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Scientists liken Chinese smog to ‘nuclear winter’
Air pollution in parts of China is now so extreme it could lead to conditions similar to a “nuclear winter,” scientists say. The smog that covers the country has become so thick it is impeding photosynthesis, potentially disrupting China’s food supply.

27.02.2014 11:11

NASA discovers 715 new planets, including four that could host life
Astronomers have announced that 715 new planets have been discovered outside the Earth’s solar system, including four planets that are more than double the size of our own. This discovery boosts the number of known planets in our galaxy to over 1,700.

27.02.2014 03:43

US ponders testing 3-person fertilization technique on humans
Federal health regulators have been arguing the pros and cons of a controversial new fertilization method that would see babies created from the DNA of three people in an attempt to avoid possible genetic diseases.

26.02.2014 06:52

National first: Colorado cracks down on methane fracking emissions
Regulators in Colorado have sanctioned massive controls on oil and natural gas operation emissions, making it the first US state to do so. A broad coalition agreed on implementing measures to counteract deteriorating smog.

24.02.2014 11:36

Popular painkiller increases risk of ADHD in children, study finds
Over-the-counter pain relievers made with acetaminophen are among the most widely-sold in the United States, but concerns raised by a new study could possibly change all of that.

25.02.2014 19:06

Biggest meteor ever recorded hits Moon (VIDEO)
An Earth-based observatory has published video footage of a 400 kg meteor ramming into the moon at a speed of 61,000 kilometers per hour. The meteor was ten times larger than those previously recorded and left behind a 40-meter-wide crater.

24.02.2014 20:31

4.4 bn year old zircon reveals life on Earth appeared earlier than believed
Ancient zircon crystals, discovered in Australia in 2001, have now been proved to be our planet’s oldest known substance. The 4.4 billion-year-old gem offers clues that Earth could have become habitable much earlier than previously believed.

24.02.2014 16:04

'RoboDoc' to the rescue: NASA to send robotic doctor to space
NASA is developing a humanoid robot to perform medical procedures, including surgery, at the International Space Station and even en route to Mars.

22.02.2014 02:05

Hundreds of tiny satellites could soon deliver free internet worldwide
Developers say they are less than a year away from deploying prototype satellites that could someday soon broadcast free and universal internet all over the globe from high in orbit.

21.02.2014 19:37

NASA takes major step in hunt for asteroids
NASA’s mission to reel in an asteroid took an important step forward when the agency recently established a new “rapid response system” intended to pinpoint the most eligible targets for capture.

21.02.2014 16:24

GMO assessment has ‘failed’ at protecting public health – report
A basic principle in the classification of GMO foods is fundamentally flawed and “has failed miserably” at protecting public health, a study argues. The error has allowed companies to market potentially dangerous GMO products.

21.02.2014 04:36

‘Living drug’ beats leukemia in nearly 9 out of 10 cases
A new technique of treating leukemia using a patient’s own immune system which is being called a ‘living drug’ has worked in 88 percent of adults a team of researchers in the US has found.

20.02.2014 14:24

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