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Temperatures will rise by up to 8.6 degrees this century, UN panel says

A UN panel said Friday it was more certain than ever that humans were causing global warming and predicted temperatures would rise by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also projected sea levels would rise by between 26 and…

The ballerina brain could hold a key to treating chronic dizziness

Years of training cause structural changes in a ballerina’s brain that help her stay balanced in the pirouette, said a report Friday that may aid the treatment of chronic dizziness. Brain scans of professional ballerinas revealed differences from other people in two parts of the brain: one that processes input…

Artist uses robots to create same picture in three different countries

An Austrian artist on Thursday drew three pictures simultaneously in three European capitals thanks to two robots copying his every movement in real time in Britain and Germany. Alex Kiessling worked in Vienna while a pair of orange industrial robots in London’s Trafalgar Square and Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz drew exactly the…

Wendy Davis to stand as Democratic candidate for governor of Texas

State senator whose 11-hour filibuster against restrictive abortion legislation made her a celebrity will stand in 2014 Wendy Davis is set to run for Texas governor, in a race that could have wide-ranging consequences for Democrats at both national and state level. The state senator from Fort Worth became an…

Researchers: Sonar mapping for oil near Madagascar killed 100 whales

A noisy technology that blasts sounds below water to map the ocean for oil is being blamed for 100 melon headed whale deaths off Madagascar, experts said Thursday. An independent panel of scientists found that sonar surveying by ExxonMobil in late May 2008 led to the sudden displacement of the…

Post-it notes sticking around in new digital format

Post-it notes, those sticky papers used by pen-and-ink people for reminders and bookmarks, are getting new life for the digital world. The maker of Post-it, 3M Corp, and the software firm Evernote announced plans Thursday for a partnership “to give new digital life to Post-it products using Evernote?s technology,” a…

Iran’s president promises ‘good faith’ in nuclear talks with U.S.

President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran was committed to negotiate on its nuclear program in “good faith” after the highest-level talks yet held with world powers. “We are fully prepared to seriously engage in the process toward a negotiated and mutually agreeable settlement and do so in good faith…

Wildlife activists: Nairobi mall attackers make their money poaching

Somalia’s Shebab militia, which carried out a bloody attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, is in part funded by the poaching trade, wildlife activists said Thursday. “Over the last 18 months, we’ve been investigating the involvement of the Shebab in trafficking ivory through Kenya,” Andrea Crosta, executive director of the Elephant…

More evacuations in Acapulco after new round of flooding

Authorities in Acapulco closed schools and evacuated dozens of residents Thursday after heavy rains sparked new floods in the Mexican Pacific resort still reeling from deadly tropical storms. Flooding was reported in at least 22 city districts and the main boulevard to the airport was closed after a lagoon overflowed,…

New investment venture targets $1.5 billion Bitcoin market

Bitcoin Thursday got a lift with the arrival of a new investment vehicle that lets wealthy and professional investors bet on the virtual currency. SecondMarket, a New York-based investment platform that specializes in alternative ventures, Thursday began accepting investors in its Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private investment vehicle that will…

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