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Blind elephants used by tourists at popular Indian fort: PETA

(AFP) – Dozens of elephants used for tourist rides at one of India’s most recognised forts are blind or suffering other ailments, a report said Tuesday, calling for the practice to end. Nineteen elephants used to ferry visitors to Rajasthan’s famous Amer Fort were blind or vision impaired while nine ...

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German shoppers sample burgers made of buffalo worms

AACHEN, Germany (Reuters) – Supermarket shoppers in the western German city of Aachen have stepped out of their comfort zone to sample insect burgers made of buffalo worms. The worms, highly nutritious due to their high protein content, are the larvae of buffalo beetles and are bred in the Netherlands. ...

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Artificial sweeteners linked to obesity, diabetes in study

(Web Desk) – Artificial sweeteners could be linked to diabetes and obesity, according to a study of rats and cell cultures. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University conducted what they believe is the largest study to assess biochemical changes caused by artificial sweeteners and sugars, UPI ...

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China’s ‘men only’ job culture slammed in new report

(AFP) – Leading Chinese firms including e-commerce giant Alibaba were heavily criticised Monday for gender discrimination in job adverts in a new report which said the landscape for the female workforce in China was deteriorating. The report by campaign group Human Rights Watch, entitled “Only Men Need Apply: Gender Discrimination ...

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Tiny human brains implanted into mice

(Web Desk) – In an unprecedented move, scientists at the Salk Institute implanted tiny human brain organoids into the heads of mice. What they observed was the mice looked and behaved like ordinary mice, while supplying blood and nutrients to keep human brains developing for months. Researchers created the human ...

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Playing is good for grown-up brain and body

(Web Desk) – Want to feel better, smarter and healthier? It might be time to get serious about play. TED’s list of talks about the importance of play is a good place to start. It includes nine talks that might persuade you to take a more lighthearted approach to life ...

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World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

(News Desk) – The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. She had been hospitalized since January. Tajima, born on August 4, 1900, was ...

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Mother’s depression might do the same to her child’s IQ

(News Desk) – Roughly one in 10 women in the US will experience depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequences, however, may extend to their children, reported researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, who found that a mother’s depression can negatively ...

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Exercise boosts survival after heart attack: study

PARIS (AFP) – Exercising after a heart attack may help stave off death for longer, Swedish researchers said Thursday. A study which followed 22,000 heart attack survivors aged 18-74, found that those who boosted their exercise levels after being discharged from hospital, halved their risk of dying within the first ...

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