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Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Science
When it comes to man's best friend, science may finally have solved the mystery of their gluttony - some Labradors, it seems, are genetically predisposed to being hungry. That's according to scientists who were discussing their ongoing mission to improve our favourite pets' health at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton. Several research teams in the UK are on a mission to improve canine health. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the appetite of Britain's favourite dog breed, and suggest Labradors are genetically at risk of becoming overweight.Roughly a quarter of British households own a pet dog, and Labrador retrievers remain our most popular canine companion. However, this stereotypically "greedy" breed often suffers size-related health problems. Bla...
North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'

North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "begging for war" with his latest and most powerful nuclear bomb test, the US envoy to the United Nations has said.Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York that America did not want a war but its patience was "not unlimited". The US will table a new UN resolution shortly to toughen sanctions.China, the North's main ally, has called for a return to negotiations and Switzerland has offered to mediate.How do you defend against North Korea?How should Trump handle North Korea?South Korea carried out live-fire exercises on Monday, simulating an attack on the North's nuclear test site.Reports suggest the North is preparing new test missile launches. On Sunday, it tested a bomb under...
Mass monsoon floods in South Asia a humanitarian crisis, aid group says

Mass monsoon floods in South Asia a humanitarian crisis, aid group says

World
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have combined to become a full humanitarian crisis -- with more than 16 million people affected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday."This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods," Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said."Millions of people across Nepal, Bangladesh and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters."Another relief organization, Save the Children, said the situation in South Asia is "e...
'Hora Cero': The Venezuelan crisis through one young mother's eyes

'Hora Cero': The Venezuelan crisis through one young mother's eyes

World
"Upheaval" describes everyday life in Venezuela. The South American country has been mired in an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has spilled into the streets, with almost daily protests affecting the lives of 30 million people who either participate in them or are forced to navigate through roadblocks and debris. In cities and towns across the country, people have come out by the thousands since early April to protest a government many no longer recognize as legitimate. Since then, the streets of the capital, Caracas, have become the backdrop for a deadly battle of wills between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and a coalition of opposition groups intent on ousting him. Maduro has called the protests a violent attempt to overthrow his government. But behind ...
Swiss cheese pipes: Missing lead confirms origins of Flint's water crisis

Swiss cheese pipes: Missing lead confirms origins of Flint's water crisis

Science
July 28 (UPI) -- Researchers have found evidence of missing lead in water pipes in Flint, Mich., confirming the origins of the health crisis.An analysis of the interiors of several service pipes revealed a Swiss cheese-like pattern -- the holes marking where lead used to be.The latest findings by University of Michigan scientists confirm the public explanation for the water crisis: that untreated, corrosive water caused lead to leech from the city's water pipes, poisoning thousands of Flint residents over a period of 17 months.Researchers studied the layer of lead rust from cross section samples of 10 service pipes in Flint's water system. They analyzed both the layer's texture and chemical composition, and used their observations to estimate the amount of lead leaching into the water syst...