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May 15, 2015

Russia warns of 2 million HIV carriers in five years

Russia’s AIDS epidemic is worsening and at least 2 million people are likely to be infected with HIV in about five years as the virus increasingly affects the heterosexual population, the country’s top AIDS specialist said on Thursday. Russia has registered more than 930,000 ...

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

May 15, 2015

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig ...

May 14, 2015

Epic study backs key universe theory

Scientists on Wednesday said that after a nearly three-decade bid they had detected a telltale change in a sub-atomic particle, further backing a key theory about the universe. Researchers at the world’s biggest particle collider said they had observed an extremely rare event — ...

May 14, 2015

Vitamin B3 may help prevent certain skin cancers

For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths. In a study in Australia, people who took ...

May 14, 2015

U.S. develops first government label for GMO-free products

The U.S. Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. The USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — ...

Hand grip is telltale of heart's health: study

May 14, 2015

Hand grip is telltale of heart's health: study

Testing people’s hand strength could be a simple, low-cost way to screen them for the risk of heart attack or stroke, The Lancet reported on Thursday. Canadian-led researchers carried out a large-scale probe into evidence that a firm hand grip is a rough yet ...