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UN nuclear body says ageing reactors fuel safety concerns

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Eighty percent of nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, raising safety concerns, the UN atomic agency warned in a draft report seen by AFP on Tuesday, a year after Japan’s Fukushima disaster. This “could impact safety and their ability to meet member states‘ energy requirements in an economical and efficient manner,” the […]

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Rats as good at decision-making as humans: study

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Rats are smart, that’s a well known fact. But US researchers said Tuesday a series of tests have shown they may be just as good as humans at juggling information in order to make the best decision. The discovery could help scientists better understand how the brain works in order to help people with autism […]

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Crocodiles have strongest bite

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Saltwater crocodiles have the strongest bite of any living animal, research has shown. The huge reptiles, which can measure more than 20ft, have jaws that snap shut with a force of 3,700lb, or almost two tons. In comparison, the great white shark has a chomping capacity of 2,095lb at the tip of its jaws. The […]

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Junk food diet 'lowers sperm count'

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Eating junk food may reduce a man’s sperm count, research has shown. A study of men attending a US fertility clinic found those with the fattiest diets produced significantly less sperm. Their sperm density was also lower. The research also showed that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and plant oils, were […]

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Radio glitch delays 5-rocket launch to edge of space

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A radio system glitch on one of five small rockets aimed at the edge of space has forced NASA to cancel a barrage of overnight launches tonight that promised to dazzle East Coast skywatchers with glowing midnight clouds.The malfunction was detected as scientists prepared for the late-night launch rocket launches, which were scheduled to blast off […]

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Oxygen envelops Saturn's icy moon

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A Nasa spacecraft has detected oxygen around one of Saturn’s icy moons, Dione.The discovery supports a theory that suggests all of the moons near Saturn and Jupiter might have oxygen around them.Researchers say that their finding increases the likelihood of finding the ingredients for life on one of the moons orbiting gas giants.The study has […]

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Scientists manage to 'cloak' a 3-D object from all angles

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Researchers have “cloaked” a three-dimensional object, making it invisible from all angles, for the first time. However, the demonstration works only for waves in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. It uses a shell of what are known as plasmonic materials; they present a “photo negative” of the object being cloaked, effectively cancelling it […]

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Big Tokyo earthquake likely 'within the next few years'

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The chance of a big earthquake hitting the Japanese capital in the next few years is much greater than official predictions suggest, researchers say. The team, from the University of Tokyo, said there was a 75% probability that a magnitude seven quake would strike the region in the next four years.The government says the chances […]

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Natural Selection Before Our Eyes-Pigeons

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Pigeons have learnt to distinguish between people that will feed them, and people that will chase them away, therefore maximising their time to eat food and less time is spent searching for food, this is an example of natural selection we can see in our lifetime.   Further information on the study carried out can […]

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Protein Could Suggest Alzheimers

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A protein in spinal fluid could be used to predict the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to German researchers. Patients with high levels of the chemical – soluble amyloid precursor protein beta – were more likely to develop the disease, they found. Doctors analysed samples of spinal fluid from 58 patients with mild cognitive […]

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Antimatter atoms trapped for 1000 seconds

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The ALPHA exeriment at CERN has managed to trap 300 antiatoms in the CERN Antiproton Decelerator for over 16 minutes, allowing them to be measured, studied, and compared to hydrogen atoms. “We can keep the antihydrogen atoms trapped for 1000 seconds,” explained ALPHA spokesperson Jeffrey Hangst of Aarhus University. “This is long enough to begin […]

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'The Holy Grail of Heart Research'

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A drug has been found to repair the damage done by a heart attack. Thymosin beta 4 can ‘wake up’ dormant epicardium-derived progenitor cells that line an adult’s heart. Once woken, these cells can move inward and form new heart muscle. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13699711  

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Music Players May Impair Ability to Clearly Discriminate Sounds

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With the amount of people listening to Music Players at dangerously high levels, a study was undetaken by the National Institute for Physiological Sciences. Results suggested that people who listen to loud music for extended periods of time had difficulty discriminating between sounds. These neurophysiological changes burdens the nerves of the brain and auditory system […]

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Earths Ecosytems under threat

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  Ocean acidification is putting the worlds coral underthreat, much of this is the result of coastal resorts directly throwing their waste into the Sea. Items such as plastic bags are litering the sea floor. However, promising research undertaken by Exeter University suggests that coral which drowned could return to life with warming seas and […]

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Ibuprofen reduces risk of Parkinson's disease

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People who take Ibuprofen regularly have been shown to have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease than others, new research suggests.   Ibuprofen is usually administered to patients with aches and pains, but new research in USA has shown it has another effect. The researchers looked at 135,000 patients who regularly took Ibuprofen, and these […]