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Taiwan city offers to turn dog poo into gold

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A city in northern Taiwan is trying the Midas touch to persuade reluctant residents to clean up after their canines: offering a chance to win gold bars to anyone handing in bags of doggy deposits. Starting from August 1, dog owners and other residents of New Taipei…

Landslides kill 22 after downpours in S. Korea

Torrential rain pounding South Korea on Wednesday triggered landslides which killed 22 people, flooded hundreds of homes and turned main roads into rivers of churning, muddy water. Thirteen people died when a mudslide hit an inn and three homes in the mountainous Chuncheon area 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of…

Dozens of boars found dead on French beach

Dozens of wild boars have turned up dead this month around a beach in western France, officials say, as they suspect poisonous blue-green algae for the deaths. Three dead boars were found on Wednesday at the mouth of the Gouessant estuary in Brittany, an AFP journalist witnessed, bringing to 31…

Michelle Obama happy with new McDonald’s Happy Meal changes

Fast food giant McDonald’s announced an effort to lighten up their kid-focused Happy Meals, and First Lady Michelle Obama ordered up a super-sized blessing for the chain’s nod toward health Tuesday. By April, all 14,000 U.S. locations of McDonalds will serve a fruit or vegetable with each Happy Meal and…

Study: Marijuana compound helps mitigate cocaine addiction in mice

Researchers in Maryland and Beijing have learned that a component marijuana helps mitigate cocaine addiction in mice, leading some to hope that marijuana may one day become the next big anti-addiction therapy. The discovery was announced in the July 2011 edition of Nature Neuroscience. The study found that cannabidiol, an…

Fingerprint analysis tech aims to revolutionize drug testing

A new technology that analyzes the sweat from a person’s fingertips looks to revolutionize the drug testing market, providing on-site results in minutes with a test so advanced it can even detect marijuana intoxication. Using gold nanoparticles and special antibodies, the tech produced by British firm Intelligent Fingerprinting latches on…

Atomic power to grow despite Fukushima: UN nuclear watchdog

The head of the UN atomic watchdog said Tuesday that nuclear power will keep growing in the world despite the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, which he visited the previous day. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was speaking after meeting Japan’s Prime Minister…

Giant kangaroo attacks elderly Australian woman

Australian police were forced to pepper-spray a giant kangaroo after it bounded into an elderly woman’s garden as she was hanging out the washing and attacked her. The 94-year-old said she thought she was going to die as the red roo, which can grow up to two metres (6ft 7in)…

More wildfires will transform U.S. national park: study

Climate change is likely to cause more frequent wildfires and may transform the forests and ecosystem of the iconic Yellowstone national park in the coming decades, a US study said Monday. Dense forests dominated by narrow lodgepole pines trees are currently a dominant feature of the picturesque tourist destination which…

Grizzly bear attacks seven teens in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A grizzly bear has attacked seven teenagers in Alaska, injuring four of them, Alaska State Troopers said on Sunday. The teens were hiking in the Talkeetna Mountains east of Denali National Park and were trying to cross a river when the grizzly attacked Saturday night, the…

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