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Green tea plus exercise may speed up weight loss - Futurity

Mice that were given decaffeinated green tea and exercised regularly lost more weight than mice that only exercised or only consumed green tea.

Little girl unwraps the best birthday present in the world

The heart-warming reaction of a three-year-old girl as she unwraps a mysteriously large birthday present left at her front door<p>This little girl reacts like most youngsters do upon finding a gift-wrapped birthday present present. She is excited, despertate to get the wrapping off but keen to do it …

The future of particle physics?

If we want to continue to probe the structure of matter, to understand what the smallest constituents of nature are and how they interact, we have to think big and plan for the long term. Possibilities include machines that would dwarf the Large Hadron Collider, and neutrino beams crossing half a …

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In Hawaii, as on Mars, Lava Tubes Hide Secrets Beneath the Surface - Field Notes

By Kate Greene | June 14, 2013 2:52 pm<p><i>This is the ninth in a series of reports from the HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission. Read others in the series</i> …

Brazilian cities rocked by violent clashes

Protesters in Brazil have promised more organised action following clashes in which police in Sao Paulo set upon thousands of young demonstrators …

Hezbollah leader vows to stand by Syrian regime in fight against rebels

The leader of Hezbollah has warned that the fall of the Syrian regime would give rise to extremists and plunge the Middle East into a "dark period", …

Obama defends US drone attacks

President Barack Obama has defended his country's controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary tool in an evolving US counterterrorism policy.<p>But addressing an audience at the National Defence University on Thursday, he acknowledged that the targeted strikes were no "cure-all" …

Ugandan army chief fired after leaked letter

Uganda's president has made a major change in the army, removing the chief of the armed forces to the interior ministry and replacing him with a general in charge of land forces.<p>Yoweri Museveni named General Katumba Wamala the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) and General Aronda Nyakairima the …

Taliban launches deadly attack in Kabul

Explosions rocked central Kabul for five hours after Taliban gunmen launched a major suicide and gun attack centred on a compound of the International Organization for Migration, an aid agency.<p>There are still conflicting reports on the number of casualties in the attack on Friday, but Al Jazeera …

Turkey parliament passes anti-alcohol bill

Turkey's parliament has backed a controversial bill restricting the consumption and advertising of alcohol in the predominantly Muslim country.<p>The measure, passed on Friday, prohibits alcoholic beverage companies from sponsoring events and restricts the places where such drinks can be consumed. It …

Philippine troops in deadly clash with rebels

At least 12 people have been killed, including seven government soldiers, in fresh clashes as military steps up its offensive against rebels in the southern Philippines, officials say.<p>The fighting on Saturday in Sulu province's coastal town of Patikul between the military and members of Abu Sayyaf, …

Children killed in Pakistan explosion

Sixteen children and a female teacher have died after their school bus caught fire in eastern Pakistan, according to local police.<p>Seven other children were injured in Saturday's blaze which destroyed the vehicle. Gujrat, the city where the incident occurred, is located about 200km southeast of …

Rioting spreads outside calmer Stockholm

A nearly weeklong spate of rioting has spread outside Stockholm, but authorities say police reinforcements sent to the Swedish capital have reduced the violence there.<p>As many as 25 cars had been burned and a police officer was slightly injured on the sixth straight night of violence in mainly …

Lower obesity rates for kids in traditional families - Futurity

RICE (US) — Children living in households where the parents are married are less likely …

Discovered: Molecule That Triggers Itchiness

At long last, researchers have identified what happens in the nervous system as an itch begins.<p>What really causes itching, and how it works, is surprisingly little understood. But researchers at the National Institutes of Health will publish a paper tomorrow in <i>Science</i> that details the discovery of …

Scientists Train People To Not Be Jerks

To be excellent to one another, just try out some Buddhist meditation.<p>If you're kind of a jerk, but at least concerned about your jerk-ness, take heart: researchers say they've shown it's possible to increase compassion in adults.<p>The University of Wisconsin-Madison actually has a whole department …

What Salamanders Could Teach Scientists About Growing Human Limbs

Regeneration, salamander-style<p>In an attempt to recreate the plot of multiple recent superhero movies, a team of Australian scientists is looking into the regenerative properties of salamanders--and into how humans can pull off the same trick.<p>Salamanders, specifically the axolotl, are vertebrates …

This 3-D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saved A Baby's Life

The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.<p>We've seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the …

Scientists identify the mystery killer behind Ireland's potato famine

Scientists have finally figured out exactly what strain of potato blight led to the deaths of more than a million people in Ireland during the Great Famine of the mid-19th century — and it's not the usual suspect.<p>For decades, researchers assumed that a particular strain of Phytophthora infestans, …

Cockroaches' sense of taste evolves to beat sugar traps

A mutant strain of cockroach that can outsmart the sugar traps used to kill them has evolved, scientists in the US have found.<p>The US team of researchers say the insects have "reorganised" their sense of taste so they perceived the glucose used to coat poisoned bait as bitter rather than …

Insects

'Crazy Ants' Spreading In The Southeastern US

In parts of the southeastern US, aggressive fire ants have been driven out by an even more recent arrival, the tawny crazy ant. Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, describes the newcomers and how one invasive species can out-invade another.<p>Transcript<p>FLORA LICHTMAN, …

Is US drone policy illegal and ill-advised? - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — Targeted killing by unmanned planes may violate international …

Help at hand for schizophrenics

How can healthy people who hear voices help schizophrenics? Finding the answer for this is at the centre of research conducted at the University of …

Neuroscience