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Exxon Mobil Backs FuelCell Effort to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

For years, FuelCell Energy has been considered a company to watch. Its technology promised to help economically reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which could help combat climate change. The Danbury, Conn., company might be able to make a difference, experts said, if only it had a …

Energy

India to fight climate change with 'dwarf cows that rarely break wind'

Standing less than three feet tall, the Vechur “dwarf” cow of Kerala is officially the smallest bovine in the world.<p>Its diminutive size and cute appearance has seen it become a prized, exotic pet among Indian families, echoing the “micro-pig” fad that briefly gripped Britain.<p>But Indian scientists …

Climate Change

Why Afghanistan Is Once Again On The Brink

If you drive around Kabul long enough, you will eventually see what must be the most cheerful slogan in Afghanistan.<p>Cars traverse the city bearing a happy little window sticker about the best way to approach life in a country beset by deep — and, in the eyes of most Afghans, worsening — …

Afghanistan

Scientists break record for keeping lab-grown human embryos alive

Researchers have broken the record for growing human embryos in the lab, keeping them alive and active beyond the stage when they would naturally implant in a mother’s womb.<p>The feat has been hailed as a milestone in the field, but the work by two teams of researchers in the US and the UK puts …

Prenatal Development

Ottawa high school student presents cancer-fighting vaccine at national science fair

Print<p>This was no ordinary science fair.<p>For starters, there was not a single baking soda volcano in sight. Instead, nine presentation boards on …

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum mechanics

Inside the Mind of a Mad Scientist: The Incredible Importance of Personal Science

For decades the world's greatest doctors and researchers had believed that stomach ulcers and, eventually, stomach cancers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid in the stomach.<p>Barry Marshall wasn't buying it. Marshall was an Australian physician and microbiology researcher and he …

Science

The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy

When I was around 10 years old, my stay-at-home dad went back to work. For the next few years, he switched jobs a lot. For a while he took portraits in a photography studio; another time, he managed a bookstore. He told me more than once that he was looking for a job with plenty of autonomy. He was …

Happiness

The brutal rape and murder of Jisha shows that life for India's women is as savage as ever

The 30-year-old Indian woman was found by her mother. Her body had at least 30 stab wounds. Parts of her intestines had been removed using something sharp and she had a serious head injury. The law student’s lifeless body showed signs that she’d been strangled, tortured and sexually assaulted, …

Asia

Beijing's top paper reminds Taiwan's new leader there's just 'one China'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Taiwan's president-elect's pledge to maintain the status quo with China is "empty talk" unless she recognizes the self-ruled island as part of China, the country's top newspaper said, as Beijing keeps up the pressure ahead of her inauguration.<p>China regards democratic Taiwan as a …

Beijing

Harvard Scientist, Longtime Solar Skeptic, Now Sees the Light

David Keith, a Harvard University scientist, has long doubted solar energy’s potential to compete on cost with conventional power sources. Now he …

Renewable Energy

The World Bank just issued a warning that will rattle global economies

Economies across large swaths of the globe could shrink dramatically by 2050 as freshwater grows scarce because of climate change, the World Bank reported on Tuesday.<p>The Middle East could be hardest hit, with its gross domestic product falling as much as 14% by 2050 unless steps are taken to …

Global Perspectives

China sends advanced warships to contested S China Sea for drills

China is sending some of its most advanced naval assets to the South China Sea for a scheduled exercise this month. Those include a new guided …

Hunting for the Signatures of Cancer

Signatures of Mutational Processes Extracted from the Mutational Catalogs of 21 Breast Cancer Genomes. Credit:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2012.12.008<p><b>Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide</b>, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million related deaths each year …

Life Sciences

Artist Whose Nude Painting of Donald Trump Went Viral, Says She Was Attacked by Trump Supporter

The 24-year-old says she painted her artwork in response to Trump's comments about his genitals<p>A Los Angeles artist claims she was punched in the face after painting a nude portrait of Donald Trump.<p>Illma Gore, 24, says she was walking to an art supply store Friday when she claims a group of men …

Painting

China army recruitment video enlists catchy 'kill, kill, kill' rap

China appears to be seeking to enlist a younger generation of soldiers brought up on ‘shoot ‘em up’ computer games and war movies with the release of a slick new recruitment video featuring explosions, dogfights and a rousing rap anthem.<p>Images of tanks rolling into battle, missiles being fired from …

Military

Cameron to propose global anti-corruption agency at summit

An international anti-corruption body to help law enforcement agencies and investigators track down money laundering and tax evasion is to be one of the central proposals of next week’s anti-corruption summit hosted by David Cameron.<p>The new international agency is likely to involve broadening the …

UK Politics

Scientists are figuring out the keys to convincing people about global warming

The latest survey data from Yale and George Mason universities underscores the partisan divide on climate science denial – 73% of Americans realize that global warming is happening, including 71% of liberal/moderate Republicans, but the average is dragged down by the mere 47% of conservative …

Climate Change

Insight: How Zuma, the smiling spy, controls South Africa

As head of intelligence for the outlawed African National Congress during apartheid, Jacob Zuma neutralised perceived traitors and sidelined opponents to shore up his position, people who worked with him say.<p>Decades later, as South Africa's President, he hasn't lost his touch.<p>Lampooned in the …

Africa

Chinese police patrols in Rome could lead to further collaboration

On Rome’s glamorous Via Condotti, deep-pocketed Chinese tourists have long been seen as the lifeblood of one of Europe’s most vaunted shopping destinations, outspending Russians, Britons and Italians on luxury goods.<p>Now, following the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels and amid signs that Chinese …

Policing

Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hundreds of millions of hacked usernames and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters.<p>The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru (MAILRq.L), …

Big Data

Spain issues arrest warrants for Russian officials close to Putin

Spain has issued arrest warrants for senior Russian government officials close to Vladimir Putin following a decade-long investigation into the activities of the Russian mafia.<p>A Spanish national court judge is seeking to arrest 12 people allegedly linked to Russian gangsters operating in Spain. …

Spain

Embryo study shows 'life's first steps'

<b>Scientists say a breakthrough in growing embryos will improve fertility treatments and revolutionise knowledge of the earliest steps to human life.</b><p>For the first time, embryos have been grown past the point they would normally implant in the womb.<p>The research, in the UK and US, was halted just …

Robots outperform expert surgeons on open bowel surgery in pigs

The robot outperformed expert surgeons and current robot-assisted surgical techniques in open bowel surgery in pigs. By taking human intervention out …

A fresh eye on nonequilibrium systems

According to the physicist Richard Feynman, a system is in equilibrium when “all the fast things have happened but the slow things have not” (<i>1</i>). …

Most of Greek bailout money went to banks: study

Only 5 percent of international bailout money for Greece was used to kickstart the country's languid economy, a new study has found. The rest was used to pay back private creditors, many of which were banks.<p>Less than 10 billion euros ($11.5 billion) from Greece's first two international bailouts …

Greece

Why Are So Many People Dying by Medical Error?

It's killing more people than car crashes and guns.<p>A new study has determined that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Out of 2.6 million deaths each year, that's a big finding. The only problem is medical error isn't technically recorded as a cause of …

Medicine

The History of Anti-Semitism and the Shoah

As an organization dedicated to combatting anti-Semitism and fighting against all forms of bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League speaks often about the Holocaust both from a Jewish framework and from one that addresses hatred and genocide in the world at large.<p>The moral lesson of the Holocaust, or …

Holocaust

Donald Trump is really going to be the nominee. This is actually happening.

Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee.<p>The only way it won't is if something unthinkable happens.He could be struck by lightning. He …

Donald Trump

Earth may be home to one trillion species: Largest-ever analysis of microbial data reveals an ecological law concluding 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered

The estimate, based on the intersection of large datasets and universal scaling laws, appears May 2 in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of</i> …

Biology