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April 17, 2017
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Viral fossils reveal how our ancestors may have eliminated an ancient infection



Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Scientists have uncovered how our ancestors may have wiped out an ancient retrovirus around 11 million years ago. Retroviruses, which include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are abundant in nature. Unlike other viruses, which do not usually leave a physical trace of their existence, retroviruses include a step in their life cycle where their genetic material is integrated into the genome of their host. This integration has created a genetic fossil record of extinct retroviruses that is preserv ... read more

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A big-picture look at the world's worst Ebola epidemic
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
An international effort to analyze the entire database of Ebola virus genomes from the 2013-2016 West African epidemic reveals insights into factors that sped or slowed the rampage and calls for usi ... more
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Swiss test wireless cameras to monitor newborns' vital signs
Geneva (AFP) April 10, 2017
Swiss researchers said Monday they have developed a wireless camera system to monitor vital signs in premature babies, a move that could replace uncomfortable and highly inaccurate skin sensors. ... more
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SES and Luxembourg Government Extend SATMED E-Health Contract
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
SES and the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs report that they have extended a contract to maintain and support SATMED, an e-health satellite platform, until 2020. Under the ... more
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Study Examines Effects of Spaceflight on Immune System
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Getting sick isn't fun for anyone, but it could be especially taxing for crew members aboard the International Space Station. Protecting crew health is important as NASA prepares for long duration, ... more
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Deep sleep may act as fountain of youth in old age
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
As we grow old, our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed in youth. Bu ... more
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Scientists announce breakthrough in stem cell research
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Scientists have already successfully developed pluripotent stem cells in the lab, cells which can form any type of tissue. Totipotent stem cells are the pinnacle for stem cell scientists, however. And for the first time, researchers have found a way to engineer them. ... more
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Astronaut study gives voice to people with disabilities
Paris (ESA) Apr 04, 2017
When his father was diagnosed with a debilitating disease four years ago, it sparked Ivo Vieira into developing a novel means of communication for people coping with extreme limitations, building on ... more
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Space Station Crew Cultivates Crystals for Drug Development
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will begin conducting research this week to improve the way we grow crystals on Earth. The information gained from the experiments could speed up ... more
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Mini X-ray sensor for high-precision medical applications
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
The ability to detect X-rays on a tiny scale paves the way for high-precision medical imaging and therapies. Such detection capabilities have been achieved by researchers from the CNRS, the Universi ... more
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Graphene-based neural probes probe brain activity in high resolution
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Measuring brain activity with precision is essential to developing further understanding of diseases such as epilepsy and disorders that affect brain function and motor control. Neural probes with h ... more


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Quadriplegic man regains use of arm in medical first: study
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
A decade after a bike crash that left an American man paralysed from the shoulders down, he can again feed himself, researchers hailing a medical first reported Wednesday. ... more
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Scientists image one of the largest viruses on the planet
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
In order to image one of the world's largest viruses, the Samba virus, scientists at Michigan State had to design and build their own microscope. ... more
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Transgenic plants against malaria
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Since the ancient times, mankind has used plants to treat diseases. An example is the plant Artemisia annua, used for over 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat intermittent fevers. N ... more
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UNSW scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars. In a pape ... more

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Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines
Jerusalem (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
The need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and unexploded ordnance is a humanitarian issue of immense global proportions. About half a million people around the world are suffering from mine-inflicted injuries, and each year an additional 15 to 20 thousand more people are injured or killed by these devices. More than 100 million such devices are still buried in o ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) April 10, 2017
Mosul zoo lion and bear flown out of Iraq
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
World's oldest dental fillings found in Italy
New York NY (AFP) Apr 12, 2017
US says ending UN mission in Haiti is a 'strong example'
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's Galileo satnav network does more than let us find our way - it is also helping to save lives. Today sees a spotlight cast on Galileo's Search and Rescue service, which pinpoints people in distress on land or sea. The service is Europe's contribution to the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite-based locating system that has helped to rescue more than 42 000 people since 1982 - the ... more
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Northrop Grumman, Honeywell receive EGI-M contracts
Beijing (XNA) Apr 04, 2017
China's BeiDou system to expand cooperation to SE Asia
Putting social science modeling through its paces
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The social sciences can play important roles in assisting military planners and decision-makers who are trying to understand complex human social behaviors and systems, potentially facilitating a wide range of missions including humanitarian, stability, and counter-insurgency operations. Current social science approaches to studying behavior rely on a variety of modeling methods-both quali ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Married couples with shared ancestry tend to have similar genes
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers uncover prehistoric art and ornaments from Indonesian 'Ice Age'
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
A simple analysis of fish DNA in water drawn from two New York rivers successfully tracked the presence or absence of numerous species during a spring marine migration, according to research published Wednesday. The inexpensive technique, which can have broad applications in monitoring and protecting aquatic life, was conducted in the East River, which is actually an inlet, and the Hudson Ri ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Discovered: Novel group of giant viruses
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Making spines from sea water
Chitwan, Nepal (AFP) April 10, 2017
Nepal's rhinos on road to recovery with cross-country move
A big-picture look at the world's worst Ebola epidemic
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
An international effort to analyze the entire database of Ebola virus genomes from the 2013-2016 West African epidemic reveals insights into factors that sped or slowed the rampage and calls for using real-time sequencing and data-sharing to contain future viral disease outbreaks. Published in the journal Nature, the analysis found that the epidemic unfolded in small, overlapping outbreaks ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Viral fossils reveal how our ancestors may have eliminated an ancient infection
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Scientists image one of the largest viruses on the planet
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Transgenic plants against malaria
Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male companion Xing Ya (Elegant Star) touched down at Schiphol at around 1730 GMT after leaving Chengdu in central China more than 10 hours earlier. ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2017
Beijing hutongs: village life in the city
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam officially accepts role as chief executive
Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag
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Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said. After receiving a distress call on Saturday night, the Indian warships established contact with the captain of the merchant vessel who had locked himself in a strong room along with the rest of the Filipino crew. " ... more
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
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
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Philippines, US to hold military drills
Manila (AFP) April 16, 2017
The Philippine military said Sunday it would hold annual exercises with US troops next month, reaffirming its commitment to the alliance despite cooling relations under President Rodrigo Duterte. The 10-day exercises will be the first held under Duterte, who has suggested cancelling the drills and called for the withdrawal of American troops, putting into question Manila's 70-year-old allian ... more
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
NATO essential but allies must pay up says Trump; Ryan to visit next week
Warsaw (AFP) April 12, 2017
As NATO moves in troops, reforms hit Poland's military hard
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal, China begin first-ever joint military exercises
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) recently worked with research groups from University of Florida, Carthage College and University of Maryland to validate technology designed to further humanity's reach into space. A collection of flights on G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727, gave researchers the chance to run experiments an ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Baking Hack Resistance Directly into Hardware
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Military and civilian technological systems, from fighter aircraft to networked household appliances, are becoming ever more dependent upon software systems inherently vulnerable to electronic intruders. To meet its mission of preventing technological surprise and increasing national security, DARPA has advanced a number of technologies to make software more secure. But what if hardware co ... more
London (AFP) April 4, 2017
Web pioneer slams UK, US calls to weaken encryption
Berlin (AFP) March 31, 2017
German military to launch cyber command
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
Esri contracted for embedded training of intelligence agency personnel
U.S. State Department approves training, support package for Iraq
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A possible U.S. Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of pilot and maintenance training and contractor support services has won approval from the State Department. The possible sales deal is worth an estimated $1.06 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency following its required notification to Congress. "The proposed sale of training and support services will improve the Ir ... more
Qaraqosh, Iraq (AFP) April 16, 2017
Iraqi Christians mark first post-IS Easter in recaptured town
Baghdad (AFP) April 16, 2017
Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-IS war far from over
Najaf, Iraq (AFP) April 11, 2017
Iraq's Sadr warns Assad could share Kadhafi's fate
Top US official visits Afghanistan after huge bomb attack
Kabul (AFP) April 16, 2017
US National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster arrived in Kabul on Sunday days after the American military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State group hideouts in eastern Afghanistan, killing nearly a hundred militants. On his first visit to the country as President Donald Trump's envoy, McMaster said on Twitter he was set to hold "very important talks on mutual cooperat ... more
Jalalabad, Afghanistan (AFP) April 14, 2017
Huge US bomb kills dozens of IS militants in Afghanistan
Jalalabad, Afghanistan (AFP) April 15, 2017
IS death toll hits 90 from huge US bomb in Afghanistan
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups and a Native American tribe have filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration's plans to resume leasing of federal lands for coal mining. President Donald Trump's move this week to overturn a year-old moratorium on new coal mining leases "was unlawful because it doesn't satisfy basic principles of reasoned decision making," said Jenny Harbine, an attorney leading ... more
Mumbai (AFP) March 19, 2017
Adani to begin work on Australia mine by August: report
Prague (AFP) March 19, 2017
Czech energy group bucks green trend with bet on coal
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2017
World Bank indirectly backs harmful SE Asian projects: report
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