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April 19, 2013
New bird flu strain seen adapting to mammals, humans
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2013
A genetic analysis of the avian flu virus responsible for at least nine human deaths in China portrays a virus evolving to adapt to human cells, raising concern about its potential to spark a new global flu pandemic. The collaborative study, conducted by a group led by Masato Tashiro of the Influenza Virus Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tokyo, appears in the current edition of the journa ... read more
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Research aims to settle debate over origin of Yellowstone volcano
A debate among scientists about the geologic formation of the supervolcano encompassing the region around Yellowstone National Park has taken a major step forward, thanks to new evidence provided by ... more

Secrets of bacterial slime revealed
Newcastle University scientists have revealed the mechanism that causes a slime to form, making bacteria hard to shift and resistant to antibiotics. When under threat, some bacteria can shield thems ... more

Study reveals seasonal patterns of tropical rainfall changes from global warming
Projections of rainfall changes from global warming have been very uncertain because scientists could not determine how two different mechanisms will impact rainfall. The two mechanisms turn out to ... more
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Can New Plasma-Based Biomaterials Speed Healing of Injured Tissues?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from blood contains growth factors and other bioactive molecules that promote healing at sites of tissue injury. However, it is difficult to deliver and retain the ... more


Nanosponges soak up toxins released by bacterial infections and venom
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream - including toxins produced by MRS ... more
Oil and Gas Insider

Liverpool Bay sediment discovery could save millions
New research tracking the movement of dredged sediment around Liverpool Bay could save millions of pounds, according to scientists at the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool. Each year, ... more

Researchers demonstrate oldest dinosaur embryos
An international team of researchers, including a paleontologist from the University of Bonn, have proven dinosaur embryos to be the oldest ever found. The specimens of Lufengosaurus discovered in C ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality

Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy

Scientists develop new mode of energy generation from bituminous coal

Sustainable dams - are they possible

Britain seeks closer ties to China's Belt and Road

Single-photon detector can count to 4

Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators


How some leaves got fat: It's the veins
A "garden variety" leaf is a broad, flat structure, but if the garden happens to be somewhere arid, it probably includes succulent plants with plump leaves full of precious water. Fat leaves did not ... more

Study proposes alternative way to explain life's complexity
Evolution skeptics argue that some biological structures, like the brain or the eye, are simply too complex for natural selection to explain. Biologists have proposed various ways that so-called 'ir ... more

Bed of needles
A parasitic worm may hold the answer to keeping skin grafts firmly in place over wounds, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). The research team, led b ... more
Nuclear Energy Insider
Disposal of Vestas Wind Turbine Parts

Turn key solar systems for domestic and commercial installations
Solar systems for home and business installations

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

Emaciated Sumatran tiger on brink of death
A critically endangered Sumatran tiger at a notorious Indonesian zoo where hundreds of animals have died in recent years is emaciated and on the brink of death, an official said on Wednesday. ... more

Singapore judiciary demands apology for web backlash
Singapore's state prosecution arm has demanded an apology from several websites over posts which it said cast doubt on the judiciary's integrity in a case involving a China national. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Revealed: the Pentagon's secret UFO-hunting program

NATO urges Russia to respond to US missile concerns

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia


Japan island rocked by 30 quakes
Around 30 earthquakes, one of them magnitude 6.2, rocked a volcanic island south of Tokyo Wednesday and another significant quake hit the northeast of the country, the national meteorological agency said. ... more

Hundreds of pigs, dogs die in Chinese city: officials
Chinese health officials and police were Wednesday probing the mysterious deaths of hundreds of pigs and dogs whose carcasses were discovered in a central Chinese city, authorities said. ... more

'Thousands' of Pakistanis affected by Iran quake
Thousands of Pakistanis have been affected by a huge earthquake in Iran that damaged hundreds of homes and killed at least 41 people, sparking a military rescue effort in the remote region. ... more
Fukushima leaking radioactive water

IAEA begins fresh probe into Japan's Fukushima

Fukushima plant springs another radioactive leak

US eases export rules on aerospace parts

NASA, Air Force Seek Next Generation Space Processor Program

For the very first time, two spacecraft will fly in formation with millimeter precision

Study reveals seasonal patterns of tropical rainfall changes from global warming

New technique measures evaporation globally

Mass sea lion strandings baffle California

New insight into accelerating summer ice melt on the Antarctic Peninsula

Recent climate, glacier changes in Antarctica at the 'upper bound' of normal

Austria's glaciers shrank in 2012: study


US offers aid as Iran quake kills 34 in Pakistan
Pakistani troops have mobilised to help the desperately poor victims of an earthquake centred in nearby Iran that killed at least 34 people, as the United States offered help to both nations. ... more

Chinese poachers could face 20 years over pangolins
Twelve suspected Chinese poachers could face up to 20 years in prison for possession of hundreds of dead pangolins or scaly anteaters, Philippine wildlife authorities said Wednesday. ... more

Many feared dead in US fertilizer plant blast
A Texas fertilizer factory exploded in a huge fireball Wednesday, flattening nearby homes and perhaps killing as many as several dozen people, with one official likening the blast to a "nuclear bomb." ... more

Egypt faces food crisis over wheat shortage
The Egyptian government is gambling that this year's domestic wheat crop will produce 9.5 million tons, a prediction widely seen as dangerously over-optimistic as the world's most populous Arab state is wracked by growing political crisis. ... more
Space News from
2 rookie astronauts, and cosmonaut blast off to ISS

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

SpaceX resupply truck Dragon on route to ISS for space research delivery

Opportunity Comes to a Fork in the Road

Thales Alenia Space signs 3 contracts for NASA's deep space exploration

Initial results and data from observations of 'Oumuamua

Planting oxygen ensures a breath of fresh air


Tech-savvy Vietnam coffee farmers brew global takeover


China foreign news ban criticised by media group


Greenpeace protest over bee deaths at Swiss firm


Beijing H7N9 bird flu victim leaves hospital


Energy efficiency could increase infection risks in hospital wards


New technique measures evaporation globally


Lawrence Livermore scientists discover new materials to capture methane


Can computer-based decision support control health care costs?


Without adequate funding, deadly wheat disease could threaten global food supplies, U of M scientists say


Virginia Tech research team creates potential food source from non-food plants

Research Finds Invasive Kudzu Bugs May Pose Greater Threat Than Previously Thought

Getting to the root of horseradish root problems

Chickens with bigger gizzards are more efficient

Self-medication in animals much more widespread than believed

Salt-tolerant rice bred at Philippines institute

Huge quake hits Iran, kills 34 in Pakistan

S.African firm seals anti-riot vehicle deal with Brazil

Mass sea lion strandings baffle California

International experts to probe H7N9 flu in China: WHO

EU lawmakers reject plan to make polluters pay more

Online pictures of dead birds spur China flu openness

Brazil's indigenous protest to defend ancestral lands

Sharks dive by the moon: study

Taiwan to ban killing of live poultry in markets

Chinese thirst for baby formula boosts Danone sales

CO2 removal can lower costs of climate protection

New material gets itself into shape

Softening steel problem expands computer model applications

Importers pay for Japan's lower yen

Development of clean energy has 'stalled,' international agency says

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