August 23, 2013

Nation/World Dispatches

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All 400 doctors in the first wave have participated in other international missions for Cuba, which sends health-care professionals to more than 50 countries.

Brazil has a serious shortage of doctors. In 2009, it had 15.1 physicians per 10,000 people, while Cuba had 66.3 doctors per 10,000 people, according to the Pan American Health Organization. The United States physician ratio was 26 for every 10,000 people.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

Finder of Titanic probes deepest Caribbean trough

The man whose research team discovered the wreckage of the Titanic has now turned his attention to the deepest trough of the Caribbean Sea.

Robert Ballard was aboard a 211-foot research vessel with dozens of other scientists to probe the Cayman Trough this week and collect samples of organisms they say might reveal how life might exist on other planets.

On Thursday, the team was using remotely operated vehicles that have so far captured a dumbo octopus, named for its two ear-like fins; a sea cucumber with an unidentified appendage; and various invertebrates living around hydrothermal vents that can reach temperatures of more than 752 Fahrenheit.

– From news service reports

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