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Monsanto agrochemicals cause genetic damage in soybean workers – study
Soybean workers exposed to the agrochemicals like glyphosate, the main component in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ herbicide and other biocides, suffer from elevated DNA and cell damage, according to a new study.

22.01.2015 15:07

New laser technique turns metals totally water-repellent
US scientists have developed a way to create super water-resistant metals. Lasers will create self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-corrosion and anti-microbial surfaces, which could be used in solar panels and sanitation products.

22.01.2015 05:36

Auckland zookeepers euthanize celebrity TV gibbon
Despite his huge popularity in New Zealand, TV celebrity Iwani – a siamang gibbon – was euthanized because zookeepers thought he was “unhappy and agitated.”

22.01.2015 03:55

New views of dwarf planet Ceres released by NASA
Impressive new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, have revealed crater-like structures on the frozen, icy surface. The images arrived as the probe became due to enter Ceres’ orbit.

22.01.2015 02:02

Sweet dreams: Twitter users try to ‘wake up’ Philae lander snoozing on comet 67P
Twitter users want spring to come early so they can wake up the Rosetta spacecraft lander Philae, which is currently “hibernating” on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it rushes through space on its way towards the Sun.

21.01.2015 07:28

Web founder Berners-Lee slams UK online surveillance
The internet’s founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the UK government is the best in the world for making data open, but the worst for spying on its own citizens online.

20.01.2015 17:00

A drink a day helps reduce chance of heart failure - study
Consuming up to seven alcoholic drinks a week gives men a 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure, when compared to men who abstain, and a 16 percent reduced risk for women, a major new study shows.

20.01.2015 11:10

​‘Strong correlation’ between quakes and fracking in Kansas – official
​Geologists in the state of Kansas now say that a recent string of mysterious earthquakes may have been caused by pumping chemicals into the ground as part of the controversial gas and oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

19.01.2015 19:25

Shale revolution on a limb, only 11 fracking projects active in UK
The UK’s shale gas ‘revolution’ doesn’t seem to have lived up to its hype, after it was revealed only 11 new exploratory wells are due to be drilled this year, despite the continued fall of oil prices.

19.01.2015 14:50

UK robot 3D-maps Fukushima radiation
A UK startup company has developed a robot that could map hazardous radiation sources at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. The plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in March 2011.

19.01.2015 12:21

Most people easy to convince they committed a crime that never happened – study
With enough personal background information about someone’s past, an interviewer can quite easily manipulate that person into confessing to a crime that he or she did not commit – or which never even happened, alleges a new study.

18.01.2015 02:55

NASA telescope spies 3 new potentially habitable (and close) planets
NASA’s Kepler telescope has its eye on three new potentially habitable planets. At a distance of 150 light years, the three “lukewarm” bodies are among the closest candidates for habitable life.

17.01.2015 14:11