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Croatian car buff invents ‘eco-conscious’ car for the rich

A Croatian car buff has briefly set aside his day job of building demining and firefighting robots to satisfy his childhood dream of making a high-end electric auto he hopes will be a global hit with eco-conscious customers. The first model, a pinkish violet three-seater with gullwing doors, proudly dominates the workshop of Dok-Ing,

Study finds Vitamin B3 therapy fails to stop heart disease

A combination drug containing niacin failed to lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes and even proved harmful for some with vascular disease, a study released Saturday reported. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, has for years been widely prescribed to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. The

Study shows bee venom can destroy HIV

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri said on Friday that bee venom could be used to deliver a fatal sting to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following the results of a new study. According to The Huffington Post, the study demonstrated that melittin, a toxin found in the venom, can help smaller particles

Russia admits no new life form found in Antarctic lake

Russian scientists on Saturday dismissed initial reports that they had found a wholly new type of bacteria in a mysterious subglacial lake in Antarctica. Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics had said Thursday that samples obtained from the underground Lake Vostok in May 2012 contained a

What have we learned from SARS?

A decade ago, a highly contagious and deadly new illness sent people worldwide scrambling to cancel flights and holidays as schools closed and sales of surgical masks spiked. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first “new” disease of the 21st century to jump from an animal host to humans, then easily from one

Researchers: House dust mites evolving in reverse

Researchers at the University of Michigan said in a study published on Friday that house dust mites are living evidence against the popular theory that organisms cannot reverse their own evolutionary process. “All our analyses conclusively demonstrated that house dust mites have abandoned a parasitic lifestyle, secondarily becoming free-living, and then speciated in several

Report raises concern over Europe’s land-use footprint

PARIS — Imports to meet Europe’s ever-growing food demand require it using land beyond its borders roughly the size of Scandinavia, according to a new study that urges belt-tightening. China, Brazil, Argentina, India and the United States are the main land hosts for European consumption, but poorer nations like Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan and Ghana

Poaching pushing South African rhino towards edge

South Africa’s white rhino population will begin to decline by 2016 if the current rate of poaching continues, authorities warned on Friday, following the killing of scores of the creatures this year. The stark warning was issued by the country’s Environment Minister Edna Molewa on the sidelines of the Convention on International Trade in

Japan mouse cloned 26 generations and still going

Japanese scientists have produced 26 generations of clones from a single mouse, the lead researcher said Friday, possibly paving the way for the mass replication of valuable livestock. The team have so far produced 598 mice that are genetic copies of one original creature in an experiment that has so far been going for

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