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The underestimated cooling effect on the planet from historic fires

Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated...

Simulating how the Earth kick-started metabolism

Researchers have developed a new approach to simulating the energetic processes that may have led to the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth –...

Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought

A study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2°C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and...

China still feeling internal brain drain, other migration settling down

The brain drain of educated workers is still felt most severely in China’s central and western provinces, since most knowledge-based industries are generally concentrated...

First animals may have oxygenated the ocean

The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated the earth's oceans – contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered...

It was four all along: More arms in Milky Way than...

A 12-year study of large stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of discussion sparked by pictures taken by NASA's Spitzer area Telescope that solely showed 2 arms.

Skin cancer death rates 70% higher in men

Death rates from malignant melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer – are 70% higher in men than women, despite similar numbers...

Specialist nurses as good as doctors in managing rheumatoid arthritis patients

Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical...

Reason geezers drive mid-lane: It’s safe

It's official: older adults are naturally inclined to drive in the middle of the road, leaving the younger generation to cut corners. This tendency to...

If you plan, then you’ll do… but it helps to have...

Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. While you are more likely to do something if...

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