Science, Technology and Innovation

‘Lost continent’ found under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

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(CNN) – Found — one lost continent, hiding underneath a tropical holiday destination. Juliet Perry CNN It might sound implausible, but deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a research team, led by South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, has found pieces of an ancient continent. The lava-covered piece of… ‘Lost continent’ found… Read More »

The Environmentalist War On Science

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The EPA just threw out five years of fracking safety research to appease green extremists. Jeff Stier The Daily Caller Although early drafts found no evidence that fracking has had a “widespread, systemic” impact on drinking water, the final report claims that there isn’t “enough information to make a broad conclusion.” How absurd… The Environmentalist War… Read More »

Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not

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Whether you believe in climate change or not, the laws of physics will continue to work and ice will continue to melt. Mark McCaughrean Al Jazeera News On October 31 last year, a large crack opened in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica and a huge iceberg, 5,000 square kilometres in size, will likely soon calve into the Southern Ocean. Although visible at… Science doesn’t care… Read More »

Milky Way galaxy is being pushed across the universe

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(CNN) – Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is being pushed across the universe by a large unseen force, according to new research. Ashley Strickland CNN Although it may not seem like a friendly gesture, the newly discovered Dipole Repeller is actually helping our galaxy on its journey across the expanding universe. Researchers have known… Milky Way galaxy… Read More »

First human-pig embryos open route to growing transplant organs in chimeras

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Scientists have grown the first human-pig hybrid embryos and taken them a third of the way through pregnancy inside a… Marcus Strom The Age Geneticists at the Salk Institute in California hope this research will pave the way to grow fully-functioning human transplant organs inside hybrid… First human-pig… Read More »

Assisted dying: The complications of legalising killing humans

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As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. Larry Cornies ABC He has delivered bad news to grieving families at hospital bedsides. He has had to tell them that… Assisted dying: The complications of… Read More »

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren’t From Mars And Women From Venus

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Testosterone Rex is extinct. Barbara J. King npr That’s the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex hit the… The Science Of Gender: No, Men… Read More »

Depression could increase risk of cancer death, research says

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People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday. French Press Agency npr Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were more likely to succumb to cancer, especially of the colon, prostate and pancreas. Leukaemia and cancer of… Depression could increase risk of… Read More »

How Europe’s elections could be hacked

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Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election campaign. Alanna Petroff CNN Now they’re turning their attention to Europe. France, Germany and the… How Europe’s elections… Read More »

In the age of YouTube, what’s the point in Saudi Arabia’s cinema ban?

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In 2008, a rare screening of the Saudi comedy film “Manahi” in Jeddah raised hopes — that were eventually dashed — that a then three-decade ban on cinema in the kingdom could be lifted. Haifaa Al Mansour CNN (CNN) – This week marked the end of another period of prolonged excitement about the possibility of re-opening cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been banned since the 1980s. My hopes in this… In the age of YouTube, what’s… Read More »

She’s two years old, works in restaurant – inexperience shows

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Jie Jie’s flashing eyes and can-do attitude belie the fact that she’s quite possibly the worst waitress in the world Johan Nylander Asia Times Her name is Jie Jie, she is two years old and works in a suburb of the city of Guangzhou in southern China. She’s mostly dressed in… She’s two years old, works in… Read More »

Beyond borders

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The Asian giant’s area of national interest is no longer confined to its continental region – a fact that has serious geopolitical implications, Roger Bradbury writes Roger Bradbury Asia Times Paul Keating’s analysis of China’s geopolitical strategy, offered in his 24 December interview with veteran political journalist Paul Kelly, was at once fascinating and provocative. But it was built on… Beyond borders… Read More »

Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

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When Ali Andrew Li was born on Jan. 7, he was gently placed on his mother’s chest, where doctors cleaned and examined him and covered him with a warm blanket. npr “I just loved it,” his mother, Salma Shabaik, a family physician who lives in Los Angeles, says. “It was really nice to… Kangaroo Care Helps… Read More »

Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China

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Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China’s Yunnan province. Merrit Kennedy npr That’s according to new research from a team of scientists who discovered a well-preserved cranium of the newly-discovered species in an open lignite mine in 2010. They recently published their… Scientists Discover Prehistoric… Read More »

Innovation is critical for the next generation of farming

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Agriculture must produce enough to feed a growing world population while minimizing its ecological footprint. Bernd Naaf Politico Several times a year, when I am able to spend time in the fields with them, I simply marvel at the abilities of modern farmers to provide the food we all need to live. On a per capita… Innovation is critical… Read More »

Brexit may be just what the doctor ordered — for Ireland

epa05022786 Simon Harris (R), the Irish Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, arrives for the start of a European Budget Council session in Brussels, Belgium, 13 November  2015. The negotiations on the 2016 EU budget will be to respect the expenditure ceilings of the EU's multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 while to provide the necessary means for a number of priority actions, notably for tackling the refugee crisis and promoting growth and creating jobs, according to the EU Commission.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

One way Ireland is trying to benefit is becoming host of the European Medicines Agency, which faces leaving London. Helen Collis Politico DUBLIN — Brexit might be good for Ireland after all. The Irish government, which… Brexit may be just what the… Read More »