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Deadly horse virus spreads in Australia

An Australian veterinary surgery was placed under lockdown on Saturday following two fresh outbreaks of the Hendra virus that can be fatal if contracted by humans. Two horses were put down after showing signs of the bat-borne virus in separate cases in Brisbane and in Hervey Bay, 300 kilometres (186…

Anxious wait for Australians exposed to rare deadly virus

Eight people endured an anxious wait Thursday after being exposed to the potentially deadly Hendra virus, which is spread to humans from horses and believed to be unique to Australia. They all came into contact with a horse that died from the infectious disease at Biddaddaba, in southeast Queensland, on…

Human retina protein can function as a magnetic sensor

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have discovered that a protein expressed in the human retina has the capability of sensing magnetic fields when placed into fruit flies. “It poses the question, ‘maybe we should rethink about this sixth sense,’” Steven Reppert, of the University of Massachusetts Medical…

Taiwan, Philippines warn of tainted sports drink that shrinks testicles

MANILA (AFP) – Taiwan and the Philippines have warned some sport drinks may have been contaminated with a chemical that could cause infertility and block boys’ sex organ development, officials said Tuesday. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration is monitoring some imported Taiwanese sport drinks, fruit juices and soft drinks…

Lawsuit: Chiquita fruit company ‘funded death squads’ in Colombia

Fruit importer Chiquita Brands International “knowingly provided material support to a terrorist organization” by paying protection money and providing weapons to a Colombian rebel group, a lawsuit filed in a Florida court this week alleges. Three US citizens who survived a five-year hostage ordeal at the hands of Colombia’s notorious…

Rescuers pull man alive from Haiti shop rubble

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Rescuers have pulled a 23-year-old man alive from the rubble of a fruit and vegetable shop in Haiti, 11 days after an earthquake crumbled the capital city.…

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