Monthly archives: July 2013

Wait for me! I need a helping paw: Adorable polar bear cubs struggle to keep up with mum as they scale rock in the Arctic snow

For most youngsters, a walk on the sea shore with Mum is a fun day out. If, however, you are a fearsome predator living in one of the most hostile environments on the planet, it can quickly become a life-or-death struggle against the elements — as these extraordinary pictures show. While Britain swelters under a heatwave, a family of three polar bears — one mother bear and two cubs — […]

Kasparov: Why cracks are starting to appear in Putin's Russia

Garry Kasparov is a world chess champion and human rights activist. He is the chairman of the Russian United Civil Front and the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, which holds the annual Oslo Freedom Forum. Kasparov is a frequent speaker on decision-making, strategy, risk, and technology, especially the area of human-machine collaboration. His book “How Life Imitates Chess” has been translated into over 20 languages.” He can be found on […]

U.S. opts not to define Egypt ouster as a coup; tensions rise ahead of planned protests

The Obama administration will not make a formal determination as to whether the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy by the military was a coup, a senior administration official told CNN’s Jill Dougherty on Thursday. A coup determination would force the United States to end military aid to Egypt. “The law does not require us to make a formal determination as to whether a coup took place and it is […]

Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying Gulf evidence

US company Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying evidence relating to the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill. The plea agreement, which is subject to court approval, means Halliburton will have to pay the maximum possible fine. The spill occurred at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico and was the worst in US history. BP had accused Houston-based Halliburton, its contractor, of destroying evidence and asked it to […]

Olympic swimming hopeful, 16, dies from undiagnosed heart defect just hours after celebrating winning awards

•Chloe Waddell died after suffering from an undiagnosed serious heart defect •Had been training four times a week in hope of making 2016 Rio team •She had a heart almost twice the normal size for a girl her age, experts said •The night before her death she became unwell after drinking alcohol • Combination of her natural disease process and alcohol consumption resulted in her having cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac […]

Teenagers who smoke cannabis damage their brains for LIFE and may be more likely to develop schizophrenia

U.S. study found that mice exposed to even small doses of marijuana for 20 days suffered lasting brain damage into adulthood  Results highlight how teenagers who regularly smoke weed may have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis suffer long lasting brain damage and are in much greater danger of developing schizophrenia. American researchers say the drug is particularly dangerous for a group of people who […]

Look out, he's behind you! Eight-ton orca leaps 15ft into the air to finally capture dolphin he wanted for dinner after two-hour chase

The dolphin was originally part of a small group swimming off the Mexican coast But the others managed to get away – leaving it at the mercy of a whole pod of whales With the setting sun just beginning to turn the sky pink, a killer whale leaps out of the ocean and soars into the air, spray cascading down in its wake. It is a magnificent image. Except the […]

Dozens die as Spanish train derails in Galicia

A train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 of its 218 passengers and injuring more than 100, officials in the Galicia region say. All eight carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train came off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela. Media reports say the train may have been travelling at more than twice the speed limit around a curve. Officials have not commented on […]

Brazil's new generation of Thalidomide babie

A new scientific study seen exclusively by the BBC indicates that the drug Thalidomide is still causing birth defects in Brazil today. It’s been given to people suffering from leprosy to ease some of their symptoms, and some women have taken it unaware of the risks they run when pregnant. Thalidomide was first marketed in the late 1950s as a sedative. It was given to pregnant women to help them […]