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August 11, 2017
EPIDEMICS
Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak



Manila (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected. An immediate cull was ordered for all chicken, ducks and quail within a kilometre (0.6 miles) of the infected poultry in San Luis town, north of Manila, said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. The health department was meanwhile monitoring the health of farm workers exposed to the infected birds, he added. "So far we do not have any reported animal ... read more

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Lizard venom could yield blood clot treatment breakthrough
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Scientists have created a variety of medicines using compounds discovered in the venoms of snakes, frogs, snails, jellyfish and other animals. ... more
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Engineers harness the power of 3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a r ... more
EPIDEMICS
Magnetized viruses can break through biofilms, attack bacteria
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
A team of scientists from the United States and China have found a way to deploy viruses against biofilm-forming bacteria capable of fouling water distribution systems. The secret to their success is magnetization. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Malaria already endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman period
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia by the Roman period, long before the Middle Ages, as indicated by research at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University of Zurich with the h ... more
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The story of how a worm turned... into a bringer of medical miracles
Ploemeur, France (AFP) July 31, 2017
For centuries, the only use humans found for the lugworm - dark pink, slimy and inedible - was on the end of a fish hook. ... more
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On-chip pumps achieve high-speed sorting of large cells
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
The sorting of individual cells is necessary for many biological applications, including the isolation of specific cell types from cell suspensions. A fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) has ... more
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Myanmar seeks WHO help with deadly swine flu outbreak
Yangon (AFP) July 27, 2017
Myanmar health authorities have asked the UN's health agency for help to combat a deadly outbreak of swine flu that has sparked alarm in the commercial capital. ... more
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Scientists divulge latest in HIV prevention
Paris (AFP) July 25, 2017
A far cry from the 1990s "ABC" campaign promoting abstinence and monogamy as HIV protection, scientists reported on new approaches Tuesday allowing people to have all the safe sex they want. ... more
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Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised
Yaounde (AFP) July 24, 2017
Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a women's health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test. ... more
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Swaziland halves world's highest HIV infection rate
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has almost halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday. ... more


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Candidate AIDS vaccine passes early test
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
The three-decade-old quest for an AIDS vaccine received a shot of hope Monday when developers announced that a prototype triggered the immune system in an early phase of human trials. ... more
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Injectable AIDS drug may work 'as well' as pills
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
A two-drug cocktail injected every month or two may be just as effective as a daily pill at keeping the AIDS virus under control, said a study Monday that promised relief for millions. ... more
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Love hotels targeted to fight HIV among Cameroon's teens
Guider, Cameroon (AFP) July 25, 2017
The two big maps show the districts of the northern Cameroonian town of Guider along with its brothels, nightclubs and other seedy spots to identify places from where AIDS could spread among adolescents. ... more
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Paris spotlight on latest in AIDS science
Paris (AFP) July 21, 2017
Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields. ... more



Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
India's top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal who crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. ... more
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada military sets up tents at US border for Haitian refugees
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Lockheed Martin Begins Modernizing Receivers for U.S. Air Force's GPS Signal Monitoring Stations
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Three of six new Lockheed Martin developed, state-of-the-art receivers are now deployed to help the U.S. Air Force maintain the accuracy of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite signals. In June, the first new Monitor Station Technology Improvement Capability (MSTIC) receiver became operational at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The upgrades continued at Air Force Monitoring ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
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Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
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New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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Ancient infant skull yields insights into human-ape lineage
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Researchers believe a 13-million-year-old skull recovered in Kenya belongs to the earliest common ancestor of humans and all living apes. Paleontologists have made great strides in detailing the evolution of humans since they first diverged from apes some 7 million years ago. Less is known about human and ape ancestors living before 10 million years ago. The newly discovered skul ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Paleolithic bones reveal evidence of ritualistic cannibalism
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scales flake off so easily that one biologist in the late 1800s tried collecting the geckos with cotton, but even with careful handling, few fish-scale gecko specimens have been preserved with all scales i ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Rogue elephant tramples 15 to death in India, faces culling
Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The biology of color
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Alcohol helps goldfish make through the winter without oxygen
Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak
Manila (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected. An immediate cull was ordered for all chicken, ducks and quail within a kilometre (0.6 miles) of the infected poultry in San Luis town, north of Manila, said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. The health department was meanwhile monitoring the h ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Magnetized viruses can break through biofilms, attack bacteria
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Malaria already endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman period
Yangon (AFP) July 27, 2017
Myanmar seeks WHO help with deadly swine flu outbreak
Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Cambodia is recruiting hundreds of maids to work in Hong Kong, an official said Wednesday, as the wealthy city scrambles to meet growing demand for domestic helpers and fend off concerns about exploitation. Hong Kong is home to more than 300,000 foreign maids, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. But a series of high-profile abuse cases have seized global headlines in recent years ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Flag-waving Chinese blockbuster smashes box-office records
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
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Shanghai (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
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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
North Korea: Trump fire talk singes Tillerson's wings
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Will the United States defeat the North Korean nuclear threat through "peaceful pressure" or "fire and fury"? This week US Secretary of State and diplomatic good cop Rex Tillerson was in southeast Asia, working with allies to isolate and cajole Kim Jong-Un's regime. Meanwhile, back home, bad cop in chief President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury like the world has ... more
Manila (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
US, allies slam Chinese island-building
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
India's army steps up troop level on China border: report
Paris (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Guam: strategic island in the Pacific
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project "Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves." Yunes is a founding member of the MSU eXtreme Gravity Institute, known as XGI, and an associate pro ... more
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China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
China has launched probes into three of its largest social networking platforms over the suspected dissemination of violence and obscenity - the latest move aimed at sanitising the country's increasingly closed-off internet. The world's most popular messaging service WeChat, the Twitter-like Weibo as well as the Tieba discussion forum are being investigated, according to an announcement fro ... more
Paris (AFP) July 17, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) July 17, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
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Canada to contribute policing to liberated Iraq city
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada will send up to 20 police officers to Iraq to help local authorities establish a police presence in Mosul, which was recently liberated from the Islamic State group, the government announced Wednesday. The officers are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks, joining three Canadian police officers already on the ground. They are expected to stay until March 2019. "Progress has ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Conviction, sentences upended in Blackwater case
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Iraq faces vast challenges securing, rebuilding Mosul
Kabul (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul
US airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan; Trump says new strategy 'very close'
Jalalabad, Afghanistan (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country. Saaz Wali Shinwari, the district governor of Haska Mina in Nangarhar province, said the raid was carried out by US troops although there was no official confirmation from NATO. "On Thursday afternoon, the American ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Afghanistan contractors accused of misusing money on luxury cars, salaries
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Delay in Afghanistan policy points to White House rift
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Afghan police killed, NATO soldier wounded in 'insider attack'
Coal production gains slowing, U.S. report finds
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Coal exports from the United States increased, but are slowing down, while renewable energy is on pace for short-term growth, the federal government reported. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported coal exports were around 37 million tons total for the first five months of the year, a level that's 60 percent higher than the same time last year. U.S. President Trump i ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Profits for Chinese coal producers soar
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Scientists uncover biogeochemical controls on occurrence and distribution of PACs in coals
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
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Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
Lancaster UK (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Major changes in agricultural practices will be required to offset increases in nutrient losses due to climate change, according to research published by a Lancaster University-led team. To combat repeated, damaging storm events, which strip agricultural land of soil and nutrients, farmers are already adopting measures to conserve these assets where they are needed. But in a new pape ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Cracking the code of megapests
Paris (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Low to no risk from pesticide-tainted eggs: experts
The Hague (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests
Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA
Paris (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) - an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, according to the European Space Agency, This is just far enough to miss our geostationa ... more
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