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Ecuador’s Yasuni: How the world’s ‘most biodiverse place’ could be ransomed for oil money

Waving away a cloud of gnats, biologist Phyllis “Lissy” Coley scours the Amazonian underbrush for inga shrubs, whose young leaves are loaded with powerful toxins and chemicals that might be useful in medical research.;  …

Lazarus comets spring to life in comet graveyard

Scientists have discovered the origins of 12 active comets in asteroid territory – a comet graveyard.(The Royal Astronomical Society) Astronomers in Colombia have found a massive cemetery of comets in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter –…  …

Justice Department to review DEA’s mass surveillance program

By John Shiffman and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department is reviewing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that passes tips culled from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a large telephone database to field agents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. Reuters reported Monday that agents…

Federal judge blocks portion of Wisconsin’s anti-abortion law

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday blocked a portion of a Wisconsin law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near their practice. U.S. District Judge William Conley last month temporarily stopped the measure, days after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it into…

Hiroshima marks 68th anniversary of atomic bombing

Tens of thousands were due to gather at a peace memorial park in Hiroshima on Tuesday to mark the 68th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese city. Ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates were to observe a moment of silence at 8:15 am (2315 GMT…

Brazilian scientists to test AIDS vaccine on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution said Monday. Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao…

Uruguay witnesses its first gay marriage

Uruguay saw its first gay marriage Monday but the big day was tinged with sadness because one of the men was on his death bed. The ceremony in the second country of Latin America to recognize same sex marriage was held at a hospital in the capital Montevideo. It came…

Study links mother’s harsh parenting behaviors to economic woes

Mothers with a certain gene got meaner when the economy took a dive in 2007-2009, whether or not their own purses were shorter on cash, US researchers said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that environment can have a major impact on behavior,…

Woman sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski to publish memoirs

The woman who was sexually assaulted by filmmaker Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was 13 is to publish her memoirs, a French publishing house said Monday. “The Girl. A Life Lived in the Shadow of Roman Polanski” by Samantha Geimer, now 49, is due to come out in the…

Uruguay’s lefist president open to referendum on regulating marijuana

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica said in an interview published Monday he is open to a referendum on a bill to have the government control and regulate marijuana sales and distribution. The bill was passed by the lower house of Uruguay’s legislature last week and now awaits action by the Senate.…

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