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New one-pill, $10-per-month anti-retroviral AIDS treatment debuts in South Africa

South Africa’s health minister on Monday launched a new single dose anti-AIDs drug which will simplify the world’s biggest HIV treatment regime to just one life-saving pill a day. The three-in-one combination anti-retroviral (ARV) was secured at a record-low price and will cost the state 89 rand a month ($10,…

Climate change pits pandas against pinot

Which is more important, pandas or pinot? Researchers say that is a question conservationists and wine-growers will have to answer in the coming years as climate change sparks a hunt for cooler places to grow wine grapes, even if those places are home to sensitive animal populations. Already, big players…

No proof China bird flu H7N9 spreading between humans: World Health Organization

The World Health Organisation said Monday there is no evidence China’s bird flu is spreading between humans, but jitters over the outbreak that has killed six people saw airline and tourism shares slump. China announced just over a week ago that H7N9 avian influenza had been found in humans for…

Study shows biking to work will keep you healthy

Bike commuting is one of the most effective ways to promote general healthy, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. That’s not a surprise of course, as anyone who spends a lot of time bicycling knows. And of course bicycling has…  …

Salt-based solar thermal power plant takes shape in Nevada

The notorious Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant near Tonopah, Nevada passed another milestone this month, as workers finished placing receiver panels on top of a 540-foot tower that forms the centerpiece of the facility. Crescent Dunes is based on molten salt thermal technology and we say notorious…  …

Majority of Republicans feel America should address climate change

The analysis of environmental polls and surveys conducted in the US often focus on the political split between Democrats and Republicans. Unsurprisingly, really, given the public divide between the two parties and the almost Messianic qualities attributed to any one particular candidate, qualities…  …

Archeological dig in remote Turkmenistan reveals rare advanced civilization and Bronze Age treasures

Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum desert in remote western Turkmenistan. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, Gonur-Tepe, once home to thousands of…

Cthulhu fhtagn! Indescribably terrifying microbes named for H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters

This incomprehensibly horrifying scanning electron microscope image shows Cthulhu macrofasciculumque, a symbiotic protist that resides in the hindgut of a termite. The scale bar is 10 micrometers. (PLOS ONE) Suckling unnamable ichor as they slither through the viscous, shrieking madness of the intestinal…  …

Zoo to build power plant that uses panda poop to produce electricity

Not content with housing a pair of celebrity pandas that attract hordes of avid onlookers, a zoo in France has decided to put their droppings to good use by recycling them into gas and electricity. Yuan Zi and Huan Huan — “Chubby” and “Happy” in Chinese — arrived at Beauval…

UN urges strict hygiene to prevent worldwide spread of China’s deadly H7N9 virus

The United Nations on Friday presented a list of recommendations, including a strict hygiene culture and keeping different breeds of animals apart, to try to curb the spreading of the H7N9 flu virus which has killed six people in China. “With the virus harder to detect, good biosecurity measures become…

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