Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, January 16th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Fossilized skull of largest rodent found in Uruguay

Researchers discovered the skull of a one-ton, two million year old rodent in Uruguay

The fossilized skull of the largest rodent ever recorded has been described by scientists for the first time. The remains of the one-ton beast, found in Uruguay, indicate that it would have been as big as a bull.

Wednesday, January 16th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Toxic algae forces Uruguay to ban mollusk consumption

Samples collected and analysed confirm the presence of red tide on the coasts of Rocha and Maldonado. (Photo: Dinara/FIS)

Uruguay's Aquatic Resources Directorate (DINARA) on Tuesday extended for another ten days the ban on extraction, trade and transport of bivalve mollusks (mussels, cockles and clams) as the red tide continues to expand along the country's Atlantic coastline.

Monday, January 14th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Brazil denies yellow fever epidemic, but suggests vaccination

A person is vaccinated against yellow fever in a public hospital in Brasilia

Brazil faces no risk of a yellow fever epidemic, despite an outbreak that killed two people last week in the capital, Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao said in Brasilia.

Sunday, January 13th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano Spews Rocks, Ash

The volcano as seen from the nearby city of Baños

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano on Saturday hurled fiery rocks and sent a column of ash and steam 1 1/2 miles above its crater. Experts have warned that Tungurahua is poised for a major eruption within a matter of days or weeks.

Sunday, January 13th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Brazil yellow fever: Gov. has launched a vaccination campaign

A person is vaccinated against yellow fever in a public hospital in Brasilia

The Brazilian Government has launched a vaccination campaign after the health ministry confirmed that a man in the capital Brasilia died from yellow fever.

Saturday, January 12th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Bird flu: US/Chile coordinate detection in Tierra del Fuego

A United States delegation from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Department of Agriculture) visited Punta Arenas and Tierra del Fuego to coordinate efforts with their Chilean counterparts in preventing the appearance of invasive pathologies, particularly avian influenza (H5N1 strain) or bird flu.

Sunday, January 6th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Prepare for one of the top hottest year on record say experts

World temperatures will cool slightly this year but 2008 will remain among the top 10 hottest years on record (since 1850), predicted British weather experts and the University of East Anglia.

Thursday, January 3rd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Plume of ash and gas from Chilean volcano drifting to Argentina

The Llaima volcano erupts spewing lava, ash and smoke in Conguillio National Park

The eruption of Llaima, one of the most active volcanoes in Chile has had an impact in the neighboring province of Neuquén, Argentina, where a yellow alert is on and an emergency plan has been elaborated.

Wednesday, January 2nd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Paris and Berlin ban cafe smoking beginning Jan 1

Smoking has been banned in bars in the capitals of France and Germany but the laws will not be enforced immediately.

Wednesday, January 2nd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of dozens

Active ... smoke rises from the Llaima volcano, 850km south of Santiago

A volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, spewing lava and ash, and forcing the evacuation of about 150 people, officials said.


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