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May 19, 2015

Discovery fuels fears of homemade morphine, painkillers

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and potential abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine in the laboratory from scratch, some experts are calling for ...

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

May 15, 2015

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

U.S. honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies in the past year, the second highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a preliminary report this week. The losses from April 2014 to April 2015 are considered too high to be sustainable — ...

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

May 15, 2015

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club. Researchers said in the journal Science on Thursday that this deepwater denizen is the first fish known to be fully warm-blooded, circulating heated blood throughout its ...

May 15, 2015

Russia warns of 2 million HIV carriers in five years

Russia’s AIDS epidemic is worsening and at least 2 million people are likely to be infected with HIV in about five years as the virus increasingly affects the heterosexual population, the country’s top AIDS specialist said on Thursday. Russia has registered more than 930,000 ...

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

May 15, 2015

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig ...

May 14, 2015

Epic study backs key universe theory

Scientists on Wednesday said that after a nearly three-decade bid they had detected a telltale change in a sub-atomic particle, further backing a key theory about the universe. Researchers at the world’s biggest particle collider said they had observed an extremely rare event — ...