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Ocean acidification might not spell doom for shellfish

New study claims that ocean acidification may not have such alarming effects on calcified marine animals as many scientists have predicted.

Starquakes reveal massive internal magnetic fields

Astrophysicists studying starquakes have discovered powerful magnetic fields within red giants, which can tell us a lot about how the stars were born, lived, and died.

No scientific proof that organic food is healthier than non-organic food

A major report on organic food cannot say if it is healthier than conventionally farmed products.

Determining the age of a star just got a bit harder

Old stars just keep on going and rotate even faster, making it difficult to estimate their age.

One in three mentally ill patients with diabetes can be saved

Individualised treatment plans for patients suffering from both type-2 diabetes and mental illness could reduce their mortality by 33 per cent.

Beautiful “flowers” are hiding inside artificial cell membranes

Scientists work with artificial cell membranes all the time, but even though they are so common, they still contain many secrets.

Pills to fight fungal infections increase risk of miscarriage

Pregnant women who take fluconazole pills to treat vaginal fungal infections are more likely to miscarry than women who take a suppository, shows new research.

Why are banned chemicals still killing killer whales?

Levels of toxic PCBs in some whale and dolphin species are now so high that it could mark the end for one of Europe’s top predators.

Obese people more susceptible to infection

Obese people are more likely to suffer from throat or lung infections, shows new research.

Vegans gain some and lose some

Vegans consume fewer trans fats, sugars and salt than the rest of do but a new study indicates they get insufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals. One challenge is that their bodies are naturally incapable of metabolising all the nutrients they eat.