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Toting panels on donkeys, Maasai women lead a solar revolution
3 Jun 2015 at 12:37am
By Leopold Obi MAGADI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not long ago, dusk was a time of unease for the people of Magadi, a village in Kenya's Kajiado County. The women, trained in solar panel installation, use donkeys to haul their solar wares from home to home in the remote region, giving families their first access to clean and reliable power. "For us, the impact of solar technology is unparalleled,? said Jackline Naiputa, who heads the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, one of the five women's groups leading the alternative energy charge in the area.
South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS
3 Jun 2015 at 12:03am
By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear of the disease shut hundreds of schools and led to corporate giant Samsung calling off a staff conference. Five more cases were confirmed on Wednesday taking to 30 the number infected in South Korea since the outbreak began there two weeks ago. MERS was first identified in humans in 2012 and is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered SARS.
American Nobel chemistry laureate Irwin Rose dies at 88
2 Jun 2015 at 10:56pm
(Reuters) - American Nobel laureate Irwin Rose, a biochemist whose groundbreaking work helped in the development of treatments for cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, died on Tuesday, the University of California, Irvine said. Rose won the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with Israel Institute of Technology researchers Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, for research into how cells break down and dispose of old and damaged proteins in plants and animals. Errors in the degradation process can lead to diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said at the time it made the Nobel award.
U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon: official
2 Jun 2015 at 5:13pm
A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. The suspected shipment, first reported by CNN, came from a batch that was meant to have been inactivated at the Dugway Proving Ground, but which tested live during the ongoing investigation, the official said. The Pentagon said earlier on Tuesday that suspect anthrax samples had been sent to labs in 12 U.S. states, as well as Australia, South Korea and Canada, as far back as 2006.
South Korea reports five more cases of MERS illness
2 Jun 2015 at 4:50pm
South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early on Wednesday, bringing to 30 the total number of cases in the country of the often-deadly illness. On Tuesday, South Korea reported its first two deaths from MERS since the first confirmed case two weeks ago, fuelling growing worry about the spread of the illness in the country, which has reported the most cases of MERS outside the Middle East. South Korea has isolated about 750 people for possible MERS infection, which is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered the deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18
2 Jun 2015 at 4:45pm
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age. The measure was approved by the Senate 26-8 and must now be approved by the state Assembly. "We will not sit on the sidelines while big tobacco markets to our kids and gets another generation of young people hooked on a product that will ultimately kill them," Senator Ed Hernandez, a Democrat and the bill's author, said.
The High Cost of Entrepreneurship
2 Jun 2015 at 4:36pm
There's a line in an old Bruce Cockburn song, "Lovers in a Dangerous Time:""Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight."This is the story of my personal battle with darkness and entrepreneurship.source: pdpics.comThis is not a story you often hear discussed in entrepreneurship circles. You can wallpaper a house with articles like '25...
Chimps have mental skills to cook: study
2 Jun 2015 at 4:03pm
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - They're not likely to start barbecuing in the rainforest, but chimpanzees can understand the concept of cooking and are willing to postpone eating raw food, even carrying food some distance to cook it rather than eat immediately, scientists reported on Tuesday. Surprisingly, since chimps usually eat food immediately, they were often willing to walk across a room to cook.
U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been taken into Pentagon: CNN
2 Jun 2015 at 3:58pm
The U.S. Defense Department is investigating to determine if live anthrax was brought into the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out live batches of the potentially lethal bacteria, CNN reported on Tuesday. The Dugway Proving Ground had intended to send shipments of inert anthrax spores but may have inadvertently sent live batches to labs in 12 U.S. states, as well as three foreign countries, as far back as 2006. One of the shipments was for police at the Pentagon, where it was to have been used to calibrate security sensors that screen for chemical and biological weapons, two defense officials told CNN.
Teenage bullying linked to adult depression: UK study
2 Jun 2015 at 3:50pm
Nearly one in three cases of depression among young British adults may be traced to having been bullied as adolescents, a study said Tuesday. In one phase of the project, nearly 4,000 participants completed a questionnaire at the age of 13, and were assessed again five years later for symptoms of depressive illness. When other possible causes were added to the mix -- such as behavioural or mental problems or family difficulties -- the statistical link with adult depression weakened, but the rate was still twice as high as for non-bullied peers.
FDA raises fainting concern with women's libido drug flibanserin
2 Jun 2015 at 3:42pm
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has once again raised concerns about the safety of flibanserin, an experimental women's libido drug, saying it increased the risk of fainting and accidental injury, especially when combined with alcohol. The review, published on the FDA's website on Tuesday, comes two days before a meeting of external advisers who will recommend whether it should be approved. The FDA typically follows the advice of its advisory panels.
Experts recommend standing for two to four hours during workday
2 Jun 2015 at 3:40pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who work desk-based jobs should aim to stand and do light activity for a total of four hours throughout the day, according to an international panel of experts. The panel was commissioned by Public Health England and the company Active Working CIC, which owns the Get Britain Standing campaign. Too much sitting has been linked to poor health outcomes over the past several years.
Canada says no danger posed by U.S. anthrax shipment
2 Jun 2015 at 3:20pm
The Canadian government confirmed on Tuesday that it received an anthrax sample kit from the U.S Department of Defense that might have contained live bacterium, but it said there were no reported illnesses. In a statement, the Public Health Agency of Canada said it received the sample in August 2006, but that it had not been used for over five years and was relocated to a secure laboratory. Live anthrax samples were shipped to three laboratories in Canada by a U.S. military lab, USA Today reported on Monday, following disclosures last week that samples of the bacteria were mistakenly sent to 11 U.S. states and two other countries.
Here's How Many Hours You Should Be Standing At Work, According To Experts
2 Jun 2015 at 3:20pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who work desk-based jobs should aim to stand and do light activity for a total of four hours throughout the day, according to an international panel of experts. People should first work toward standing or doing light activity - like walking - for two hours per day, the...
1 of Pentagon's own labs may have received suspect anthrax
2 Jun 2015 at 2:53pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A laboratory on the grounds of the Pentagon compound is among dozens of facilities that may have mistakenly received live anthrax, officials said Tuesday.