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November 09, 2017
EPIDEMICS
Last season's flu shot protected only 1 in 5 people



Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Last season's flu shot protected as few as one in five people and this year's could be similarly ineffective, researchers said Monday, calling for a better way to make the vaccine. The reason just 20 to 30 percent of people were protected by the 2016-2017 flu shot was a mutation in the H3N2 strain of the virus, which did not show up in the mass-produced vaccine that is grown using eggs, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Flu vaccines work by delivering purifi ... read more

CARBON WORLDS
Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Terahertz radiation has a wide range of uses and can occur in everything from radio astronomy to medicine. The term refers to the electromagnetic waves whose frequencies range from 100 gigahertz to ... more
EPIDEMICS
Tracking mosquitoes with your cellphone
Stanford CA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
It's a sound that can keep even the weariest among us from falling asleep: the high-pitched whine of a mosquito. This irritating buzz already makes us run, slap and slather on repellant. But if Stan ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA investigates use of medical-like tools to study samples of the solar system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
A diagnostic tool, similar in theory to those used by the medical profession to non-invasively image internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels, could be equally effective at "triaging" ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Study unveils changes in the brain during extended missions in space
Charleston SC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
It's been 55 years since NASA astronaut John Glenn successfully launched into space to complete three orbits aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, becoming the first American to orbit the Eart ... more
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Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR) is a surgical procedure on patients with amputations that reroutes residual limb nerves towards intact muscles and skin in order to fit them with a li ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' five weeks post-storm
New York (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Conditions in Puerto Rico are still heartbreaking more than five weeks after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation, with the lack of power and clean water compounding chronic conditions, medics say. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Space Station Crew Takes a Breather with Lung Tissue Investigation
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
The microgravity environment of the International Space Station impacts nearly every system within the human body. Researchers are studying the effects to the eyes, heart, muscles, and bones, but an ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA's twins study explores gene expression
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA's Twins Study preliminary results have revealed that space travel causes an increase in methylation, the process of turning genes on and off, and additional knowledge in how that process works. ... more
INTERN DAILY
Speeding up cancer screening
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Delivering breast cancer screening results in a day instead of today's standard two weeks is being proposed by an ESA incubator start-up company using paperless technology and online image transfers ... more
NUKEWARS
Iranian sentenced to death for spying; US Navy saves Iran fishing boat from pirates
Tehran (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Iran said Wednesday it had sentenced a citizen to death for spying for Israel in return for Swedish residency, after rights activists reported an Iranian-born academic was handed the death penalty. ... more


A third of adults in China suffer high blood pressure: study

EPIDEMICS
The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope
Buffalo NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
In 2004, pneumonia killed more than 2 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the number was less than 1 million. Better access to antibiotics and impr ... more
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Across Asia, liver cancer is linked to herbal remedies: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said Wednesday. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Your personal running coach
Paris (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
A start-up company from ESA's business incubator in Bavaria has developed a training app to help runners to exercise in a healthy way, and to reduce injuries from over-training. Drawing on erg ... more



Mexico earthquake reconstruction will cost $2.5bn: Pena Nieto
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Reconstruction in central and southern Mexico following two deadly earthquakes in September that killed 465 people will require a $2.5 billion investment, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Tuesday. Speaking at a public event, the president said the quakes partially or totally damaged 184,000 homes, while 14,000 businesses and 16,000 schools were also affected. It is "a reconstructio ... more
Lapa, Nepal (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Lifeline trails restored to Nepal's quake-hit villages
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
UN council weakens response to Myanmar after China objects
Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satnav accuracy
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
New, ultra-accurate rubidium atomic clocks on board two BeiDou-3 satellites launched into space Sunday have greatly improved the accuracy of the system. The two satellites are equipped with more reliable rubidium atomic timekeepers than those in previous BeiDou satellites. According to Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the satellite system, their stability was as high as E-14. "It means on ... more
Xichang, China (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket
Antwerp, Belgium (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Airobot supplies positioning technology to single largest container terminal in Europe
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Galileo in place for launch: then there were four
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent research on bonobos suggests our species is not as exceptional in this regard as we like to think. Famously friendly apes from Africa's Congo Basin, bonobos will go out of their way to help stran ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Faith not linked to intuition or rational thinking, study shows
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Tracking collars reveal raiding strategies used by hungry baboons
Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures. The pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, were recovered on Tuesday in two separate raids in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. Despite concerted efforts to c ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Endangered vaquita porpoise dies in captivity
London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
Last season's flu shot protected only 1 in 5 people
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Last season's flu shot protected as few as one in five people and this year's could be similarly ineffective, researchers said Monday, calling for a better way to make the vaccine. The reason just 20 to 30 percent of people were protected by the 2016-2017 flu shot was a mutation in the H3N2 strain of the virus, which did not show up in the mass-produced vaccine that is grown using eggs, said ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Tracking mosquitoes with your cellphone
Buffalo NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
Scientists are successfully breeding disease-resistance into mosquitoes
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
A veteran Chinese dissident who had nearly completed a 12-year prison sentence for "subversion" has died on medical parole, rights groups said Wednesday. Writer Yang Tongyan died on Tuesday, nearly three months after an August 23 surgery to remove a brain tumour, Amnesty International said in a statement, citing information from close friends. Rights groups say a pattern has emerged in r ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China calls on France to ensure security of its citizens
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Hong Kong government under fire in LGBT row
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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
France hikes defence spending, inches towards NATO goal
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
French lawmakers late Tuesday approved an increase of nearly two billion euros in defence spending in 2018 - reversing cuts to the 2017 budget that triggered a major spat between President Emmanuel Macron and a top general. The 1.8 billion euros in additional spending approved by the National Assembly takes the defence budget to 32.4 billion euros, or 1.82 percent of GDP. A large chunk ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Emboldened Xi, weakened Trump hold tough talks
Manila (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Philippines scraps sandbar plan after China anger: defence chief
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Taking black holes (as a real object) as a test material, scientists from the Ural Federal university (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) found out that a popular theory of gravity which had seemed to work perfectly at the cosmological level (a subclass of Horndeski theory) is hardly applicable to the real world. They presented their study in the Classical and Quantum Gravity journal. At the moment, acc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
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Poland eyes cybersecurity in skies
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Poland on Wednesday agreed to test a cybersecurity pilot programme for the aviation sector as Europe's EASA civil aviation authority tackles the potential threats posed by hackers to air traffic. "We want to have a single point in the air transport sector that will coordinate all cybersecurity activities... for airlines, airports and air traffic," Piotr Samson, head of Poland's ULC civil avi ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Trump jumps over China's 'Great Firewall' with first tweet
Tallinn (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Estonia arrests alleged Russian agent plotting cyber-crime
Beijing (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Twitter-happy Trump to enter China's Great Firewall
More than two million Iranian pilgrims descend on Iraq
Tehran (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
More than two million Iranian pilgrims have crossed the border into Iraq for the annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage to be celebrated on Thursday, an Iranian official said on state television. "Some 2.32 million visas have been issued so far, and 2.2 million pilgrims are already in Iraq," Shahriar Heydari, spokesman for the Iranian committee organising the pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala ... more
Lourdes, France (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Iraq needs 'Marshall Plan', says Kirkuk archbishop
Al-Hamza, Iraq (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Traditional carpet weaving in central Iraq unravels
Deir Ezzor, Syria (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Twin Iraq and Syria assaults as IS loses last city
Iraq to probe disappearance of Arabs arrested by Kurds
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation after dozens of complaints from Arab families about relatives they say have not been heard from since their arrest by Kurdish forces. Kurds control an autonomous region in north Iraq, and they also held the disputed Kirkuk province from 2003 until they were driven out last month by federal forces after Baghdad rejected an inde ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
NATO looks to seize momentum in Afghanistan conflict
Brussels (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
NATO says to boost Afghan mission to 16,000 troops
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Iraq dispute kicks off crisis for Kurdish sports
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn, on Sunday, the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the west German city. Some two hundred protesters crossed a denuded no-man's land and lined up like guards at the edge of the 40-square kilometre (15 square mile) Hambach opencast coal mine, the biggest manmade hole in Euro ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, saying Wednesday the new cutoff should be three years. "France's position is three years," Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, a celebrity green activist, told French media ahead of a vote by the 28 EU member states in Brussels on Thursday. The Co ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Together for more food safety in Europe and its neighboring countries
Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 06, 2017
An international team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities. Planning for the so-called "TC4 Observation Campaign" started in April, under the sponsorship of NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office. The exercise commenced in earnest in late July, when the European Southern Obser ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact cooled Earth's climate more than previously thought
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