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Bosnian capital sees first spring snow in 50 years

The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing. “The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is…

Fox News contributor: ‘Hundreds of thousands’ of scientists deny climate change

Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock says that that there are “hundreds of thousands” of scientists “on both sides” debating if climate change is real. In a Sunday appearance on Fox News, Murdock, who also writes for Scripps Howard News Service and National Review Online, told anchor Eric Shawn that six…

Study: Writers more influenced by contemporaries than literary classics

Harold Bloom famously dubbed it the “anxiety of influence” (paywall): the effect which the literary canon has on writers. Less today than it did in the past, according to a mathematical study which analysed thousands of works written over the last 500 years. American mathematicians, led by the chair of…

Adverse effects of chiropractic treatments are under-reported in medical trials

Chiropractic treatments might appear safer than they actually are because their adverse effects are under-reported in medical trials, a study has found. Improper reporting of the adverse effects of a medical intervention was unethical, said Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula medical school, University of Exeter, who…

Worst drought in 50 years takes toll in northern Brazil

Severe drought gripping northeastern Brazil – the worst in a half-century — is taking its toll on more than 1,100 towns, even triggering fighting in rural areas, local media reported Sunday. An average of one person a day is being killed in “water wars” in rural areas, while scores of animals are wasting away before…

How stone age people invented the art of raving

They were the stone-age equivalent of Glastonbury festival. People gathered in their hundreds to drink, eat and party every summer at revelries lasting several days and nights. Young men met women from nearby communities and married them. Herds of cattle were slaughtered to provide food. These neolithic carousals even had…

2000 birds found dead on Chile beaches

SANTIAGO — About 2,000 birds were found dead on beaches in central Chile, a natural history museum director said Friday, accusing fishermen of snagging them in their nets and letting them drown. “It’s a horrible scene. They are spread across some six kilometers (four miles) of beach” around the coastal…

Nearly 5 million children died of preventable diseases worldwide in 2010

Preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria claimed the lives of nearly five million children younger than five in 2010, a paper in The Lancet medical journal said Friday. A total 7.6 million children died in the first five years of their life that year, the authors said, and warned…

Mount Fuji could collapse if fault line shifts

Parts of Japan’s Mount Fuji, a national symbol and key tourist attraction, could collapse if a newly-discovered faultline under the mountain shifts, a government-commissioned report has warned. A three-year study by seismologists discovered a previously unknown active fault underneath the mountain, which sits around 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of…

U.S. experts urge approval of first AIDS prevention pill

US health advisers urged regulators to approve Truvada, made byGilead Sciences, as the first preventive pill against HIV/AIDS instead of just a treatment for infected people. The favorable vote came after clinical trials showed Truvada could lower the risk of HIV in gay men by 44 to 73 percent, and was hailed by some…

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