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Australian man reportedly contracts HIV from tattoo in Bali

Indonesia is investigating the case of an Australian who is believed to have been infected with HIV while getting a tattoo on the resort island of Bali, an official said Monday. “We received a report about this case from the health ministryyesterday and officials will be visiting tattoo parlours today to verify this claim,” Bali…

Cancer-causing toxin discovered in Chinese milk

China has discovered excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin in milk produced by one of the nation’s leading dairy companies, the firm said, in the latest in a series of food safety alarms. The government’s quality watchdog found high levels of an aflatoxin, which is caused by mould, in milk produced by theMengniu…

Capture of rare Sumatran rhino gives hope for species

Malaysian wildlife authorities said Monday the capture of a young female Borneo Sumatran rhino had given them a last chance to save the highly endangered species from extinction. The female rhino, aged between 10 and 12 years old, was caught on December 18 and is being kept in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah…

Ancient ‘purity’ seal found near Jerusalem temple site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli archaeologists said on Sunday they had found a 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem’s Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblicalJewish Temple. The button-shaped object bears the Aramaic words “pure for God,” suggesting it was used to certify food and animals used in sacrificial ceremonies. The Western Wall is part of…

Frankincense production in dramatic decline: study

It could well be enough to make the Magi turn in their graves. Ecologists warned Wednesday that production of frankincense, one of the three gifts the Wise Men gave to the baby Jesus in a key part of the Nativity story celebrated at Christmas, was in dramatic decline. A research…

Toasted planets give hint of solar system’s future

The remains of two planets closely orbiting a dying star some 3,900 light years away have given astronomers a glimpse of what may happen at the demise of our own solar system about five billion years from now. Named KOI 55.01 and KOI 55.02, the planets orbit a sun that…

Brazil fines Chevron for oil spill

Brazil’s Environment Institute on Friday ordered US oil giant Chevron to pay another fine related to the early November oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The agency, known as Ibama, ordered Chevron to pay $5.4 million for failures in the company’s emergency plan. Ibama earlier fined Chevron…

Russian satellite crashes into Siberia after launch

MOSCOW — A Russian satellite on Friday crashed into Siberia minutes after its launch due to rocket failure, the defense ministry said, in the latest humiliating setback for Russia’s embattled space programme. The failure of the Soyuz-2.1B rocket — a member of the same family that Russia uses to send humans to…

Broken arms among boomers likely to rise: study

(Reuters) – Broken arms send several hundred thousand U.S. residents to emergency rooms each year, and the number may rise by nearly a third by 2030, when the youngest baby boomers will turn 65, according to a U.S. study. Arm injuries spike among women after 40 and men after 60,…

Second rare white kiwi hatches in New Zealand

WELLINGTON — A second rare white kiwi has hatched at New Zealand’s national wildlife centre, conservation officials announced Friday, months after the world’s first hatched in captivity. The chick is believed to have the same parents as Manukura, which arrived in May, and it has given its carers an extra…

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