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February 15, 2017
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New method to detect ultrasound with light



Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
A tiny, transparent device that can fit into a contact lens has a bright future, potentially helping a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology. Developed by Northwestern University scientists, the device, called the Micro-ring resonator detector, can determine the speed of the blood flow and the oxygen metabolic rate at the back of the eye. This information could help diagnose such common and debilitating diseases as macular degeneration and diabetes. The Micro-ring device builds ... read more

EPIDEMICS
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. ... more
EPIDEMICS
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
EPIDEMICS
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
SPACE MEDICINE
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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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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Free hairdos to boost confidence of displaced Iraqi women
Twice a month, beautician Chnoor Khezri takes her equipment to a camp near Mosul and gives displaced Iraqi women who have lost everything a proper pampering and some fresh confidence. In a small room inside the camp, the young Iranian Kurd takes out her brushes and scissors and puts blue wax to heat up in a pot. "It's not much but I work miracles with this," she says. More than 3,600 wom ... more
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Falsifying Galileo satellite signals will become more difficult
The European Union activated its Galileo satellite navigation system in December 2016. The EU is dedicated to setting this system apart from other navigation systems such as GPS - the US counterpart of Galileo. Researchers from the Department of Electrical Engineering at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) have now risen to this challenge as well: they designed authentication feature ... more
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system

UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit

GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command

Study: The human brain always has a backup plan
New research suggests when it comes to the physical movements of daily life, the human brain is always weighing its options and prepping for plan B. Think of the mini moments of hesitation that populate the day: Whether or not to cross the sidewalk or when to change lanes. During these seconds of indecision, the human brain is preparing the movements necessary for each potential action. ... more
Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution

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

Paleolithic people 'killed' pebbles to rid them of their symbolic power

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

Geneticists reveal how parenting rewires the beetle brain

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

Fear has made me stronger: Hong Kong bookseller
The disappearance of a Chinese billionaire from his Hong Kong hotel has brought back frightening memories for bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who also went missing in an ordeal that highlighted Beijing's tightening grip on the city. Lam is one of five Hong Kong publishers who vanished at the end of 2015 and resurfaced across the border in mainland China. He returned to Hong Kong on bail after eight ... more
Hong Kong police guilty over attack on democracy protester

Hole is where the heart is for Chinese cave dwellers

'Unfair' Hong Kong election sparks fresh democracy calls

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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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China FM to attend G20 meeting alongside Tillerson
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will attend a G20 gathering this week, China announced Tuesday, setting up a possible first encounter with new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Last week, as Sino-US tensions over Taiwan simmered, it seemed Wang would skip the meeting of top diplomats from the Group of 20 nations opening in Bonn Thursday to be at a Beijing event. But following a conci ... more
Flynn resignation has 'no impact' on US message to NATO: Pentagon chief

Chinese, US aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over South China Sea: US

Children learn patriotic spirit at "Red Army school"

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

Senators launch query on Trump's smartphone security
Two US senators have requested details on President Donald Trump's smartphone security, saying he could jeopardize national secrets if he is still using his old handset, as some reports say. "Did Trump receive a secured, encrypted smartphone for his personal use on or before Jan. 20? If so, is he using it?," said a tweet Tuesday by Senator Tom Carper, who along with fellow Democrat Claire Mc ... more
Raytheon, Utilidata to provide cybersecurity for power utilities

Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Thousands pay homage to victims of Baghdad protest
Thousands of Iraqis, mostly supporters of prominent cleric Moqtada Sadr, gathered in Baghdad Tuesday to pay their respects to seven people killed last week during a protest for electoral reform. Wearing black and waving Iraqi flags, the crowd laid flowers on mock coffins during a large but peaceful ceremony in the Iraqi capital's Tahrir square, where Saturday's deadly rally also took place. ... more
Iraq's 'cycling girls' ride for freedom

Valentine's Day returns to Iraq's IS-free east Mosul

Iraq hits IS commanders, Baghdadi fate unclear: statement

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
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Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

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Using high-resolution satellites to measure African farm yields
Stanford researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-res photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites. The approach, detailed in the February 13 issue of the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could be used to estimate agricultural productivity and test intervention strategies in poor regions of the world where data are c ... more
Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space

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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 takes its first image of Jupiter

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