Thailand totters towards waste crisis

A blaze at a vast rubbish dump home to six million tonnes of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste...

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Japan’s ‘Golden Bolt’: 103-year-old challenges world’s fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki – who...

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New village toilets small step for poor Indian women

Decorated with marigolds and ribbons, 108 toilets unveiled in a tragedy-hit village are a small step in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to end open-air defecation for impoverished Indian...

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Fujifilm vs Ebola: Japan giants turn hands to medicine

When Japan announced it was ready to supply a new drug to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, one unusual detail emerged – it would be made by Fujifilm. The company synonymous with cameras and...

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Families bring their bacteria with them wherever they go, study finds

Millions of bacteria populate the home and in light of mounting evidence that some may actually play an important role in keeping us healthy, researchers are aiming to learn more about them. A...

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The days when sports were part of patriotism and nation building

"We all like sports. I could still recall how people, including my father, rushed to buy a radio to follow the finals of the Thomas Cup badminton match between Malaya and the United States in...

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Confidence trumps stage fright, even if it’s pure self-deception, study shows

Between two people of equal talent, over-confidence may be the deciding factor in who will be more influential, even if it's pure self-deception, according to a recent study. "These findings...

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Why your favourite song takes you down memory lane

Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favourite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on...

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Possible to overwrite bad memories, say neuroscientists

Emotions connected to memories can be rewritten, making bad events in the past seem better and good things appear worse, scientists from Japan and the United States have found. The discovery of...

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Ethiopia’s herbal high struggles after foreign ban

For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia's Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back. As the sun sets on the small eastern town,...

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Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice

Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge currently taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies...

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In Iran, love is rarely a many-splendoured thing

Like an increasing number of Iranians, Mahnaz divorced after marrying young because of the pressures of a conservative society that she feels often ignores a relationship's most important...

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For women in China, cooking, highway pollution linked to high blood pressure

Women in China who are exposed to pollution from cookstoves and highways face a greater risk of high blood pressure, said a study out Monday. The study focused on the role of black carbon,...

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Could smartphones be hindering kids’ social skills?

A small study from the University of California Los Angeles psychology department concludes absorption in digital media could be a roadblock in children's development of the ability to read...

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Speaking in tongues: China divided over common language

Free-wheeling and business-oriented, the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is a long way from Beijing physically, culturally and linguistically – and hackles have been raised by reports...

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Malaysians will move to where the jobs are

Malaysia, we have a problem... A whopping 90% of Malaysians would consider moving overseas for a new job and 49% are already actively searching for greener pastures. This is according to an...

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Why do we learn better on a good night’s sleep?

Amid mounting evidence of the important relationship between sleep and motor learning, researchers at the University of Montreal have identified areas of the brain that are critical in training...

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Sleepless teens may pile on the pounds, study shows

Teens who think sleep is overrated should guess again, according to a recent study conducted at Columbia University in New York that suggests sleep deprivation during adolescence could lead to...

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Study abroad at the world’s happiest country – tuition free

Most people know of Norway as the birthplace of the viral song, What Does The Fox Say? As seen in the video, this Scandinavian nation has a plethora of wildlife and natural beauty. Its fauna...

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The hot and cold of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Since it went viral, the ice bucket challenge – or the #ALSIceBucketChallenge as social media users know it – has become a worldwide sensation, drawing in millions of people to soak themselves on...

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