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Bird-flu deaths rise in China, shutting poultry markets



Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since it first appeared in humans in 2013, killing 79 people in January alone and spurring several cities to suspend live poultry trade. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday that by the end of January a total of 100 people had died in the current bird flu season, which commonly emerges in winter and continues into the spring. The 79 deaths in China last month compared to just five in January ... read more

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New 'living material' gloves light up when they touch target chemicals
Scientists at MIT have crafted wearable sensors out of cell-infused hydrogel film. Researchers used the new "living material" to design gloves and bandages that light up when they come in contact with target chemicals. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers
Spain's top research institution said Thursday it has patented an HIV test that can detect the AIDS-causing virus within a week of infection, the fastest yet. ... more
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New method to detect ultrasound with light
A tiny, transparent device that can fit into a contact lens has a bright future, potentially helping a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology. Developed by Northwestern University ... more
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New, flexible brain probes to improve long-term neural recording
Medical engineers at the University of Texas have developed a promising new type of ultra-flexible brain probe. The nanoelectronic thread, or NET, probe can deliver more reliable neural readings without triggering scar formation. ... more
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At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital
At least five patients at a traditional Chinese medicine hospital in China were accidentally infected with HIV, officials said Thursday, as authorities moved to censor online discussion over the incident. ... more
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Two Months to Stop Pandemic X from Taking Hold
Over the past several years, DARPA-funded researchers have pioneered RNA vaccine technology, a medical countermeasure against infectious diseases that uses coded genetic constructs to stimulate prod ... more
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West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study
Drought has sharply boosted the intensity of deadly West Nile virus epidemics, which are set to worsen with global warming, scientists reported Wednesday. ... more
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Change in astronaut's gut bacteria attributed to spaceflight
Northwestern University researchers studying the gut bacteria of Scott and Mark Kelly, NASA astronauts and identical twin brothers, as part of a unique human study have found that changes to certain ... more
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Prosthetic arm technology that detects spinal nerve signals developed by scientists
Scientists have developed sensor technology for a robotic prosthetic arm that detects signals from nerves in the spinal cord. To control the prosthetic, the patient has to think like they are contro ... more
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Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet
Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican Tuesday for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners. ... more


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Bird flu outbreak spreads to Belgium
/> A highly contagious strain of bird flu that has affected poultry farmers in France and Germany has now spread to Belgium, officials said on Thursday. The H5N8 avian virus was identified late ... more
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Spaceflight changes the shape of astronauts' brains
When astronauts come back from a stint aboard the International Space Station, their brains are not as they were when they left Earth. ... more
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Scientists build world's tiniest hammer to bang on brain cells
Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara want to study the effects of various mechanical forces on individual brain cells. Until now, however, researchers didn't have the right tools. ... more
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Have a Peek Into What the NASA Twins Study Will Reveal
Preliminary research results for the NASA Twins Study debuted at NASA's Human Research Program's annual Investigators' Workshop in Galveston, Texas the week of January 23. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly ... more

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The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It's just that education isn't exactly what she's offering. She's got satellites. "We have hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of data from satellites that have been up in space for over 10 years," says Holloway, a professor of environmental studies at the Univ ... more
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Free hairdos to boost confidence of displaced Iraqi women

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
In the event of an all-out war with Pakistan or China, signals from GLONASS and NAVIC will undoubtedly have multiplier impact and help India to target its whole suite of missiles on its rivals. Amid buzzword of 'Cold Doctrine' and delay in obtaining dedicated frequency band for military satellite, India has stepped up effort to provide sufficient number of satellites to Indian military with the ... more
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system

UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit

Falsifying Galileo satellite signals will become more difficult

Flat-footed fighters
Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new University of Utah study published in Biology Open. Although moving from the balls of the feet is important for quickness, standing with heels planted allows more swinging force, according to study lead author and biologist David Carrier, sugg ... more
Study: The human brain always has a backup plan

Study links working remotely to more stress, insomnia

Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution

Indonesian orangutan brutally killed and eaten
A critically endangered Bornean orangutan has been shot dead, hacked to pieces and eaten by workers after straying onto an Indonesian palm oil plantation, police and activists said Thursday. Police have formally named three male suspects in the brutal killing in Kapuas Hulu district, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, while another seven are being questioned as witnesses to the crime. ... more
Scientists find surprising harmony among cats and dogs in India

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Bird-flu deaths rise in China, shutting poultry markets
China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since it first appeared in humans in 2013, killing 79 people in January alone and spurring several cities to suspend live poultry trade. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday that by the end of January a total of 100 people had died in the current bird flu season, which commonly emerges in ... more
Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers

At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital

West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study

Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft

Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping, officials said Wednesday. Manila does not want the Sibutu Passage between Malaysia's Sabah state and the southern Philippines to turn into a Somalia-style pirate haven, coast guard officials said. The deep-water channel, used by 13,000 vessels each year, ... more
African leaders tackle piracy, illegal fishing at Lome summit

US to deport ex-navy chief drug trafficker to Guinea-Bissau

Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers

Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
China data and US banks propel equities higher

No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China

China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown

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US says not ready yet for Russian military collaboration as chiefs meet
The United States is not yet ready to cooperate militarily with Russia, Pentagon chief James Mattis said Thursday after Moscow's defence minister called for better ties. "We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level, but our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward," Mattis told reporters at a NATO summit in Brussels. Russian D ... more
Germany warns US off hurting Europe, favouring Russia

Tillerson, Wang in highest-level US-China meet under Trump

US remains 'your greatest ally', Pence tells Europe

Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Nearly one year ago the LIGO Collaboration announced the detection of gravitational waves, once again confirming Einstein's theory of General Relativity. This important discovery by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (aLIGO) has spurred great interest in improving these advanced optical detectors. The mission of gravitational wave scientists worldwide is to ma ... more
New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors

Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

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General Dynamics gets $170 million cybersecurity order
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has awarded General Dynamics a $170 million contract to perform various cybersecurity services. Under the five-year contract, the company will provide technical, functional and managerial cybersecurity forces including engineering, incident detection, and threat fusion and response services. General Dynamics representatives say the agreement will str ... more
Cyber warriors see politics muddying security efforts

Yahoo notifies users of sophisticated breach methods

Senators launch query on Trump's smartphone security

Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'
The first four months of the Iraqi offensive on Mosul were marked by relatively low displacement but the civilians who remain in the city's west face more dangers than ever. In the east, the Iraqi forces adopted a strategy of protecting civilians by keeping them at home, and the mass exodus expected by humanitarian organisations did not occur. Since the Mosul offensive against the Islami ... more
Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi

Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'

Iraq forces converge on Mosul airport

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Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said he is compiling an assessment for President Donald Trump to weigh on Afghanistan, which remains mired in a brutal and seemingly intractable conflict. The Afghan war is the longest in US history but Trump has scarcely given it a passing mention - either while campaigning or since entering the White House. Mattis said his commander-in-chief h ... more
Eight killed in knife attack in China's Xinjiang: govt

Eight killed in Indian Kashmir after gunbattle

UN voices concern over Afghan civilian deaths in Helmand

EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday. The goal set at the December 2015 Paris conference to maintain average temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels requires the gradual closure of EU ... more
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says

Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for accurately measuring crop yields using satellite images. Scientists hope their new strategy will help researchers track agricultural productivity in developing countries where farming data is limited. "Improving agricultural productivity is going to be one of the main ways to reduce hunger and improve livelihoods in poor ... more
Nicaragua focuses on climate-change resistant coffee

Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue

Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country

SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics
NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the interior of Ceres is the source of these organic materials, as opposed to arriving via impacting asteroids or comets, according to a paper published in the Feb. 17, ... more
Russian scientists find 13kg of meteorites in Iranian Desert

Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice



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