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Some DNA ancestry services akin to ‘genetic astrology’

Published on July 22, 2013 by in Science

Scientists have recently described DNA ancestry services as the equivalent of “genetic astrology”, as they believe DNA tests cannot provide accurate information about ancestry. Professors David Balding and Mark Thomas of University College London explain that some of the relationships that DNA services companies claim to have found tend to be “so general as to

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We’re Number One: U.S. Installed Most Wind Power In 2012

According to an industry report by Navigant Research, the US has overtaken China as the world’s largest wind power market. The report also states that GE has grabbed 15.5 percent of the market share, replacing the Danish company Vestas as the top supplier for wind power. 2012 saw a 12.3% increase in wind installations across

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Oklahoma earthquake: How oil extraction shifts the ground beneath us

According to a new study from the University of Oklahoma, Columbia University and the US Geological Survey, the November 2011 earthquake in Oklahoma (the state’s largest recorded earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude) may have been caused by wastewater injection from oil production. Geoffrey Abers, a seismologist at Columbia University explained that “the risk of humans

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Spread of Antarctic ice: no longer a global warming paradox?

Published on July 1, 2013 by in Observed, Science

“Studies indicate that while the Arctic has suffered what scientists consider to be alarming rates of ice loss in recent years, the Antarctic ice shelf has remained relatively stable despite having have lost ice in recent decades”. But new research could explain this paradox. According to findings reported in the journal Nature Geoscience, increased melting

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Why was March so cold? Blame Greenland

Published on July 1, 2013 by in Observed, Science

March 2013 will go down on record as the coldest March since the year 2000. According to the National Weather Service, a stationary mass of warm air blocked the normal flow of air from east to west. This flow is known as the jet stream and it usually brings more warm air from the Southern

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