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Health & Science
Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

Antarctica sea ice thicker than anticipated reveals an autonomous sub

SeaBed was released in the Antarctic spring seasons of 2010 and 2012 to sample ice thickness in six locations that included the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas (Pic BAS)

A novel autonomous sub has acquired the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. Released from a ship, the vehicle crisscrossed the underside of the floes, using upward-looking sonar to measure their shape.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 07:40 UTC

UN reveals major gaps in water and sanitation, especially in rural areas

“Water and sanitation are essential to human health”, said Dr Maria Neira, Director of the WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment.

Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from the World Health Organization on behalf of UN-Water.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 04:18 UTC

Bird flu highly contagious H5N8 strain in England, Netherlands and Germany

UK's Defra said that the risk to humans was minimal, and that a cull of all 6,000 ducks on the farm in east Yorkshire should be completed by late Tuesday.

Bird flu on a duck farm in northern England is the highly contagious H5N8 strain, the same form of the virus already discovered in Germany and the Netherlands, Britain's farm ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 04:07 UTC

E-cigarettes make “Vape” word of the year, says Oxford English Dictionary

A derivative of vapor or vaporizing, the word can also be a noun describing the action and the device.

Oxford English Dictionary named “vape” - the word used for drawing on an electronic cigarette instead of a burning stick of tobacco – as its 2014 word of the year.“You are thirty times more likely to come across the word 'vape' than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year,” staff editors have said.

Friday, November 14th 2014 - 08:03 UTC

Fears of a new Chikungunya viral strain in Brazil with the coming of summer

Brazil has recorded over 200 Chikungunya cases, but the African strain has not yet developed the type of dangerous mutations observed in South-east Asia.

The Chikungunya outbreak which continues to affect thousands of Caribbean residents since it first appeared in St. Martin last year has been relatively self-limiting in the United States, due to the fact that the current strain only spreads through the Aedes egypti mosquito vector, which is uncommon on the US Eastern seaboard.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

Europe makes history successfully landing spacecraft on a comet, a ten year precision cosmic chase

Indications were that the spacecraft touched down almost perfectly, save for an unplanned bounce, said Stephan Ulamec, head of the lander operation. (Pic Reuters)

A European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet, an audacious cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the origin of the universe. The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko required immense precision, as even the slightest error could have resulted in cosmic calamity.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

”Ageing well”, says WHO: in 2020 over 60 will outnumber children under 5

“Deep and fundamental reforms of health and social care systems will be required,” says Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing

A major new Series on health and ageing, published in “The Lancet”, warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people.

Thursday, November 6th 2014 - 06:28 UTC

Cannabis debate in US rages with legalization claiming more states

Oregon, Alaska and Washington DC votes in referendums to legalize marihuana use

Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the US capital Washington voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

Wednesday, November 5th 2014 - 22:43 UTC

Uruguay, “a role model for the region and the world” in tobacco policies

Uruguay's continuing efforts to protect its population, despite challenges by the tobacco industry, demonstrate it will not be intimidated”, said Director Etienne

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is supporting the Government of Uruguay as it defends its tobacco control policies against claims brought by the Philip Morris tobacco company.

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 10:53 UTC

Trekker technology captures imagery of Shackleton's South Georgia

The trek, part of the Trekker Loaner Program, was conducted by one Lindblad Expeditions' videographer, and yielded more than 10,000 panoramas

Trekker technology captures imagery of one of the most rarely-visited places on earth, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, made famous by Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the bravest and most remarkable explorers. It offers end users the literal experience of being an explorer by traveling to places where traditional vehicles – or they - cannot go.

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