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BABIES born to mothers who live near hazardous waste landfill sites have a higher risk of serious birth defects, warns a European report. Women living within three-kilometre of a hazardous landfill

Acupuncture seems to activate the parts of the brain involved in pain control, say scientists in Taiwan. Jen-Chuen Hseih of the Veterans' General Hospital in Taipei and his colleagues used positron

Floods sweeping across the Seoul metropolitan area have left at least 119 people dead and 53 others missing in South Korea's worst natural disaster in years. With flood waters receding, tens of

Bananas that are actually vaccines. Potatoes that kill bacteria. Tobacco plants that fight tooth decay. Medical science has more tricks up its sleeve

Smoking might be dangeous for human health, but tobacco plants are not, claim Japanese scientists who have used the gene genie to get some health benefits from these plants. Tobacco plants could soon

Earlier it was "Green Forests are Nepal's Wealth", now it is "Green Forests are TCN's Wealth", TCN stands for the Timber Corporation of Nepal. Thanks to the politicians, the state-owned entity now

An accident at a steel mill in Spain has contaminated large parts of southern Europe with radioactivity, say environmentalists. The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council says scrap containing the

THE Environment Agency in Japan has planned to impose strict regulations on soot emissions from factories during the next financial year. This move is expected to affect about 200,000 facto-ries,

Threatened by air pollution from the Mae Moh lignite-fired power plant, the people of Ban Hua Fai in Thailand are fast losing patience. Hundreds of villagers suffering from respiratory problems now

China is fighting a "life and death" battle against rising floodwaters which have posed a serious threat to the country's oil hub at Daqing. The Yangtze river is flowing above the danger mark.