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Nov 27, 2016

Dutch destroy 190,000 ducks in first bird flu cull

Some 190,000 ducks were destroyed on Saturday at six farms in the Netherlands following an avian flu outbreak, the country’s first cull of an epidemic sweeping northern Europe. Outbreaks of avian flu, primarily the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, have been reported in Denmark, Finland, ...

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

Nov 25, 2016

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

Freakishly high temperatures in the Arctic have been reinforced by a “vicious circle” of climate change, scientists said Thursday. Air above the polar ice cap has been 9 to 12 degrees Celsius above average during the last four weeks, according to the Danish Meteorological ...

NASA on the hunt for 'space poop' geniuses

Nov 25, 2016

NASA on the hunt for 'space poop' geniuses

When you have to go but you are out there in space, zipped up in a spacesuit, with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around, what do you do? NASA has launched a contest for inventors to solve this uncomfortable ...

Nov 25, 2016

Gut microbes may play role in yo-yo dieting, obesity

Scientists studying yo-yo dieting in mice say the tendency for people to regain excess weight rapidly after successfully slimming may well be due to their microbiome — the trillions of microorganisms in the gut. The researchers found that changes in the gut microbiome that ...

Nov 24, 2016

Egypt unearths city and cemetery over 7,000 years old

Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday. The find could be a boon for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks ...

U.S. abortion rate at lowest level in decades: CDC

Nov 24, 2016

U.S. abortion rate at lowest level in decades: CDC

The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion ...

U.S. sends most advanced weather satellite ever built into space

Nov 20, 2016

U.S. sends most advanced weather satellite ever built into space

The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. This new GOES-R spacecraft will track U.S. weather as never before: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, ...