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The menace of lead poisoning

ABOUT a year ago a letter from Baltimore’s health department brought Michelle Burnside, a therapist who works with disabled children, dreadful news. The amount of lead in her three-year-old daughter’s blood was 15 micrograms per decilitre (µg/dL), triple the level that prompts intervention. Tests then revealed lead all over the dilapidated house that Ms Burnside […]

Blue-green toxic algae invades Florida river

As Florida reels from the ‘red tide’ algae bloom on its Gulf Coast, a freshwater bloom on the other side of the state has caused blue-green toxic slime to appear in the St. Lucie River. LiveScience reports that the blanket of goo is choking the estuary near Florida’s southeastern coast. Citing the Florida Department of […]

Common Skin Cancer Can Signal Increased Risk of Other Cancers

People who develop abnormally frequent cases of a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma appear to be at significantly increased risk for the development of other cancers, including blood, breast, colon and prostate cancers, according to a preliminary study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The increased susceptibility is likely caused […]

Eco-tourism parks to be ready by next year: BEZA

Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) has urged the businesspeople to invest in the three eco-tourism parks – Naf, Sabrang and Sonadia which are expected to be ready for tourists by next year, reports BSS. “Tourism business will be flourished in the country if this sector gets tax holiday. I hope that BEZA will be able […]

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa’s monkeys and apes?

That is the message of a study looking at how large-scale expansion of the oil crop in Africa might affect the continent's rich diversity of wildlife. Most areas suitable for growing palm oil are key habitats for primates, according to researchers. They say consumers can help by choosing sustainably-grown palm oil. Ultimately, this may mean […]

জলবায়ু পরিবর্তন ঠেকানোর যুদ্ধে হারছে মানুষ?

জাপানের অন্যতম ব্যস্ত শহর টোকিও। চলতি বছরের আগ পর্যন্ত এ শহরের বার্ষিক গড় তাপমাত্রা ছিল ১৬ ডিগ্রি সেলসিয়াস। অথচ এবারের গ্রীষ্মে লু হাওয়া বয়েছে টোকিওতে। প্রথমবারের মতো টোকিওর তাপমাত্রা ৪০ ডিগ্রি সেলসিয়াস ছাড়িয়ে গেছে! শীতপ্রধান দেশগুলোতে এমন ঘাম ঝরানো গরম দেখা গেছে পুরো গ্রীষ্মেই। ধীরে ধীরে পৃথিবীজুড়ে আবহাওয়া চরম ভাবাপন্ন হয়ে উঠছে। তবে কি মানুষের […]

দুর্লভ নিশাচর খুদে প্যাঁচা

আকাশভরা মেঘ। শেষ বিকেলেই তাই নেমে গেছে সন্ধ্যার অন্ধকার। তবু বুলবুল, দোয়েল, কমলাবউ, ফিঙে ও অন্যান্য পোকাখেকো পাখি উড়ে উড়ে খেয়ে চলেছে উড়ন্ত পিপীলিকা বা ওড়লা পোকা। ঘণ্টাখানেক ধরে একটি মাটির ঘরের ডোয়ার ফাটল থেকে বেরিয়ে শত শত ওড়লা পোকা উড়ছে আকাশমুখে। এতক্ষণে উড়ে এল চামচিকা ও দিনেকানা পাখিরা। ওড়লা পোকা ওদের কাছে উপাদেয় খাবার। […]

Toxic ‘red tide’ algae bloom is killing Florida wildlife and menacing tourism

With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of south-western Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last days of summer. This year, however, 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish, 72 Goliath groupers, and even a 21-ft whale shark have washed up on the […]

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

Chile made history on Friday when it became the first country in South America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags. "I want to share with you the joy that as of today we're enacting the law," said President Sebastian Pinera at a public ceremony in the centre of Santiago, after which he handed […]

This startup wants robots to pick vegetables grown in indoor farms

Artificial intelligence will soon be powering robots that will essentially replace farmers to pick vegetables. Thanks to the global warming, the increasing demand in agriculture, and the lack of ample land for farming, robotics is the solution seem by many to meet the demand of the exploding global population. An American startup, Root AI, is […]

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