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Cursing makes you feel better when hurt: study

Ever hear someone scolded for their curse-laden language when they hurt themselves? Those finger-waggers who say cursing doesn’t help now should bite their tongues, then perhaps cuss to make it better. Researchers at Keele University released findings showing that letting loose a string of expletives actually has the effect of…

Japan struggles to stabilize crippled nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant said on Wednesday it was still working on a detailed plan to end the country’s nuclear crisis a month after it began, as tests showed radiation levels in the sea near the complex had spiked. Engineers moved a step closer…

Japan expands nuclear evacuation zone as new quake hits

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Monday expanded the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high levels of accumulated radiation, as a strong aftershock rattled the area one month after a quake and tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. A magnitude 7.1 tremor shook buildings in Tokyo and…

Radioactive water leaks at second Japanese nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Water leaked out of spent fuel pools at the Onagawa nuclear plant in northeast Japan after a strong aftershock rocked the region late on Thursday, but there was no change in the radiation levels outside the plant, operator Tohoku Electric Power Co said on Friday. It said…

Scientists find New Delhi residents constantly exposed to drug-resistant bacteria

LONDON (Reuters) – A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday. The NDM 1 gene, which creates what some experts describe as…

Japan plugs leak from nuclear plant

TOKYO – Workers at Japan’s crippled atomic power plant on Wednesday plugged a hole spewing highly radioactive water into the ocean, boosting efforts to contain the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. But in an illustration of how fragile progress is at the Fukushima plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power said…

Japan radiation dump drives TEPCO shares down

TOKYO (AFP) – Shares in the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant plunged Tuesday after Tokyo Electric Power Co. started pumping radioactive water into the sea as part of emergency operations. The embattled utility’s share price fell to 376 yen at one stage — below TEPCO’s all-time closing low of…

Japanese crisis inspires U.S. Mormons to undergo survival training

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – While the nuclear crisis in Japan unfolds a continent away, Mormon-dominated communities in the western United States say the disaster overseas is bringing close to home a lesson about preparing for the worst. Emergency planning and the long-term storage of food, water and medical supplies are…

Japan to release radioactive water into the sea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineers on Monday were forced to release radioactive water into the sea while resorting to desperate measures such as using bath salts to try to find the source of the leaks at a crippled nuclear power complex. Engineers also planned to build a giant silt curtain in…

Japan battles to stop radiation leak into sea

SENDAI, Japan – Workers at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant struggled on Sunday to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific, as the government warned the facility may spread contamination for months. Along the tsunami-ravaged coast, 25,000 Japanese and US military and rescue crew completed a massive three-day search for…

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