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A disease called murder
Traditional healers say their grandmothers knew of a bleeding disease similar to the epidemic of haemorrhagic fever that has killed 244 of the 266 people who contracted it. The grandmothers even had a treatment for the sickness, the healers told Dr Boris I. Pavlin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the remedy has been lost. The old disease was called kifumbe (pronounced key-FOOM-bay), the word in the Kikongo language for murder ...  | Read.. 
A bar in milky way
There may not be a restaurant at the end of the Universe, but there seems to be a bar in our Milky Way,’’ — that’s how Leo Blitz, an astronomer from Berkeley (then at Maryland), concluded his talk at a meeting of American astronomers 15 years ago. He and his collaborators had analysed the motion of stars near the centre of the Milky Way and found hints of irregularities in their movements ...  | Read.. 
ISRO setting its targets high
From a humble beginning of guesswork to launching of a sophisticated space vehicle like Discovery, observational astronomy has come a long way, said Prof. U.R. Rao, former chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), while delivering a lecture on ‘The Ascent of Astronomy and Indian Space Programme’ ...  | Read.. 
A disease called murder
Dirty germs
Bone control
GM chemical
Difficult task
Blame it on fat
Irrational medicine
Girls’ imagination
Judy Shackelford, who has been in the toy industry for more than 40 years, has seen a lot of dolls. But none, she says, like her latest creation, a marvel of digital technologies, including speech-recognition and memory chips...  | Read.. 
Hacker trap
MP3’s cousin
Unreliable choice
The furore over the painkiller Vioxx (see box) has highlighted just how little we know about the contents of our medicine cabinets, and how much we take painkillers for granted. ...  | Read.. 
 
Double impact
Feast and famine diet
New avenues to magic cures
Starving won’t help people live longer
Asthmatics’ brain overreacts
Mosquitoes can smell malaria
QED: Effect only in mind
Last week, when the medical journal Lancet announced that homoeopathy has an effect only in the mind and has no curative powers whatsoever, it didn’t surprise the world of science at all. ...  | Read.. 
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