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Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure  OSLO: Pesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used, a study showed on Sunday.   The United Nations has estimated that a third of all plant-based foods eaten by people depend on bee pollination and scientists have been baffled by plummeting numbers of bees, mainly in North America and Europe, in recent years.   British scientists said they exposed colonies of 40 bumblebees, which are bigger than the more common honeybee, to the pesticides neonicotinoid and pyrethroid over four weeks at levels similar to those in fields.   Neonicotinoids are nicotine-like chemicals used to protect various crops from locusts, aphids and other pests.   "Chronic exposure ... impairs natural foraging behaviour and increases worker mortality, leading to significant reductions in brood development and colony success," the scientists wrote in the report in the ...

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Dubai plans 24-hour shopping for Eid  DUBAI: In a city where shopping and spending is a favourite pastime, Dubai's malls will open round-the-clock for three consecutive weekends from Thursday as part of the upcoming Eid holiday.   The extended hours will apply to all shops and most food and entertainment outlets within the city's malls and cater for an expected influx of tourists over the Eid al-Adha festivities starting October 26, officials said.   Twenty-four hour shopping and other events planned by the tourism, retail ...

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New planet discovered in Earth LONDON/CAPE CANAVERAL: Astronomers have found a new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone's throw away at four light years, raising the chances of finding a habitable planet in Earth's neighbourhood.   Researchers say the new planet is too close to its sun to support known forms of life, w ith a surface temperature estimated at 1,200 degrees Celsius (2,192 Fahrenheit). But previous studies suggest that when one planet is discovered ...

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Goebbels love letters, fiction go to auction  NEW YORK: Poems, love letters and works of fiction written by Joseph Goebbels before he became Adolf Hitler's propaganda chief went on sale this week near New York. Alexander Historical Auctions described the archive of Goebbels' pre-war literary efforts as "the most important cache of World War II autographs to ever become available for sale." The collection, which is said to be in perfect condition and is estimated to be worth $200,000-$300,000, reveals a little-known side of ...

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Baby panda not crushed by mother: zoo  WASHINGTON: The body of the week-old baby panda that died suddenly here Sunday showed no sign of trauma, meaning it was not crushed by its mother, the Washington National Zoo said Monday Keepers and volunteers realized something was wrong when they heard sounds of distress from the cub's mother, Mei Xiang, Sunday morning, the zoo said in a statement. An autopsy found that the giant panda cub, which had not been named, weighed less than 100 grams, ...