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China's name-and-shame campaign fails to deter polluters

Dec 23, 2016

China's name-and-shame campaign fails to deter polluters

China has publicly named more than 20 enterprises it says broke environmental rules during this week’s outbreak of hazardous smog in the country’s north, its latest attempt to bring lawbreaking firms to account by shaming them. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused steel ...

Dec 2, 2016

Rural Cambodia uses guppy to fight dengue

In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, which causes debilitating flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic fever. More than 3,000 households in Kampong Cham province, which has ...

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 ...

Has Zika circulated quietly in Asia for decades?

Nov 24, 2016

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 ...

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 ...