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'Plastic bag' artificial womb could save premature babies

Scientists in the United States have developed a bio bag filled with fluid that mimics the environment of the womb and the functions of the placenta – and it has kept preterm lambs alive and growing. The scientists made amniotic fluid in their lab and got it to flow in and out of the bag. They say the device could transform care for extremely premature babies – born at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation – and significantly improve their chances...

Press freedom near 'tipping point' in leading democracies - RSF

Images of some of the world’s “bad boy” leaders in terms of press freedom were paraded as examples not to follow, as the organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unveiled its latest World Press Freedom Index. It concludes that while some of the best-known blackspots are bumping along the bottom, it’s the rise of authoritarian strongmen in western democracies that is causing particular concern. “RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights...

Florida snake hunters snare massive python

A snake hunter in Florida has captured a massive 4.4 metre Burmese Python. Authorities have sponsored a 60-day program to find and kill the snakes which have become an invasive species in the Everglades. Burmese pythons introduced into the US as pets have been released into the region and have thrived in the warm climate and lush vegetation but experts say the snakes are destroying the ecosystem.

Spanish and Romanian taxi firms rally against Uber and Cabify

Taxi drivers in the Spanish capital have been protesting over ride-hailing apps Uber and Cabify. Demonstrators claim their rivals are breaking the law and are unfair competition because they do not return to base once they complete a job, opting instead to remain on the streets where they continue to pick up clients. Both firms, however, deny using illegal practices. The strike cut off traffic in Madrid for two hours. There were similar scenes...

'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies

The film director Jonathan Demme, best known for “The Silence of the Lambs” has died at the age of 73, according to his publicist quoted by Reuters. Demme, who also directed the Oscar winning film “Philadelphia” was suffering from esophageal cancer, publicist Annalee Paulo said in a statement. She added that he died in New York on Wednesday morning surrounded by his family. The filmmaker won the directing Oscar for the 1991 thriller “The Silence...

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