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10 dead in Germany from ‘killer cucumbers’

BERLIN (AFP) – German health chiefs on Saturday announced four more deaths feared to have been caused by E. coli-contaminated cucumbers, bringing to ten the number of suspected deaths in the country. Two of the ten deaths have so far been officially attributed to the deadly E. coli strain, with…

Shuttle Endeavour prepares to leave space station

WASHINGTON — The US space shuttle Endeavour on Sunday prepared to undock from the International Space Station and jet back to Earth, wrapping up its final journey before entering retirement, NASA said. Endeavour’s last mission is the penultimate flight for the 30-year US shuttle program, which will end for good…

UK doctors performing ‘Botox boob job’

Not just for firming the cheeks and foreheads of the wealthy anymore, researchers have found a new — still cosmetic — use for Botox: Lifting and firming saggy breasts. The so-called Botox boob job is currently only offered in the UK, according to mid-day.com, but its relatively low price and…

US keeps bluefin tuna off endangered list

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday rejected calls to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species, saying that while it was worried about overfishing it did not fear imminent extinction. Environmental groups have repeatedly voiced concern that the global fad for Japanese food was driving the world’s…

China drought threatens more than 34 million people

BEIJING (AFP) – A debilitating drought along China’s Yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said Saturday. More than 4.23 million people are having difficulty finding adequate drinking supplies, while more than five million…

Raising ‘good’ cholesterol has little impact: Study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Raising the blood levels of good cholesterol does nothing to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients already taking statins to lower their bad cholesterol, a federally-funded study has determined. Scientists at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which led the study of some…

Nuclear radiation leads to more boy babies than girl babies

A new study carried out in Germany has concluded that parents who have been exposed to low-level sources of nuclear radiation give birth to more boys than girls. Two German scientists have found a male-female gap associated with global nuclear fallout from atomic tests in the 1950s and early 60s,…

Moon may have more water than believed: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The moon may have a lot more water than imagined, perhaps as much as on Earth in some parts, a study said Thursday, in a discovery that has cast doubt on long-held theories about how it was formed. The moon was long thought to be a dusty,…

Scientists doubt methane from BP oil spill is ‘nearly all gone’

WASHINGTON – Scientists on Thursday cast doubt on a study that claimed bacteria ate nearly all the methane that leaked after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying its methods were flawed. Describing the findings as “ambiguous” and “unconvincing,” marine scientist and lead author Samantha Joye and…

British astronomers complete largest-ever map of local universe

British astronomers announced Wednesday they had completed the largest-ever map of the local universe using a type of lens and filter that sees light differently than conventional telescopes. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth called the image, formally titled the 2MASS Redshift Survey, one of their greatest accomplishments yet, noting…

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