World Topics

Jul 27, 2014

Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday. The workers found the remains last week as they started construction on a new building in ...

Images reveal mystery of duck-shaped comet

Jul 26, 2014

Images reveal mystery of duck-shaped comet

New images reveal that the deep-space comet on which mankind plans to land a probe later this year, has an “extraordinarily irregular,” ducklike shape, the European Space Agency said on July 17. The icy body dubbed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is composed of two parts: one ...

Jul 26, 2014

Human encroachment prompting giant anteaters to kill: research

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals’ loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said. The long-nosed, hairy mammals are not typically aggressive toward people and are considered a ...

Jul 26, 2014

Nigeria confirms first Ebola fatality

West Africa’s current Ebola outbreak has spread to a fourth country, after an ill Liberian man vomited, had diarrhea and a high fever on an airplane to Nigeria. As soon as the plane landed Tuesday, the 40-year-old Liberian was moved into an isolation ward ...

Jul 25, 2014

As humans multiply, bugs decline and conflict spikes

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 percent, researchers said Thursday. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may ...

Jul 25, 2014

Legal sex work may slash HIV toll: study

Scrapping laws that ban sex work would slash the number of HIV infections over the next decade, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum. Female sex work is one of the big vectors of the world HIV pandemic, sometimes being the ...

Jul 21, 2014

Monkey study dampens hopes for AIDS cure

The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-AIDS drugs within days of entering the body, a study said Sunday — dampening hopes for a human cure. If the same holds true for human beings, treatment may have to start “extremely early” after ...

45 years after Apollo, U.S. split on lunar landings

Jul 21, 2014

45 years after Apollo, U.S. split on lunar landings

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon’s role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was ...

Jul 20, 2014

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over decade

The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study has found. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. “It’s encouraging,” said Patrick ...

Jul 20, 2014

Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hepatitis C

A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat, said a study Saturday. Patients were given Gilead Sciences’ sofosbuvir, a drug approved for the U.S. market in ...