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Recessions linked to cognitive decline in later life

People who go through an economic recession at the peak of their working life suffer a risk of cognitive decline in later years, a study suggested on Wednesday.

Recessions linked to cognitive decline in later life
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Species protection needed at 78 sites: study

A scientific study out Thursday identifies 78 sites worldwide in dire need of environmental protection because they harbor species that could go extinct.

Species protection needed at 78 sites: study
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Legatum Institute sees Kazakhstan as most prosperous post-soviet country

Kazakhstan has been rated No. 47 in the 2013 prosperity index of Legatum international research institute.

Legatum Institute sees Kazakhstan as most prosperous post-soviet country
Ozone pact helped cool the planet: study
Ozone pact helped cool the planet: study

A slowdown in global warming that climate sceptics cite in favour of their cause was partly induced by one of the world's most successful environment treaties, a study said on Sunday.

Ozone pact helped cool the planet: study
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Gym not for you? Easy home tasks also help heart: study

Mowing the lawn or washing the car are among simple activities that can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost 30 percent in people over 60.

Gym not for you? Easy home tasks also help heart: study
Niger leads pack making progress on child mortality: NGO
Niger leads pack making progress on child mortality: NGO

Niger has made the most progress worldwide on reducing child mortality since 1990..

Niger leads pack making progress on child mortality: NGO
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Americans warm to online dating, survey shows

Americans are growing more comfortable with online dating, and many are finding a spouse or partner in cyberspace.

Americans warm to online dating, survey shows
Skull discovery suggests early man was single species
Skull discovery suggests early man was single species

A stunningly well-preserved skull from 1.8 million years ago offers new evidence that early man was a single species with a vast array of different looks.

Skull discovery suggests early man was single species
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New Global Slavery Index estimates 30 million affected

An estimated 30 million people worldwide are living in modern-day slavery.

New Global Slavery Index estimates 30 million affected
Get richer, die younger: study
Get richer, die younger: study

We all live longer when times are good, right?

Get richer, die younger: study
When diseases have a bad name, change is hard
When diseases have a bad name, change is hard

Some diseases just have a bad name. But even when their commonly known labels glorify Nazi doctors or slander certain ethnic groups, old habits are hard to change.

When diseases have a bad name, change is hard
World population to shoot up to 9.7 billion in 2050: study
World population to shoot up to 9.7 billion in 2050: study

The world's population will rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 from the current level of 7.1 billion and India will overtake China as the world's most populous nation.

World population to shoot up to 9.7 billion in 2050: study
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'War' on illegal drugs is failing: study

The global war on heroin, cocaine and cannabis is failing to stem supply, as prices of these drugs have tumbled while seizures of them have risen.

'War' on illegal drugs is failing: study
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Nearly 9 in 10 kids in China know cigarette logos: study

Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a US study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among five- and six-year-olds in various countries.

Nearly 9 in 10 kids in China know cigarette logos: study
Ballerina brain holds secret to balance: study
Ballerina brain holds secret to balance: study

Years of training cause structural changes in a ballerina's brain that help her stay balanced in the pirouette, said a report Friday that may aid the treatment of chronic dizziness.

Ballerina brain holds secret to balance: study
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Life on Mars hopes fade after rover findings: study

Hopes of finding life on Mars suffered a setback after new findings from NASA's Curiosity rover detected only trace amounts of methane gas in the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Life on Mars hopes fade after rover findings: study
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Study suggests brain protein as Alzheimer drug target

Scientists have a new lead on a possible treatment to slow Alzheimer's disease by targeting a protein involved in limiting flexibility in the aging brain.

Study suggests brain protein as Alzheimer drug target
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Shark overfishing endangers reefs: Australian study

Scientists studying remote reefs off Australia said Thursday sharks played a fundamental role in coral health, with overfishing of the marine predators increasing reef vulnerability to global warming and disasters.

Shark overfishing endangers reefs: Australian study
New battery uses microbes to turn sewage into energy
New battery uses microbes to turn sewage into energy

US scientists may have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of dirty water.

New battery uses microbes to turn sewage into energy
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Hard-hitting ads get credit in US push against smoking

Hard-hitting ads featuring first-person stories from former smokers prompted more than 200,000 Americans to immediately give up tobacco.

Hard-hitting ads get credit in US push against smoking