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Why Lyme disease is common in the north, rare in the south



Washington DC (SPX) Jan 13, 2017
The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new USGS-led study has found. In an earlier related study, the researchers found that southern black-legged ticks, unlike northern ones, usually stay hidden under a layer of leaves, where they are less likely to encounter people. The research group, whose findings were published Jan. 11 in the journal PLOS ONE, hypothesizes that southern ticks typically shelte ... read more

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China roast duck vendor dies of H7N9 bird flu: Xinhua
A roast duck vendor has died of bird flu in central China, the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday, the latest human casualty of the disease this winter. ... more
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Retroviruses 'almost half a billion years old'
Retroviruses - the family of viruses that includes HIV - are almost half a billion years old, according to new research by scientists at Oxford University. That's several hundred million years older ... more
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Study: Retroviruses are nearly 500 million years old
Retroviruses are nearly 500 million years old, according to new research by scientists at Oxford University. According to a new study published in Nature Communications, the evolutionary arms race between retroviruses and their hosts began several hundred million years before scientists previously thought. ... more
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French hospitals overwhelmed by flu epidemic
French hospitals are being stretched to their limits by a major flu epidemic sweeping the country, France's health authorities warn. ... more
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Zimbabwe bans street food over typhoid, cholera fears
Zimbabwe has banned street food vendors in the capital Harare after a typhoid outbreak blamed on poor sanitation and erratic water supplies. ... more
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Why odds are against a large Zika outbreak in the US
Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors s ... more
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Hong Kong reports second human case of bird flu
Hong Kong on Friday confirmed its second human case of bird flu this season, days after an elderly man died of the virus. ... more
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China jails 16 for trafficking in organs
Sixteen people including two surgeons have been jailed for between two and five years in China for trafficking in human organs, a practice still widespread in the country. ... more
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From outer space to inner eye
Contact lenses, spectacles and eye implants are now being made more accurately thanks to research instruments flying on the International Space Station. With the competitive lens market offeri ... more


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Hong Kong records winter's first bird flu death
An elderly man has died of bird flu in Hong Kong in the city's first human case of the disease this winter, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
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Angola declares end to deadly yellow fever epidemic
Angola on Friday declared the end of a yellow fever outbreak that killed at least 400 people, after an emergency United Nations vaccination campaign covering 25 million people. ... more

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Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70
The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more people could die without urgent treatment. Nigeria called Tuesday's bombing of a camp for displaced people in Rann a mistake and blamed the "fog of war", sparking strong condemnation from aid agencies working in the crisis-hit region. The Internatio ... more
Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

Brazil calls up army to quell prison violence

Nepal sacks quake reconstruction chief

Oregon deploys DT Research Rugged Tablets for Construction Projects
DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, this week announced the successful deployment of the DT391GS Rugged GNSS Tablets for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The DT391GS tablets with Intel Celeron Dual Core Processors are used as Inspector Positioning Tablets with the critical hardware and software needed ... more
Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA

Russia, China Work on Joint High-Precision Satellite Navigation System

Raytheon completes qualification testing of next-gen GPS Launch and Checkout System

Fast and slow talkers share the same amount of information
According to new research out of Brown University, fast and slow talkers deliver information at the same rate. An analysis of 2,400 annotated telephone conversations and 40 interviews - comprising the speech patterns of 398 people - showed faster talkers dilute important information with unnecessary verbiage. Researchers measured the rate of information delivered by all speaker ... more
Study explores why male baboons become domestic abusers

Baboons produce vocalizations comparable to vowels

Research sheds new light on high-altitude settlement in Tibet

How to be winner in the game of evolution
A new study by University of Arizona biologists helps explain why different groups of animals differ dramatically in their number of species, and how this is related to differences in their body forms and ways of life. For millennia, humans have marveled at the seemingly boundless variety and diversity of animals inhabiting the Earth. So far, biologists have described and catalogued about ... more
Myanmar's 'smiling' Irrawaddy dolphins on brink of extinction

Central Asia ready to be repopulated with tigers, new study says

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Why Lyme disease is common in the north, rare in the south
The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new USGS-led study has found. In an earlier related study, the researchers found that southern black-legged ticks, unlike northern ones, usually stay hidden under a layer of leaves, where they are less likely to encounter people. The research group, wh ... more
China roast duck vendor dies of H7N9 bird flu: Xinhua

Study: Retroviruses are nearly 500 million years old

French hospitals overwhelmed by flu epidemic

Robert Chow: Hong Kong's pro-Beijing firebrand
Hong Kong is home to a host of democracy activists angering China but one rabble-rouser - a silver-haired former radio host - has been embraced by Beijing for targeting supporters of a split from the mainland. Straight-talking and a seasoned media operator, Robert Chow is Hong Kong's most prominent pro-Beijing activist, best-known for orchestrating a public campaign against massive democra ... more
Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

Hong Kong activists declare 'war' after appeal bid snub

Hong Kong leadership hopeful pledges to heal city's 'heartache'

African leaders tackle piracy, illegal fishing at Lome summit
Stemming the astronomical losses caused by crime in the oceans surrounding Africa is the focus of a major continental summit on Saturday in the Togolese capital, Lome. "Over recent decades, the accumulated revenue losses resulting directly from illegal activities in the African maritime sector add up to hundreds of billions of US dollars, without counting the loss of human lives," the Africa ... more
US to deport ex-navy chief drug trafficker to Guinea-Bissau

Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers

Mexican army to probe killings of six in their home

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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Saudi Arabia sees China rise as stabilising
The rise of China will be a source of global stability not conflict, major oil supplier Saudi Arabia said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. "As China gets integrated into the world, and into the world financial and economic systems, it has a tremendous interest in stability of those systems," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. "And so I think the rise of China sho ... more
Cambodia says China not behind scrapped US military drill

Pentagon prepares new military options for Trump

Poland outlines big defence buys after NATO deployments

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet
China is working to set up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet Autonomous Region to detect the faintest echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang. Construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No.1, 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture, said Yao Yongqiang, chief researcher with the Nationa ... more
MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

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Assange says would go to US only if rights guaranteed: WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks said Wednesday its founder Julian Assange could travel to the US to face investigation after one of the site's main sources was given clemency - but only if his rights were "guaranteed". "Assange is still happy to come to the US provided all his rights are guaranteed," WikiLeaks said on Twitter, the day after US President Barack Obama commuted a prison sentence for former soldier ... more
Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaker Manning

App stores must register with state: China

New Facebook project aims to fight the spread of 'fake news'

In Iraq's Mosul, university a casualty of anti-IS war
Some buildings at the University of Mosul are charred by fires, others rigged with explosives, and bullets still periodically fly past a campus scarred by the battle for the city. The sound of a jet, the whoosh of a descending missile and the explosion as it hits home mark an air strike nearby that sends a stream of black smoke rising toward the grey clouds blanketing the sky over Mosul. ... more
Iraq forces retake IS-bombed 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul

Life and business return to parts of Iraq's Mosul

IS resistance in Mosul is weakening: commander

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Two years after NATO steps down, Afghan forces still struggle: US inspector
Two years after NATO handed responsibility for Afghanistan's security to local forces, the country remains crippled by corruption and its troops can barely hold the Taliban at bay, a US inspector said Wednesday. Since US-led NATO troops stopped leading patrols and stepped into an advisory and support role at the end of 2014, Afghan army and police forces have suffered thousands of casualties ... more
Syrian Kurds say not invited to Astana talks

Obama's toughest decision? 30,000-troop Afghanistan 'surge'

Chinese police kill three "rioters" in Xinjiang

People aren't the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards
When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given that other pollutants are emitted from power plants - along with carbon dioxide - research h ... more
China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Norway fund blacklists more coal groups over climate concerns

Black coal, thin pickings: China's miners face decline

Tiny plants with huge potential
Wolffia globosa, a tiny, rootless duckweed, or water lens, apparently has what it takes to achieve great things. Researchers at the University of Jena (Germany), together with colleagues in India and Germany, have investigated the potential of various duckweeds as a human food source. The results, which are very promising, have been published under the title 'Nutritional value of duckweeds ... more
Can the 'greening' be greener?

Europe urged to expand pesticide ban for bees' sake

Pressures from grazers hastens ecosystem collapse from drought

Successful Deep Space Maneuver for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft
New tracking data confirms that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aced its first Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28, 2016. The engine burn sets up the spacecraft for an Earth gravity assist this fall as it continues its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu. The large maneuver was the first using OSIRIS-REx's main engines and resulted in a 964 miles per hour (431 meters per second) change ... more
How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

NASA's Newly Announced Mission Could Solve the Mystery of Water on Asteroid Psyche

Asteroid sleuths go back to the future



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