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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…

Emerging powers call for extending Kyoto Protocol

Brazil, South Africa, India and China said Saturday that November’s UN climate talks should aim to extend the Kyoto Protocol, the only binding global deal to cut greenhouse gases. The four key emerging powers — seen as critical to the success of any future effort to combat climate change —…

Greece to export solar power to Germany

Wracked by debt but blessed with abundant sunshine, Greece plans to develop some 20,000 hectares of solar power parks in a bid to export renewable energy to Germany, a report said on Saturday. Top-selling Ta Nea daily said the project, which has a tentative budget of 20 billion euros ($29…

Fire at Idaho nuclear lab mostly contained

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters on Saturday gained control of a fierce brush fire that has raged for three days on the sprawling grounds of the government’s leading nuclear research lab in the high desert of eastern Idaho. By midday, fire crews at the Idaho National Laboratory had carved containment…

Irene kills 3 in NC, shuts NYC down

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. eastern seaboard on Saturday as a weakening but dangerous storm that shut down New York City and threatened to inflict massive blackouts and flooding. From the Carolinas to Maine, tens of millions of people were in the path…

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