A gaunt, 92-year-old man in a wheelchair sunbathes in a narrow courtyard, motionless, his eyes closed. Nearby, a few dozen other elderly men with short grey hair exercise slowly as an instructor gently calls out, "Don't strain yourselves."
Japanese prisons cope with swelling ranks of elderly inmates
Iran’s flag-carrier airline Iran Air is set to recruit female pilots for the first time in the country’s history.
Iran Air to recruit female pilots for first time
If you’re one of the millions of people concerned about the growing pressures that our food habits are placing on the environment, then you’ve probably felt confused, conflicted or downright overwhelmed by your own food choices on more than a few occasions.
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change our approach to food
Lead exposure may be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths in the US than previously thought, according to a new study.
US deaths from lead exposure 10 times higher than thought
One of the recurring media narratives about the nature of science today is that it is ‘broken’ or ‘in crisis’. In the mainstream press, some stories about the failure to reproduce study results or the rising retraction rate or incidents of scientific fraud have been accompanied by assertions about a ‘systemic crisis’ in areas of science — or in science itself.
Rethinking how the media cover science
While the national high school dropout rate has declined, many school systems still struggle with a high number of students who do not finish high school.
Two behaviors linked to high school dropout rates
The number of tiny plastic pieces polluting the world’s oceans is vastly greater than thought, new research indicates.
Microplastic pollution in oceans far worse than feared
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published recently found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to adopt low-emissions technology.
German automakers biggest global spenders on electric cars
A study out March 13 finds that urban trees can survive increased heat and insect pests fairly well — unless they are thirsty. Insufficient water not only harms trees, but allows other problems to have an outsized effect on trees in urban environments.
Lack of water key stressor for urban trees
The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB)’s World Service and Russia’s RT news channel have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in media affairs, especially staff training.
IRIB world service, RT sign MoU to boost cooperation

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