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November 23, 2017
EPIDEMICS
Plague first came to Europe during the Stone Age



Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
The earliest evidence of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis suggests the disease first arrived in Europe during the Stone Age, several millennia before the first documented epidemics. According to analysis by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the bacteria was carried to Central Europe by wave migrations of steppe nomads arriving between 4,800 to 3,700 years ago. Scientists detailed their discovery this week in the journal Current Biology. ... read more

EPIDEMICS
Heavy rainfall precedes outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New research suggests outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya tend to begin three weeks after heavy rainfall. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Kill switches for engineered microbes gone rogue
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Synthetic biologists are fitting the genomes of microorganisms with synthetic gene circuits to break down polluting plastics, non-invasively diagnose and treat infections in the human gut, and gener ... more
EPIDEMICS
Making mosquitoes self-destruct
Riverside CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed transgenic mosquitoes that stably express the Cas9 enzyme in their germline. The addition of Cas9 will enable the use of the CRI ... more
INTERN DAILY
In China's e-commerce boom, it takes a village
Xuzhou, China (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Workers wielding screeching hand-held wood sanders toil overtime in Cheng Huaibao's bunk bed factory, rushing to prepare for the wave of orders about to break on manufacturing businesses like his across China. ... more
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EPIDEMICS
Last season's flu shot protected only 1 in 5 people
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Last season's flu shot protected as few as one in five people and this year's could be similarly ineffective, researchers said Monday, calling for a better way to make the vaccine. ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Terahertz radiation has a wide range of uses and can occur in everything from radio astronomy to medicine. The term refers to the electromagnetic waves whose frequencies range from 100 gigahertz to ... more
EPIDEMICS
Tracking mosquitoes with your cellphone
Stanford CA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
It's a sound that can keep even the weariest among us from falling asleep: the high-pitched whine of a mosquito. This irritating buzz already makes us run, slap and slather on repellant. But if Stan ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA investigates use of medical-like tools to study samples of the solar system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
A diagnostic tool, similar in theory to those used by the medical profession to non-invasively image internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels, could be equally effective at "triaging" ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Study unveils changes in the brain during extended missions in space
Charleston SC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
It's been 55 years since NASA astronaut John Glenn successfully launched into space to complete three orbits aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, becoming the first American to orbit the Eart ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR) is a surgical procedure on patients with amputations that reroutes residual limb nerves towards intact muscles and skin in order to fit them with a li ... more


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Space Station Crew Takes a Breather with Lung Tissue Investigation
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
The microgravity environment of the International Space Station impacts nearly every system within the human body. Researchers are studying the effects to the eyes, heart, muscles, and bones, but an ... more
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NASA's twins study explores gene expression
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA's Twins Study preliminary results have revealed that space travel causes an increase in methylation, the process of turning genes on and off, and additional knowledge in how that process works. ... more
INTERN DAILY
Speeding up cancer screening
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Delivering breast cancer screening results in a day instead of today's standard two weeks is being proposed by an ESA incubator start-up company using paperless technology and online image transfers ... more
NUKEWARS
Iranian sentenced to death for spying; US Navy saves Iran fishing boat from pirates
Tehran (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Iran said Wednesday it had sentenced a citizen to death for spying for Israel in return for Swedish residency, after rights activists reported an Iranian-born academic was handed the death penalty. ... more



Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puer ... more
San Juan (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns
Seoul (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
South Korea quiet for quake-delayed college entrance exam
Athens (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Aid groups urge Greece to improve refugee camps before winter
Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final As ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
DARPA digging for ideas to revolutionize subterranean mapping
Beijing (XNA) Nov 10, 2017
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Expands Into a Global Network
Melbourne FL (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Harris develops fully digital navigation payload for future GPS III sats
Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research
London, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia - what is now Spain - long after they had died out everywhere else, according to new research published in Heliyon. The authors of the study, an international team from Portuguese, Spanish, Catalonian, German, Austrian and Italian research institutions, say their findings suggest that the process of modern ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
How can you define nature
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Think, for a moment, about the last time you were out in nature. Were you in a city park? At a campground? On the beach? In the mountains? Now consider: What was this place like in your parents' time? Your grandparents'? In many cases, the parks, beaches and campgrounds of today are surrounded by more development, or are themselves more developed, than they were decades ago. But to y ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Norwegian court blocks wolf culling
Heavy rainfall precedes outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New research suggests outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya tend to begin three weeks after heavy rainfall. The latest analysis - detailed in the journal PLOS ONE - also showed Chikungunya remains prominent when the two viruses are circulating together, as Chikungunya has a shorter incubation period. Researchers at UCLA analyzed incidents of Zika, Chikungunya ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Plague first came to Europe during the Stone Age
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Kill switches for engineered microbes gone rogue
Riverside CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Making mosquitoes self-destruct
Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: Gay. Searching out suitors for such a marriage of convenience proved difficult, so she created an online matchmaking forum to help others like her conform with family and societal pressures in China, where same-sex marria ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Three dead, six wounded in rare shooting in China
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers jailed for two years
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
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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
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
US soldiers removed from W. House detail amid probe: report
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Military investigators are probing whether three soldiers who worked in the White House had "improper contact" with foreign women on President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Officials familiar with the situation told the Post that the three non-commissioned officers allegedly broke a curfew during Trump's Vietnam visit. The service members had been ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout
Vatican City (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Forbidden City and Vatican try 'art diplomacy'
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space. So far, there have been five detections of gravitational waves, thanks to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and, more recently, the European Virgo gravitational-wave detecto ... more
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
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Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Skype has apparently joined the lengthening list of internet tools on China's blacklist, disappearing from download stores with Apple saying Wednesday it was ordered by the government to remove certain apps. Skype is no longer available for download from the Chinese Apple Store or popular Android sites, with Chinese web-users saying it had been gone for weeks. "We have been notified by t ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Kaspersky blames NSA hack on infected Microsoft software
Iraq attacks at lowest since IS 'caliphate' declared: study
Baghdad, Iraq (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
The number of attacks in Iraq has fallen to its lowest since the Islamic State group declared a "caliphate" in 2014, a study said Wednesday, with the jihadists reduced to scraps of territory. "Non-state armed group attacks and resulting fatalities represented the lowest monthly totals since the formation of the Islamic State and the declaration of the caliphate in June 2014, highlighting the ... more
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Suicide car bomb kills 24 in town north of Baghdad
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
'Child marriage' bill stirs outrage in Iraq
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
US Blackwater guard in 2007 Baghdad shooting to face new trial
US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban's poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population. The quickening tempo comes after President Donald Trump in August approved broad new powers for General John Nicholson, who commands US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. ... more
Bangkok (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Thais hunt 20 ethnic Uighurs after detention centre breakout
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Malaysia arrests Uighur escapee from Thailand
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Iraq fires new salvo in political row with Kurds
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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Intercropping formula promises food security in Sahel Africa
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land - called intercropping - can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management. In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum - a grain - and peanuts. But they face a major information gap. There hasn't been much research on optimal levels of fertilizer use for intercropping so ... more
Alpalhao, Portugal (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Urbanization may have a positive effect on the soils
Nottingham UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Crunch time for food security
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the expected Geminids meteor shower. December 17, 2017 will see an interesting astronomic event in the form of object 3200 Phaethon approaching our planet. This is a fairly large asteroid nearly 5 ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
First observed interstellar visitor dazzles scientists
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