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Butter or margarine? One of them may boost risk of death

London Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests. Although traditionally dietitians have advised people to cut down on animal fats, the biggest ever study has shown that it does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease or diabetes. However trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the...

Exciting science, horrific realities

The University of Otago's inaugural professor of earthquake science, Mark Stirling, has spent his life studying earthquakes both prehistoric and recent and says there is nothing we can measure that can give a precise warning in the months, weeks, or days before an earthquake event. "Predicting earthquakes is different from volcanoes, where you can get signs like deformation of the...

Papal plot role admitted

New Jersey A New Jersey teen has pleaded guilty to participating in a plot to try to kill Pope Francis in 2015 during a public Mass in Philadelphia, according to a statement by federal prosecutors. Santos Colon, 17, admitted yesterday in a federal court in Camden, New Jersey, that he attempted to conspire with a sniper to shoot the Pope during...

Cyclone damage affects Queensland coal transport

Damage to rail lines in cyclone-hit north-east Australia is set to disrupt exports of the steel-making material from the world's largest coking coal region, underpinning prices and raising the prospect of major producers declaring force majeure. The extent of the damage, which will hit coal mines operated by BHP Billiton Ltd and Glencore PLC, was revealed in the wake of deadly...

Cane set to join Chiefs in South Africa

Auckland Sam Cane expects to join the Chiefs in South Africa later this week. The All Blacks flanker suffered a concussion in their Super Rugby match against the Bulls and has been left in New Zealand to continue his recovery. The Chiefs took 26 players to Cape Town, leaving a spot open for Cane to travel tomorrow if he passes a final...

Politicians, academics back free speech

Auckland Prominent politicians and academics have banded together to pen an open letter warning free speech is under threat in New Zealand universities. Former political opponents, such as ex-National leader Don Brash and ex-Labour and Maori Party MP Dame Tariana Turia, as well as former prime minister Geoffrey Palmer, are among 27 signatories to the letter. Auckland University history professor Paul Moon helped...

Sentinelese tribesmen kill visitors

New Delhi They may well be the last humans left on the planet who remain totally isolated from modern civilisation. But rare footage has emerged of the indigenous Sentinelese tribe, located on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean which is so hostile to visitors that nearly every attempt at contact with them in the past has been met with violence. Two...

Flyer back on track for Coast

Brendon McMahon The Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails after Development West Coast confirmed yesterday it is still investigating the option to buy the historic steam train in its entirety. It turns out the recent buyer of the train was only interested in the land it sits on at Kingston, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. DWC chief executive Chris...

Cyborgs at work

James Brooks The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another 'cyborg' is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicentre. The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size...

Spider bite costs legs

Melbourne A man has had his legs amputated and may lose an arm after a suspected white-tailed spider bite in north-west Victoria. Filipino tourist Terry Pareja was visiting relatives in Birchip when he is thought to have been bitten in the last week of February but took days to seek medical attention. By the time the local doctor opened on the following...

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