Global Edition. July 25, 2014  Updated: 40 min ago
    For the last 2.5 million years, Earth has experienced millennia-long cold and warm cycles. During cold periods, continental-scale ice sheets have blanketed large tracts of the Northern Hemisphere.
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (July 25, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.3440USD -0.00320graph »
    1 EUR=0.79115GBP -0.00100graph »
    1 EUR=1.2152CHF +0.00000graph »
    1 EUR=8.3272CNY -0.01920graph »
    1 EUR=80.7677INR -0.23940graph »
    1 EUR=136.97JPY +0.00000graph »

      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from June 11, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.1000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.4000 % p.a.  -0.3500  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.1500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of July 18, 2014
    1 EUR=1.3515USD -0.00150graph »
    1 GBP=1.7069USD -0.00350graph »
    1 USD=0.8989CHF +0.00160graph »
    1 USD=6.2075CNY +0.00420graph »
    1 USD=60.3300INR -0.02000graph »
    1 USD=101.3700JPY +0.07000graph »
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    Sydney
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    Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
    Invading glioblastoma cells may hijack cerebral blood vessels during early stages of disease progression and damage the brain’s protective barrier, a study in mice indicates. This finding could ultimately lead to new ways to bring about the death of the tumor, as therapies may be able to reach these deadly cells at an earlier time point than was previously thought possible.
    Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water, similar to what some people might consume, developed lung cancer, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found.
    Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease are closely intertwined, with each disease a risk factor for developing the other and sharing other risk factors in common, as well as sharing causes for the diseases to get worse, and outcomes, suggests a comprehensive analysis.
    New research counters a widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming, indicating instead that certain Arctic lakes store more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere.
    Emerging fungal pathogens pose a greater threat to biodiversity than any other parasitic group, scientists say, causing population declines of amphibians, bats, corals, bees and snakes. Now, research results reveal that amphibians can acquire behavioral or immunological resistance to a deadly chytrid fungus implicated in global amphibian population declines.
    Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.
    The solar wind of particles streaming off the sun helps drive flows and swirls in space as complicated as any terrestrial weather pattern. Scientists have now spotted at planet Mercury, for the first time, a classic space weather event called a hot flow anomaly, or HFA, which has previously been spotted at Earth, Venus, Saturn and Mars.
    Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new "tsunami wave" from the sun as it sails through interstellar space. Such waves are what led scientists to the conclusion, in the fall of 2013, that Voyager had indeed left our sun's bubble, entering a new frontier.
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    Politics
    Georgia says seized heroin belongs to Taliban
    TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's interior minister said on Friday that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month, in the country's biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe.
    EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.
    Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
    Business
    Wall Street weighed by results as Amazon, Visa disappoint
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disappointing earnings from Amazon and Visa dragged U.S. stocks lower in afternoon trading on Friday in a broad selloff led by consumer discretionary shares.
    In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China.
    BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe
    LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain's BSkyB has agreed to pay $9 billion to buy Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, taking its hunt for growth into Europe by creating a media powerhouse with 20 million customers.
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    Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.
    Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms in the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment.
    Neurons are information messengers. They use electrical impulses and chemical signals to transmit information between different areas of the brain, and between the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
    An allergy is a specific reaction of your body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance.
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    Three days after drenching the central Philippines in flooding rains, Typhoon Rammasun smashed into southeastern China and was still headed for northeastern Vietnam early on July 19, 2014. With a name meaning “thunder of God,” Rammasun approached the coast as a category 4 super typhoon and one of the strongest to hit China’s Hainan Province in 41 years.
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