Henriette Svenstrup Madsen

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Paris will go car-free for a day in September to combat pollution

In an effort to curb the amount of air pollution and smog in the city, Paris will go car-free for one day this month.<p>On Sept. 27, the streets of …

Scientists Discover New Disease Caused By Prion Protein

Scientists have discovered the first new human disease caused by a "prion" in more than 50 years. Prions are strange, deformed proteins that can act like viruses and bacteria.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Scientists have discovered a mutant protein that can spread through the brain like a virus, …

Even the Bottom of the Grand Canyon is Now Contaminated

Fish and other creatures in remote stretches of the Colorado River are contaminated with levels of mercury and selenium known to harm wildlife.<p>By almost any calculation, the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is one of the most isolated places in the contiguous United States. Although …

Drought and heat waves are much more likely to mix, researchers say

A drought can make a hot day hotter, while a heat wave can make dry conditions even drier. Now scientists are making the case that heat waves and droughts have become more likely to overlap throughout most of the United States.<p>In fact, the longer and hotter the heat wave, the bigger the jump in the …

EU must defend migrants' 'dignity' say leaders ahead of talks

Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and "strengthen the European response" to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency.<p>"Europe needs to stop being moved and start moving," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, calling again for a fairer …

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Singapore lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors

Foreigners with HIV will be able to visit for up to three months but will still be prevented from staying long term or working in the city-state<p>Singapore has lifted its two-decade-long ban on HIV-infected people entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.<p>The health …

EU Ministers Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Migrant Crisis

European ministers have called for an emergency summit to discuss the hundreds of thousands of migrants who are pouring into European countries.<p>As The New York Times reports, almost as soon as Germany, France and the U.K. made the call, Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU presidency, obliged …

Experts investigating new Ebola case in Sierra Leone, WHO says

Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital, a World Health Organization spokeswoman said Monday.<p>Once the source of transmission is found and contacts are traced, a …

Wildfires have burnt more than 5 million football fields of land already this year

If you're have trouble wrapping your mind around that number, <b>picture 5 million football fields on fire.</b><p>This year's numbers will likely skyrocket to break 2006's all-time record of 9.8 million acres, since there are currently 70 wildfires burning, according to NIFC.<p>More wildfires mean more …

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Rare Brain Disease Is Caused by Cousin of Mad Cow Agent, Study Finds

A rare, incurable brain disorder that resembles Parkinson’s disease is caused by a misfolded brain protein called a prion, similar to the prions that cause mad cow disease, researchers reported on Monday.<p>The discovery adds to a very short list of human diseases linked to mutant prions, and suggests …

Weight at Age 50 Connected to When a Person Gets Alzheimer’s

Middle-aged Americans have one more reason to keep an eye on the scale as they age: research shows that people who are overweight when they are 50 …

Europe doesn't properly recycle most of its electronic waste

You probably know that you should recycle your old tech when you're done with it, but getting other people to do the same? That's quite hard, apparently. The United Nations and INTERPOL have found that only 35 percent of the European Union's electronic waste in 2012, about 3.2 million imperial …

iPad app reveals the hidden waves of Wi-Fi and cell signals flowing around us

When you're looking for a Wi-Fi signal, it's sometimes fun to imagine that you might one day be able to see the waves of available Internet access as …

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