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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…

Report: Space debris threatens International Space Station

The International Space Station is in danger of being hit by two pieces of debris from an old Russian satellite that had previously hit a US craft in 2009, a news report said on Wednesday. The space station will encounter pieces of the Kosmos 2251 military spy orbiter in the…

1,000-year old Buddhist statue taken by Nazis came from meteorite

A thousand-year-old Buddhist statue taken from Tibet in 1938 by an SS team seeking the roots of Hitler’s Aryan doctrine was carved from a meteorite, scientists reported on Wednesday. In a paper published in an academic journal, German and Austrian researchers recount an extraordinary tale where archaeology, the Third Reich…

Science warns that your voting choices may be completely irrational

Are you voting for the more attractive candidate to represent your district in Congress?  Are you backing Barack Obama for president because you prefer the sound of his voice to that of Mitt Romney’s?  According to an article in Scientific American, you may not think you are, but issues of…

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