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world Updated: Oct 24, 2012 00:00 IST

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Chinese sacked for high salary
Beijing: An official in China's eastern Zhejiang province was removed from his post after disclosures that his annual salary was 20 times higher than that of his subordinates.

Shen Jilong, head of the notary office of Tongxiang city, was suspended from his post following a further investigation regarding possible violations of wage distribution and financial regulations, the local government reported on Monday.

An audit showed that his annual wages in 2010 reached 832,200 yuan while 12 of his office staff earned just 41,700 yuan on average that year.

Spouse's death affects men more
London: Inconsolable men who grieve after their wife's death are at a 30% increased risk of mortality, while women face no increased chance of dying due to the loss of their husband, a new research has claimed.

Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology in America found men to be a third more likely to die after being widowed.

Kissing dogs can cause gum disease
New York: Man's best friend can also give him gum disease. Researchers have found that dogs have a lot of bacteria in their mouths and these can be transmitted to humans and cause periodontal problems.

In a study published in the Archives of Oral Biology, Japanese researchers scraped plaque off the choppers of 66 dogs and 81 humans at an animal clinic and a dog obedience school - and put the slimy stuff under the microscope, New York Daily News reported.

Mouths of dogs were rife with the bacteria that causes gum disease in human beings like Porphyromonas gulae, Tannerella forsythia, and the Campylobacter rectus.

"The results suggest that several periodontopathic species could be transmitted between humans and their companion," researchers wrote.

Milky way settled when Earth formed
Washington: Nasa scientists have discovered that Milky Way settled gradually into its present state only around the time the Sun and Earth were forming.

Disc galaxies like our own Milky Way were believed to have been formed billions of years ago, however, now scientists have found they settled into the present state as the Sun and solar system were being formed.

"Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by about 8 billion years ago, with little additional development since," Susan Kassin, an astronomer at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

It is believed that the Milky Way was still evolving around the time the Sun formed.