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New mystery virus not easily spread: WHO

A new mysterious respiratory virus that has killed at least one person and left another in critical condition does not appear very contagious, the World Health Organisation said Friday. “From the information available thus far, it appears that the novel coronavirus cannot be easily transmitted from person to person,” the…

Researchers find 1.5 million new plankton species

A 70,000-mile research voyage around the world has led to the discovery of 1.5 million new species of plankton, among other findings. According to The Daily Mail, the findings came from more than 30,000 samples taken across the the Atlantic, Pacific, Southern and Indian oceans as part of a project…

Mars rover finds evidence of ancient stream

NASA’s Curiosity rover, on Mars since August 6, has discovered gravel once carried by the waters of an ancient stream that “ran vigorously” through the area, the US space agency said Thursday. Scientists had previously found other evidence of the one-time presence of water on the Red Planet, but this…

WHO warns about surge in drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia

The World Health Organization said Thursday that governments in the Mekong region must act “urgently” to stop the spread of drug-resistant malaria which has emerged in parts of Vietnam and Myanmar. There is growing evidence that the malaria parasite is becoming resistant to a frontline treatment, the anti-malarial drug artemisinin,…

Organized crime behind the $100 billion illegal logging industry decimating worldwide forests

Organised crime is now a big player in illegal logging, which accounts for up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally, the UN and Interpol warned on Thursday. In the mid-2000s, some tropical countries reported a fall in illicit forest clearance, but this may well have been a mirage,…

Scientists say declining fish populations can be rescued with monitoring programs

Fish populations — a staple source of protein in many parts of the world — are being decimated by over-fishing, but a new study Thursday said the trend can still be reversed. For the first time, researchers assessed some 10,000 large and small-scale fishing spots around the world — the…

Study: Couples who share housework have a higher risk of divorce

Couples who share housework duties run a higher risk of divorce than couples where the woman does most of the chores, a Norwegian study sure to get tongues wagging showed on Thursday. The divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 percent higher than among those where…

Experimental medical implants perform tasks then dissolve

A new experimental class of medical device performs the task for which it’s designed and then dissolves.  According to the Associated Press, scientists have created the tiny gadgets and inserted them into the bodies of lab mice wrapped in tiny silk cocoons, where they performed their functions and disappeared. The…

What does the Higgs boson look like?

What does the Higgs boson look like? It’s a stupid question and I’m not going to answer it but bear with me. The evidence presented for the discovery earlier this summer was — to my untrained eye — a hump on a curve that had reached the magic threshold of five sigma…

Recognition at last for Alfred Russel Wallace, who lived in Darwin’s shadow

Alfred Russel Wallace arrived in Singapore in 1854 with a simple plan in mind. He would survey the region’s wildlife and ship specimens back to London for sale to museums and wealthy collectors. His financial security rested on the foreign exotica for which Victorians had a seemingly insatiable appetite. The…

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