Young blood makes old mice smarter, says study

Lab tests in which elderly mice were injected with a protein found in human umbilical cord blood have thrown up an intriguing target for keeping the brain healthy into older age, scientists said Wednesday.The protein of interest, TIMP2, has previously …

April 19, 2017

Antarctic meltwater lakes threaten sea levels: study

Antarctic meltwater lakes are far more common than once thought and could destabilise glaciers, potentially lifting sea levels by metres as global warming sets in, scientists said Wednesday.Most vulnerable are the massive, floating ice shelves that rin…

April 19, 2017

Spain’s ruling conservatives hit by graft allegations

Spain’s ruling Popular Party was hit by yet more corruption allegations Wednesday as the former head of the Madrid region was arrested under a probe into embezzlement of public money.The arrest comes a day after a court summoned conservative Prime Mini…

April 19, 2017

‘Incontrovertible’ sarin gas used in Syria: watchdog

The head of a global arms watchdog said Wednesday that “incontrovertible” test results from an alleged chemical strike in Syria showed sarin gas or a similar substance had been used.Samples from 10 victims of the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhun analyse…

April 19, 2017

Sky’s Thomas takes Alps lead with stage win

Britain’s Geraint Thomas led a Sky one-two ahead of Mikel Landa on Wednesday’s stage three of the Tour of the Alps to take the overall lead in the Giro d’Italia warm-up.Overnight leader Thibaut Pinot came in fifth on the day — a 143km stage from Niede…

April 19, 2017

Grizzlies coach Fizdale fined $30,000 for refs tirade

Memphis coach David Fizdale, whose “take that” rant on the officiating in the Grizzlies’ Monday playoff loss at San Antonio went viral, was fined $30,000 by the NBA on Wednesday.Fizdale excoriated officials after the Grizzlies’ 96-82 loss to the Spurs,…

April 19, 2017

Emirates cuts flights to US as demand weakens

Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, said Wednesday that it will reduce flights to the United States after tightened visa and security measures under President Donald Trump hit demand.The Dubai-based airline said that it would cut services to f…

April 19, 2017

Pentagon chief warns of Yemen ‘Hezbollah’

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned Wednesday of Iranian efforts to create a Yemeni militia “in the image” of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, after talks with officials in Saudi Arabia.The kingdom leads an Arab coalition which for two years has been fighting i…

April 19, 2017

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

A suspected meningitis epidemic in Nigeria has killed 745 people, a rise of over 250 in just over a week, the federal government said on Wednesday.Over 8,000 suspected cases of the disease have been reported across the country over the past five months…

April 19, 2017

Italy row over ‘fake news’ on cervical cancer vaccine

Italy’s health minister has taken the unusual step of criticising national broadcaster Rai’s coverage of a vaccine against a cancer-causing virus, sparking a row about media freedom and misinformation.The minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, accused the team b…

April 19, 2017

Valverde extends Fleche Wallonne dominance

On-form Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde notched up a record fifth win in the Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday, with Ireland’s Dan Martin taking second at the summit finish on the Mur de Huy.The Movistar rider, who turns 37 next week, has made the Ardenn…

April 19, 2017

Lyon, Besiktas handed suspended European bans

Lyon and Besiktas were handed suspended European bans and fined 100,000 euros each on Wednesday after crowd violence scarred their Europa League quarter-final match in France, UEFA said.The French and Turkish teams were excluded from taking part in the…

April 19, 2017

The French, sex and politics: What’s the link?

Does the increasing popularity of two extremist presidential candidates in France — Marine Le Pen on the far right and Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the far left — say something about the sex lives of the French?

April 19, 2017

Lions captain Warburton eager to taste New Zealand blood

Sam Warburton has never savoured victory over New Zealand but says he is relishing scaling the “pinnacle of my career” when he captains the British and Irish Lions against the world champions.The Wales back-row was named skipper when Lions coach Warren…

April 19, 2017

Crop-killing armyworm caterpillar reaches Rwanda, Kenya

Rwanda’s government announced on Wednesday it had discovered fall armyworm on its crops, making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya.Uganda confirmed last month that fall armyworm had enter…

April 19, 2017