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Australia to shut sub-Antarctic research station

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Macquarie Island. Barry Becker/Australian Antarctic Division

Australia will close its permanent station at Macquarie Island almost 7 decades after establishing the sub-Antarctic research facility, citing environmental contamination concerns and aging infrastructure

SYDNEY, Australia (Sept. 13, 2016) — Australia will close its permanent station at Macquarie Island almost 7 decades after establishing the sub-Antarctic research facility, officials said Tuesday, September 13, citing environmental contamination concerns and aging infrastructure.  Continue reading Australia to shut sub-Antarctic research station

Sanofi, Google launch diabetes joint venture

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In this photo, an Indian nurse (L) collects a blood sample from a policeman using a glucometer at a free diabetic health check-up camp on World Health Day in Hyderabad on April 7, 2016. Noah Seelam/AFP

The tie up between the drug maker and Verily, the health subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, will focus on treatments for people living with the chronic disease

PARIS, France (Sept. 12, 2016) — Google and French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced Monday, September 12, a new joint venture focused on diabetes care.  Continue reading Sanofi, Google launch diabetes joint venture

Climate changing at ‘unprecedented’ rate

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A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children’s garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA
Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs, following a year that broke ‘all previous records by a wide margin,’ the UN’s weather agency says

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 22, 2016) — January and February 2016 smashed temperature records, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, March 21, as it warned climate change was advancing at an “unprecedented” rate.

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Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women

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Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. Christophe Simon/AFP
The statistical analysis of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-14 that spread to 2/3 of the population is the most rigorous attempt yet to quantify the risk of microcephaly

PARIS, France (Mar. 16, 2016) — A woman infected by the Zika virus during the first 3 months of pregnancy faces a one-in-100 chance her child will suffer severe brain damage, according to a study released Wednesday, March 16.

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Zika research to be published rapidly, and free

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HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA
Research funders will require scientists to share interim as well as final data as rapidly and widely as possible

PARIS, France (Feb. 11, 2016) — Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday, February 10, they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily, and free.

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Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2

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A re-emerging forest. Photo from Kalikasan PNE
The research challenges long-standing assumptions that virgin tropical forests untouched by logging or industry do a better job of sopping up carbon dioxide

PARIS, France (Feb. 4, 2016) — Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees, according to a study released Wednesday, February 3.

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