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Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea. A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong. The research gives an insight into the chemicals that give tea its […]

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‘Shocking’ levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

One of the UK’s last killer whales was contaminated with “shocking” levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines. But tests now reveal her body contained among the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or […]

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India launches ‘invaluable’ South Asia satellite

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

India has successfully launched a new communications satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre. The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will benefit from this satellite. But Pakistan has opted out from the initiative. Analysts […]

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Albatrosses counted from space

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

Scientists have started counting individual birds from space. They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses. This endangered animal nests almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. The audit, led by experts at the British Antarctic Survey, represents the first time any […]

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Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

The government’s draft clean air plan has been dismissed as “toothless” and “weak” by critics. Under the proposals to tackle dirty air, some drivers of older cars could be paid to move to electric vehicles. The draft plan also considers retrofitting buses, lorries and black cabs as a way of delivering cleaner air. Clean air […]

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Tanzania’s conjoined twins plan to become teachers

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Health & Living, Medical, Science  /  No Comments

Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti are in their last year at secondary school and are looking forward to graduating after their final exams. The 19 year-olds are studying in Iringa Udzungwa in Tanzania’s south-west region. Their mother died after giving birth, their father has also passed away, and they were raised by a […]

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Kenya’s to launch HIV self-testing kit

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Health & Living, Medical  /  No Comments

  Kenya is set to introduce a cheap HIV self-testing kit in July, the Star newspaper reports. The kit targets an estimated 400,000 people who do not know their HIV status. Experts say the kit is 80% effective and will cost about $7 (£5) and will be available in pharmacies. HIV self-testing refers to a […]

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Lab Research Leads to Advancements in Treating Illness

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  Biology, Medical, Science, The Afro  /  No Comments

This area utilizes the post excerpt field on the WordPress post edit screen. This section is separate from the rest of the content, so you can write a nice little intro here or a brief summary of the article. It’s handy for users who want the main points of the story in a nutshell.

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