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September 11, 2017
EPIDEMICS
WHO sounds alarm over DRCongo cholera epidemic



Kinshasa (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded the alarm over a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already claimed 528 lives and reached "worrying proportions". The UN says cholera is a major public health problem in the country with millions of cases registered every year. Last year, the disease claimed 817 lives there, according to the WHO. "The cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached worrying proportions with 20 out of 26 provinces affec ... read more

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Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Some have suggested modern medicine has frozen human evolution. With advanced medicine and reproductive technologies, the vast majority of humans enjoy lifespans long enough to pass on their genes to the next generation. ... more
BIO FUEL
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. ... more
EPIDEMICS
New boarding procedures could limit spread of infectious inside airplane cabins
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
New research out of Florida State University has offered policy makers new strategies for limiting the spread of disease among airline passengers. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA's twin study investigates metabolites
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
You may think you're just an average Joe, but according to your metabolomics data your body is percolating some expressive information about your daily life. "Metabolomics measures small molec ... more
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SPACE MEDICINE
Weightlessness affects health of cosmonauts at molecular level
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
A team of scientists from Russia and Canada has analyzed the effect of space conditions on the protein composition in blood samples of 18 Russian cosmonauts. The results indicated many significant c ... more
WATER WORLD
Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Researchers at the University of Guelph found that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold at markets around the world for traditional medicines come from endangered species. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Sewage-laden floodwaters dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey bring a higher risk of disease, such as bacterial infections and mosquito-borne illnesses, and the fallout may linger for years, experts warn. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA Breaks Ground on New Collaborative Biosciences Facility in Silicon Valley
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Administrator Robert Lightfoot, acting Deputy NASA Administrator Lesa Roe, Ames Center Director Eugene Tu, Ames Director of Science Michael Bicay, and Amoroso Construction Northern California Operat ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Study finds that gravity, 'mechanical loading' are key to cartilage development
Columbia MO (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Mechanical loading, or forces that stimulate cellular growth for development, is required for creating cartilage that is then turned to bone; however, little is known about cartilage development in ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain
Pullman WA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A WSU research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks - a breakthrough that could speed up the image ana ... more


NASA sends mice to space station to study space travel health risks

EPIDEMICS
Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa
Johannesburg (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Charlize Theron hopes to create an AIDS-free generation in her home country South Africa which has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. ... more
BIO FUEL
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
UBC researcher looks to the future of bone replacements
Kelowna, Canada (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A UBC Okanagan researcher has discovered a new artificial bone design that can be customized and made with a 3D printer for stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements. Hossein Montaz ... more
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. ... more



US floods rescue workers sue over chemical plant fire
Chicago (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Seven emergency workers who responded to the aftermath of last month's mega-storm Harvey sued chemical company Arkema Thursday for exposing them to smoke from a fire at its flooded Texas plant. The $1 million lawsuit alleges negligence, claiming Arkema did not adequately prepare for potential flooding, forcing it to abandon the plant near Houston as waters rose without adequate safeguards to ... more
Berlin (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations
Marigot (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
St Martin, St Barts contemplate rebuilding in Irma's wake
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster
Second Lockheed Martin GPS 3 Satellite completes launch simulation tests
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic si ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Nine Satellites in exactEarth's Real-Time Constellation Now in Service
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
India to launch satellite next week to fix malfunctioning navigation system
Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving
New York NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations. Researchers further find that sets of genetic ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Kingston RI (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a common garden at the University of Rhode Island, Laura Meyerson has been growing specimens of Phragmites - also known as the common reed - that she has collected from around the world. And while they are all the same species, each plant lineage exhibits unique traits. Now Meyerson, a professor of natural resources sciences, and Northeastern University Professor Jennifer Bowen have rev ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Tasmanian DNA to aid bandicoot reboot in Victoria
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate
WHO sounds alarm over DRCongo cholera epidemic
Kinshasa (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded the alarm over a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already claimed 528 lives and reached "worrying proportions". The UN says cholera is a major public health problem in the country with millions of cases registered every year. Last year, the disease claimed 817 lives there, according to the WHO. "The cholera o ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
New boarding procedures could limit spread of infectious inside airplane cabins
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn
Johannesburg (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa
Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city's independence from China were taken down from campuses. The move has fuelled fears that freedoms are being squeezed in the semi-autonomous city and that Beijing is tightening its grip in a range of areas, from politics to media and education. Since the failure ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hanergy tycoon gets 8-year ban in Hong Kong
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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
India's army chief says China 'testing limits' after stand-off
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
India's army chief has said his country must be prepared for war and accused China of "testing our limits", days after the nuclear-armed neighbours ended one of their worst border stand-offs in decades. General Bipin Rawat said India could not afford to be complacent and should be prepared for the possibility of an all-out war. "As far as our northern adversary is concerned, flexing of m ... more
Chisinau (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Row in Moldova over US military drills in Ukraine
Konya, Turkey (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
German MPs in Turkey for soldier visit amid tensions
Moscow (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Russia tells NATO not to worry over war games
Granting weightless wishes
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA this week helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights. Eight children from five ESA member states - UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy -boarded the converted Airbus A310 in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of the Kid's Weightless Dreams campaign organised by Novespace and Reves de Gosse. ... more
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
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Israel Aerospace develops signals intelligence center
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
An automated signals intelligence center by Israel Aerospace Industries has achieved phase I operational capability with an undisclosed customer, IAI reports. The center, developed by subsidiary Elta Systems, integrates and fuses all the country's SIGINT sensors at a strategic level by utilizing big data and high-throughput processing. IAI said it is the first time such a SIGNIT ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Massive bureau hack raises troubling questions
Tallinn (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
EU defence ministers put to test in mock cyberattack
Paris (AFP) July 17, 2017
Major cyber-attack as costly as Hurricane Sandy: Lloyd's
The battle for Mosul from behind the camera
Perpignan, France (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Finalists in one of photojournalism's most prestigious awards competition came away with far more than pictures while covering the fight for Iraq's Mosul, the longest urban battle since Stalingrad. "In all my life as a reporter, I've never had suicide bombers right in front of me," said Patrick Chauvel, one of four finalists for the top prize at the Visa pour l'Image festival in the southern ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
On the banks of the Tigris, a refuge for Iraqi readers
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Slow recovery for Iraq's Mosul after IS ouster
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Iraq faces vast challenges despite victories over IS: experts
Orbital ATK receives $69.4M for Afghan Air Force AC-208 light aircraft
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Orbital ATK has received a $69.4 million contract for the Afghanistan air force's AC-208 armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The contract, announced last week by the Department of Defense, falls under pseudo foreign military sales requirement which is not signed by the receiving nation but serves to document the eventual delivery of the systems under the contrac ... more
Camp Morehead, Afghanistan (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Afghanistan to double special forces in fight against Taliban
Beijing (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Rioting video sparks anti-Muslim rage in China
Camp Shorab, Afghanistan (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Trump wins support for Afghan strategy in volatile Helmand
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Mining giant Rio Tinto has wrapped up the sale of most of its Australian coal assets to Yancoal, with the China-backed firm taking control of the business on Friday. Rio, the world's second-largest miner, which is dual-listed in Britain and Australia, banked US$2.45 billion in cash with a further US$240 million due in royalty payments. With its Coal & Allied operations transferring to Ya ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
China to strictly control new coal-fired power capacity
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Russian scientist says leave coal in the ground
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use of bio-decomposable materials which decompose under the influence of the microflora to innocuous products and provide a gradual release of the active principle into the soil, is the newest area of rese ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Using Earth's gravity to give it an orbital boost, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The Earth flyby will give astronomers and those with high-end cameras a chance to view this rare encounter. OSIRIS-REx is on an extraordinary journey to bring back to Earth a sample from the surface of the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu that could potentially record the early history ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind


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