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      June 10, 2009Environment

      Report: Climate change will force millions to move, prompting "tensions and violence"

      Flooded farmland has already forced thousands of Bangladeshis to higher ground, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, of the numbers of people who will need to move because of climate change in the coming decade, according to a report released by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, the United Nations University and CARE International today...
      June 12, 2009Health

      Foul fowl: Chicken tops government list of most frequently sickening fare

      Chicken takes the cake as the most common source of food poisoning in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today. The report, which analyzed data from 2006's outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., found that chicken caused 21 percent of the 27,634 reported cases of food poisoning...
      March 30, 2009Evolution

      Massive lions prowled North America not so long ago

      Large lions roamed North America and Europe as recently as 13,000 years ago, according to a new study published in Molecular Ecology . "These ancient lions were like a super-sized version of today's lions, up to 25 percent bigger," study co-author Ross Barnett, a researcher at the Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford's department of zoology, said in a statement...
      May 24, 2011The Sciences

      Newly Discovered Bacteria Lives on Caffeine

      Think you live on caffeine? You're still no match for a newly described bitty bacteria called Pseudomonas putida CBB5. These little guys can feast on pure caffeine all day—and presumably all night—long...
      September 24, 2010Health

      Avandia restricted in U.S., banned in Europe

      The use of frequently prescribed diabetes drug Avandia will be severely restricted in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday.
      August 3, 2010Biology

      Confused circadian rhythm could increase triglycerides

      Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder. And researchers are still trying to understand just how these cyclical signals influence aspects of our cellular and organ system activity...
      December 10, 2009Evolution

      Italy science council funds creationist book

      After hosting a panel earlier this year to discuss supposed flaws in evolutionary theory, Italy's science agency the National Research Council (CNR) reportedly put up thousands of dollars to help with the publication of a follow-up book, Evolutionism: The Decline of an Hypothesis ...
      August 13, 2009Space & Physics

      Bizarre Planet Found to Orbit Backward

      In the search for planets beyond our solar system, the UK's Wide Area Search for Planets (WASP) has stumbled upon a bizarre-o world that is orbiting its star in reverse. 

      "I have to say this is one of the strangest planets we know about," Sara Seager, an astrophysicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told
      July 17, 2009Environment

      SEC may mandate corporate climate disclosures

      Just as Wal-Mart’s plan to start eco-labeling its products is splashing down into the summer corporate news kiddie pool, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in talks about making companies do some serious environmental reporting of their own...
      July 21, 2009Health

      New Jersey beaches: Sun, sand, surf--and E. coli?

      It’s well known that the human body is crawling with bacteria—from the ankle to the, well, armpit. But unbeknown to New Jersey bathers, their beaches might be, too.
      July 31, 2009The Sciences

      Drilling deep into an ocean fault

      For the first time, researchers have been able to drill deep (more than 1,600 meters) into an ocean fault zone.

      The expedition team, onboard the Japanese research ship Chikyu, is searching for answers in the depths of the Nankai Trough about why the previously active fault has locked up in the past several decades—and what type of activity might be likely in the near future...
      August 7, 2009The Sciences

      Honeybees face new threat in Texas: "Crazy" ants

      Viruses, grueling journeys, monoculture diets. U.S. honeybees have had it rough lately, and millions have perished from the mysterious colony collapse disorder (CCD).
      September 28, 2009The Sciences

      Uganda embarks on bubonic plague prevention program

      As reports of bubonic plague in the Democratic Republic of Congo have filtered into neighboring Uganda, the Ugandan government is taking preemptive action, according to Uganda's Daily Monitor and reported by ProMED-mail...
      November 5, 2009Evolution

      Frozen Antarctic lakes yield new viruses

      In the chilly depths of one of Antarctica's freshwater lakes, a surprising number of novel viruses thrive.

      Researchers braved frigid temperatures to collect water samples from Lake Limnopolar, located on Livingston Island near the Antarctic Peninsula, and sequenced the genomes of the collected species...
      June 30, 2014Evolution

      Dr. Octopus Heads to the Operating Room

      Robotic surgery has proved itself to be less than perfect so far. Stiff robotic limbs, burning surfaces, numerous complications. But what if that surgeon’s assistant was less like a standard robot—and more like an octopus?...
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