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Many GMO Studies Rife with Conflicts of Interest

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Financial conflicts of interest were found in 40 percent of published research articles on the genetically modified crops, also known as GMO crops, French researchers said this week.

The findings in the December 15 edition of the US journal PLOS ONE focused on hundreds of published in international scientific

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First Nation to Allow 3 Parent Babies

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Britain is set to become the first country in the world to legally offer “three-parent baby” fertility treatments after regulators gave the green light.

British lawmakers had voted in February to allow the creation of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies with DNA from three people (AFP Photo/Philippe Huguen)

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U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for First Time in Decades

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a

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DNA Offers Proof of Unknown Human Relative

Traces of long-lost human cousins may be hiding in current people’s DNA, a new computer analysis suggests.

People from Melanesia, a area in the South soothing encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry inherited evidence of a previously unknown dead hominid species, Ryan Bohlender reported October 22 at the annual meeting of

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Millions of Fish Discovered “Beached”

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The discovery was made by local people two days ago on Sandy Bay in the Maherees, an island near Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula.

Kevin Flannery Marine life specialist based in Dingle arrived to the area on the Maheres on Tralee Bay as millon411s of small fish were found dead on the

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60,000 Antelope dead in 4 Days

Steffen Zuther is a geologist and he along with and his colleagues went to central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, that is an endangered antelope and is found in the steppes. They were given the news by veterinarians in the area that there were dead antelopes on the ground.

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As if Spiders weren’t bad Enough, Now they Fly

Who needs a parachute? Some tropical spiders can fly without using silk, making virtuoso dives to nearby tree trunks, scientists have discovered.

The daredevil arachnids seem to steer themselves through the air with movements of their outstretched forelegs, according to a study published August 19 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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Nearly Complete Brain Grown by Researchers

Research team say tiny brain could be used to test drugs and study diseases, but scientific peers urge caution as data on breakthrough kept under wraps

The tiny brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, is not conscious. Photograph: Ohio State University

An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab

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The Artificial Leaf?

Melbourne researchers say it may only be a matter of years before the artificial leaf is fueling every community, house and car on the planet.

The machine they have designed relies on a so-far largely untapped fuel source — hydrogen — and draws heavily on the plant process of photosynthesis, in which

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University Researchers: Continued Destruction of Biomass is Unsustainable

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If humans continue destroying plants at the current pace, the lack of irreplaceable biomass may soon endanger present human civilization and make it unsustainable – according to a paper published recently by University of Georgia researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Earth was once devoid of life. Then came

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Spider Venom Promises More Effective Painkillers

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University of Queensland researchers have found seven peptides (mini-proteins) in spider venom that block the molecular pathway responsible for sending pain signals from nerves to the brain.

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The discovery, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, could inspire a new class of potent painkillers with fewer side effects than current medications.

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Mind of a Worm Uploaded Into Robot

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A humble roundworm is leading the race in artificial intelligence, showing that it may be possible one day to upload our brains to a computer.

Called the Open Worm Project, the research brings together scientists and programmers from around the world with the aim of recreating the behavior of the

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“Mystery” DNA Abounds in New York Subway System

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Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable? Well, there is a good chance scientists do not know what it is either.

A rider on a C train in Manhattan last month. A study of DNA collected in the subway system found that

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Scientists Crack Code for Major Viral Group

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Researchers have cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio.

Until now, scientists had not noticed the code, which had been hidden in plain sight in the sequence of the ribonucleic acid (RNA) that makes up this type of viral genome.

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It is Now Legal to Create a Baby With the DNA of Three People

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In a historic decision, the United Kingdom’s House of Commons has voted to legalize a gene-therapy technique that could help women to avoid passing genetic defects onto their children. The vote, decided by 382 members of parliament casting in favour and 128 against, is expected to lead to the United Kingdom becoming the

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Interbreeding Between Neanderthal and Human Uncovered

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According to a study published Wednesday in Nature, the first interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals may have taken place in what is now Israel.

Scientists have discovered a 55,000-year-old modern human skull in a cave in western Galilee. (Israel Hershkovitz, Ofer Marder & Omry Barzilai)

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FrankenMouse: Mouse Becomes Smarter With Half Human Brain

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What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the animals are smarter than their siblings.

The idea is not to mimic fiction, but to advance our understanding of human brain diseases by studying them in whole mouse brains rather than in dishes.

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37 Million Honey Bees Bite the Dust Just Weeks After GMO Planting

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Millions of bees mysteriously fell from the sky and wiped out beekeepers’ profits in an instant in Canada.

The shock incident came just weeks after genetically modified corn was planted in Ontario, according to the local honey gatherers.

Beekeeper Dave Schuit lost about 37 million bees, which is around 600 hives.

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Potentially Infectious Ancient Viruses Revealed as More Ice Melts

One day, 700 years ago, a caribou defecated on ice in what would become Canada. Today, scientists have opened this long-frozen time capsule and found an entire plant virus inside it.

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Eric Delwart of the University of California, San Francisco, and his colleagues discovered the virus in samples of frozen caribou

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Record Breaking Walrus Gathering as Ice Shrinks

More than 35,000 of the marine mammals have congregated in Alaska.

Over a thousand walruses gather on the northwestern coast of Alaska on September 23, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPH BY COREY ACCARDO, NOAA/ AP

Linda Qiu

National Geographic

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2, 2014

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