A genetic adaptation to increasing the consumption of raw meat by ancient humans may have given us protection from age diseases. Puzzlingly, a variant of the same gene can be rather more harmful than beneficial.
A court in the US state of Delaware has sentenced an Iranian man to five years in prison for trying to buy components for Iranian fighter planes and missile guidance systems in violation of America's arms embargo.
The rate of heart attacks in young Russian men has increased tenfold in just twenty years. The recent death of a 22-year-old movie star, caused by heart failure, has highlighted the serious nature of the condition.
The iconic bamboo-eating giant panda is apparently unable to digest plant food on its own. A complete genome sequence of the Chinese bear found no genes producing the enzyme needed to break down cellulose.
Afghanistan is pretty well covered by US surveillance capabilities – aircraft, ground systems, other mechanisms, but Kandahar is not very far away from the Iranian border, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.