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La Nina arrives in U.S., may stay through winter

Nov 11, 2016

La Nina arrives in U.S., may stay through winter

Government weather forecasters say La Nina is here. La Nina (la NEEN’-yuh), the flip side of El Nino (ehl NEEN’-yoh), is the cooling of the Central Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns worldwide. Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday ...

Nov 11, 2016

Leprosy bacteria found in British isles red squirrels

Some red squirrels in Britain and Ireland are infected with the bacteria that causes leprosy in humans, though the risk of transmission to people is low, researchers said Thursday. Still, scientists were surprised to uncover signs of the infectious disease that ravaged Europe in ...

Nov 9, 2016

H5N8 bird flu detected in Austria wild duck carcasses

Bird flu has been found in the carcasses of wild ducks near Austria’s border with Germany and Switzerland, Austrian authorities said on Tuesday, adding there was no evidence the virus could be transmitted to humans. Five ducks with the H5N8 subtype of the virus ...

Nov 8, 2016

Human antibody seen shielding mice fetuses from Zika

An antibody produced by the human body shielded unborn mice against Zika, a study said Monday, raising hopes for thwarting the virus known to cause brain damage in human fetuses. The antibody neutralized all known Zika strains in lab experiments, and “markedly reduced” virus ...

Alcohol consumption blamed for 5% of new cancer cases

Nov 3, 2016

Alcohol consumption blamed for 5% of new cancer cases

Alcohol consumption caused more than 700,000 new cancer cases and around 366,000 cancer deaths in 2012, mainly in rich countries, according to data reported Wednesday to the World Cancer Congress in Paris. Comparing the cancer risk of people who drink to that of people ...

French particle accelerator to target 'exotic' nuclei

Nov 3, 2016

French particle accelerator to target 'exotic' nuclei

Long thought to be the smallest building blocks of all matter, we now know atoms are themselves composed of electrons spinning around a nucleus made of protons and neutrons. But where do nuclei come from? How are they forged? Which forces govern their behavior? ...