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HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial

An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results. The treatment, which aims to provide immunity against various strains of the virus, produced an anti-HIV immune system response in tests on 393 people, a study in the Lancet found. It also protected some monkeys ... Read More »

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

Cut-price Chinese home insulation is being blamed for a massive rise in emissions of a gas, highly damaging to the Earth’s protective ozone layer. The ozone hole over Antarctica in the year 2000 — Photo: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) found widespread use of CFC-11 in China, even though the chemical was fully banned back in 2010. ... Read More »

Public schools are not the only choice

VietNamNet Bridge – The results of the public high school entrance exams in Hanoi and HCM City have been announced, giving great joy to those students who passed and their families. Students gather after taking the maths test of the public high school entrance exam in Hanoi. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyet But for more than 50,000 students who failed, ... Read More »

Sentinel satellite exposes sulphur dioxide pollution

What must it be like to live in the Siberian town of Norilsk on a “bad air day”? They say the local smelting industry produces 1% of all the sulphur dioxide (SO₂) going into the air globally, something close to two million tonnes a year. SO₂ is particularly unpleasant if breathed in; but it also washes out of the sky ... Read More »

Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

Eating nuts regularly could improve sperm health, a study suggests. Men who ate about two handfuls of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily for 14 weeks improved their sperm count and had more viable “swimmers”, scientists found. The study comes amid a decline in sperm counts across the Western world, linked to pollution, smoking and diet. Researchers said there was ... Read More »

Thai cave rescue: Remaining trapped boys wait to escape

Cave divers in Thailand are poised to restart the high-risk operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from a vast flooded cave system. Four boys were brought safely out of the cave on Sunday. But the mission was paused overnight for air tanks to be replaced. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation because ... Read More »

Japan floods: 'Extreme danger' amid record rainfall

Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing unprecedented danger as more downpours are expected, officials warn. Tens of thousands of rescuers, including soldiers, are taking part in search operations — Photo: REUTERS “We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before,” a weather official said. More than 60 people are dead and dozens missing after record ... Read More »

Child abuse cases occur mostly at private nursery schools

VietNamNet Bridge – Bad management, substandard teachers, poor facilities, unobserved regulations and loose supervision. This is how Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha described household-run nursery establishments at the latest National Assembly session. Child abuse cases occur at private schools Three former teachers at the Mam Xanh Nursery School in HCMC have become ‘famous’ for their teaching methods. ... Read More »

Universities urged to seek IP protection for research products

Enterprises have been reluctant to cooperate with universities on commercialisation of their inventions and products because of the lack of intellectual property (IP) protection, according to the Vietnam Invention Association. A laboratory at HCM City International University under Vietnam National University-HCM Commercialisation of applied research could bring huge profits to universities, according to the association.   Phan Thi Chau, the association’s ... Read More »

Universities urged to seek IP protection for applied research products

Enterprises have been reluctant to cooperate with universities on commercialisation of their inventions and products because of the lack of intellectual property (IP) protection, according to the Vietnam Invention Association. A laboratory at HCM City International University under Việt Nam National University-HCM Commercialisation of applied research could bring huge profits for universities, according to the association.   Phan Thi Chau, the ... Read More »