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Australia capital airport closed as bushfires flare anew

Bushfires near the Australian capital Canberra forced the city’s airport to close on Thursday, as passenger flights were halted to make way for aircraft working to extinguish the blazes, authorities said. High temperatures and strong winds fuelled an outbreak of new blazes across several areas in eastern Australia on Thursday, …

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Stress really can turn your hair white, new research suggests

For centuries the legend of people’s hair turning white with fear has persisted. Famously, Marie Antoinette’s luxuriant strawberry-blonde locks were said to have turned blanc on the night before her execution. Now new research, published in the journal Nature, suggests extreme stress may indeed cause hair to lose its pigmentation. …

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Toyota recall: 3.4 million cars may have defective airbags

Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday that it will recall 3.4 million vehicles worldwide because of an electronic defect that can result in airbags not deploying in crashes. The recall, which includes 2.9 million vehicles in the United States, covers 2011-19 Corolla, 2011-13 Matrix, 2012-18 Avalon and 2013-18 Avalon Hybrid …

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Baby and adult brains ‘sync up’ during play

Have you ever played with a baby and felt a sense of connection, even though they couldn’t yet talk to you? New research suggests that you might quite literally be “on the same wavelength,” experiencing similar brain activity in the same brain regions. A team of Princeton researchers has conducted …

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New China virus: US announces first case

The United States has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus on its territory. The Centers for Disease Control said the virus, which originated in China, had been diagnosed in a US resident who arrived in Seattle from China. The virus, which spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan, …

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Toyota and Lexus unveil futuristic vehicles for the moon

Lexus and Toyota’s European Advanced Design Studio has unveiled several futuristic lunar vehicle concepts for the Document Journal magazine. They’re all based on the Lexus LF-30 Electric Concept, starting with the Lexus Lunar Cosmos (above) by designer Jean-Baptiste Henry, which supposedly hovers over the moon’s surface. In the back, there’s …

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Abdominal obesity linked to risk of recurrent heart attacks

Heart attack survivors who carry excess fat around their waist are at increased risk of another heart attack, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Prior studies have shown that abdominal obesity is an important risk …

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