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Report: Half of all food is thrown away

Up to half of all the food produced in the world — two billion tonnes of it — is thrown away, according to a report published on Thursday. The waste is caused by poor infrastructure and storage facilities in the developing world, and “buy-one-get-one-free” offers, and the fussiness of consumers…

Pap smear test could screen for more types of cancers: study

The pap smear — a routine test women undergo to screen for cervical cancer — could help screen for other types of cancer as well, a study said this week. A new test takes the same fluid swab from the cervix and tests it for the presence of certain cancer-specific…

Fears for a dozen killer whales trapped in Canada ice

Twelve killer whales could be in imminent danger after getting trapped by ice in the Hudson Bay off the shore of northern Quebec, the Canadian broadcaster reported. Video posted on the CBC website showed the giant sea mammals taking turns to breathe by popping up through a small patch of…

Insulin breakthrough could see end to needles for diabetics

Breakthrough Australian research mapping how insulin works at a molecular level could open the door to novel new diabetes treatments, ending daily needle jabs for millions, scientists have announced. A Melbourne team have been able to lay out for the first time how the insulin hormone binds to the surface…

NASA takes special interest in ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ Apophis

Apophis hit the headlines in December 2004. Six months after its discovery, astronomers had accrued enough images to calculate a reasonable orbit for the 300-metre chunk of space rock. What they saw was shocking. There was a roughly 1 in 300 chance of the asteroid hitting Earth during April 2029.…

Study: Even wealthy Americans in worse health than western Europeans

Americans are in worse health, die earlier and suffer from more disease than residents of other wealthy nations, according to a new study out Wednesday. The disadvantage spans all ages from birth to 75, said the report, conducted jointly by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. Some…

Scientists use ‘RePOOPulating’ to cure deadly gastrointestinal infection

Canadian medical researchers have developed synthetic poop — dubbed “RePOOPulate” — to cure a deadly gastrointestinal infection. “It’s an exciting finding,” said Emma Allen-Vercoe, a professor in the University of Guelph’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. In a study published in Microbiome, a BioMed Central (BMC) publication that launched…

Rogue asteroid is 20 percent bigger than previously thought

An asteroid believed to pose a remote risk of colliding with Earth this century is 20 percent bigger than previously thought, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday. In a press release, ESA said its Herschel deep-space telescope had scanned a space rock called 99942 Apophis last weekend as…

Treatment-resistant gonorrhea arrives in North America

A form of the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea that is resistant to all oral antibiotics has arrived in North America and health officials believe it is only a matter of time before it spreads to the U.S..  According to Reuters, a report issued on Monday said that seven percent of…

Fake mission to Mars leaves astronauts spaced out

As the cheerless skies and grim economy sap all will to return to work, take heart that even on a trip to Mars, it is hard to get out of bed in the morning. The drudge of interplanetary travel has emerged from research on six men who joined the longest…

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