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December 15, 2017
SPACE MEDICINE
3-D printed microfibers could provide structure for artificially grown body parts



University Park PA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for a car, a team of Penn State engineers believe they have a way to create the structural framework for growing living tissue using an off-the-shelf 3-D printer. "We are trying to make stem-cell-loaded hydrogels reinforced with fibers like the rebar in cement," said Justin L. Brown, associate professor of biomedical engineering. "If we can lend some structure to the gel, we can grow living cells in ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Australian waste treatment technology plays major role in management of radioactive waste
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
A new technology partnership between ANSTO and Swedish company, Quintus Technologies, will play a crucial role in treating waste arising from nuclear medicine production at Australia's nuclear agenc ... more
BIO FUEL
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests. Scientists have devised a method that could lead to cheap, env ... more
TECH SPACE
US has lost dominance in highly intense, ultrafast laser technology to Europe and Asia
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
The U.S. is losing ground in a second laser revolution of highly intense, ultrafast lasers that have broad applications in manufacturing, medicine, and national security, says a new report from the ... more
EPIDEMICS
Genetic survey of rats could help New York curb the rodent population
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
For the first time, scientists are getting a big-picture sense of how rats live, move and interact in New York City. The details lie in their genetic code. ... more
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EPIDEMICS
One in two Africans don't know HIV status: expert
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Thirty-five years after the start of the AIDS epidemic, one person in two in sub-Saharan Africa "does not know their HIV status," according to a French expert. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Lobachevsky University scientists create a neurochip for replacing damaged areas of the brain
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Lobachevsky University researchers are working to create a neurochip capable of transmitting a signal to healthy brain cells. The neurochip can be used in devices intended to replace damaged parts o ... more
EPIDEMICS
Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in three phase 1 studies
Silver Spring MD (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Three Phase 1 human clinical trials evaluating an Army-developed Zika purified inactivated virus (ZPIV) vaccine have shown it was safe and well-tolerated in healthy adults and induced a robust immun ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
World's smallest tape recorder is built from microbes
New York NY (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Through a few clever molecular hacks, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have converted a natural bacterial immune system into a microscopic data recorder, laying the groundwork for a ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Biotemplates breakthrough paves way for cheaper nanobots
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A feature of science fiction stories for decades, nanorobot potential ranges from cancer diagnosis and drug delivery to tissue repair and more. A major hurdle to these endeavors, however, is finding ... more
EPIDEMICS
Campaigners incensed at failings in Africa AIDS war
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Angry AIDS activists are urging western and central Africa to step up the fight against HIV, saying millions of people, especially children, are at risk from complacency and underfunding. ... more


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EPIDEMICS
UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
The UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Men at higher risk of dying of AIDS than women: UNAIDS
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Men are less likely to test for HIV or access antiretroviral therapy and, therefore, are more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women, UNAIDS said on Friday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Mosquitoes transmit dengue virus more frequently when temperatures rise
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Mosquitoes are more likely to transmit dengue virus on warmer days, according to new research published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. ... more
EPIDEMICS
PrEP: A shield against AIDS
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
"It's magic," said Francois, smiling. "Every time I take a pill I think about the people who aren't so lucky as to have this option." ... more



World leaders in Paris seek cash for climate crunc
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
World leaders met in Paris Tuesday seeking to unlock more money to drive the global economy's shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert worst-case-scenario global warming. Without trillions of dollars invested in clean energy technology, the Paris Agreement's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Leaders needed to fix global 'mess', says Kofi Annan
Fajardo, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists
Buffalo NY (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
First GPS 3 satellite receives commands from new OCX ground control segment
Denver CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), further validating the U.S. Air Force's modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) is ready to launch its first satellite. On November 2, 2017, GPS III Space Vehicle 01 (GPS III SV01), the first of 10 GPS III satellites designed by Lo ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
London UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that many of the settlements in the Indus Civilisation developed along the banks of a river called the Ghaggar-Hakra in northwest Ind ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Scientists revamp 'Out of Africa' model of early human migration
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
Australian lizards are eating the eggs of endangered loggerhead turtles
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
Feral foxes are no longer the archenemies of would-be loggerhead turtle moms at the second biggest nesting beach in northeast Australia. The title now belongs to the yellow-spotted goanna. Over the last few decades, scientists have observed the Australia lizard develop a taste for the eggs of the endangered loggerhead turtle. Goannas now frequently raid turtle nests on the Queensland ne ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Scientists reveal rules for making ribs
Atlanta GA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When physics gives evolution a leg up by breaking one
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes: study
Genetic survey of rats could help New York curb the rodent population
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
For the first time, scientists are getting a big-picture sense of how rats live, move and interact in New York City. The details lie in their genetic code. Matthew Combs, a graduate student at Fordham University, has assembled the most comprehensive genomic map yet of New York City's chief rodent. He hopes his work - detailed most recently in the journal Molecular Ecology - can help t ... more
Silver Spring MD (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in three phase 1 studies
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
One in two Africans don't know HIV status: expert
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Campaigners incensed at failings in Africa AIDS war
Poisoned syringes fired at pet dogs for China meat trade
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Poisoned syringes that could be fired at dogs on the street to kill them instantly were sold by a gang in China, allowing pets to be snatched and sold for the dinner table, state media said. Police in the eastern province of Anhui arrested eight gang members, alleging they sold 200,000 of the syringes throughout China filled with a large dose of the muscle relaxant suxamethonium. The buy ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Chinese dissident's widow sends desperate letter
Manila (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Philippines's Duterte offers third telecom slot to China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Former Chinese leadership contender faces graft probe
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Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul siezed by French navy
Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million scam
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Trump signs $700B defense budget into law
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
President Donald Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law, a $700 billion defense budget that seeks to increase military spending and operational capabilities. The provisions in the 2018 NDAA includes measures like the establishment of a new U.S. Space Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Air Force by 2019 and increases the totality ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
EU launches defence pact it calls 'bad news for enemies'
Brussels (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
NATO to complete move to new billion euro HQ by mid-June
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Canada authorizes export of automatic weapons to Ukraine
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this force with a sin ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
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Lockheed Martin tapped to provide cyber security support
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
Lockheed Martin has been awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Navy for cyber security support services. The Department of Defense on Monday announced the $77.7 million contract, which enables Lockheed Martin to "sustain analysis, design, development, test integration, deployment and operations of information technology systems and services for the c ... more
London (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Facebook accused of inaction over Russian ads in Brexit vote
Addis Ababa (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Facing dissent from abroad, Ethiopia turns to spyware
Singapore (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NUS scientist develops 'toolboxes' for quantum cybersecurity
Iraq hangs 38 members of IS, Qaeda; 20 IS killed in southern Syria
Nasiriyah, Iraq (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Iraq hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences on Thursday in the southern city of Nasiriyah, provincial authorities said. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25 when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. "The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minist ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Iraq holds military parade to celebrate victory over IS
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Hashed al-Shaabi: controversial force on Iraq's front lines
Doha (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month
US military touts drug lab air strikes in Afghanistan
Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
The US military on Tuesday touted its air campaign to destroy Taliban drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying it was impacting cash flow to the insurgents. According to Air Force Brigadier General Lance Bunch, US and Afghan warplanes have destroyed 25 drug processing labs since the campaign started on November 20. "This equates to almost $80 million of drug money eliminated from the kingp ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Iraq Kurds denounce PM for comparing them to jihadists
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Car bomb hits Iraqi Kurdish area, causing deaths: party official
Moscow (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Russia says provided air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria
Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement - coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
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In food waste fight, Brits turn bread into beer
Driffield, United Kingdom (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
At a brewery nestled in rolling farmland in northern England, the process of making beer begins with dropping dozens of unwanted loaf ends, thrown away by a sandwich factory, into a large stainless steel tank. Add water, hops and yeast, and out comes the unmistakable golden beverage popular the world over. "We're essentially substituting part of the malt for bread," says Alex Balchin, he ... more
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
Trondheim, Norway (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Uncovering varied pathways to agriculture
Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time - processes indicative of an active, evolving world. "The m ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
OSIRIS-REx cruising towards rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research shows why meteroids explode before they reach Earth
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Ceres' bright spots suggest the dwarf planet is geologically active
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