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Footprints found in British rocks said oldest ever outside of Africa

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Footprints fund preserved in rocks on the coast of England are the earliest human footprints ever found outside of Africa, researchers say.
Second man with bird flu in Hong Kong dies

Second man with bird flu in Hong Kong dies

HONG KONG, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- An 80-year-old man was the first to die of avian flu H7N9 -- bird flu -- in Honk Kong, health officials say.
Breast cancer drug anastrozole halves risk of tumors in at-risk women

Breast cancer drug anastrozole halves risk of tumors in at-risk women

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Researchers have found that the breast cancer drug anastrozole can halve the risk of getting the cancer in high-risk postmenopausal women.
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Duke's son admits beating wife

BRISTOL, England, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A younger son of the duke of Beaufort pleaded guilty Monday to physical assaults on his wife, some of them taking place at the family's historic seat.
Hong Kong reports its first case of H7N9 bird flu

Hong Kong reports its first case of H7N9 bird flu

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Hong Kong reports its first case of the new H7N9 strain of the bird flu virus -- the first reported case outside mainland China -- in a worker from Indonesia.
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Obese Frenchman on way home by ambulance and ferry

LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A young Frenchman weighing more than 500 pounds was finally on the way home Wednesday after a tortuous trip from the United States, a transport company says.

Airline that flew 500-pound Frenchman to U.S. won't take him home

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A French family says British Airways, which flew their 500-pound son to the United States for medical treatment a year and a half ago, now won't fly him home.

Liverpool to restore historic Cunard Building as cruise facility

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The city of Liverpool, England, says it will buy the historic Cunard Building on its waterfront to serve passengers for popular River Mersey tourist cruises.

Genetic study focuses on human autoimmune diseases

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- British researchers say they've completed the largest sequencing study of human disease to date, focusing on the genetic basis of six autoimmune diseases.

Technology lets fragile, 'unreadable' historical documents to be read

CARDIFF, Wales, May 16 (UPI) -- British researchers say new technology can read "unreadable," fragile historic documents that could crack and crumble if unrolled or unfolded.

Justin Welby installed as archbishop

CANTERBURY, England, March 21 (UPI) -- Anglican leaders from around the world watched Thursday as Justin Welby was enthroned as archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England.

Extent of swine flu investigated

LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A U.N. study said at least one-in-five people, including half of school-age children, were infected with swine flu in the first year of the pandemic in 2009.

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Illness sweeps two Caribbean cruise ships

LONDON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The norovirus was suspected in an outbreak of nausea aboard a pair of cruise ships in the Caribbean, U.S. health officials said this weekend.

STX France lands $1.3B contract

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The struggling STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, said it had secured a luxury liner contract worth more than $1.3 billion.

Illness reported aboard Queen Mary 2

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Passengers aboard the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, currently sailing in the Caribbean, have been struck with a sickness bug, the ship's operator said.

Genetics seen at root of honeybee life

SHEFFIELD, England, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Honeybees' extreme sensitivity to environmental change has a genetic basis, a study involving British and Australian scientists has found.

Aquatic species shrink with warming

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Warming temperatures cause greater reduction in the adult sizes of aquatic animal species than in land-dwellers, British researchers say.
U.K. River Thames in species invasion

U.K. River Thames in species invasion

LONDON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Nearly 100 species not native to Britain have invaded the River Thames making it one of the most highly invaded freshwater systems in the world, scientists say.

Health impact of Polypill could be huge

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) -- The Polypill -- three blood pressure medications and a statin for lower cholesterol -- given to adults age 50 and older was beneficial, British researchers say.

Carbon impact of land, water compared

LONDON, June 20 (UPI) -- Marine and freshwater environments may release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as climate warms than their land counterparts, British researchers say.

Road networks said urbanization driver

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- A study of 200 years of evolution of road networks in Italy has begun to unlock the factors driving the growing phenomenon of urbanization, researchers say.

Study: Goats can develop 'accents'

LONDON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Goats, like people, can develop accents based on their surroundings, a British university study indicates.

Woman dies in fall from ship

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A 26-year-old woman died after falling from a walkway of the Queen Mary docked in Long Beach Harbor, a California fire department spokesman said.
Warmer world may mean smaller animals

Warmer world may mean smaller animals

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Many animal species could shrink in physical size as an unanticipated consequence of global warming, British researchers say.
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