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April 13, 2018

Vaping could be leading thousands of teens to start smoking who otherwise wouldn’t have

Vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine using an e-cig or vape pen, seems to be healthier than smoking, a deadly habit that involves inhaling burning tobacco. And for some adult smokers, vaping may be somewhat helpful for quitting. But the practice also appears to be creating thousands of new smokers, most of whom are teens whose first exposure to nicotine is via an e-cig or vape pen. Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.

In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium.

It’s no surprise, then, that much of the [...]

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April 13, 2018

Study Reveals Pythons Take Care of Their Offspring, For a Little While

The southern African python wraps around its eggs to keep them warm and does the same for its snakelets during the first weeks of life.

Snakes, in general, do not win any parenting awards. The snake species that lay eggs usually plop their clutch in a hole, cover them with dirt, then slither off hoping for the best. Most of the 30 percent or so of snake species that give live birth don’t give much thought to their offspring, either. But as Joshua Rapp Learnt at National Geographic reports, a new study has found that at least one species of egg-laying python does do a bit of parenting, showing that a mother’s love has no bounds (even if it does have fangs).

Graham [...]

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April 9, 2018

Rabada makes most of suspension

Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has admitted the past week has been “a bit of a whirlwind”, but he is taking it all in his stride.

The young bowler is currently suspended for the next two Test matches against Australia for brushing the shoulder of the visiting captain Steve Smith during the second Test at St George’s Park.

Cricket South Africa are appealing the decision, but the 22-year-old is just trying to put it all behind him.

“It is nice to have some quiet time, chill with family and friends, and get up to things that I normally would.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind, there has been a lot of talk, a lot of hype.

“But [...]

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April 9, 2018

Police call for calm after farmhouse, sugarcane fields set alight

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has called for calm and tolerance in Umlalazi, Eshowe, in KwaZulu-Natal following violent protests.

Hundreds of residents went on the rampage after a man was shot dead on the Gqobhokani farm.

According to police, on Wednesday two young men, one of them being 30-year-old Spamandla Xulu, were fishing at a dam on the Gqobhokani farm.

The men were confronted by a security guard who requested that they leave. An altercation ensued which led to the guard allegedly fatally shooting Xulu. The second man escaped uninjured.

The security guard has since been arrested on a charge of murder and is currently in police [...]

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