients show promising signs of recovery after stem cell therapy

The pilot study was only designed to test safety, but a larger trial of the pioneering stem cell treatment is planned for next year Stroke patients who took part in a small pilot study of a stem cell therapy have shown tentative signs of recovery six months after receiving the…

Postage-stamp size ‘neurosynaptic’ computer chip mimics the human brain

Researchers Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain. The so-called “neurosynaptic” chip is a breakthrough that opens a wide new range of computing possibilities from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence systems that can installed on a smartphone, the…

Hawaiian Islands brace for first hurricanes since storm seen in Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’

The last time a hurricane was bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands, Steven Spielberg was on Kauaʻi finishing filming of the now iconic movie Jurassic Park when Hurricane Iniki hit the island as a Category 4 storm. Now — 22 years later — not one, but an unprecedented two hurricanes…

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