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WATCH LIVE: First American full facial transplant recipient speaks about the surgery

Watch Dallas Wiens, the first American to receive a full facial transplant, speak to the media from Boston. Embed courtesy of MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Are gay men more at risk for cancer?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More gay men reported being cancer survivors than straight men in a new study from California. That suggests they may need targeted interventions to prevent cancer, the researchers said, but more studies are needed to answer lingering questions. For example, are gay men more likely…

Renewable energies could supply 80 percent of world’s demand by 2050: UN report

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Governments approved on Monday a U.N. report projecting that renewable energies such as solar, wind or hydropower could leap to supply almost 80 percent of the world’s demand by 2050, with the right policies. The study broadly matched a draft written by scientists before the meeting,…

Gas prices hit $4 per gallon average across U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose 11.98 cents in the past two weeks, but last week’s fall in crude oil prices may signal lower costs to come, an industry analyst said on Sunday. The national average for self-serve, regular unleaded gas…

Hong Kong initiates mass tubal ligation program for hard-to-catch monkeys

by John Saeki HONG KONG (AFP) – Wild monkeys don’t seem to care that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle — they thrive so well on its fringes that the government has introduced birth control to curb a population boom. Easy food handouts from some of the city’s seven million…

Evolution in reverse: insects recover lost ‘wings’

PARIS — The extravagant headgear of small bugs called treehoppers are in fact wing-like appendages that grew back 200 million years after evolution had supposedly cast them aside, according to a study published Thursday in Nature. That’s probably shocking news if you are an entomologist, and challenges some very basic…

E.U. plans payments for fishermen who catch plastic

In a unique compromise arrangement, the European Union believes it may have found a way to address the concerns of fishermen and environmental activists, even as it works to address the problem of overfishing that’s devastated marine life in coastal areas. They’re going to pay fishermen to catch plastic instead,…

100,000 bees attack homeless man: report

A homeless man in Phoenix was stung thousands of times by a swarm of bees firefighters predict numbered around 100,000, according to My Fox Phoenix. The man was reportedly walking down the street when a giant swarm of Africanized bees attacked him. Firefighters arrived to save the man, spraying him…

Oceans could rise 1.6 metres by 2100: study

PARIS (AFP) – Warming in the Arctic occurring at twice the global average is on track to lift sea levels by up to 1.6 metres (5.3 feet) by 2100, a far steeper jump than predicted a few years ago, a consortium of scientists reported Tuesday. Melting ice and snow has…

NASA’s Dawn probe closes in on giant asteroid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Dawn space probe is closing in on its first target, the massive asteroid Vesta, almost four years after its journey began in September 2007, NASA said Tuesday. Dawn is on a long-haul mission to unlock the secrets of the solar system by studying the two largest…

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