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- Saudi, China scientists decode date-palm tree DNA
Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said on Sunday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions. Scientists from Riyadh's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and China's Shenzhen-based BGI have been working on the project since 2008. The sequencing could help increase productivity as well as prevent and help in the treatment of diseases affecting date palms, Saudi research institute head Mohammed al-Suwail told reporters. Saudi Arabia has 450 varieties of the 2,000 species known worldwide, according to scientists.
- Bernie Madoff Still Doesn't Care What You Think of Him
- Former Obama aide returning to work on health law
- US war veteran released from N.Korea as Biden visits frontier
North Korea Saturday released a detained American veteran of the Korean War as US Vice President Joe Biden visited the world's last Cold War frontier. US officials said Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, headed home after arriving in Beijing. North Korea deported him "from a humanitarian viewpoint", its official Korean Central News Agency said, citing his "sincere repentance" as well as his age and health condition. His release came hours before Biden visited the demilitarised zone which has split the Korean peninsula since the 1950-1953 Korean War.
- Arctic thaw tied to European, U.S. heatwaves and downpours: study
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - A thaw of Arctic ice and snow is linked to worsening summer heatwaves and downpours thousands of miles south in Europe, the United States and other areas, underlying the scale of the threat posed by global warming, scientists said on Sunday. Their report, which was dismissed as inconclusive by some other experts, warned of increasingly extreme weather across "much of North America and Eurasia where billions of people will be affected". The study is part of a drive to work out how climate change affects the frequency of extreme weather, from droughts to floods. But the science of a warming Arctic is far from settled.
- Selena Gomez Drops F-Bomb, Walks Off Stage During Jingle Ball Concert
- Neighbor From Hell Allegedly Points Cameras Into Couple's Bedroom
- Cops: NH teen missing 2 months wrote letter to mom