China takes steps to clean up 'cancer villages'

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (New Scientist) The Chinese government has acknowledged the existence of "cancer villages": areas where rates of cancer are unusually high, probably because of industrial and agricultural contamination of more…

Long-lost continent found under Indian Ocean

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Nature) The drowned remnants of an ancient microcontinent may lie scattered beneath the waters between Madagascar and India, a new study suggests. Evidence for the long-lost land comes more…

How Israel defeated drought

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Times of Israel) Until a couple of years ago, Israeli radio and TV regularly featured commercials warning that the country was "drying out." In one of the most more…

Putin calls for Russian military upgrades

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (WASHINGTON TIMES) Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country needs an immediate and massive military upgrade by 2016 and has called on his top brass to put the wheels in more…

Van Cliburn, legendary pianist, dead at 78

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM) -- Van Cliburn's talent alone might have earned him a place among the 20th-century giants of his instrument, alongside classical pianists like Arthur Rubinstein and more…

Advanced breast cancer on rise in young women

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (CBS NEWS) Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small more…

Pope Benedict makes last public address

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (CBS NEWS) Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his more…