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February 14, 2017
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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. A technician at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine re-used a tube employed in an earlier medical exam for an HIV-positive patient, the province's health and family planning commission said in a statement on its official website, calling it a "severe violation of proced ... read more

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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 prod ... more
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West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study
Drought has sharply boosted the intensity of deadly West Nile virus epidemics, which are set to worsen with global warming, scientists reported Wednesday. ... more
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Change in astronaut's gut bacteria attributed to spaceflight
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
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Prosthetic arm technology that detects spinal nerve signals developed by scientists
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
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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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How stressful will a trip to Mars be on the human body
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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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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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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Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official
A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region has killed 9 people, a local official said Saturday, the latest fatal incident to strike the shadowy billion-dollar industry. The men were believed to be searching for jade in Kachin state when a wall of unstable earth collapsed late Thursday night. Five bodies were found buried beneath the rubble on Thursday and three more were found ... more
Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis

Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence. Now, Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation, and timing for a range ... more
UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit

Falsifying Galileo satellite signals will become more difficult

U.S. Air Force, Boeing extend GPS sustainment pact

Paleolithic people 'killed' pebbles to rid them of their symbolic power
Some 12,000 years ago, Paleolithic peoples living along the coast of what's now northwestern Italy carried pebbles from the beach to their seaside caves for use in burial rituals. The small, flat, oblong stones were used to scoop up and apply ochre to the deceased prior to burial. New analysis of these stones suggests they were systematically broken. In a paper on the ritualistic stones ... more
Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution

Humans subconsciously perceive words as 'round' or 'sharp'

Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration

The diversity of species on Earth is generating itself
If competition is the main evolutionary driver, why can so many species coexist within the same ecosystem instead to have a few that dominate? This a long and central question in ecology. Many ideas have been suggested in an attempt to explain this evolutionary paradox. Most of them are based on the importance of ecological niches for the maintenance of differentiated against dominated environme ... more
Animals who face tough early life live longer

The firefly among fish

Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet

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At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital
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. A technician at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine re-used a tube employed in an earlier medical exam for an HIV-positive patient, the province's health and fa ... more
West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study

Two Months to Stop Pandemic X from Taking Hold

Bird flu outbreak spreads to Belgium

'Unfair' Hong Kong election sparks fresh democracy calls
The vote for Hong Kong's new leader kicks off this week, but most of its 3.8 million-strong electorate will have no say in choosing the winner, prompting calls for an overhaul of a system skewed towards Beijing. It is the first leadership vote since mass pro-democracy protests in 2014 failed to win political reform and comes as fears grow that China is tightening its grip on semi-autonomous ... more
China villages cheer Robin Hood-like hero in spring festival

Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich

Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report

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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Chinese, US aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over South China Sea: US
A Chinese military aircraft had an "unsafe" encounter with a US Navy surveillance aircraft near a contested reef in the South China Sea, the US Pacific Command said Friday. The two planes came within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of each other during Wednesday's incident near the Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by both the Philippines and China, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis. ... more
Children learn patriotic spirit at "Red Army school"

Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ: sources

New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
One year ago, the first direct detection of gravitational waves was announced. Laser experts from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI), from the Leibniz Universitat Hannover, and from the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) played leading roles in this discovery, because their super-precise laser technology at the heart of the LIGO instruments in the ... more
Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

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Raytheon, Utilidata to provide cybersecurity for power utilities
Raytheon is collaborating with Utilidata to deliver defense-grade cybersecurity capabilities to power utilities. In a statement announcing the partnership, Raytheon says power utility companies have expressed interest in upgrading their cyber defenses. To deliver this capability, Utilidata is to provide threat detection and response technologies, while Raytheon will supply automation, t ... more
Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

Iraq hits IS commanders, Baghdadi fate unclear: statement
The Iraqi air force has targeted a meeting of commanders from the Islamic State group that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been attending, a statement said on Monday. It was not clear in the statement sent by the Joint Operations Command coordinating the fight against the jihadists in Iraq whether the world's most wanted terrorist had been hit. An intelligence cell monitored a c ... more
Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone after deadly protest

UK sees IS being ousted from Iraq towns this year

Mass graves found in western Iraq: officials

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Eight killed in Indian Kashmir after gunbattle
Eight people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir Sunday after a gunbattle broke out between suspected rebels and the Indian army, officials said. The alleged militants were hiding in a south Kashmir village when the military and police surrounded it and a firefight broke out. "Four terrorists were killed and four weapons were recovered from the encounter site," army spokesman in S ... more
UN voices concern over Afghan civilian deaths in Helmand

US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

Fatalities soar for Afghan forces as govt loses ground to Taliban

EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday. The goal set at the December 2015 Paris conference to maintain average temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels requires the gradual closure of EU ... more
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says

Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. The religious ceremony held Friday in Yuxi village is one of many in the run-up to the traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on February 11 this year. It is a time for colourful ceremonies in the coastal provinc ... more
Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators

Endangered species listing for bumble bee delayed by Trump admin

Grow, mow, mulch: Finding lawn's value

Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel. "The radar images ... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search

New research shows Ceres may have vanishing ice volcanoes

Earth Narrowly Dodges Three Large Asteroids



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