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India Is Suing Nestle for $100 Million Over Lead-Laced Instant Noodles

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Back in June, India’s national food regulator announced a ban on Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles after the popular snack was found to contain significant amounts of lead. Nestle’s business in India is taking a major hit as a result of the ban: according to Al-Jazeera, Maggi noodles are the company’s fastest-selling food item in India, bringing in about $240 million in sales every year. Now, Nestle has even more problems to deal with. On Wednesday (8/12), officials from the Indian government announced a lawsuit against the company

This Turkish Couple Spent Their Wedding Day Feeding 4,000 Syrian Refugees

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Most couples treat their wedding day as an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice with family and friends while indulging in some of the finer things in life. Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, a young couple from the city of Kilis in southern Turkey, had something else in mind. Instead of just inviting family and friends, they invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to feast and celebrate with them as they tied the knot last week. The couple was assisted by a Turkish charity called

Obama Introduces ‘Biggest, Most Important Step’ to Combat Climate Change Yet (Video)

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Roughly 40% of all carbon emissions in the United States come from power plants, making them the single largest contributor to climate change in the country. Despite this fact, however, the federal government has never set any limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants are allowed to emit. But all that could be about to change. On Monday, the White House unveiled a new set of rules to curb carbon emissions at the more than 7,000 power plants currently operating

Cuba Just Became the First Country to Eliminate Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission

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For decades, Cuba has been one of the leaders in global health. Cuban doctors led the way in the fight against Ebola, and American doctors are just now getting their hands on a lung cancer vaccine that Cuba has had for 20 years. Cuba achieved yet another medical milestone today, becoming the first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV or syphilis. The announcement was made by the World Health Organization. The WHO’s director general Margaret Chan called the accomplishment, “one of the

Remember That Fried “Rat” from KFC? Ya, It Was Actually Chicken

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Two weeks ago, a California man named Devorise Dixon shared the following photo to his Instagram account: I WENT TO KFC YESTERDAY AND BOUGHT A 3PIECE CHICKEN TENDER. AS I BIT INTO IT I NOTICED THAT I WAS VERY HARD AND RUBBERY WHICH MADE ME LOOK AT IT. I NOTICED IT HAD A VERY LONG TAIL AND WAS SHAPED LIKE AN RAT! IT SENT DEEP CHILLS THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE BODY IM STILL FEELING SICK CANT EVEN EAT!!! PLEASE WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

This 16-Year-Old Girl Has Developed A $5 HIV Test for Low-Income Communities

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At the age of 16, most teenagers are focused on getting their driver’s licenses and surviving the social jungle that we commonly refer to as high school. But Nicole Ticea is not most teenagers. At the age of 15, Ticea was spending long hours in a university lab developing an innovative early detection HIV test. According to The Huffington Post, the test can, “…detect the virus in babies under 18 months old, as well as adults who’ve been infected for only three

This PhD Student Is Developing A Cheap and Painless Tattoo Removal Cream

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For generations, tattoos have been synonymous with words like permanent and everlasting. Although there have been advances in tattoo removal in recent years, the most common forms use lasers, which can be painful and expensive. Alex Falkenham, a pathology researcher and current PhD student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, may have found an alternative. Falkenham has developed an affordable painless topical cream that removes tattoo ink from the skin. When ink is tattooed onto the skin, your immune system responds by sending macrophages to

Brazilian Man Sings and Plays His Guitar During Brain Surgery (Video)

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Earlier this month, 33-year-old Anthony Kullkamp Dias sang and played six songs on his guitar while undergoing brain surgery in his home country of Brazil. Dias was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that needed to be removed. The doctors who worked with Dias told him that in order for the brain surgery to be successful, he had to be awake and alert during the surgery. Physicians say this is not unusual — in fact, many types of brain surgery require the patient

Scientists Develop Promising New Therapy to Help Restore Vision to the Blind

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Over 280 million people are visually impaired worldwide, but there could soon be hope for many of them: scientists from the University of Berne in Switzerland have proposed a restorative treatment for people suffering from hereditary blindness. Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel, one of the many authors and collaborators involved in the research study, says that a method known as optogenics can be used to activate the remaining light-sensitive retinal cells imbedded in the retinas of people suffering from hereditary blindness. The retina is

Roads Melt In New Delhi As Death Toll from India Heat Wave Rises to 800

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A deadly heat wave has been scorching much of India for the past week, with temperatures rising as high as 118°F over the weekend. The heat wave has claimed at least 800 lives so far. The southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh — which saw temperatures of over 116°F on Monday — has been the hardest-hit region, with more than 551 heat-related deaths in just the past week. The heat has been felt all across the country, including in India’s capital, New Delhi. On Monday, the front

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