Karin Zeitvogel

Science wins key battles, but could cancer win the war?

Despite advances in treatment, cancer is poised to become the leading cause of death as people refuse to ditch bad habits and the population ages.

More Fort Hoods waiting to happen, observers warn

The carnage at Fort Hood military base, where a Muslim army doctor is accused of killing 13 people in a shooting spree, was a ticking time-bomb.

Bill Gates pledges millions to African, Indian farming

Bill Gates on Thursday will unveil grants totalling $120-million to promote dynamic, home-grown, sustainable agriculture in Africa and India.

World’s big polluters tackle climate concerns

Representatives of the world's 17 biggest carbon polluters meet on Thursday to kick off a week of high-level and high-stakes talks on climate change.

Of wing nuts and pescatarians

Are you a wing nut pretexting as a netroots advocate on webinars and thought you could blend in anonymously? Well, your cover was blown on Monday.

Viagra still on the rise 10 years on

Ten years ago this month, the lives of millions of men and women were changed almost overnight by the advent of a little blue pill -- the first oral treatment for impotence. Viagra, developed by accident by scientists at Pfizer Laboratories, was first approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration on March 27 1998.

Obesity now a lifestyle choice in US, says author

As adult obesity balloons in the United States, being overweight has become less of a health hazard and more of a lifestyle choice, the author of a new book argues. ''Obesity is a natural extension of an advancing economy. As you become a First World economy and you get all these labour-saving devices and low-cost, easily accessible foods, people are going to eat more and exercise less,'' health economist Eric Finkelstein says.

Christmas going to the dogs in the United States

Christmas is going to the dogs -- and cats -- in the United States, where many of the 71,1-million US households that have a furry family member include them in their holiday celebrations. That doesn't just mean buying them a present, but includes throwing a party for them, having them photographed with Santa, or giving them a spa treatment.

New Jewish music has a mission

The guitar is slick, the bass and drums mesmerising, and if it weren't for the lyrics, you would think the LeeVees were just another up-and-coming American rock band. But with lyrics that ponder what goes best with latkes -- potato pancakes traditionally eaten at Hanukkah -- or how to spell Hanukkah, the LeeVees position themselves squarely in the middle of a rising musical genre whose proponents call it new Jewish music.

Elvis never left the building, diehard fans insist

Elvis Presley never left the building or checked out of Heartbreak Hotel. He's simply lying low and ordering room service, diehard fans insist 30 years after his alleged death. Sightings of Elvis began being reported almost immediately after he died on August 16 1977, at the age of 42.

Asylum laws leave Chechens stranded in Poland

In the corner of the dimly lit entrance hall of a Soviet housing block in the Warsaw suburb of Wolomin, housing Chechen refugees, a middle-aged man toys aimlessly with a large switchblade. Children's voices ring down from the upper storeys of the building, home to between 200 and 300 Chechens who have fled the war in their north Caucasus homeland to end up at one of 17 refugee centres in Poland.

Thousands gather to remember Holocaust

Thousands of Jews and other people from around the world gathered in southern Poland on Thursday to march through the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in memory of the millions who died in the Holocaust. Under a grey sky and occasional hisses of rainfall, the crowd made its way to the main camp at Auschwitz.

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