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Advice from your doctor to take a medication before meals can be hard to understand, but is important, German pharmacists say. What exactly does "before" mean? Medicines have to be taken at the proper time in relation to meals, since food can slow down or speed up their absorption into the body, as well as strengthen or weaken their effect, the pharmacists association in the German state of Lower Saxony explains.

One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he "listens" for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths. Harun is one of Malaysia's last "fish listeners," and he and his apprentice son Zuraini are believed to be the only active practitioners of this mysterious and dying local art.
The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday. Creatures of the ocean known as cephalopods - including cuttlefish, squid and octopuses - are naturally equipped with sensors in their skin that help in some way to mimic the look of their surroundings.
It's one of the poorest suburb towns in France, riddled with unemployment, drugs and violence. But more than a century ago, Sevran was a peaceful, leafy village where Alfred Nobel once tested explosives. The Swedish inventor of dynamite who is best known for the prizes that bear his name worked in the town north-east of Paris at the end of the 19th century, says Daniel Mougin, a local expert on Sevran's history.
In June 1914, a Bosnian Serb teenager named Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, setting in motion a train of events that led to the start of World War One. Cape Town-based author and adventurer Tim Butcher retraces Princip's steps in his just-published book "The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War."
Dedicated GPS devices are facing extinction for good reason, as smartphones and tablets now offer capable GPS with turn-by-turn navigation for drivers, hikers and mountain-bikers alike, even offline. It is now possible to download free, detailed topographical maps for virtually every region on Earth, the German internet magazine AndroidWelt reports. The user's position can be shown using active GPS.
A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good. In a country badly scarred by the tsunami-sparked nuclear disaster at Fukushima three years ago, the hydrangea-inspired solar offering is small beer alongside one of the world's biggest offshore wind power farms now floating off the country's east coast.


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