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Red meat boosts risk of dying young: study

WASHINGTON — Eating a portion of processed red meat daily can boost a person’s risk of dying young by up to 20 percent, said a long-running US study of more than 120,000 people released on Monday. While the research by Harvard University experts offers more evidence that eating red meat…

Conservationist teams up with Project Runway designers to save endangered species

An entrepreneurial animal activist has recruited designers from the TV series Project Runway for a campaign to raise awareness and save 12 endangered species from extinction. “If one does not know about an animal’s existence, one cannot save it from extinction,” Cornell University veterinary student and activist Gabby Wild told…

Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

European and US scientists said Monday that many meat-eating animals appear to lose their ability to taste sweet flavors over time, a finding that suggests diet plays a key role in evolution. Most mammals are believed to possess the ability to taste sweet, savory, bitter, salty, and sour flavors, said…

Activists tap court to block Japan reactor restart

A group of Japanese citizens said they would file a lawsuit Monday to prevent the restart of a nuclear power plant, a day after the first anniversary of the country’s atomic disaster. The group of 259 citizens are to file the suit in Osaka District Courtseeking an injunction that would block the…

Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat

Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white beaches of theSeychelles, where conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change. As changing season patterns bring harsher storms and much longer dry spells, international organisations are helping fight climate change in the tiny nation, the only one…

China may send its first woman into space: Xinhua

China may send its first woman into space this year after including female astronauts in the team training for its first manned spacedocking, state media said Monday. Three astronauts will blast off on board Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) IX between June and August to conduct a manual docking with the Tiangong-1 module currently…

Worldwide water crisis looms without action on waste: UN

Water problems in many parts of the world are chronic and without a crackdown on waste will worsen as demand for food rises and climate change intensifies, the UN warned on Sunday. Issued on the eve of a six-day gathering on world water issues, the United Nations, in a massive…

NASA faces trial over alleged discrimination against intelligent design proponent

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing to defend itsef against a lawsuit by a former employee who claims he was demoted and then fired for promoting his views on intelligent design. NASA’s explanation is that computer specialist David Coppedge lost his status as “team lead” after his co-workers complained of…

Trial in class action suits against Big Tobacco to get underway in Canada

A groundbreaking trial gets underway in Montreal Monday against three leading tobacco companies which face a $25 billion lawsuit for allegedly failing to adequately warn smokers of the dangers of cigarettes. Plaintiffs have filed two separate class actions in what is Canada’s biggest-ever civilian lawsuit, against Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and…

Even mild global warming could completely melt Greenland’s ice cap

The Greenland icesheet is more sensitive to global warming than thought, for just a relatively small — but very long term — temperature rise would melt it completely, according to a study published on Sunday. Previous research has suggested it would need warming of at least 3.1 degrees Celsius (5.6…

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