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Time to ditch polar bears? New climate images sought

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Time to ditch polar bears? New climate images sought

Time to ditch polar bears? New climate images sought

LONDON: What does climate change look like? For many people, the first – or perhaps only – image that comes to mind is of smokestacks, or polar bears perched on ice floes. “If you go to Google and click on climate change images, you have to go a long way before you hit many images […]

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infections

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infections

Posted by on 21/05/2017
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Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infections

BEIJING: China will shut poultry markets in certain districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected, state media reported yesterday, the latest incidents in this year’s more severe outbreak of the virus. A 44- year-old man who sold poultry at a farmers market in southwestern Sichuan province’s Zigong city was diagnosed with […]

Yemen cholera death toll mounts to 209: UNICEF

Posted by on 17/05/2017
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Yemen cholera death  toll mounts to 209: UNICEF

Yemen cholera death toll mounts to 209: UNICEF

SANAA: A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 209 people in recent weeks with 17,200 suspected cases across the war-torn country, the United Nations children’s agency said yesterday. UNICEF’s Yemen mission said that there had been an “alarming increase” in cholera-related deaths. The agency’s Yemen spokesman Mohammed Al-Asaadi told AFP that 3,000 new suspected cholera […]

Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

Posted by on 17/05/2017
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Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia: A conservation group is asking the public to name a rare albino orangutan that was rescued from villagers on Borneo island last month, hoping it will become a symbol of efforts to save the critically endangered species. The 5-year-old female great ape is being kept in a dimly lit quarantine enclosure with round-the-clock […]

2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

Posted by on 16/05/2017
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2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

KINSHASA, Congo: The World Health Organization says a second case of Ebola has been confirmed by laboratory testing amid an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo. WHO said yesterday that among the 20 suspected cases, two now have tested positive for the virus. Ebola was blamed for more than 11,000 deaths in West […]

Schools face vexing test: Which kids will sexually attack?

Posted by on 15/05/2017
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Schools face vexing test: Which kids will sexually attack?

Schools face vexing test: Which kids will sexually attack?

‘The rhyme or reason as to why people offend, is infinite’ NEW YORK:  Third in a month-long Associated Press investigative series focusing on sexual assaults by students on students in US elementary and secondary schools The children who sexually assault other children may be the popular jocks, the loners or anyone in between. There is […]

Tibetan medicine lures patients seeking drug-free cures

Posted by on 14/05/2017
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Tibetan medicine lures patients seeking drug-free cures

Tibetan medicine lures patients seeking drug-free cures

‘We believe diseases are caused when our inner energies are imbalanced’ DHARAMSALA, India: Before dawn in the Indian Himalayas, scores of patients clutching small vials of urine queue patiently to see Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan monk who became a legend as personal healer to the Dalai Lama. Tibetan medicine, known as Sowa-Rigpa, draws on centuries-old […]

Women using long-acting contraception less likely to use condoms

Women using long-acting contraception less likely to use condoms

Posted by on 14/05/2017
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Women using long-acting contraception less likely to use condoms

NEW YORK: College women using long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), like IUDs or hormonal implants, may be less likely to get pregnant but more vulnerable to sexually transmitted disease compared to peers not on LARCs, a US study finds. Among sexually active women, those who used LARC methods were more than two times less likely to […]

Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs

Posted by on 13/05/2017
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Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs

Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs

MIAMI: People’s sense of smell is just as sharp as those of rats and dogs, a US researcher said Thursday, calling for an end to a century-old “myth” to the contrary. Rutgers University neuroscientist John McGann reviewed research and historical writings he says led to the misconception that human sense of smell is inferior, according […]

World’s heaviest man goes under knife in Mexico

Posted by on 10/05/2017
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World’s heaviest man goes under knife in Mexico

World’s heaviest man goes under knife in Mexico

GUADALAJARA: The world’s heaviest man, who at one point weighed almost 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds), has undergone successful gastric bypass surgery, his doctors in Mexico said. The procedure on Juan Pedro Franco is intended to reduce his weight by half, and is expected to be followed up with another operation, his surgeon Jose Castaneda said […]

Giant bird-like dinosaur species found in China: study

Posted by on 10/05/2017
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Giant bird-like dinosaur species found in China: study

Giant bird-like dinosaur species found in China: study

BEIJING: Researchers have discovered a new species of giant, bird-like dinosaur that made nests larger than monster truck tires in what is now central China, a study said. Measuring about eight meters (26 feet) long and weighing up to 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds), the Beibeilong sinensis-“baby dragon from China” — lived about 90 million years […]

Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans

Posted by on 09/05/2017
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Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans

Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans

MAROPENG, South Africa: Primitive hominids may have lived in Africa at the same time as humans, researchers said yesterday, in new findings that could change the understanding of human evolution. Fossils found deep in South Africa’s Rising Star cave complex in 2013 have been dated by several expert teams with their findings suggesting the hominids, […]

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