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Scientists trace origins of India’s tigers, elephants and other large mammals

 About 120 million years ago, the supercontinent of Gondwana broke into a jigsaw puzzle of continents and islands in the Southern Hemisphere. One of those was a giant island forming what we now call India.   About 55 million years later, an asteroid, perhaps, or a comet, hit Earth, and the planet’s dinosaurs died out. Mammals seized the […]

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Cell: Clinical trials on trial

As Hiroyuki Mano entered the oncology ward at Seoul National University Hospital, he was amazed to see his patient walking around, asking people to recommend the best local restaurant. Just days before, the patient had been hooked up to oxygen monitors. Cancer had spread rapidly through his lung, making it difficult to breathe and swallow. […]

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Nature News: A last push to eradicate polio

Funding gap persists as agencies and organizations attempt to wipe out the tenacious virus. Some 99% of wild poliovirus has been eradicated, but it clings on in a few places. The last endemic hot spots are the conflict-ridden front lines of Pakistan and Afghanistan, areas of India and Nigeria — and governments and charities are […]

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Greenwire/NYTimes.com: Dengue Re-emerges in U.S., Spurring Race for Vaccine

June 28 — For the first time in more than 65 years, dengue has returned the continental United States, according to an advisory the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued in late May. While a few cases were reported earlier, they were primarily in Americans who had caught the virus abroad or at the […]

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Why India’s Garment Factories Are Unreliable for New Workers

In recent years, India has sewn its way toward a more reliable income for nearly 35 million garment industry workers. Agricultural laborers left the fields to work in factories that sprouted up as the economy gained steam. But as demand for exports has dropped amid the global financial crisis, hundreds of thousands of Indian garment workers have found their new line of work is on shaky ground. Sudden job losses highlight an industry where workers have few rights and where the support systems that help laborers in developed markets are lacking, according to experts interviewed by India Knowledge@Wharton.

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