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August 31, 2015
UMD-led study identifies the off switch for biofilm formation
College Park, MD (SPX) Aug 25, 2015
Bacteria are best known as free-living single cells, but in reality their lives are much more complex. To survive in harsh environments, many species of bacteria will band together and form a biofilm--a collection of cells held together by a tough web of fibers that offers protection from all manner of threats, including antibiotics. A familiar biofilm is the dental plaque that forms on teeth between brushings, but biofilms can form almost anywhere given the right conditions. Biofilms are a huge p ... read more
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Pneumonic plague kills eight in Madagascar
Eight people have died in two days of pneumonic plague on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar which is hit by deadly outbreaks almost every year, a health ministry official said Wednesday. ... more

WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response
The World Health Organization said Tuesday it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak. ... more

US reports unusual spike in human plague cases
An unusually high number of cases of human plague have been recorded by US health authorities since April - 11 in all, with three of them fatal, officials said Tuesday. ... more


Medical booking site ZocDoc valued at $1.8 bn
ZocDoc, a startup allowing consumers to book appointments with medical professionals, said Thursday it raised $130 million in a funding round, giving it a valuation of $1.8 billion. ... more


WHO chief calls for urgent transformation of global epidemic response
The World Health Organization chief acknowledged Monday that the response to the West African Ebola outbreak fell far short, calling for an urgent overhaul of the international response to epidemics. ... more
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'Major step' toward universal flu vaccine: studies
Scientists have taken a major step towards creating a vaccine that works against multiple strains of influenza, according to two studies published Monday in top journals. ... more

UN aid chief slams 'unacceptable' Saudi bombing of Yemen port
The top United Nations aid official on Wednesday strongly criticized Saudi-led air strikes on the Yemen port of Hodeida, a lifeline for imports of food, medicine and fuel. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Boeing introduces portable laser weapon capable of destroying drones

Pentagon joins Silicon Valley in 'flexible' tech hub

China's Xi, Obama aide hint at underlying tensions ahead of summit

US and S. Korea troops stage massive live-dire drill

Kim Jong-Un credits nukes not talks for deal with S. Korea

Iran's Rouhani urges patience over opposition leaders

Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu


Agricultural intervention improves HIV outcomes
A multifaceted farming intervention can reduce food insecurity while improving HIV outcomes in patients in Kenya, according to a randomized, controlled trial led by researchers at UC San Francisco. ... more

How long have primates been infected with viruses related to HIV
Disease-causing viruses engage their hosts in ongoing arms races: positive selection for antiviral genes increases host fitness and survival, and viruses in turn select for mutations that counteract ... more

Wireless, implantable device to stimulates nerves in mice
A miniature device that combines optogenetics - using light to control the activity of the brain - with a newly developed technique for wirelessly powering implanted devices is the first fully inter ... more
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Supercomputers listen to the heart
New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the I ... more

Advancing the Next Revolution of "Stuff"
For millennia, materials have mattered-so much so that entire eras have been named for them. From the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age and beyond, breakthroughs in materials have defined ... more
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Physics meets biology to defeat aging

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Africa uneasy as China turmoil threatens investment boom

Data backs limits on deep-sea fishing by depth

French woman wins disability grant for 'gadget allergy'

Popular measure of ancient ocean temperatures questioned

'Cure' for Chernobyl children: sun, sea, clean air in Portugal


Second human plague case probed at Yosemite Park
A second tourist who visited Yosemite National Park has likely contracted the plague, Californian authorities said. ... more

ISS astronauts developing near real-time osteoporosis and bone cancer test
A new test for offers the possibility of near real time monitoring of bone diseases, such as osteoporosis and multiple myeloma. The functionality of the test, which measures changes in calcium isoto ... more

Mosquito-repelling chemicals identified in traditional sweetgrass
Native North Americans have long adorned themselves and their homes with fragrant sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata), a native plant used in traditional medicine, to repel biting insects, and mosquitoe ... more

Squirrels in Yosemite campground test positive for plague
A popular campground at Yosemite National Park in California will be temporarily closed after several dead squirrels were found to be carrying the plague, officials said Friday. ... more

New bio-containment system unveiled in Georgia
A containerized bio-containment system has been unveiled in Georgia by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. ... more
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International team discovers the ancient origins of deadly Lassa virus
Working as part of an international team in the United States and West Africa, a researcher at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has published new findings showing the ancient roots of the deadl ... more

NSBRI seeks proposals to support space exploration mission crews
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is soliciting for ground-based and analog definition research proposals to develop safe and effective countermeasures and technologies that w ... more
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Turbulent time for Swiss watchmakers in China

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Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics


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Researchers design first artificial ribosome

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