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Links 1 through 4 of 4 by Paul Raven tagged birth

"The myriad problems stemming from sagging birthrates – increased health costs for the elderly supported by a shrinking workforce – had seemed to be the inevitable price to pay for higher incomes and longer lifespans.

Most well-off nations have long since slipped below the fertility rate needed simply to maintain a stable population, an average of 2.1 children per woman.

If unchanged, the 2005 birthrates of countries such as South Korea, Japan, Italy and Spain – 1.08, 1.26, 1.32 and 1.33, respectively – will, in the absence of immigration, halve each nation's population in 40 to 45 years."

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"Maybe females could live without males, at least for Komodo dragons. These behemoths of the reptile world can produce babies without fertilization by a male, scientists recently discovered." Insert your own 'Jesus Lizard' joke here.

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"Something rarely seen... The volcanic birth of a new island and a surreal aftermath: a sea of floating stones (pumice), and a yacht making its way over (seemingly) the rocky plain." A weird and wonderful world this is.

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