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As flood waters started to recede, the Chinese authorities began to count the cost of almost four months of devastating floods and draw up a plan to help millions get back on their feet. In

What makes a kid more intelligent than his peers? Mother's milk might hold the answer

Nearly all the states in peninsular Malaysia logged below their annual quota in 1997, primary industries minister Lim Keng Yaik said. "In the last three to four years, the states have kept to their

In 1976 NASA's Viking spacecraft snapped a photograph of a feature on Mars that was startlingly familiar to all Earthlings: part of the rocky surface looked just like a human face. Most interpreted

The International Seabed Authority (ISA), the United Nations' agency responsible for administering the Law of Sea Treaty, has started discussions on a code to govern the recovery of minerals from the

Yields from the rice-wheat cropping system in the Indo-Gangetic plain are declining despite the increasing use of chemical fertilizers. Crop residues are important components of soil fertility management, but are burnt in some areas such as Punjab state.

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