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Sprouts might be responsible for bacteria: officials

HANOVER, Germany (AFP) – Seed sprouts are suspected of being at the root of a deadly E. coli outbreak which has killed 22 people, mainly in Germany, a regional agriculture minister said on Sunday. Gert Lindermann, who represents Lower-Saxony, said there was not yet definite proof but a connection had…

Scientists ‘trap’ anti-matter for record 16 minutes

PARIS — Scientists said Sunday they had trapped and stored antihydrogen atoms for a record 16 minutes, a stunning technical feat that promises deeper insights into the mysteries of antimatter. Particles and anti-particles annihilate each other in a small flash of energy when they collide. At the moment of the…

World must invest $40 billion a year to save forests, says United Nations

NAIROBI – Investing $40 billion annually in the forest sector is needed for the world to transition into a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy, according to a UN report released here Sunday. The additional investment “could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 per…

Chilean volcano erupts, forces mass evacuations

SANTIAGO (AFP) – Southern Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina, authorities said. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a…

Progress in fight against ovarian and breast cancer

CHICAGO (AFP) – Significant progress is being made in the prevention and treatment of ovarian and breast cancer, according to findings discussed at a global oncology conference. “The studies presented at this meeting show impressive progress in disease control and prevention of breast cancer,” said Dr. Andrew Seidman, professor of…

Fukushima Reactor No. 1 more radioactive than ever

At the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, a robot sent into the building housing Reactor No. 1 on Saturday detected the highest levels of radiation measured since the crisis began on March 11. According to the Japan Times, The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that radiation levels in the…

Estrogen blocker cuts breast cancer risk 65%: study

CHICAGO (AFP) – An anti-estrogen drug has shown a “promising” 65-percent reduction of breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women, according to the findings of a study released Saturday. The research could lead to a breakthrough for women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, which strikes some 1.3…

Thai customs seize 451 turtles in suitcases

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai customs has found 451 turtles worth 1 million baht ($33,000) stashed in suitcases offloaded from a passenger flight from Bangladesh, the latest seizure of live creatures at Bangkok’s bustling Suvarnabhumi airport. Turtles of varying sizes worth around 2,000 baht apiece in Thai markets, and seven false…

Parts of Africa, India, China could get too hot for key crops

By Marlowe Hood PARIS — Climate change is on track to disrupt lifeline food crops across large swathes of Africa and Asia already mired in chronic poverty, according to an international study released Friday. More than 350 million people face a “perfect storm” of conditions for potential food disaster, warns…

U.S. anti-coal film shows painful reality of mountaintop mining

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A new film protesting against US coal mining and starring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. aims to boost green alternatives such as wind power and highlight “criminal” destruction by the industry. Five years after “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s landmark movie about climate change, makers of “The…

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