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Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 36

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Japan
Author: Toru Hanai
At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.

Genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue in Brazil

Genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue in Brazil

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: UK
Author: Ben Gruber
A UK-based biotech firm is developing a new weapon to kill off the dengue virus. Researchers in Brazil are producing millions of male mosquitoes genetically modified with a gene that kills off their offspring. The plan is to release the GM males into the wild where they will mate with females who will give birth to mosquitoes that carry a gene that kills them before they reach maturity. The scientist say that if done on a large scale, the dengue-carrying mosquito population could be decimated in a matter of months. Ben Gruber reports.

Eco-friendly bench keeps your tech fully charged

Eco-friendly bench keeps your tech fully charged

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Reich
Boston is installing solar powered "smart" benches in its public spaces. The design team behind the "Soofa" say it's the bench of the future, giving park goers a comfortable seating area that doubles as a mobile phone charger. Sharon Reich has more.

Mystery of starling flock formation explained

Mystery of starling flock formation explained

Date: 17-Aug-14
Country: UK
Author: Jim Drury
The dynamic and changing silhouettes formed by flocks of starlings is a natural wonder enjoyed by ornithologists, but little understood. Now a team of researchers at the UK's University of Warwick have come up with an explanation, one that they say could have major implications in the field of drone robotics. Jim Drury reports.

Researchers have sniffed out the secret to elephants' smelling success

Researchers have sniffed out the secret to elephants' smelling success

Date: 17-Aug-14
Country: Japan
Author: Tara Cleary
Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study from the University of Tokyo. The Japanese scientists found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species on the planet, giving them a sense of smell 5 times more powerful than that of humans. Tara Cleary reports.