A gene for better rice

Scientists said Monday they had pinpointed variants of a gene to improve the quality and yield of rice, a staple starch for billions of people. Working in two separate groups, researchers from...

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Pre-marriage weddingmoons trend among stressed-out couples

Aunt Patricia has just separated from Uncle John, meaning you have to rearrange the seating chart. The caterer has just made local news because they sickened dozens with food poisoning. And you...

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Herbal medicine? St. John’s Wort could make you sick

​The yellow-flowering plant is commonly used as a herbal alternative to treat depression, however, new research suggests it could produce the same adverse side effects as pharmaceutical...

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Square fruit: odd shaped melons herald Japan summer

Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons. But this...

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Study pinpoints heart benefits of exercise

A massive review of 160 clinical trials sheds new light on how exactly exercise benefits heart and respiratory health. Our understanding of exercise has come under fire, as studies...

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Problem drinking, promiscuity predictable ahead of the game, study finds

Whether or not a young adult will abuse alcohol or engage in risky sexual behaviour could be foreseen using brain scans, according to a research team from Duke University in the US. The team...

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Diabetes drug helps people lose weight, study finds

Liraglutide, an injectable diabetes drug that US regulators approved last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 8kg, a yearlong study said Wednesday. Most patients were...

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A shot of alcohol in the vein stimulates women’s appetite

In what could be the first study of how the brain arbitrates eating when alcohol is involved, scientists concluded that it enhances food aromas for women, leading us to eat more. Also known as...

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Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed

With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin – or at least photos of them – scientists have gained a new understanding of how memories of everyday events are formed in...

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Government says Chinese people getting taller and fatter

Chinese people are growing taller as the country becomes richer but they are getting fatter even faster, the government and state media said. The proportion of Chinese over-18s who were...

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Hydroelectric dams spell disaster for birds, tortoises, study says

Hydroelectric dams may cause 70% of wildlife in the nearby area to go extinct, according to a study Wednesday that raises new concern about what is often touted as a green energy source. The...

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Britain’s Prince Harry has his ‘dream’ job in Africa

The 30-year-old royal is shadowing top veterinarian Dr Pete Morkel in Namibia, Africa, in order to combat threats to endangered species. Dr Morkel is said to be an expert at using humane...

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Sugary drinks may cause over 180,000 global deaths a year

Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the...

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Celebrating heritage with food that unites people

Once a upon a time, when the Arabs and Rawa Malays from Rao in West Sumatera settled in George Town, they brought their exotic food to the colonial city with them. Among those many dishes were...

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Clear up acne by passing on Vitamin B12 supplements, study shows

It may be important for brain and nervous system functioning, but in the fight against acne, it could be beneficial to pass up on supplements of vitamin B12, according to a new study. Don't...

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Handwriting not on the wall for fax machines

It may have slipped from its golden age into its golden years, but two decades into the Internet era the fax machine is still, perhaps surprisingly, holding its place in many offices. While it...

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3 traditional dishes to showcase Malay culture

To mark the seventh anniversary of George Town becoming a Unesco World Heritage Site, the city has lined up a number of cooking classes next month for the public to learn how to make traditional...

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Wishing on a shooting star in Japan with man-made meteors

Fancy a meteor shower racing across the night sky to mark your birthday? One Japanese start-up is hoping to deliver shooting stars on demand and choreograph the cosmos. And, say scientists,...

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Teens make sex safer with STD-detecting condom

At the pubescent age of 14, three boys have demonstrated remarkable intuition when it comes to sex, conceiving a condom that changes colour to indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted...

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Naked hiking is a thing and has a day

They marched nude by the hundreds through forests, by lakes and along mountain trails, with many hoping to go unnoticed. For the most part, national Hike Naked Day went according to plan last...

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