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May 14, 2013
Potential flu pandemic lurks
Boston MA (SPX) May 14, 2013
In the summer of 1968, a new strain of influenza appeared in Hong Kong. This strain, known as H3N2, spread around the globe and eventually killed an estimated 1 million people. A new study from MIT reveals that there are many strains of H3N2 circulating in birds and pigs that are genetically similar to the 1968 strain and have the potential to generate a pandemic if they leap to humans. The researchers, led by Ram Sasisekharan, the Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT ... read more
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Panic grips Saudis amid fears of SARS-like virus
Panic gripped Saudis in the country's east on Monday, where most cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected, witnesses said, as the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom hit 15. ... more

Neiker-Tecnalia develops a new method for the early detection of vineyard mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, has developed a new method for the early detection of the diseases mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis in vines. ... more

Loss of Eastern Hemlock Will Affect Forest Water Use
The loss of eastern hemlock from forests in the Southern Appalachian region of the United States could permanently change the area's hydrologic cycle, reports a new study by U.S. Forest Service scie ... more
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Sacred lotus genome sequence enlightens scientists
The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a symbol of spiritual purity and longevity. Its seeds can survive up to 1,300 years, its petals and leaves repel grime and water, and its flowers generate heat ... more


Salk researchers chart epigenomics of stem cells that mimic early human development
Scientists have long known that control mechanisms known collectively as "epigenetics" play a critical role in human development, but they did not know precisely how alterations in this extra layer ... more
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Intermountain Medical Center reseachers develop new 3-D technology to treat atrial fibrillation
Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center have developed a new 3-D technology that for the first time allows cardiologists the ability to see the precise sourc ... more

Study highlights under-appreciated benefit of oyster restoration
Scientists have identified many benefits for restoring oyster reefs to Chesapeake Bay and other coastal ecosystems. Oysters filter and clean the water, provide habitat for their own young and for ot ... more
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No-win situation for agricultural expansion in the Amazon
The large-scale expansion of agriculture in the Amazon through deforestation will be a no-win scenario, according to a new study. Published May 10, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research ... more

Coral reefs suffering, but collapse not inevitable
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Secret streets of Britain's Atlantis are revealed
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The risk of Indian Ocean earthquakes and tsunamis similar to the 2004 Sumatra disaster is greater than previously thought, researchers say. ... more

Ice wall crashes into Canada cottages
Winds whipped up a wall of ice into a lakeside community in Canada's western Manitoba province, destroying or damaging dozens of cottages over the weekend, officials said Monday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry

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US Supreme Court finds for Monsanto in seed patent battle
The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto Monday over an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant. ... more

KFC China sales crash 36% in April on bird flu fears
Sales of fast food giant KFC in China slumped an estimated 36 percent last month, according to parent Yum! Brands, as consumers shunned chicken due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in humans. ... more

EU begins difficult talks on fishery reforms
EU fisheries ministers began difficult talks Monday on reforms to the bloc's under-pressure fishing regime, with plans to stop the dumping of unwanted fish a key sticking point. ... more
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Engineers fine-tune the sensitivity of nano-chemical sensor

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Feds gear up for dangerous fire season in Western U.S.
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China's growing, sprawling cities said causing climate changes
Urbanization in eastern China has a significant impact on the observed surface warming that plays an essential role in regional climate change, scientists say. ... more

Kenyan conservationist charged for ivory possession
A top official in a Kenyan conservation group was Monday charged with illegal possession of 19 kilogrammes of elephant ivory worth more than $20,000. ... more

Bangladesh issues cyclone alert
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