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Civilization Has Crossed Tipping Point of Sustainability Due to Human Activities: Study

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Civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activities, suggests a recent study. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin said that the climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a "safe operating space." Researcher Steve Carpenter said that it should be a ...

Japan Researchers Create Custom-Made Body Parts With 3D Printer

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Skin, bone and joints could now be created using a a next-generation bio 3D printer, which can build up thin layers of bio-materials to form custom-made parts, according to scientists at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Within hours the printer is able to craft an implant using data from a Computer Tomography (CT) scan. These implants fit into place in the body, and quickly become assimilated by real tissue and other organs in the patient. Prof. Tsuyoshi Takato ...

Taiwanese Man Dies After a 3-day Internet Gaming Binge

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A 32 year old man in Taiwan reportedly died suddenly due to prolonged computer gaming. Doctors confirmed that the deceased, identified as Hsieh, suffered cardiac failure, after a 3-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe in Kaohsiung city. It was unclear what Hsieh was playing at the time of his death, with the report describing it only as 'combat computer games'. The man was found slumped motionless in his chair in the cafe. The Taipei Times reported that other initially ...

President Pranab Mukherjee Launches Pulse Polio Immunization Program

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To mark the National Immunization Day on January 18, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee launched the pulse polio immunization program by administering polio drops to children at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. Children under the age of five years will be given polio drops as part of the Government of India's drive to sustain polio eradication from the region. India has been implementing the pulse polio program since 1995. The last case of wild polio in India was reported ...

Quiz on Dental Braces

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Are you planning to get some braces fitted for your teeth? You can test if you know enough about them by taking this quiz.