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Economic Freedom Index: Kazakhstan advances 22 points in 17 years

Kazakhstan's economic freedom ranking has been steadily advancing over the past 17 years.

Economic Freedom Index: Kazakhstan advances 22 points in 17 years
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Is life better with kids? Not always, says study

Are people with kids happier than people without? In the United States, those with and without kids rate their lives about the same, but globally children tend to diminish well-being.

Is life better with kids? Not always, says study
Land bulge clue to aviation threat from volcanoes
Land bulge clue to aviation threat from volcanoes

Bulging in land that occurs before a volcano erupts points to how much ash will be spewed into the sky, providing a useful early warning for aviation.

Land bulge clue to aviation threat from volcanoes
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New Japan research scandal brewing over Alzheimer's study

Japan's health ministry said Friday it was probing claims falsified data was used in an Alzheimer's disease study involving major pharmaceutical firms, a day after filing an unrelated criminal complaint against Swiss drugs giant Novartis.

New Japan research scandal brewing over Alzheimer's study
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Scientists apologise for failing to make girl a dragon

Australia's national science agency issued a rare apology to a seven-year-old girl for not being able to make her a fire-breathing dragon, blaming a lack of research into the mythical creatures.

Scientists apologise for failing to make girl a dragon
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Wanted: Billions of bees for European farms

Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favour of biofuels.

Wanted: Billions of bees for European farms
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Jar of preserved intestine solves 1800s cholera mystery

The intestine of an American cholera victim from the mid-1800s has yielded new clues to the evolution of the deadly bacterium and may help prevent future outbreaks, researchers said Wednesday.

Jar of preserved intestine solves 1800s cholera mystery
Scientists discover hormone that blocks marijuana buzz
Scientists discover hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A naturally occurring hormone acts as spontaneous defense in the brain against the high caused by marijuana and could be useful in preventing addiction, researchers said Thursday.

Scientists discover hormone that blocks marijuana buzz
New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue
New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue

An icebound Russian research vessel prepared to ring in the New Year in remote Antarctica Tuesday as blizzards hampered a helicopter rescue planned after several icebreaking attempts failed.

New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue
Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls
Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls

A Chinese icebreaker has failed to break through thick ice to free a ship carrying scientists and tourists stranded off Antarctica, forcing Australian authorities to look at other rescue options Saturday.

Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls
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China to build two new Antarctic bases: state media

Chinese workers are on their way to build the country's fourth Antarctic research base and a fifth is being planned, state-run media said Thursday as the country expands its imprint on the icy continent.

China to build two new Antarctic bases: state media
China's first lunar rover to land on moon Saturday
China's first lunar rover to land on moon Saturday

A space module carrying China's first lunar rover is scheduled to land on the moon Saturday evening, state media said, in a huge step for the Asian superpower's ambitious space programme.

China's first lunar rover to land on moon Saturday
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Taking pictures to remember may help you forget

Taking a picture to help you remember something might end up having the opposite effect, according to research published in the United States.

Taking pictures to remember may help you forget
Air pollution in Europe kills even at guideline levels
Air pollution in Europe kills even at guideline levels

Europeans with long-term exposure to particulate pollution from road traffic or industry run a higher risk of premature death, even if air quality meets EU standards, a study said on Monday.

Air pollution in Europe kills even at guideline levels
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Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle.

Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves
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Tablet computer sales losing steam: survey

Tablet computers have been one of the hottest items in tech in recent years, but sizzling growth is likely to slow in the coming years, a market tracker said Tuesday.

Tablet computer sales losing steam: survey
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Men and women's brains are wired differently: study

Women aren't very good at reading maps, and men are incapable of multi-tasking.

Men and women's brains are wired differently: study
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Tomb of Kenesary Khan's warriors discovered in Astana

An ancient tomb of Kenesary Khan's warriors has been discovered in Astana.

Tomb of Kenesary Khan's warriors discovered in Astana
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Mice research brings male contraceptive pill closer

A contraceptive pill for men has moved one step closer after Australian researchers successfully made male mice infertile.

Mice research brings male contraceptive pill closer
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New Zealand looks to uncork 'lifestyle' wine niche

New Zealand winegrowers launched a $14 million research project Wednesday aimed at capitalising on growth in demand for so-called "lifestyle" wines, with low calories and less alcohol.

New Zealand looks to uncork 'lifestyle' wine niche