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Volcano near Phillipine capital shows increased activity, may erupt

More quakes and gas emissions have been detected from a volcano on an island close to the Philippine capital, possibly indicating an eruption is looming, according to the government. Twenty volcanic quakes were detected at Taal Volcano in the 24 hours to Saturday 8:00am (0000 GMT) compared to 15 quakes…

Drug-resistant bacteria found in 1/4 of US meat, poultry

WASHINGTON — A sampling of grocery store meat in five US cities has shown a type of drug-resistant bacteria is contained in about one quarter of beef, chicken, pork and turkey for sale, a study said Friday. Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can cause skin infections, pneumonia, sepsis or endocarditis…

White House, BP tried to spin oil spill science, emails reveal

Emails obtained by activists with Greenpeace revealed Friday that even as BP dedicated funds to study the effects of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it was also working behind the scenes to control the science studying its impact. According to The Guardian, one BP environmental expert,…

One-embryo limit would save money, lives: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – If women undergoing fertility treatment were limited to one embryo transfer at a time, lives and money would be saved due to fewer complications from multiple births, Canadian doctors said Thursday. “Across Canada, there would be as many as 840 fewer babies admitted to the NICU (neonatal…

Mental health groups hail star’s bipolar admission

OS ANGELES (AFP) – Catherine Zeta-Jones’ admission that she has bipolar disorder has been welcomed by mental health groups as helping fight the stigma attached to the disease, which afflicts a number of celebrities. Doctors also emphasize that the Welsh actress, treated following the stress of husband Michael Douglas’s recent…

Want to save fuel? Fly a kite, German inventor says

THE NORTH SEA, Germany (AFP) – The blue-hulled vessel would slip by unnoticed on most seas if not for the white kite, high above her prow, towing her to what its creators hope will be a bright, wind-efficient future. The enormous kite, which looks like a paraglider, works in tandem…

BP feels fishermen’s fury over Gulf oil spill

LONDON (AFP) – BP faced protests from angry fishermen and disgruntled shareholders on Thursday at its first annual general meeting since the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting took place almost a year since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and caused…

Drug-resistant bacteria contaminates 25 pct of US meat

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A sampling of grocery store meat in five US cities has shown a type of drug-resistant bacteria is contained in about one quarter of beef, chicken, pork and turkey for sale, according to a study. Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can cause skin infections, pneumonia, sepsis or…

NASA spared cuts in US spending bill passage

WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Congress approved a government spending bill that secured $18.5 billion for the US space agency, sparing it from the prospect of cuts. “We appreciate the work of Congress to pass a 2011 spending bill,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said…

Night-vision let dinosaurs stalk prey by dark: study

WASHINGTON — Ferocious, meat-eating dinosaurs were equipped with night vision that helped them stalk their prey in the dark, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Plant-eating dinosaurs could also see a fair bit at night, because they likely had to eat round the clock to keep…

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