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Many languages use similar sounds for common objects

Sep 13, 2016

Many languages use similar sounds for common objects

Nearly two thirds of the world’s languages often use similar sounds for common objects, such as the “n” sound for nose, international researchers said Monday. The study challenges a long-standing principle of linguistics, which holds that the relationship between sound and meaning is completely ...

SpaceX could be grounded for nine to 12 months

Sep 9, 2016

SpaceX could be grounded for nine to 12 months

Elon Musk’s SpaceX likely will be grounded for nine to 12 months while it investigates the cause of last week’s launch pad accident and makes repairs, the chief executive of SpaceX’s prime U.S. competitor said on Thursday. “It typically takes nine to 12 months ...

Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching

Sep 9, 2016

Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching

Hawaii officials on Thursday proposed a series of steps to fight coral bleaching that’s threatening the state’s reefs, including new marine protected areas, limits on fishing and controlling polluted runoff from land. Hawaii’s ocean temperatures have been rising as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere ...

Sep 8, 2016

Deadly scrub typhus taking hold in South America

Scrub typhus, a deadly disease common in Southeast Asia and spread by microscopic biting mites known as chiggers, has now taken hold in a part of South America and may have become endemic there, scientists said on Wednesday. The tropical disease, which kills at ...

Sep 8, 2016

Exercise may offset health risks of drinking: study

Heavy drinkers who exercise are less likely to die from alcohol-related diseases than those who don’t, a study suggested Thursday, although its authors were cautious about the implications of their data. Researchers used British population data between 1994 and 2006, comparing health outcomes with ...

Sep 8, 2016

Expanded U.S. habitat ordered for rare lynx

A federal judge ordered U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday to enlarge habitat protections in Idaho, Montana and Colorado for the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat that roams the Rockies and mountain forests of several other states. Chief U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in ...