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Record number of shark attacks in 2015, researchers find

Sharks attacked people 98 times in 2015, a spike in unprovoked attacks that set a new record as human and shark populations rise, researchers found in an annual global tally released on Monday. Six people were killed by sharks, including a snorkeler in Hawaii. Two deaths were recorded off the ...

Feb 11, 2016

Genome offers clues on thwarting disease-carrying ticks

Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease. The research may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood. The researchers said on Tuesday they have sequenced ...

Feb 11, 2016

Climate change 'forcing species to move'

Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world’s plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, with every major type of species affected. Camille Parmesan, an expert from Britain’s Plymouth University on how climate change impacts wildlife, said ...

Feb 11, 2016

Zika research to be published rapidly, and for free: statement

Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily, and for free. A statement signed by the journals Nature, Science and The Lancet, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, France’s Institut ...

U.N. agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

Feb 9, 2016

U.N. agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming. The International Civil Aviation Organization said ...

Feb 9, 2016

Australian scientists offer new hope for paraplegics

Australian researchers have created a “bionic spinal cord” they said Tuesday could give paralyzed people hope of walking again through the power of thought, without resorting to open brain surgery. The system would use a device the size of a paperclip implanted in a ...