Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, April 2nd 2009 - 10:58 UTC

Brazilian inmates use pigeons to smuggle cell phones

Brazilian police have discovered inmates using carrier pigeons to smuggle cell phones onto a prison farm in the south eastern state of Sao Paulo.

Monday, March 30th 2009 - 14:30 UTC

Dengue reported and confirmed in outskirts of Buenos Aires

The mosquito transmitted dengue viral epidemic has reached the outskirts of Buenos Aires according to the head of the Epidemiology Department from the province of Buenos Aires.

Friday, March 27th 2009 - 06:45 UTC

Argentina admits dengue epidemics in northern provinces

Argentina officially admitted that the mosquito transmitted dengue disease which has ravaged neighbouring Bolivia and Paraguay has epidemic characteristics in several Northern provinces with 2.270 cases reported and confirmed.

Friday, March 27th 2009 - 06:43 UTC

Voracious crustaceans terminate Antarctic waters fertilization experiment

German flagged RV Polarstern

A controversial geo-engineering experiment that Greenpeace campaigned against has concluded, and researchers say their findings deal a major blow to the geo-engineering technique known as ocean fertilization.

Thursday, March 26th 2009 - 17:58 UTC

UN underlines HIV-tuberculosis link

The head of the United Nations agency charged with coordinating the fight against HIV/AIDS is in Brazil this week promoting awareness of the link between the epidemic and tuberculosis and the necessity to address discrimination in the South American country’s response to HIV.

Friday, March 20th 2009 - 06:57 UTC

UN blames surging food prices on large-scale speculation

Both the surging food prices from 2007 to 2008 and their subsequent drop in some areas are a result of large-scale speculation by financial investors, according to a new report by the United Nations trade body, which called for greater regulation to protect millions of poor people worldwide.

Thursday, March 19th 2009 - 16:40 UTC

Antarctic ice cap melting much faster than predicted

Two more scientific studies show a large part of the Antarctic ice cap melting at a much faster rate than previously predicted.

Thursday, March 19th 2009 - 16:34 UTC

UN pushes for ratification of global pact outlawing cluster bombs

Ms. Migiro  “We must step up our efforts so women, men and children can walk free of the terrible injuries these munitions inflict”

The pace of the ratification of a global pact outlawing cluster bombs must be accelerated to relegate the deadly weapons “to the pages of history,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said Wednesday.

Thursday, March 19th 2009 - 06:08 UTC

Condoms essential to fight AIDS epidemics says UN

With over 7,400 new HIV infections daily, comprehensive approaches – including condom use – are essential to stop the spread of the AIDS epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said Wednesday, warning that there is no “single magic bullet” for prevention.

Tuesday, March 17th 2009 - 10:10 UTC

Dengue confirmed in five countries and in Brazil’s posh seaside resort

The mosquito transmitted dengue disease which has caused havoc in the heartland of South America and at least five countries, has now been reported in the northeast of Brazil where authorities confirmed Monday the spread of the disease with a death toll of 25 people since the beginning of the year and 4.751 new cases reported in the last week.

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