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Has Zika circulated quietly in Asia for decades?

Zika’s rampage last year in Brazil caused an explosion of infections and inflicted a crippling neurological defect on thousands of babies — an effect never seen in a mosquito-borne virus. It also presented a mystery: why had a virus that had been little more than a footnote in the annals ...

Dec 1, 2016

Aussie schoolboys recreate price-gouged HIV medicine

A group of Australian schoolchildren working on a shoestring budget have recreated the HIV drug whose price was controversially jacked up 5,000 percent by a former hedge fund manager. U.S. drug company chief Martin Shkreli became a global figure of hate after buying the ...

Sydney zoo gets rare echidna births

Nov 24, 2016

Sydney zoo gets rare echidna births

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first successful echidna births in 30 years with three healthy babies, known as puggles, from three moms hatching within days of each other. Echidnas, or spiny anteaters, are notoriously difficult to breed in human care, but keepers at ...

China likely to maintain climate goals

Nov 22, 2016

China likely to maintain climate goals

Beijing’s air quality fell short of national standards on 179 days last year. That’s one reason why the world’s biggest coal consumer is likely to stick with its plan to clean up its energy supply — regardless of what President-elect Donald Trump does in ...

Nov 18, 2016

Chinese astronauts return from longest mission

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power’s longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed the return capsule’s separation from the Tiangong-2 space lab 393 kilometers (244 miles) above ...

Nov 18, 2016

China pair returning to Earth after monthlong space mission

China’s Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft successfully separated from the orbiting Tiangong 2 space laboratory on Thursday to return to Earth with its two astronauts having completed the country’s longest manned space mission to date, the China Manned Space Agency said. The Shenzhou 11, carrying ...

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Nov 6, 2016

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Delhi state was compared to a “gas chamber” Saturday by its chief minister, as 1,800 schools were shut following one of the city’s worst-ever pollution spells. Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central authorities meeting to resolve the crisis. ...

Pregnant foreign woman becomes Myanmar's first Zika case

Oct 28, 2016

Pregnant foreign woman becomes Myanmar's first Zika case

Myanmar’s first case of Zika infection has been identified in a pregnant foreign woman in the country’s largest city Yangon, state media reported Thursday night. Authorities confirmed the infection in the 32-year-old woman Wednesday following laboratory test, the report quoted the Ministry of Health ...