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China is experiencing a "meteoric rise" in the publication of scientific papers in the past two decades, and while the United States remains on top, its dominance is slipping, a new study found this week.

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In order to stop dangerous climate change we may be forced to construct giant solar shades and cover great swathes of land with artificial trees that suck up carbon dioxide.

Study shows bananas make baby boysupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 10:47:00

Women can influence the gender of their child with what they eat before they conceive, according to new research that lends scientific support to age-old superstitions about pregnancy.

The Spirit of Discovery: Pioneering medical discoveriesupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 07:42:00

The discovery of HIV, a breakthrough in the treatment of bipolar disorder, the advent of the contraceptive pill ... CNN looks at some of the scientific discoveries that changed the world.

Spirit of Discovery: Part 1updated: Mon Mar 17 2008 07:42:00

CNN's Becky Anderson is at CERN, Geneva, where researchers are trying to unlock the deepest secrets of the galaxies.

You, again: Are we getting closer to cloning humans?updated: Mon Nov 19 2007 03:34:00

Ever wanted to be a new you? Recent developments in cloning mean that day might be possible without therapy, a new diet or fitness regime.

Study: T-rex could outrun David Beckhamupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 22:26:00

The smallest dinosaur could reach speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour and even the lumbering Tyrannosaurus rex would have been able to outrun most modern-day sportsmen, according to research published on Wednesday.

The shield of Ra: Could solar reflection save the planet?updated: Tue Jul 31 2007 04:24:00

Another day, another apocalyptic global warming prediction.

The shield of Ra: Could solar reflection save the planet?updated: Tue Jun 19 2007 05:56:00

Another day, another apocalyptic global warming prediction.

Nanobots get to the heart of the matterupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 10:42:00

A new breed of nanobots is being designed to assist doctors by going where no surgeon or technology has gone before.

CNNMoney: Exxon blinks in the global warming debateupdated: Wed Sep 20 2006 17:24:00

ExxonMobil, which has come under increasing scrutiny for funding junk science views on global warming in recent years, has given no money to a global warming denier group it had previously funded.

Carbon emissions threaten sea lifeupdated: Mon Jul 04 2005 08:02:00

Excessive carbon in the atmosphere is already causing irreparable environmental damage to the Earth's oceans and drastic cuts in emissions are necessary to prevent further devastation, a panel of leading scientists has warned.

Companies short on festive spiritupdated: Thu Dec 16 2004 07:13:00

The ghost of Mr. Scrooge haunts the streets of London this month with the office Christmas party season set to be quieter than ever, according to new research.

Sharks respond to magnetic fieldsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 22:48:00

Marine scientists in Hawaii have confirmed sharks can spot changes in magnetic fields.

Banding hurts penguins' chances in wildupdated: Thu Jun 10 2004 11:22:00

Identification bands that scientists use to track and study penguins may hurt their chances of reproducing, according to new research.

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