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February 09, 2017
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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. Their research, published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B, offers the best explanation of why the disease's impact has varied so much from year to year since arriving in the United States nearly two decades ago. "We thought epidemics would coincide with the most ideal temperatures for transmission," said co-author Marm Kilpatrick, a ... read 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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One-year mission investigators debut preliminary results at NASA work
Preliminary research results for the NASA One-Year Mission debuted last week at an annual NASA conference. Last March, two men landed back on Earth after having spent nearly one year in space. NASA ... more
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UTA materials scientist invents breath monitor to detect flu
Perena Gouma, a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, has published an article in the journal Sensors that describes her invention of ... more
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Russian-Japanese research helps understand the effects of microgravity on bone tissue
The co-authors from the Russian side are Oleg Gusev (Extreme Biology Lab, Kazan Federal University) and Vladimir Sychyov (Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of RAS). As is well-known ... more
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Software as good as doctors at diagnosing skin cancer
Image-scanning software developed at Stanford University can distinguish deadly skin cancers from benign ones as accurately as top dermatologists, according to a study published Wednesday. ... more
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Fears over bird flu in China after 9 deaths this year
Nine people have died of bird flu in China this year, state media reported Wednesday, after the World Health Organization (WHO) urged all countries to promptly report human infections. ... more


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How do people choose what plants to use
There are about 400,000 species of plants in the world. Humans use approximately 10-15% of them to cover our basic needs, such as food, medicine and shelter, as well as other needs, such as recreati ... more
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China jails key suspects in vaccine scandal
China sentenced two key suspects in an out-of-date immunisations scandal, a local court said Tuesday, in a case which fuelled public concern about vaccine safety and sparked outrage about official delays in revealing details. ... more
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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
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Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease
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. ... more

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Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis
Facebook on Wednesday updated its Safety Check feature with a way for people to lend, or get, helping hands after disasters. A new "Community Help" feature provides a forum at the leading social network where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good Naomi Gleit. ... more
Afghans dig with 'any tools possible' for avalanche survivors

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Radiation level in Fukushima plant at record high

U.S. Air Force, Boeing extend GPS sustainment pact
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force signed off on extending their partnership for sustaining the navigation capabilities of Global Positioning System satellites. Under the agreement, Boeing and the Air Force will support military and civilian uses for the GPS block IIA and IIF satellites for the next five years. Boeing has also been contracted to develop next-generation GPS platforms. ... more
India's Satnav Goes Out of Whack as Orbiting Atomic Clocks Break

NASA space radio could change how flights are tracked worldwide

ISRO to Launch Standby Navigation Satellite to Replace IRNSS-1A

Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration
New research indicates that Baltic hunter-gatherers were not swamped by migrations of early agriculturalists from the Middle East, as was the case for the rest of central and western Europe. Instead, these people probably acquired knowledge of farming and ceramics by sharing cultures and ideas - rather than genes - with outside communities. Scientists extracted ancient DNA from a number of ... more
Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

Study finds genetic continuity between modern East Asia people and their Stone Age relatives

Girls less likely to associate 'brilliance' with their own gender

What role does electromagnetic signaling have in biological systems
For decades scientists have wondered whether electromagnetic waves might play a role in intra- and inter-cell signaling. Researchers have suggested since the 1960s, for example, that terahertz frequencies emanate from cell membranes, but they've lacked the technology and tools to conduct reproducible experiments that could prove whether electromagnetic waves constitute purposeful signals for bio ... more
New research on why plant tissues have a sense of direction

Tiny organisms with a massive impact

Killing off rivals makes for happy families, bacteria study finds

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 production of viral proteins in the body, which in turn can trigger a protective antibody response. As a follow-on effort, DARPA funded research into genetic constructs that can directly stimulate p ... more
West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study

Bird flu outbreak spreads to Belgium

UTA materials scientist invents breath monitor to detect flu

Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich
The mysterious case of a billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong last week, reportedly abducted by mainland security agents, has underscored the precarious lives of China's ultra rich. Local media say financier Xiao Jianhua was last seen at his apartment in Hong Kong's Four Seasons hotel and is under investigation in connection with China's 2015 stocks crash. There is no shortage of ... more
Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report

'Abduction' of China tycoon sparks fear in Hong Kong

Hong Kong leadership favourite testifies in corruption trial

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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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Trump tells Turkish, Spanish leaders he backs NATO
President Donald Trump told Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday that the United States is committed to NATO, the White House said, despite his past criticism of the transatlantic military alliance. Trump's first conversation with Rajoy since taking office on January 20 served to "reaffirm the strong bilateral partnership across a range of mutual interests," the White House said. "Pre ... more
China says both sides will lose from conflict with US

Moldova president warns NATO over closer ties

German troops bulk up NATO-led force in Lithuania

Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity
Cosmologists trying to understand how to unite the two pillars of modern science - quantum physics and gravity - have found a new way to make robust predictions about the effect of quantum fluctuations on primordial density waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have revealed quantum imprints left on cosmological structures in the very ... more
China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help
Israel's Cyberbit Ltd. is helping launch a cybersecurity training and simulator facility in Japan under a contract from Ni Cybersecurity Inc. Ni Cybersecurity, a Japanese firm, will set up a training facility in Toranomon, Tokyo, to accelerate the certification of new cybersecurity experts and helping organizations improve the skills of their existing staff, focusing on government and f ... more
Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

UK minister accuses Russia of 'weaponising misinformation'

Iraq cleric supporters demand electoral reform
Hundreds of supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad Wednesday to demand electoral reform ahead of a planned provincial vote in September. The protesters, who have been demanding deep political reform since last year, argued that the current rules were tailored for Iraq's leading parties, which they accuse of corruption and nepotism. "We came here to demand that ... more
IS made sulphur weapons in Mosul university: Pentagon

Mosul residents outraged by IS 'hole fee'

NATO starts anti-IS bomb training in Iraq

Fatalities soar for Afghan forces as govt loses ground to Taliban
The death rate among Afghan troops and police soared last year as the Kabul government's overall control of the country declined significantly, an official US watchdog said in a report Wednesday. The grim new statistics paint a picture of a beleaguered nation still in the grip of a security crisis, despite many years and billions of dollars spent building up Afghanistan's army and police. ... more
Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

Two years after NATO steps down, Afghan forces still struggle: US inspector

Syrian Kurds say not invited to Astana talks

Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says
Australian energy company BHP Billiton issued a call to policymakers to do more to advance development of carbon capture technologies. The International Energy Agency described carbon capture and storage as a necessary addition to other low-carbon energy technologies meant to drive down global greenhouse gas emissions. The process involves capturing carbon dioxide from sources like powe ... more
Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

After oil and gas, Denmark's Dong ditches coal

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Syngenta says profits down as ChemChina takeover looms
Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta said Wednesday that restructuring costs hit 2016 earnings, even as its planned takeover by ChemChina looks set to be completed by the middle of the year. Last year, Syngenta raked in a net profit of $1.2 billion (1.1 billion euros), which was 12 percent lower than a year earlier, blaming ballooning restructuring and impairment charges, including costs ... more
Miracle crop: Can quinoa help feed the world?

Students brew beer using 5,000-year-old recipe from China

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New research shows Ceres may have vanishing ice volcanoes
A recently discovered solitary ice volcano on the dwarf planet Ceres may have some hidden older siblings, say scientists who have tested a likely way such mountains of icy rock - called cryovolcanoes - might disappear over millions of years. NASA's Dawn spacecraft discovered Ceres's 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) tall Ahuna Mons cryovolcano in 2015. Other icy worlds in our solar system, like Pluto ... more
Earth Narrowly Dodges Three Large Asteroids

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