Huge Oil Spill Spreads in East China Sea, Stirring Environmental Fears

The review in news HONG KONG — An oil spill from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea is rapidly spreading, officials said Tuesday, alarming environmentalists about the threat to sea and bird life in the waterway. The tanker, the Sanchi, was carrying 136,000 tons of highly flammable fuel oil when it[…]

England’s obesity hotspots: how does your area compare?

Obesity is an increasing concern in the UK, with the latest figures showing that a quarter of the English population are obese. Across England, some 64.8 per cent of people are of excess weight – comprised of 40.4 per cent of people who are overweight and a further 24.4 per cent who are obese. Between January 2013[…]

Many Under 40 May Not Need Regular Cholesterol Checks

Many adults under 40 may not need to have routine cholesterol screenings, a new study suggests. To come to this conclusion, the researchers looked at the real world implications of two conflicting sets of guidelines on cholesterol testing. One, from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), says that all adults older than 20[…]

Emmanuel Macron faces challenge from Marine Le Pen as France goes to the polls

French voters have gone to the polls to choose between the pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-Right candidate Marine Le Pen after a rollercoaster campaign in the country’s most unpredictable and high-stakes presidential election in decades. Mr Macron has been far ahead of his rival in opinion polls since the pair beat off competition from[…]

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Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations

The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process. The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of[…]

Samsung head arrested over South Korean Choi-gate corruption scandal

Lee Jae-yong, also known as Jay Y Lee, alleged to have paid £30m in bribes to presidential crony Choi Soon-sil The acting head of Samsung, South Korea’s biggest conglomerate, has been arrested in connection with the corruption and influence-peddling scandal that threatens to topple the country’s impeached president, Park Geun-hye. Special prosecutors investigating a scandal[…]

Trump pushes US Embassy move in Israel amid outcry

Washington (CNN)The incoming Trump administration has told allies it is moving ahead with plans to relocate the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — even as those countries issue stark warnings of the potential impact and the Palestinians and Arab nations are escalating calls not to do it. In Israel, where officials[…]

The Russian hacking saga

The story of alleged Russian hacking aimed at influencing the U.S. election has all the makings of a blockbuster film — computer hackers with goofy names, dueling presidents and accused spies. President Obama announced a series of sanctions against Russia on Thursday and Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he wouldn’t retaliate, at least not yet. But[…]

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nanocellulose filter to remove viruses from water is developed by Swedish scientists

Scientists at Uppasala University, Sweden, in collaboration with German virologists, have developed cellulose nanofibre sheets to remove viruses from water, Dr Seshadri Ramkumar, a full professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University, US, reports. Nanocellulose filter paper termed as mille-feuille filter, due to the layered structure resembling French pastry mille-feuille, will be[…]