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Katia strengthens to hurricane over Atlantic

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Katia strengthened into a hurricane over the Atlantic on Wednesday, while another mass of thunderstorms that could become a named storm this week triggered evacuations of some oil workers from the Gulf of Mexico. Katia had sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was…

Oil firms start U.S. Gulf evacuations due to weather

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc on Wednesday became the first major oil producer to say it was evacuating some workers from Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms because of a tropical disturbance that could become a named storm this week. Later on Wednesday, Anadarko Petroleum Corp joined BP saying…

Study of coral may lead to sunburn pill

A study of underwater coral reefs by researchers of King’s College London may lead to the development of a pill to prevent sunburn. The research team hope within the next two years to test a compound based on one which shields coral against harmful ultraviolet rays. “We already knew that…

Corn falls prey to bugs it was supposed to thwart

A voracious pest which has long plagued corn farmers is devouring a widely-used variety that was genetically modified to thwart the rootworms, raising fears of a new superbug. So far, there is no evidence that a significant number of rootworms have developed a resistance to the corn’s protective toxin. However,…

Study links medieval Black Death to present plague

A much less virulent version of the Black Death plague that killed a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century is still present today, according to a study published Tuesday. DNA testing on the skeletons of plague victims unearthed in a medieval London mass grave reveals part of the…

Top NASA climate scientist arrested at White House

One of the nation’s foremost experts on climate change was arrested outside the White House on Monday morning after he joined a protest against a planned Canadian tar sands pipeline. Dr. James Hansen (pictured), who runs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested along with 139 other protesters taking…

Mumbai hit by heavy flooding

Heavy rainfall left parts of the Indian financial hub Mumbai underwater on Monday, flooding homes, closing schools and badly disrupting train services. The Indian Meteorological Department said 178.6 millimetres (7.03 inches) of rain fell in the 24 hours to 8:30 am local time (0300 GMT) in the south of the…

Taiwan deploys 50,000 troops as typhoon hits

Taiwan deployed more than 50,000 troops on Monday and evacuated thousands of people as Typhoon Nanmadol pummelled some of the island’s most densely populated areas. Soldiers moved in to help flood-threatened residents, a motorcyclist was reported killed, and in one remote area more than 300 villagers were trapped by landslides.…

World-wide cholera pandemic traced to Bangladesh

A cholera pandemic that has swept poor countries in three waves over nearly four decades has been traced to a bacterial strain that first emerged in Bangladesh, scientists reported on Wednesday. The current pandemic is the seventh since cholera, a water- and food-borne diarrhoeal disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae…

New anti-clotting drug saves lives in study

PARIS (Reuters) – An experimental anti-clotting drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer saved more lives than standard treatment warfarin in a major study, giving it an edge over rivals in an emerging multibillion-dollar market. Although Eliquis will be third to market among a wave of new oral anticoagulants, the data…

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