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Pakistani Government Temporarily Blocks Twitter Over 'Blasphemous' Images
2012-05-21 05:02:51

Access to Twitter in Pakistan was restored Sunday afternoon, eight hours after authorities there blocked the popular social media website for refusing to remove images deemed "offensive to Islam," according to BBC News and the Associated Press (AP). The tweets at the heart of the controversy promoted a Facebook competition in which participants were called upon to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication's Authority (PTA), told AP...

Study Recommends More People Be Given Statins
2012-05-18 09:09:47

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A new report published in The Lancet states that more people should be given cholesterol-lowering drugs and statins to help decrease the number of strokes and heart attacks. Statins have been known to help people who have a high risk of having a heart attack and a stroke. However, medical professionals have debated medicating healthy people, whether it works and if it´s socially acceptable. Statins are thought to be connected to liver problems, kidney...

Minority Births Overtake White Births In US Census Data
2012-05-18 08:17:18

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com More than half the births in the U.S. are by racial and ethnic minorities, according to the latest U.S. census data. Asian, Black, Hispanic, and mixed-races were 50.4 percent of new arrivals by the end of July 2011. For the first time, non-Hispanic whites are the minority in births. According to the BBC, sociologists attribute the economic slowdown as one of the reasons for the shift in demographics and a decline in birth rate among non-Hispanic whites. It...

America Consumes 80% World's Painkillers
2012-05-11 13:01:26

According to a congressional testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, 80 percent of the world's painkillers are consumed in the U.S. BBC News reports that Americans consume enough painkillers for each of its citizens to have 64 Percocets or Vicodin. The report said that prescription drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year, which is more than what heroin and cocaine total combined. The number of those who are taking painkillers is a 600 percent increase...

Possible Way To Prevent Brain Cell Death Discovered
2012-05-07 03:29:28

In a new study, a team of UK researchers have reportedly found a way to prevent brain cell death in mice -- a discovery which could ultimately lead to improved treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurodegenerative ailments in humans. According to BBC News Health and Science Reporter James Gallagher, scientists at the University of Leicester studied prion disease, which affects mice in much the same way as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease...

Japan-Nuclear-Reactor
2012-05-06 07:11:37

For the first time in four decades, Japan will be without nuclear power, as the last of its 50 reactors was shut down Saturday for what is being called routine maintenance, various media outlets have reported. According to BBC News reports, operations at the third reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture was scheduled to have ceased by 14:00 GMT (2:00pm Eastern). That means that for the first time in over 40 years, a country which up until last year had received 30% of its...

Two Blind Men Receive Some Sight Through Eye Implants
2012-05-04 05:05:10

Two blind men have received sight for the first time in years due to new advances in medical science. The Oxford Eye Hospital and King's College Hospital in London have been carrying out a clinical trial that helps restore sight to the blind, at least partially, through eye implants. Chris James and Robin Millar lost their vision due to a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, which is when the photoreceptor cells at the back of the eye eventually cease to function. A 0.12-inch...

Critically Endangered Frogs Surviving In New Home
2012-05-03 13:14:48

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust reports that a critically endangered frog species has found new hope in a new home. The conservationists reported that captive "mountain chicken" frogs that were reintroduced to the Caribbean island of Montserrat are alive and well. The mountain chicken frogs are one of the world's largest frog species, but its population has declined by as much as 80 percent in the wild.  Some of the female frogs can weigh a couple of pounds. "Due to...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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