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Monsanto to Pay $2.4mn to Farmers Over 2013 GMO-Wheat Scare
Offbeat  (tags: GMO, Health, Monsanto, Science, USA )

Ray
- 13 days ago - rt.com
GMO giant Monsanto will have to fork out $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit with US wheat farmers after its genetically engineered strain, supposedly banned and scrapped a decade ago, was found alive and well in Oregon in 2013.
Villain or Hero? Bats May Be Key to Curing Ebola, Scientists Say
Offbeat  (tags: Biology, Health, Medicine, Science )

Ray
- 23 days ago - rt.com
Bats are believed to be the origin of the deadly Ebola virus; they can carry rabies and over 100 other diseases, but they do not suffer from the viruses themselves. Scientists believe the nocturnal creatures may be the key to curing Ebola.
Medicare's 'Drugs for the Deceased' Costing Taxpayers
Offbeat  (tags: Corruption, Drugs, Medicine, Science, USA )

Ray
- 25 days ago - rt.com
Medicare pays for medications even after a patient has died, and it is costing American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the Health Department's inspector general.
Brits Genetically 'Programmed' to Be Grumpy - Report
Offbeat  (tags: Biology, Health, SciTech, Science, Social networks, UK )

Ray
- 27 days ago - rt.com
According to research published on Thursday, Brits are more likely to be grumps because they possess a "short form" version of a gene that produces serotonin - the neurochemical which controls happiness levels in the brain.
10 Things You May Not Know About Laughter
Offbeat  (tags: science, Neuroscientist, Laughter, Study )

Ray
- 32 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Neuroscientist and part time stand-up comic Prof Sophie Scott reveals 10 things you probably didn't know about laughter.
Goofy Dinosaur Blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks
Offbeat  (tags: science, research, history, discovery, dinosaurs, Mongolia, goofy, interesting )

Naoko
- 35 days ago - mainichi.jp
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws.
UK Wind Farms Outshine Nuclear Power Output
Offbeat  (tags: Ecology, Global warming, Nuclear, Politics, SciTech, Science, UK, Weather )

Ray
- 35 days ago - rt.com
UK wind farms generated more energy than the nation's nuclear power stations on Tuesday thanks to a huge surge in gale-force winds in the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo, the National Grid has said.
Fracking Triggered 400 Earthquakes in Ohio, Study Finds
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Ecology, Fracking, Science, USA )

Ray
- 41 days ago - rt.com
A new study on the practice of hydraulic fracturing has found a direct connection to some 400 micro-earthquakes in an Ohio town. This is the second report on the Utica Shale this year. The town is one of very few where the quakes took place on a fault.
Andy Borowitz: Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science
Offbeat  (tags: Borowitz Report, Andy Borowitz, Ebola, Science, Anti-Science, Americans )

Brian
- 42 days ago - newyorker.com
***SATIRE ALERT*** "There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science."
Weirdest Worm Ever? Clawed Creature Finds Its Family Tree
Offbeat  (tags: science, discovery, research, fossil worm )

Beatrice
- 91 days ago - livescience.com
When researchers first discovered the fossil worm Hallucigenia in the 1970s, they were so perplexed they identified its head as its tail and its legs as its spines. Now, this 505-million-year-old worm, whose fossil was discovered in Canada's Burgess
How Pot Plants and Crisp Packets Could Be Spying on You
Offbeat  (tags: science, technology, sound, conversations, microphones, pot plants )

Beatrice
- 112 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a way to turn inanimate objects like crisp packets and pot plants into 'visual microphones' which can pick up conversations even in a sealed room
Just 4 Fracking Wastewater Sites Cause 20 Percent of All Central US Earthquakes - Study
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Fracking, Science, USA )

Ray
- 146 days ago - rt.com
Just four wastewater wells in Oklahoma - where energy companies dump water after completing the hydraulic fracturing process - have caused scores of earthquakes this year, some 30 km from the site, according to a new study by top US universities.
UK Bans Teaching of Creationism Theory in Free Schools
Offbeat  (tags: Education, Religion, Science, UK )

Ray
- 160 days ago - rt.com
UK free schools are now banned from teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution. The theory faces rising opposition in the UK, unlike in the US where private schools championing creationism receive millions of dollars of taxpayers' money.
Genetically Modified 'Super Banana' to Be Tested on Americans
Offbeat  (tags: Africa, Australia, Food, GMO, Science, USA )

Ray
- 163 days ago - rt.com
A vitamin-enhanced 'super-banana' developed by scientists is to be tested on humans. The trials are to take place in the US over a six-week period. Researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020.
Mystery 'Super Predator' Hunted in Australian Waters After Devouring 3-Meter Shark
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Australia, Science, Thrills&Spills )

Ray
- 169 days ago - rt.com
Scientists and a filmmaker have gone after an unknown sea monster which they believe has eaten a great white shark traced with a tag. Some say a bigger shark or whale could have been behind the killing, but the gathered data points to other possibilities.
 

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