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Zika spreads to Miami Beach; U.S. expands travel warning

Aug 20, 2016

Zika spreads to Miami Beach; U.S. expands travel warning

Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested that pregnant women who ...

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

Aug 19, 2016

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world, researchers said Thursday. The study in the journal Science examined a peculiar habit ...

Iceman 'Otzi' wore fur that fashionistas crave

Aug 19, 2016

Iceman 'Otzi' wore fur that fashionistas crave

The 5,300-year-old Alpine mummy known as the Tyrolean Iceman died wearing leather clothes and accessories harvested from no fewer than five wild or domesticated species, a DNA analysis published Thursday revealed. Frozen solid after being fatally wounded by an arrow in the back, the ...

Aug 18, 2016

New painkiller could replace morphine: study

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled a synthetic drug that appears to neutralize pain as effectively as morphine but without the side effects that make opioids so dangerous and addictive. The big-data methods used by the researchers also open up a promising avenue in drug innovation, ...

Aug 18, 2016

Nigeria starts emergency polio vaccinations

Nigeria said Wednesday it has launched a mass campaign of emergency polio vaccinations after reporting two new cases of the disease earlier in August. Both new cases were diagnosed in the northeastern state of Borno, which has been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents, highlighting ...

Aug 18, 2016

Prehistoric Mexicans pioneered raising rabbits for food

Native people living in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, now a World Heritage site located in modern-day Mexico, likely bred rabbits to eat and used their bones for tools, researchers said Wednesday. The study, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, represents one of the ...

Aug 18, 2016

July hottest month in modern times, U.S. agency says

Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, U.S. government scientists said Wednesday. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days after the ...