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July 17, 2012
EPIDEMICS
Genetically engineered bacteria prevent mosquitoes from transmitting malaria
Baltimore MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2012
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have genetically modified a bacterium commonly found in the mosquito's midgut and found that the parasite that causes malaria in people does not survive in mosquitoes carrying the modified bacterium. The bacterium, Pantoea agglomerans, was modified to secrete proteins toxic to the malaria parasite, but the toxins do not harm the mosquito or humans. According to a study published by PNAS, the modified bacteria were 98 percent effective in ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Global warming harms lakes
Global warming also affects lakes. Based on the example of Lake Zurich, researchers from the University of Zurich demonstrate that there is insufficient water turnover in the lake during the winter ... more
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FARM NEWS

Pioneering self-contained 'smart village' offers world model for rural poverty relief
An innovative, high-tech "smart village" built in Malaysia provides a potential global template for addressing rural poverty in a sustainable environment, say international experts meeting in Califo ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Nuclear weapons' surprising contribution to climate science
Nuclear weapons testing may at first glance appear to have little connection with climate change research. But key Cold War research laboratories and the science used to track radioactivity and mode ... more
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FARM NEWS

Poisons on public lands put wildlife at risk
Rat poison used on illegal marijuana farms may be sickening and killing the fisher, a rare forest carnivore that makes its home in some of the most remote areas of California, according to a team of ... more
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FARM NEWS

A shortcut to sustainable fisheries
Up to now, methods to estimate the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) of fish stocks are very complex and, as a consequence, expensive. However, Dr Rainer Froese, biologist with GEOMAR | Helmholtz Cent ... more
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FARM NEWS

Scaled-back NBAF and NBAF as designed are options that could meet critical US lab needs
It is "imperative" that the U.S. build a large-animal biocontainment laboratory to protect animal and public health, says a new report by the National Research Council. Two options that could meet l ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Engineering technology reveals eating habits of giant dinosaurs
A team of international researchers, led by the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum, used CT scans and biomechanical modelling to show that Diplodocus - one of the largest dinosaurs ... more
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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

Making quantum dots glow brighter

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

Border stand-off overshadows China leader's India trip

Finnish Greens quit government in nuclear row

Asia's billionaires see fastest wealth growth: report

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FARM NEWS

Sake, soy sauce, and the taming of the microbes
We all know that humans have domesticated plants and animals for our sustenance and enjoyment, but we've tamed various microbes as well. Now researchers reporting online in Current Biology, a Cell P ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Caterpillar gets more from its food when predator is on the prowl
Animals that choose to eat in the presence of a predator run the risk of being eaten themselves, so they often go into a defensive mode and pay a physical penalty for the lack of nutrients. But that ... more
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WATER WORLD

Extreme 2011 weather laid to twin La Ninas
Extreme global weather in 2011 was caused by back-to-back La Nina phenomena that cooled the planet, U.S. weather experts say. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Poison from illegal pot farms said a risk
Rat poison used by people illegally growing marijuana in remote areas of California may be killing the fisher, a rare weasel-like carnivore, researchers say. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

US suffers worst drought in 56 years
The United States is experiencing its widest-spread drought in 56 years, according to a release by the nation's meteorological agency Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Flood-battered Japan warily eyes typhoon
Flood-battered southwestern Japan on Tuesday braced for a typhoon amid fears it could heap further misery on an area where at least 32 are dead or missing after record rainfall. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Chinese sub to dive in South China Sea: media
A Chinese submersible that last month set a new national record will dive in the South China Sea next year, state media said Tuesday, as Beijing asserts its claim over the resource-rich area. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

South Africa recalls 500,000 HIV test kits: ministry
South Africa is recalling 500,000 HIV test kits it ordered from a South Korean company despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning over inconclusive results, the health ministry said Tuesday. ... more
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Iran slams US as 'obsessed' with sanctions as talks resume

Ukraine says Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

Space control Airmen ensure constant communication

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

Founding Day of Air and Missile Defense Command of Aerospace Defense Forces

Twin crises could shape Obama's twilight years in office

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Germany seeks Petersberg climate boost
Germany says it's aiming to deliver a kick-start to international climate change negotiations at Monday's third Petersberg Climate Dialogue. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Iran drought part of 'soft war' by West: VP
The drought in southern Iran is part of a "soft war" launched against the Islamic republic by the West, the Fars news agency quoted an Iranian vice president as saying on Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Over 2,000 evacuated, dozens stranded in South Africa storms
Rescue workers evacuated over 2,000 people and dozens of trucks were stranded as heavy rains and snow battered southern parts of South Africa over a freezing weekend, officials said. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

US approves first-ever pill for HIV prevention
The first-ever daily pill to help prevent HIV infection was approved Monday by US regulators for use by healthy adults who are at risk for getting the virus that causes AIDS. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane Fabio, in Pacific, 'likely' to weaken
Hurricane Fabio weakened off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean, US forecasters said Sunday, adding that no coastal watches were in effect. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China protests use health threats as rallying cry
When the wind blows in one Shanghai suburb, residents can smell the stench rising from a towering garbage dump, feared to be so harmful it can make people vomit and cause birth defects. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Greece's hottest day to shut down Acropolis early
Greece's hottest day this year is forcing authorities to shut down the Athens Acropolis six hours before schedule in the interests of visitor health, the site's guards said on Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Putin tours Russia flood scene, berates officials
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an unannounced visit to the scene of the deadliest flood in the post-Soviet era and berated officials for possibly deceiving him about their response. ... more
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Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines

France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

Reinterpreting dark matter

India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

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EPIDEMICS

Hand, foot and mouth disease kills 112 in China in June
A Chinese province urged parents Sunday to seek immediate treatment for children showing symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease after official figures showed 112 people died from the illness last month. ... more
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FARM NEWS

European grain prices rise on global drought
European grain market prices climbed on Monday as concern grew over harvests from the world's two biggest breadbaskets, the United States and the Black Sea Basin. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Japan troops fly supplies to thousands cut off by floods
Troops Sunday airlifted supplies to thousands of people cut off by landslides and torrential downpours that have killed at least 24 in southwest Japan as meteorologists warned of further heavy rain. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Endangered wild horses head to Mongolia
Four rare Przewalski's wild horses were headed for the Mongolian steppe from Prague on Monday as part of a project to reintroduce the critically endangered species to its ancient homeland. ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU nations want sanctions against Iceland in mackerel war
Ireland, joined by other EU nations, on Monday demanded sanctions against Iceland and the Faroe Islands for over-fishing, the latest chapter in an ongoing "mackerel war." ... more
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SINO DAILY

Censors catch up with China's 'micro film' movement
Boasting tens of millions of views and offering previously unheard of artistic freedoms, China's "micro film" movement has made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to become a moviemaker. ... more
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FARM NEWS

From aflatoxin to sake
What do beer, dogs and cats, and corn all have in common? All of them are the end products of the process of domestication. Almost everybody knows that a number of different animals and plants have ... more
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FARM NEWS

Messy experiment cleans up physics mystery of cornstarch
Most people buy cornstarch to make custard or gravy, but Scott Waitukaitis and Heinrich Jaeger have used it to solve a longstanding physics problem with a substance known to generations of Dr. Seuss ... more
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