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'Spectacular' solar eclipse witnessed by millions

Mar 21, 2015

'Spectacular' solar eclipse witnessed by millions

Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe. The most spectacular viewing came on Norway’s Svalbard islands near the North Pole, where a bright clear day and ...

Mar 20, 2015

Selfie generation warned over eclipse peril

An eclipse that will sweep Europe and parts of Africa and Asia on Friday poses a danger to selfie-takers, eye specialists warned on Thursday. Even if the sun is in eclipse, its radiation can still burn the retina, with the risk of permanent damage ...

Mar 19, 2015

Sierra Leone plans another shutdown to stop Ebola's spread

Sierra Leone is planning another three-day, countrywide shutdown later this month to ferret out Ebola cases, remind people how to protect themselves from the disease and control its transmission. The West Africa Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 10,000 people is declining but ...

British DNA gives window into ancient past, Vikings and all

Mar 19, 2015

British DNA gives window into ancient past, Vikings and all

Genetic samples collected from across the United Kingdom are shedding light on the ancient past, including Viking invasions and a mystery about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, researchers report. The DNA also suggests that, genetically speaking, people in Wales are the closest matches to ...

Mar 18, 2015

Breastfeeding leads to higher IQ, earnings later: study

People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings, according to a study published Wednesday that tracked the development of 3,500 newborns over 30 years. And, critically, the socioeconomic status of mothers appeared to have little impact on breastfeeding results, ...

Mar 18, 2015

Guinea Ebola cases rise; three doctors infected

Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures. The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than ...

Mar 18, 2015

Major solar storm hits Earth, may pull northern lights south

A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and satellite tracking systems while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, U.S. forecasters said. So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma ...

New cancer fears in France over breast implants

Mar 18, 2015

New cancer fears in France over breast implants

France’s national cancer institute said on Tuesday there was a “clearly established link” between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant, as the health minister sought to allay fears. The national cancer institute (INCa) said there had been 18 ...

Ebola-hit U.S. man's condition deteriorates

Mar 17, 2015

Ebola-hit U.S. man's condition deteriorates

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday. The agency said in a statement that the patient’s status was changed from ...