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Breast cancer genetic discovery hailed: Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer, which they hope will unlock new ways of treating the disease.
Bitcoin industry 'sceptical' of Satoshi: Scepticism has greeted claims by Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright's claim to be the mysterious creator of the digital currency.
Reckitt Benckiser says sorry for deaths: The head of a South Korean division of a UK company is hit by angry relatives as he apologises for selling a disinfectant that killed a number of people.
Syria conflict 'out of control' - Kerry: US Secretary of State John Kerry says the Syrian conflict is "in many ways out of control", as he tries to salvage a nine-week truce.

Concussions, brain injuries from playground mishaps on the rise: New York Child's Play

More U.S. children are being treated for traumatic brain injuries such as concussions from injuries on the playground despite safety improvements in playground equipment. It's a trend Canadian doctors see too.

Enough with concept cars, we need them on the lot: Don Pittis: JAPAN-BUSINESS/

As North Amercians wait for the latest car sales numbers this week, there is one thing that's certain. Despite all the talk of an automotive revolution, most of us are still shopping for old-fashioned gas guzzlers.

Controversial foot doctor Pierre Dupont accused of using 'knock-off' implants: Deschenes

A Go Public/Radio-Canada investigation found patients paid an Ottawa chiropodist thousands of dollars for a procedure that uses a Health Canada approved HyProCure stent — but may have instead received "knock-off" implants.

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Basics: Eugenia Cheng Makes Math a Piece of Cake: It can also be a piece of pie, or custard, as explained by an author who tries to spread the magic of numbers through dessert recipes.

The Science of Fat: After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight: Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.

After a Comeback, New Challenges for Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears: Being “delisted” as threatened under the Endangered Species Act could subject a larger bear population to new challenges.

Trilobites: This Is Your Brain on Podcasts: Different people’s brains absorb a compelling story in the roughly the same complicated pattern, using many parts of the brain, researchers found.

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Computer model provides a new portrait of carbon dioxide
By Patrick Lynch

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.

Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

This is gorgeous… and strangely soothing.

For more mesmerizing climate models, watch Gavin Schmidt’s talk about climate change patterns»

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