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Putin advances South Stream pipeline building to 2012

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin brought forward to 2012 the date for starting construction of the South Stream pipeline that aims to deliver Russian gas to Western Europe while avoiding Ukraine. Putin’s announcement marks an acceleration of the timetable for building the hugely ambitious pipeline and comes after Moscow won agreement from Ankara this week to lay the pipeline under Turkish waters. “I think it would be desirable to start (construction) at the end of next year,” Putin told the chief executive of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexei Miller at a meeting at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. “Very good, Vladimir Vladimirovich,” Miller replied. “We will do it this way.”

 

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Brain size may predict risk for early Alzheimer’s disease - Study

New research suggests that, in people who don’t currently have memory problems, those with smaller regions of the brain’s cortex may be more likely to develop symptoms consistent with very early Alzheimer’s disease.

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Did Cheetah from Tarzan flicks die at 80?

A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at 80. But other accounts call that claim into question. Debbie Cobb, outreach director at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, said that her grandparents acquired Cheetah around 1960 from ‘Tarzan’ star Johnny Weissmuller and that the chimp appeared in Tarzan films between 1932 and 1934. During that period, Weissmuller made Tarzan the Ape Man and Tarzan and His Mate. But Cobb offered no documentation, saying it was destroyed in a 1995 fire.

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