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Poor diagnosis driving global multidrug-resistant TB, WHO warns

(Reuters) – Half a million people fell sick with dangerous superbug strains of tuberculosis (TB) in 2012, but fewer than one in four were diagnosed, putting the rest at risk of dying due to the wrong medicines or no treatment at all. Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which says drug-resistant TB is a “global health security risk”, showed a third of the estimated 9 million people who contract TB in any form […]

Weird ‘chicken from hell’ dinosaur lived alongside T. rex

By¬†Will Dunham (Reuters) – If you’re a dinosaur with a nickname as funky as “the chicken from hell,” you had better be able to back it up. A dinosaur called Anzu wyliei that scientists identified on Wednesday from fossils found in North Dakota and South Dakota does just that. It had a head shaped like a bird’s, a toothless beak, an odd crest on its cranium, hands with big sharp claws, long legs for fast […]

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

By Laila Kearney¬† (Reuters) – Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, […]

California tot survives three-story fall, saved by couple with mattress

(Reuters) – A California toddler survived a three-story fall, saved by a couple who were moving into a new home and threw a mattress under the boy before he plunged to the ground, fire officials and local media said. The couple called emergency responders after spotting the 3-year-old as he was about to make his fall in a Los Angeles suburb on Sunday. They had already plucked him from danger by the time rescuers arrived, […]

Apple replaces iPad 2 with iPad 4, launches cheaper iPhone 5C

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said it would offer an iPad 4 tablet in place of the mid-range iPad 2 at the same price and the company launched a cheaper, lower capacity version of its plastic-backed iPhone 5C in Australia, China and some European countries. The iPad 4 is available at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + cellular model at the four major U.S. carriers – AT&T Inc, Sprint […]

New technology for uninterrupted power supply in India could end rolling blackouts

They call it the Uninterrupted Direct Current and it could be the solution to India’s crippling, rolling power cuts. The UDC guarantees continuous power from the grid even during outages. A new collaboration between the Indian government and the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai promises to be a “game changer” in power starved India. It could spell the end for the country’s chronic power outages. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, for instance, […]

German scientists discover ‘anti-arthritis’ protein

German scientists have discovered the protein that regulates autoimmune diseases. And they have a very special kind of mouse to thank for the discovery that could affect how such diseases are treated. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that mostly affects joints like the ones in the hands and feet. A patient’s immune system destroys the connective tissue. Joint capsules become inflamed as a result, leading to swelling and reduced movement in the affected parts […]

Nikon drops to five-week low after China consumer show criticism

(Reuters) – Shares in Nikon Corp shed 4.2 percent to a five-week low of 1,686 yen on Monday morning after it was criticized by a Chinese consumer show that said the camera maker had sold defective products in China and denied local consumers fair treatment in after-sales service. Nikon, which had sales of 118 billion yen ($1.16 billion) in China in 2013, said on Sunday that it was taking the report “very seriously” and had […]

Scientist wants to clone Italy’s rarest bear

With only 40 Marsican brown bears left in Italy, the species is on the brink of extinction. One scientist has a controversial plan to prevent its extinction – to clone it. And, he doesn’t want to stop there. In the beech forests of central Italy’s Abruzzo National Park, roughly 40 native Marsican brown bears are struggling against the threat of extinction. Since the 1980s, half of the Marsican brown bear population here has been lost […]

China cracks down again on popular messaging app WeChat

(Reuters) – Chinese authorities have launched another crackdown on Tencent Holdings Ltd’s popular social messaging app WeChat, closing dozens of popular accounts, media reported on Friday, as China tightens its control of the Internet. China Business News and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post said some of the accounts closed were run by widely-read columnists like investigative journalist Luo Changping, some of which have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. The accounts were closed on Thursday, […]

Mindfulness meditation can cut chocolate cravings

Mindfulness meditation can cut chocolate cravings (Reuters Health) – Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. Practicing mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes identifying and distancing oneself from certain thoughts – without judging them – weakened chocolate cravings among people with a self-declared sweet tooth, Canadian researchers say. “There is now good evidence that mindfulness strategies […]