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Global suicide rate falls by a third

Suicides have fallen globally by more than a third since 1990, according to a far-reaching analysis released Thursday that highlighted profound differences in the number of men and women taking their own lives.


Almost half of Americans have heart disease

Almost half of Americans have heart disease, a significant increase over prior years largely because of a newly expanded definition of high blood pressure, the American Heart Association said.


Indonesian durians fetch US$1,000 each

Two durian fruits have sold for nearly US$1,000 each in Indonesia, an eye-watering price that lit up social media and prompted awestruck fans to take selfies with the pungent pair.


Feng shui masters say Trump secrets could be nosed out in Year of Pig

As the Chinese zodiac turns into the Year of the Pig, feng shui masters are predicting turbulence and division for world leaders at home -- not least President Donald Trump, who risks having past secrets revealed.


Quantum leap in AI-related patent filings

The UN noted that patent filings for artificial intelligence-based inventions have exploded in recent years, with more than half of all such patents filed since 2013.


Myanmar's militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China

With tinted windows and their militia name emblazoned on the side of their Ford truck, "Pan Say" fighters cruise the sleazy streets of Muse, Myanmar's main gateway to China and awash with weapons and cash from casinos, drugs and sex.


Morning lark? Night owl? Blame it on your genes

If you find you just can't spring out of bed on time every morning, you may be able to blame it on your genes, a new scientific study has found


For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behavior

Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.


Lower blood pressure reduces risk of cognitive impairment

Aggressive treatment to lower blood pressure in older people has been shown to cut the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia, US researchers said.


Swedish office workers chill out with lunchtime ice-dip

Late on a snowy Stockholm morning, eight colleagues file down from their office to a small jetty on a nearby lake, change into swimsuits and, one after another, step through a small hole cut into the ice.


 

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