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Hungary to pull treatments from diabetics who don’t stick to diets

Hungarian diabetics who fail to stick to their diet will be deprived of more modern treatments from July, under a government decree published Monday aimed at cutting health spending. Diabetics undergo a blood test on average every three months and those who score high levels of glycemia more than twice…

Attractive friends make profiles more popular on Facebook: Study

Having attractive friends will make you more popular on Facebook, especially if you are a woman, according to a new study that takes Charles Darwin into the domain of cyber networking. The findings show that signs of reproductive fitness sway our decisions about friendship, Dutch researcher Piet Kommers told AFP.…

World Bank helps corporations with land grabs in Africa: Environmental groups

The World Bank is helping corporations and international investors snap up cheap land in Africa and developing countries worldwide at the expense of local communities, environment and farm groups said in a statement released on Monday to coincide with the bank’s annual land and poverty conference in Washington DC. According…

NASA sends rubber chicken into radiation storm in stratosphere

In a knitted spacesuit and tight-fitting helmet, Camilla the rubber chicken floated to the edge of space in a modified lunchbox as the sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003. The mascot for Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory was lofted to the stratosphere on a helium balloon that carried…

Five southern African countries join forces on a climate change research center

Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek. The Southern African Science Service Centre…

British watchdog probes email hacking by Murdoch-owned network

Britain’s media watchdog launched an investigation on Monday into two cases of email hacking by Sky News, the satellite broadcasterpartly owned by Rupert Murdoch. The news channel admitted earlier this month that it illegally hacked into the emails of a man who notoriously faked his own death in a life insurance scam, as well as…

Light bulb with 20-year life unveiled in U.S. on Earth Day

A prize-winning, super-energy-saving LED bulb from Dutch electronics giant Philips said to last over 20 years went on sale Sunday to coincide with Earth Day. The bulb that won the US Department of Energy’s “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize” was available from retailers for $50, down from an initial $60 price tag. The…

Rolls-Royce wins engine order from U.S. government

Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce on Monday said it had won a contract worth $598 million to supply the US military with 268 V-22 aircraft engines. “Rolls-Royce … has signed a $598 million contract with the US Department of Defense for 268 AE 1107C engines for US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 aircraft,” the British company said in a…

Meteor shower causes loud boom over California

A loud boom similar to the sound of an explosion has been heard over much of northern California apparently as a result of an ongoing meteor shower, The Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper, citing Stefanie Henry, a National Weather Servicemeteorologist in Sacramento, said the sound had been produced by a meteor apparently breaking up…

Gambia president won’t take aid to accept homosexuality

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has warned foreign diplomats his country would not be “bribed” with aid to accept homosexuality. His comments late Saturday come less than two weeks after 19 people, including Gambians, Senegalese and Nigerians were arrested and charged with indecent practices after being “suspected of homosexuality”. “If you are to give…

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