Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, three developers of implants that help the deaf hear, and two brain scientists have won Lasker Awards for their advances in medical research and public service.
Even by the abrasive nature of Australian political sparring, the war of words between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Rupert Murdoch, who controls more than two-thirds of the nation’s urban newspaper market, is shaping up to be the most acrimonious in its election history.
Amid the cloying dust, blaring car horns and beggars’ wails that echo through the ancient streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, a familiar sound emerges: the strains of pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” In front of a crowd of giggling teenagers, a 50-year-old woman dances, blond hair flying, arms waving.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will increase taxes on tobacco to raise an extra A$5.3 billion ($4.7 billion) as he seeks to offset a revenue shortfall and boost the government’s economic credibility before elections.
After raw-ginger scalp rubs and walnut snacks failed to counter Shi Yang’s receding hairline, the 26-year-old Shanghai engineer says he’s ready to ditch his mother’s advice and give Western drugs a go.