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EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

Oct 24, 2014

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

European Union leaders agreed Friday on what they hailed as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new U.N.-backed global treaty next year. The 28 leaders overcame deep divisions at a summit in Brussels to reach a ...

Oct 24, 2014

'Eau de comet' is a bit of a stinker

Rotten eggs, horse pee, alcohol and bitter almonds: This is the bouquet of odors you would smell if a comet in deep space could be brought back to Earth, European scientists said on Thursday. An instrument aboard the probe Rosetta has detected some intriguing ...

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices

The second largest tobacco producer in the United States, Reynolds American said Thursday it will ban smoking in all indoor office spaces, bowing to smoke-free social norms. The manufacturer of Pall Mall and Camel cigarettes said smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes in conference rooms ...

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Oct 24, 2014

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world’s highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological ...

Oct 24, 2014

WHO voices confidence no wider spread of Ebola in Africa

The World Health Organization said on Thursday it was still trying to slow the rate of new infections but had “reasonable confidence” that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries had not spread into neighboring states. Asked whether countries such as Guinea Bissau, ...

Oct 23, 2014

In a first, astronomers map comets around another star

Astronomers using an ultra-sensitive telescope in the Chilean desert said Wednesday they had mapped hundreds of comets orbiting a star 63 light-years from Earth. The feat marks the most complete census of so-called exocomets, or comets in other solar systems, they said. Comets shed ...

Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

Oct 23, 2014

Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

The maker of America’s top sugar brand, Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie “natural” sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into demand for sugar. In less than a decade, ...