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January 24, 2017
Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease

San Francisco (AFP) Jan 24, 2017
A charitable foundation backed by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said Monday it has bought a Canadian artificial intelligence startup as part of a mission to eradicate disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative did not disclose financial terms of the deal to acquire Toronto-based Meta, which uses AI to quickly read and comprehend scientific papers and then provide insights to researchers. Meta capabilities will be unified in a tool made available for free to scientists. "We are very excited about ... read more

China's online population reaches 731 million
The number of internet users in China - already the world's highest - reached 731 million in December, authorities said, as e-commerce drives consumer demand across the Asian giant. ... more
The skin cure fad threatening Myanmar's elephants
Under the shadow of Myanmar's famed "Golden Rock" punters haggle for the latest traditional medicine cure - slices of skin from the country's fast disappearing wild elephants sold for a few dollars a square inch. ... more
Probable cause and potential prevention of vision deterioration in space found
Vision deterioration in astronauts who spend a long time in space is likely due to the lack of a day-night cycle in intracranial pressure. But using a vacuum device to lower pressure for part of eac ... more
NASA Glenn RED Team Helps EP+R Sterilize Ambulances
When a small business in Kent, Ohio was looking for help to advance one of their products, it came from an unexpected source. Emergency Products and Research (EP+R) designs and manufactures em ... more
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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, ... more
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
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
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
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

Zimbabwe bans street food over typhoid, cholera fears

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
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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Rescuers seek trapped miners in Peru
Rescuers in Peru were working Friday to save seven miners trapped for nearly four days by a landslide, the emergency services said. An avalanche of mud and rocks driven by heavy rain trapped the men on Monday in the mine where they were working in the southern Acari district. "Rescue work is continuing," Jacqueline Choque, head of emergency operations for the surrounding Arequipa region, ... more
Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

Russia to Construct Glonass Satellite Navigation Station in Nicaragua
Experts from the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) will construct a ground Glonass satellite navigation tracking station in Nicaragua, the TsNIIMash's press service said Monday. "The TsNIIMash's specialists will construct a station for tracking data of the Glonass and other global satellite navigation systems in Nicaragua," the press release reads. Ac ... 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

Study: Pueblo architects understand advanced geometry
The ancient Pueblo people of the Southwestern United States had no written language or numerical system, but the complexities of their architectural feats suggest they understood advanced geometry. In a new study, published this week in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, scientists at Arizona State University detailed the proof of the Pueblo people's geometric sophisticatio ... more
Survival of many of the world's nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts report

What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire

Interpol opens new front in war against wildlife crimes
International police body Interpol announced a new project Friday that will identify and dismantle origanised crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury. Interpol, headquartered in the eastern French city of Lyon, said the initiative will focus on providing increased resources to countries linked to the illegal wildlife trade - ... more
Humans, not climate, killed off Australia's big beasts

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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

2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule
China last year saw its highest number of births this century, officials said, a baby bump that came after the country relaxed its family planning policies in 2015 to allow more families a second child. The country welcomed 17.86 million new children in 2016, an annual increase of 7.9 percent, with nearly half of the new births occurring in families which already had one child, Yang Wenzhuan ... more
Hong Kong's 'Mr Pringles' announces leadership bid

Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

Robert Chow: Hong Kong's pro-Beijing firebrand

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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Trump aims for 'unquestioned' US military dominance
President Donald Trump will "rebuild" America's vast military, boost its anti-missile capabilities and prioritize defeating the Islamic State group, according to the first policy statements published on the White House website Friday. Published moments after Trump was inaugurated president, the statements say he will end limits on Pentagon spending agreed by Congress and the Obama administra ... more
James Mattis sworn in as Trump's defense secretary

Pentagon chief vows 'unshakeable commitment' to NATO

Japan to conduct simulated drills for China-Taiwan clash

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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Big Brother will have some difficulty 'watching you' in future
Nature Physics thas published online the research by a team led by physicists from the School of Physics at Wits University. In their paper titled: Characterising quantum channels with non-separable states of classical light the researchers demonstrate the startling result that sometimes Nature cannot tell the difference between particular types of laser beams and quantum entangled photons. ... more
China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

Assange says would go to US only if rights guaranteed: WikiLeaks

NATO sees sharp rise in state-backed cyber attacks: Stoltenberg

In Mosul battle, Iraq forces face fewer IS-planted bombs
Iraqi forces used to facing deserted, explosives-rigged streets and booby-trapped buildings have not encountered as many bombs planted by jihadists in Mosul as they did in earlier battles against them. The Islamic State group has no qualms about killing civilians, but the presence of a large number of residents in Iraq's second city discouraged the jihadists from extensively sowing it with e ... more
Iraq forces clear east Mosul ahead of push for west bank

In Iraq's Mosul, university a casualty of anti-IS war

Iraq forces retake IS-bombed 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul

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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

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "In the lab, we found that the commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Syl ... more
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

Tiny plants with huge potential

Observations of Ceres indicate that asteroids might be camouflaged
The appearance of small bodies in the outer solar system could be deceiving. Asteroids and dwarf planets may be camouflaged with an outer layer of material that actually comes from somewhere else. Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface ... more
Today's rare meteorites were once common

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Successful Deep Space Maneuver for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

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