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Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy virtually vanished from Europe in around the 16th century, and Great Britain has not had a case in the past many centuries. But, those who believe that the disease is gone forever may be wrong.

A team of biologists have warned that the disease of leprosy never left the region as the devastating bacteria still lurking in trees. Mysterious marks/sores on red squirrels across England, Scotland and Ireland have been linked to the disease.

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New study reveals who is fueling ivory trade

New study reveals who is fueling ivory trade

A fresh carbon-dating study has revealed that ivory trade is not being fuelled by government-controlled sales of old tusks; rather it is being fuelled almost totally by recently killed elephants.

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Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

A team of researchers claimed to have discovered an antibody that might protect unborn babies from the deadly Zika virus that has swept across the Americas, the Caribbean and several parts of Asia.

Pap smear can reveal genetic disorders in early pregnancy: researchers say

Pap smear can reveal genetic disorders in early pregnancy: researchers say

A simple Papanicolaou (Pap) smear can allow doctors to carryout prenatal screening for genetic disorders as early as five weeks into a pregnancy, according to a new research.

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Researchers find direct link between bedtime media device use & inadequate sleep

Researchers find direct link between bedtime media device use & inadequate sleep

Children and teenagers who use mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and computers at night lose sleep time as well as sleep quality, a new research cautioned.

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Global wildlife populations on pace to decline by two-thirds by 2020

Global wildlife populations on pace to decline by two-thirds by 2020

Jeopardized by human activities, global wildlife populations are on the pace for a decline by two-thirds in just four years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in the 11th edition of its Living Planet Report.

According to the report, global populations of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish have 58 per cent since 1970; and the populations could decline by 67 per cent by 2020, if the trend persists.

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Common swifts can stay airborne for record 10 months: researchers discover

Common swifts can stay airborne for record 10 months: researchers discover

Small brown birds called “common swifts” can stay airborne for a record period of ten months without once touching the land, a group of Swedish researchers discovered.

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Countries reach agreement to create world’s largest marine reserve

Countries reach agreement to create world’s largest marine reserve

The proposal to create the world’s largest marine reserve to protect Antarctica took a big leap forward on Friday, when Russia dropped its long-held opposition.

Early humans pushed cave lions to extinction: researchers say

Early humans pushed cave lions to extinction: researchers say

Prehistoric humans might have pushed cave lions in the region of current Spain to extinction by hunting the big cats for their sleek pelts, according to a new study.

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CropLife criticizes IARC for calling 5 chemicals carcinogenic

CropLife criticizes IARC for calling 5 chemicals carcinogenic

CropLife America, which represents American pesticide manufacturers, has raised questions about the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s ((IARC’s) latest report that pointed to the cancer-causing potential of five chemicals.

IARC reviewed pentachlorophenol (PCP), 2, 4, 6-trichlorophenol (TCP), aldrin, dieldrin and 3, 3’, 4, 4’-tetrachloroazobenzene (TCAB), and warned that these chemicals can cause the deadly disease of cancer. The first four chemicals are pesticides that are no longer registered by EPA.

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