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February 25, 2017
Guatemala navy moves on Dutch 'abortion ship' after protests

Puerto De San Jose, Guatemala (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Guatemala's navy on Thursday dispatched a vessel to watch over a Dutch "abortion ship" carrying activists vowing to help women circumvent the country's longstanding prohibition on terminating pregnancies. "The military will not permit this group to carry out its activities in the country," the military said in a formal complaint to the prosecutor's office issued on instructions from President Jimmy Morales. The group, Women on Waves, said in a statement that their sailing ship was being "detaine ... read more

Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties
Nashville TN (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing ... more
First drug-resistant malaria parasite detected in Africa
Miami (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. ... more
Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah have found a compound that blocks pain by targeting a pathway not associated with opioids. Rese ... more
Students play key biomedical research role in space
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Several students are playing significant roles in the upcoming launch of a SpaceX rocket carrying two CU Boulder payloads - one designed to help researchers better understand and perhaps outsmart da ... more
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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. ... more
New 'living material' gloves light up when they touch target chemicals
Boston (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
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
Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers
Madrid (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
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
New method to detect ultrasound with light
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
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
New, flexible brain probes to improve long-term neural recording
Austin, Texas (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
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
At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital
Beijing (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
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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West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study
Paris (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Drought has sharply boosted the intensity of deadly West Nile virus epidemics, which are set to worsen with global warming, scientists reported Wednesday. ... more
Change in astronaut's gut bacteria attributed to spaceflight
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
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
Prosthetic arm technology that detects spinal nerve signals developed by scientists
London, UK (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
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
Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet
Vatican City (AFP) Feb 7, 2017
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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Civilians trickle towards Iraq forces in new Mosul assault
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
On the edge of the village of Al-Buseif, captured overnight from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul, a federal policeman signalled to fleeing civilians. The small group of villagers, some carrying makeshift white flags, walked slowly along a dirt road in the valley below, metres (yards) from the western bank of the Tigris river. They were the first civilia ... more
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer
Berlin (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
'Anybody could be a refugee': Ai Weiwei films global crisis
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign. All drivers in the Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture must install a China-developed satellite navigation system called Beidou "to prevent theft, but also primarily to maintai ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 14, 2017
UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit
Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain, putting into practice an idea first proposed two years ago. With some tweaking to further improve its biocompatibility, the new approach could provide a dramatically improved way to learn about the functi ... more
Aztec, N.M. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
New evidence highlights maternal hierarchy of Pueblo Bonito
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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Boston (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Advances in imaging could deepen knowledge of brain
Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Termites and ants are mortal enemies, their predator-prey relationship dating back into the Miocene. Both armies, if they come into contact, will fight to the death. Yet termites, despite being sightless, carry out their work within millimetres of ant nests thanks to an incredible talent. University of New South Wales (Canberra) researchers Sebastian Oberst (now Senior Lecturer at the newl ... more
Utrecht, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Bees can learn to roll a ball for food: study
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
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First drug-resistant malaria parasite detected in Africa
Miami (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Bird-flu deaths rise in China, shutting poultry markets
Madrid (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers
Beijing (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital
Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops: reports
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail for beating up a pro-democracy activist in 2014, reports said. Television news footage showed long queues leading up to the packed football pitch of the Police Sports and Recreational Club in Kowloon, with off-duty and retired members of the force ma ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China jails safety boss who was sacked over huge blast
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
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
Lome (AFP) Oct 15, 2016
African leaders tackle piracy, illegal fishing at Lome summit
New York (AFP) Oct 5, 2016
US to deport ex-navy chief drug trafficker to Guinea-Bissau
Culiacan, Mexico (AFP) Sept 30, 2016
Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers
Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
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
New York (AFP) Oct 14, 2016
China data and US banks propel equities higher
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2016
No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2016
China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown
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Germany to boost troops as US urges more defence spending
Berlin (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Germany will increase its military to nearly 200,000 troops over the next seven years, the defence ministry said Tuesday, a day after US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies to boost their defence spending. Berlin had already announced last May its first increase in troop count since the Cold War, but the ministry said it was further revising numbers upwards. The Bundeswehr is ... more
Warsaw (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul
Brussels (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Trump security advisor McMaster: tank battle hero of the Gulf War
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Our Galaxy's gravitational field limits the accuracy of astrometric observations of distant objects. This is most clearly appeared for objects that are visually located behind the central regions of the Galaxy and the Galactic plane, where the deviation can be up to several dozen microarcseconds. And, more importantly, the effect of this gravitational "noise" cannot be removed. This means ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
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A computer's LED light can smuggle out data from the hard drive
Beersheba, Israel (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
As experiments showed, a computer's LED light could be used to smuggle out data from the hard drive to a remote receiver with cameras or light sensors, like a drone. Just because a computer isn't connected to a wireless network, doesn't mean it's immune to invasion. As researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev proved, if a computer can be directly infected with malware via U ... more
New York (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Northrop Grumman, PGZ to deepen industrial cooperation
Washington (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Tech tools gain traction amid Trump war on leaks
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
General Dynamics gets $170 million cybersecurity order
Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport
Mosul Airport, Iraq (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Iraqi forces on Thursday thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014. Backed by jets, helicopter gunships and drones, forces blitzed their way across open areas south of Mosul and entered the airport compound, apparently meeting limited resistance but strafing the area for suspected snip ... more
Aqrab Checkpoint, Iraq (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
US forces have come under fire in Mosul fight: official
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault
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China offers huge anti-terror awards in Xinjiang
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China has created a 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) fund for "anti-terrorism" awards in a violence-wracked part of the country, state media reported, as the government steps up a campaign targeting unrest. The government of Hotan in the far western region of Xinjiang will give prizes of up to 5 million yuan ($730,000) to those who expose terrorist plots or "struggle, kill, wound, or subdue ... more
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Pakistan launches nationwide anti-militant offensive
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
Eight killed in knife attack in China's Xinjiang: govt
China halts N. Korea coal imports after missile test
Beijing (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday, depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test. "(China) will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year (including coal for which customs applications have been made but not yet processed)," the commerce ... more
Brussels (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Feb 7, 2017
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says
Beijing (UPI) Feb 6, 2017
Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal
Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
Mumbai (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
A fitting tribute to a local legend or a grotesque misuse of money? The decision to build the world's tallest statue just off Mumbai's coast has divided the city. But the traditional Koli community, who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, fear they will be worst hit by the construction, warning that it threatens their centuries-old existence. India will spend 36 billion rupees ($53 ... more
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Researchers unravel powerful tool in maize breeding
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop
Origin of spooky meteor noises reappraised by researchers
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
When a meteor is about to conk your neighborhood and gives fair warning by emitting sizzling, rustling and hissing sounds as it descends, you might think that the universe is being sporting. But these auditory warnings, which do occur, seem contrary to the laws of physics if they are caused by the friction of the fast-moving meteor or asteroid plunging into Earth's atmosphere. Because soun ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New data about 2 distant asteroids give a clue to the possible 'Planet Nine'
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics

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