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Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Russia has been banned from competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi."This should draw a line under this damaging episode," the IOC said.The decision has been widely condemned in Russia, with some politicians urging a boycott of the Games, though other officials have welcomed the chance for 'clean' athletes to take part.IOC president Thomas Bach and his board - who made the announcement in Lausanne on Tuesday - ca...
Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Science
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own -- spontaneously.Many of the gorilla's abilities are thought to be socially acquired, including food cleaning behavior. But during a series of tests, researchers found gorillas cleaned sand from a dirty apple 75 percent of the time."In four of our five gorillas, at least one of the techniques for cleaning was similar to that observed in the wild," Damien Neadle, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, said in a news release. "Given that these two groups are culturally unconnected, it suggests that social learning is not required for this behavior to emerge."Scientists suggest their findings -- published this week in the journal PLoS One -- don't diminish t...
Yemen's cities running out of fuel and clean water in 'imminent catastrophe,' UN says

Yemen's cities running out of fuel and clean water in 'imminent catastrophe,' UN says

World
A Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni rebels eased an air, land, and sea blockade of Yemen a week ago, but it is still keeping commercial ships with food and fuel from docking and unloading their cargo in the country, putting millions at risk of starving, the United Nations said this weekend. Millions of Yemenis depend on those supplies, and without fuel, health and water facilities can’t run. So Yemen’s cities are running out of clean water, the chiefs of several United Nations agencies and other top humanitarian officials said in a statement Saturday. “Urban water networks in seven cities have run out of fuel and now depend on humanitarian organizations to fill in the gap,” the officials said. “Other cities will shortly be in a similar situation if the blockade is not lifted, which wo
Clean air target 'could be met more quickly'

Clean air target 'could be met more quickly'

Science
Targets for reducing illegal levels of NO2 pollution from vehicles will be achieved more quickly than the government expects, a study says.Researchers say government projections of future NO2 are too pessimistic, because they ignore the latest real world data.They say cities may achieve roadside emissions standards several years earlier than ministers expect.The research is published in the journal Nature Geoscience.The authors at the University of York warn that despite the adjustment, the government is still lagging badly on NO2 targets.And they say the air in the UK's big cities remains dangerously polluted from many different compounds. But how did the government miscalculate NO2?The authors say it's because they relied on projections of future emissions, rather than on real world road...
Golden-collared manakins clean, preen to attract mates

Golden-collared manakins clean, preen to attract mates

Science
Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Research by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute shows the male golden-collared manakin cleans his display area before performing to attract females.The golden-collared manakin, or Manacus vitellinus, is a bird found in tropical regions such as Panama. The males have a bright-yellow throat and beard to attract females.The study of juvenile male golden-collared manakins who received extra testosterone, published this week in Animal Behavior, were stimulated to clean up their display area before performing for females.Scientists found that the cleanliness was influenced but not determined exclusively by hormone levels."Testosterone-treated young males really got into cleaning up the display court," Ioana Chiver, a post-doctoral fellow at STRI, said in a press release....