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Deafness shaped Beethoven’s music

ARIS — Progressive deafness profoundly influenced Beethoven’s compositions, prompting him to choose lower-frequency notes as his condition worsened, scientists said on Tuesday. Beethoven first mentioned his hearing loss in 1801 at the age of 30, complaining that he was having problems hearing the high notes of instruments and voices. By…

The unstable future of a world full of men

As the global population hits seven billion, experts are warning that skewed gender ratios could fuel the emergence of volatile “bachelor nations” driven by an aggressive competition for brides. The precise consequences of what French population expertChristophe Guilmoto calls the “alarming demographic masculinisation” of countries such as India and China as the result of sex-selective…

Study linking vaccines, autism branded an ‘elaborate fraud,’ but author sticks to his guns

A 1998 study that linked childhood autism to a vaccine was branded an “elaborate fraud” by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Thursday, but its lead author said he was the victim of a smear campaign by drug manufacturers. In an interview late Wednesday with CNN, Andrew Wakefield denied inventing data…

Childhood deaths down 60 percent since 1970: study

PARIS (AFP) – The proportion of children under five who die each year across the globe has dropped 60 percent over the past four decades, according to a study published Monday. In the last 20 years this salutary decline has accelerated, with the number of deaths among newborns, infants and…

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