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341 articles from TUESDAY 15.5.2012
- TUESDAY 15. MAY, 2012
19:53 April 2012 Heats Up as Fifth Warmest Month GloballyUnseasonable weather pushed last month to the fifth warmest April on record worldwide, U.S. weather statistics show.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center calculated that April's average temperature of 57.9 degrees (14.4 degrees Celsius) was nearly 1.2 degrees (0.7 degrees Celsius) above the 20th Century normal. Two years ago was the hottest April since recordkeeping started in 1880.
Last month was the third hottest April in the United States and unusually warm in Russia, but cooler than normal in parts of western Europe. This is despite a now ended La Nina which generally lowers global temperatures.
Temperatures that would have once been considered unusually hot and record breaking now are not even in the top two or three, said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist.
The last time the globe had a month that averaged below the 20th Century normal was February 1985. April makes it 326 months in a row. Nearly half the population of the world has never seen a month that was cooler than normal, according to United Nations data.
"A warmer world is the new normal," Oppenheimer said. "To me, it's startling to think that a generation has grown up with global warming defining their world."
The first four months of 2012 only rank the 15th warmest on record.
19:53 Three-Man Soyuz Crew Departs for Space StationA three-man crew blasted off from a space center in southern Kazakhstan Tuesday morning on board a Russian-made Soyuz craft for a four-and-half-month stay at the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin set off from the Baikonur facility as scheduled at 9:01 a.m. local time (0301 GMT).
Russia's space agency says the craft is due to dock with the space station Thursday morning Moscow time and will join the three astronauts currently staying at the orbiting laboratory.
The crew, which is being commanded by retired 53-year old Russian Air Force Col. Padalka, will immediately get to work preparing for the arrival next week of privately owned SpaceX's Dragon Capsule. It will be the first time a private company has launched space station supplies.
The space station is currently occupied by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and Holland's Andre Kuipers.
Padalka is a seasoned space traveler, having spent a total of 585 days in space on three previous missions on board the now-defunct Mir station and the current International Space Station. Inglewood, California-native Acaba, who turns 45 on Thursday, on the day that Soyuz is due to dock, makes his second venture into space after his maiden orbital voyage on the shuttle in 2009. Revin, 46, is making his first trip to space.
Until NASA either brings a new craft online or private companies are able to arrange manned trips to the orbiting station, the Soviet-designed Soyuz spacecraft will remain the only means to deliver crews to the orbiting outpost.
The Russian space program has been blighted by a string of technical glitches in the recent past, raising questions over its dependability.
Tuesday's launch had been pushed back by two months due to depressurization of the spacecraft's descent module during the ground testing phase. It was the...
19:52 New Plan To Fight Alzheimer's, But Clock Is TickingThe Obama administration declared Alzheimer's one of the biggest U.S. health challenges on Tuesday, adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 -- along with help for suffering families today.
"What we know is a lot more needs to be done and it needs to be done right now, because people with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones and caregivers need help right now," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in announcing the first National Alzheimer's Plan.
Among the first steps: A new Web site -- http://www.alzheimers.gov -- that Sebelius called a one-stop shop for families who need easy-to-understand information about dementia and to learn where to get help in their own communities.
This summer, doctors and other health providers can start getting some free training on how to spot the early signs of Alzheimer's and the best ways to care for those patients.
And scientists are rolling up their sleeves, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told a meeting of the world's top Alzheimer's scientists -- gathered to decide the top priorities to help meet that ambitious goal of better treatments, perhaps even ways to stall the disease, by 2025.
"We are at an exceptional moment," with more important new discoveries about Alzheimer's in just the last few months than in recent years, Collins said.
The NIH will spend an extra $50 million on Alzheimer's research this year, and among the new studies of possible therapies is a nasal spray that sends insulin straight to the brain. It might sound strange, but research has linked diabetes and Alzheimer's, and Collins said pilot testing suggested the insulin spray improved brain function.
Already, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's or related dementias. Barring a research breakthrough, those numbers will jump by 2050, when up to 16 million Americans are...
19:51 Scared of Needles? Looking Away Lessens the PainLooking away while you're getting an injection really does make it hurt less, a new study from Germany suggests.
19:28 Turning Down Heat May Save Much More Than ExpectedConsumers could potentially be saving more than 5 percent (about $10) for each degree they turn the thermostat down.
19:24 April 2012 heats up as 5th warmest month globally(AP) -- Unseasonable weather pushed last month to the fifth warmest April on record worldwide, federal weather statistics show.
19:23 WWF report criticizes Canada's ecological footprint
Canada has the world's 8th largest ecological footprint per capita, according to WWF's Living Planet Report 2012, which was released on Tuesday.
19:23 A mock funeral is not the right way to make scientists' voices heard
19:22 Half of Americans consider Facebook a fad, poll suggests
Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new poll.
19:21 New Nokia Line Bets on Next Billion Mobile UsersNokia is struggling on many fronts, but the company is performing well in emerging markets -- and it's looking to boost its chances with two new mobile phones that play on its strategy to connect the next billion consumers.
The Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 aim to attract young, urban consumers who want to experience a fast, affordable online experience. Both devices incorporate social-media aspects, like Facebook and Twitter integration. And a Nokia browser promises to consume up to 90 percent less data by compressing Web sites in the cloud.
"Today's mobile phone users want a quick Internet experience that allows them to discover great content and share it with their friends -- but without being held back by high data costs," said Mary T. McDowell, executive vice president of Mobile Phones at Nokia. She's betting consumers will look to the Nokia 110 and 112, which combine browsing, social media, apps, entertainment and long battery life.
Casual Gaming Savvy
The devices have a 1.8-inch display that Nokia characterizes as "optimized for gaming." In the months ahead, the Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 will bring free EA Games, including favorites like Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run, Monopoly Here & Now, and SimCity Deluxe.
The Nokia 112 features a preloaded eBuddy instant messaging service so users can tap into popular chat services from the mobile device. And both phones offer an upgraded camera that lets users customize contacts with photos, or share images via social networks and Bluetooth.
The VGA camera promises sharper, clearer pictures with support for up to 32GB of external memory, enough for more than 6,000 songs or 90,000 pictures. Consumers can tune into radio stations and share songs with friends over Bluetooth. And all this with a promised 10 hours of talk time and nearly a month of standby.
19:18 New biomarker test predicts arthritis before symptoms appearA research team has found a way to detect and predict arthritis before patients begin suffering from symptoms.
19:17 A supernova cocoon breakthroughAstronomers have the first X-ray evidence of a supernova shock wave breaking through a cocoon of gas surrounding the star that exploded. This discovery may help astronomers understand why some supernovas are much more powerful than others.
19:17 All cancer cells are not created equal: Some cell types control continued tumor growth, others prepare the way for metastasisNew researchers suggests that specific populations of tumor cells have different roles in the process by which tumors make new copies of themselves and grow.
19:17 Mystery gene reveals new mechanism for anxiety disordersA novel mechanism for anxiety behaviors, including a previously unrecognized inhibitory brain signal, may inspire new strategies for treating psychiatric disorders, researchers report. By testing the controversial role of a gene called Glo1 in anxiety, scientists uncovered a new inhibitory factor in the brain: The metabolic by-product methylglyoxal. The system offers a tantalizing new target for drugs designed to treat conditions such as anxiety disorder, epilepsy, and sleep disorders.
19:17 People see sexy pictures of women as objects, not people; sexy-looking men as peoplePerfume ads, beer billboards, movie posters: everywhere you look, women's sexualized bodies are on display. A new study finds that both men and women see images of sexy women's bodies as objects, while they see sexy-looking men as people.
19:17 Timely discovery: Physics research sheds new light on quantum dynamicsPhysicists have made a breakthrough that improves understanding of matter-light interactions. Their research allows double ionization events to be observed at the time scale of attoseconds and shows that these ionization events occur earlier than thought -- a key factor to improve knowledge of correlated electron dynamics.
19:16 Statistical analysis projects future temperatures in North AmericaFor the first time, researchers have been able to combine different climate models using spatial statistics - to project future seasonal temperature changes in regions across North America.
19:13 Mistaken Identity? 10 Contested Death Penalty Cases
19:13 Chronic child abuse strong indicator of negative adult experiencesChild abuse or neglect are strong predictors of major health and emotional problems, but little is known about how the chronicity of the maltreatment may increase future harm apart from other risk factors in a child’s life. Scientist have now taken a closer look at how chronic maltreatment has impacted the future health and behavior of children and adults.
19:08 Science Fiction or Fact: Invisibility Cloaks Will One Day Exist
19:08 Spacecraft Repair Droids Could Give Satellites Longer Lives
19:08 2,000 Apply for Jobs Building Asteroid-Mining RobotsIf you want to be an asteroid miner, you've got some stiff competition.
19:06 Testing a Drug That May Stop Alzheimer’s Before It StartsA clinical trial of Crenezumab, made by Genentech, will focus largely on people in a large Colombian family who are genetically destined to suffer from the disease but who do not yet have any symptoms.
19:03 What's Your City's Bike Score?Cities get rated on bike infrastructure, hilliness and amenities. How bike-friendly does your city need to be?
18:49 Website rates Canadian cities on bike-ability
Researchers at UBC and Simon Fraser University have come up with a way to rate how good major Canadian cities are for cycling.