Chemistry http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24409/all en Experimental drug may help people with bipolar disorder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/experimental-drug-may-help-people-bipolar-disorder <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Ebselen works like lithium in mouse study</p> <p>* Standard treatment lithium discovered 60 years ago</p> <p>* Scientists say new drug could have fewer side effects</p> <p>By Kate Kelland</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A drug for bipolar disorder that<br /> works like lithium - the most common and effective treatment -<br /> but without lithium's side-effects has been identified by<br /> British researchers in tests on mice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/experimental-drug-may-help-people-bipolar-disorder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chemistry Emotion Psychiatry Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:15:37 +0000 5731681 at http://www.globalpost.com Pain ahead as Anglo prepares to unveil South Africa platinum plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/pain-ahead-anglo-prepares-unveil-south-africa-platinum-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ed Stoddard and Clara Ferreira-Marques</p> <p>RUSTENBURG, South Africa/LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Miner Evans Ramokga has a warning for Anglo American as the mining group prepares to unveil a revival plan for its South African platinum business: don't close any shafts.</p> <p>"If one shaft closes, we stop all the shafts," said Ramokga, a winch operator at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and AMCU union activist, sitting in a fast food restaurant in the platinum belt city of Rustenburg.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/pain-ahead-anglo-prepares-unveil-south-africa-platinum-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AngloGold Ashanti Business Chemistry Disaster Entertainment Labor Law Mining Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:00:40 +0000 5732645 at http://www.globalpost.com High gold price worsens global health damage from mercury -UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/high-gold-price-worsens-global-health-damage-mercury-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Mercury is used to separate gold from ore, spreads worldwide</p> <p>* 120 nations to meet in Geneva to work out anti-mercury treaty</p> <p>* Mercury can cause brain damage in children</p> <p>By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle</p> <p>OSLO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - High gold prices are driving up the use of toxic mercury in small-scale mining in developing nations, spreading a poison that can cause brain damage in children thousands of miles away, a U.N. study showed on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/high-gold-price-worsens-global-health-damage-mercury-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Disaster Health Occupational safety and health United Nations Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:01:24 +0000 5732657 at http://www.globalpost.com Boy's death highlights Brazil's raids on 'cracklands' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/boys-death-highlights-brazils-raids-cracklands <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Gov't trying to force users off streets into treatment</p> <p>* Big market for narcotics as Brazil's economy expands</p> <p>* Action comes ahead of World Cup and Summer Olympics</p> <p>By Rodrigo Viga Gaier</p> <p>RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Brazilian boy was hit by a car and killed on Thursday as he fled a drug sweep by police and social workers, reigniting debate over the government's tough response to a surge in crack cocaine use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/boys-death-highlights-brazils-raids-cracklands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Medicine Pharmacology Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:45:28 +0000 5732813 at http://www.globalpost.com RPT-Pain ahead as Anglo prepares to unveil South Africa platinum plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/rpt-pain-ahead-anglo-prepares-unveil-south-africa-platinum-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Repeats story published late Thursday; no changes to text)</p> <p>By Ed Stoddard and Clara Ferreira-Marques</p> <p>RUSTENBURG, South Africa/LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Miner Evans Ramokga has a warning for Anglo American as the mining group prepares to unveil a revival plan for its South African platinum business: don't close any shafts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/rpt-pain-ahead-anglo-prepares-unveil-south-africa-platinum-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AngloGold Ashanti Business Chemistry Disaster Entertainment Labor Law Mining Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:00:12 +0000 5732905 at http://www.globalpost.com Bolivia says re-admitted to UN drug convention on its own terms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/bolivia-says-re-admitted-un-drug-convention-its-own-terms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LA PAZ, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Bolivia on Friday said it had been re-admitted to the U.N. anti-narcotics convention after persuading member states to recognize the right of its indigenous people to chew raw coca leaf, which is used in making cocaine.</p> <p>President Evo Morales had faced opposition from Washington in his campaign against the classification of coca as an illicit drug.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/bolivia-says-re-admitted-un-drug-convention-its-own-terms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Cocaine Pharmacology Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 03:45:24 +0000 5733497 at http://www.globalpost.com UK cost agency backs drugs for preventing breast cancer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/uk-cost-agency-backs-drugs-preventing-breast-cancer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - British women with a family history of breast cancer could be offered two drugs to try to prevent the disease under draft guidelines published by the country's healthcare cost watchdog.</p> <p>Tamoxifen and raloxifene are already approved in the United States and other countries for preventing breast cancer in high-risk patients, but they have not so far been made available as preventative therapies in Britain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/uk-cost-agency-backs-drugs-preventing-breast-cancer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chemistry Education Health Labor Medicine Politics Selective estrogen receptor modulators Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:15:29 +0000 5734568 at http://www.globalpost.com Anger and disbelief greet Amplats mine closures http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/anger-and-disbelief-greet-amplats-mine-closures <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Agnieszka Flak</p> <p>RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Covered in sweat and dust, workers at Anglo American Platinum's Khuseleka mine in South Africa emerged from a gruelling underground shift on Tuesday to be told they were among 14,000 people about to lose their jobs in a massive corporate shake-up.</p> <p>Their reactions ranged from disbelief to despair to anger, suggesting the restructuring by parent company Anglo American could trigger another wave of labour unrest in the world's leading producer of the precious metal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/anger-and-disbelief-greet-amplats-mine-closures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anglo Platinum Chemistry Labor Matter Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:00:26 +0000 5734826 at http://www.globalpost.com Black carbon a powerful climate pollutant -international study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/black-carbon-powerful-climate-pollutant-international-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Twice as potent as previously thought, scientists report</p> <p>* Short atmospheric lifespan makes it a prime climate target</p> <p>* Global coalition working to cut black carbon emissions</p> <p>By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Black carbon, the soot produced by burning fossil fuels and biomass, is a more potent atmospheric pollutant than previously thought, according to a four-year international study released on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/black-carbon-powerful-climate-pollutant-international-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Chemistry Climatology Human Interest Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:45:36 +0000 5734918 at http://www.globalpost.com Financing arguments put global mercury deal on brink http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/financing-arguments-put-global-mercury-deal-brink <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tom Miles</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Agreement may be near on a global treaty to reduce the use of toxic mercury, but arguments about a few tens of millions of dollars are taking the talks to the brink, a U.N. official involved in the Geneva negotiations said on Thursday.</p> <p>Another official predicted that the talks were likely to bring a deal late on Friday or in the early hours of Saturday, but it was still unclear whether the eventual text would be "a Swiss cheese" - full of holes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/financing-arguments-put-global-mercury-deal-brink" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chemistry Matter Mercury Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:15:58 +0000 5735804 at http://www.globalpost.com Amateur Australian prospector finds massive gold nugget http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/amateur-australian-prospector-finds-massive-gold-nugget <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - An amateur Australian prospector who hadn't had much luck searching for gold has struck it rich, unearthing a nugget heavier than a newborn baby and worth more than $300,000.</p> <p>The anonymous prospector discovered the 5.5 kg (177 ounce) nugget near the country town of Ballarat and in an area known as the "Golden Triangle" due to its rich veins which sparked a gold rush in the 1850s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/amateur-australian-prospector-finds-massive-gold-nugget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Mining Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:00:19 +0000 5735976 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. clinches global deal on cutting mercury emissions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/un-clinches-global-deal-cutting-mercury-emissions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - More than 140 countries have reached a deal to reduce emissions of mercury after all-night talks in Geneva, the spokesman for the U.N. Environment Programme said on Saturday.</p> <p>"A treaty to start to begin to rid the world of a notorious health-hazardous metal was agreed in the morning of Jan. 19," Nick Nuttall told Reuters. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Andrew Heavens)</p> Chemistry Environment Matter Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:30:17 +0000 5736520 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-U.N. clinches global deal on cutting mercury emissions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-un-clinches-global-deal-cutting-mercury-emissions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Global trade in some mercury products to be banned by 2020</p> <p>* NGO criticises "soft language" of convention (Recasts, adds detail throughout)</p> <p>By Tom Miles and Emma Farge</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - More than 140 countries have agreed on the first global treaty to cut mercury pollution through a blacklist of household items and new controls on power plants and small-scale mines, the United Nations said on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-un-clinches-global-deal-cutting-mercury-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Entertainment Environment Matter Mercury Occupational safety and health Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:45:23 +0000 5736528 at http://www.globalpost.com Gas leak causes strong odour in Paris and western France http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/gas-leak-causes-strong-odour-paris-and-western-france <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A gas leak at a factory in France left a strong odour over Paris and large areas in the western part of the country early on Tuesday, police said.</p> <p>A police official told Reuters that a leak of mercaptan gas from a factory in Rouen, 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Paris, was responsible for the smell. He added there was no danger to the public.</p> <p>A second police official in Paris said authorities were being flooded with calls from worried residents in the French capital.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/gas-leak-causes-strong-odour-paris-and-western-france" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Odor Olfaction Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:15:04 +0000 5737549 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Rotten egg stench wafts over UK after French gas leak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-gas-leak-casts-acrid-odour-over-northwest-france <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Smelly gas from leak at French factory wafts across Channel</p> <p>* Authorities assure residents gas is non-toxic</p> <p>* UK tabloids seize opportunity to poke fun at French</p> <p>By Geert De Clercq</p> <p>PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A cloud of harmless gas smelling of sweat and rotten eggs leaked from a chemicals factory in northwest France and drifted across the English Channel as far as London on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-gas-leak-casts-acrid-odour-over-northwest-france" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Entertainment Flatulence Fuel gas Gas leak Lubrizol Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:45:00 +0000 5737607 at http://www.globalpost.com