In the papers...
Botox could ward off migraines
Botulinum toxin injections, more commonly associated with wrinkle prevention, may help prevent migraines in people who suffer frequent migraine attacks. A report, published in the journal Headache , stated that Botox had 'beneficial, albeit limited, effects on measures of migraine frequency and was not effective in lowering headache pain severity'.
Reuters, 11 July 2008
Agent Orange developer dies
Botanist and plant physiologist Arthur Galston, whose research led to the development of Agent Orange (named after the colour of the barrels in which it was shipped), died on 15 June aged 88. In 1970, Galston campaigned against the use of the herbicide by US and allied forces in Vietnam, describing it as 'one of the most poisonous substances ever created'.
The Times , 10 July 2008
Soaring metal prices fuel thefts
The demand from emerging economies for metals is fuelling price increases - and has also boosted metal theft in the UK. A 150 per cent rise in thefts has led to forces across the country teaming up for a two-day operation to search suspected scrap yards and suspicious transporters.
The Telegraph , 8 July 2008
Pollutants conclusions rejected
A US Environmental Protection Agency official has revealed that the White House last year refused to accept the EPA's conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened.
New York Times , 25 June 2008
Chemistry student blew off hand
A US chemistry student who blew off his hand with a homemade firecracker has been charged with possession and negligent discharge of explosives. Seth Burton Holm, a 19-year old undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, wanted to show his friends how 'some chemicals burned really bright like fireworks'.
The Forum , 29 June 2008