Science and Technology  November 26, 2014
Rare first Shakespeare edition found in French library
File photo shows a First Folio edition of William ShakespearesA copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.One of the world's most valuable and coveted books, the First Folio was uncovered when librarian Remy Cordonnier dusted off a copy of Shakespeare's works dating ...  Full Story
Merck buys rights to NewLink's Ebola vaccine
This October 22, 2014 photo from the WHO shows the reception by Geneva University Hospital of a batch of experimental rVSV Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory, and licenced by the Canadian government to NewLink GeneticsUS drugmaker Merck has bought the rights to an experimental Ebola vaccine being developed by NewLink Genetics, the companies said Monday.The agreement gives Merck an exclusive worldwide agreement to research, develop, manufacture and distribute NewLink's rVSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine, originally developed by Canada's Public Health Agency.Licensed by the ...  Full Story
Italy's first female astronaut arrives at space station: NASA
RussiaA Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station, NASA said.Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts, arrived at the orbiting space lab on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft at 0249 GMT Monday, NASA said."A new vehicle ...  Full Story
Dutch cull ducks amid bird flu fears in poultry heartland
Officials in protective gear work on 21 November 2014 at a poultry farm in Ter Aar, in the Netherlands, where 43,000 hens are being culled to prevent the spread of bird fluThe Dutch authorities on Saturday ordered the preventative cull of 8,000 ducks amid fears that a bird flu outbreak could spread to the country's poultry heartland."In Barneveld 8,000 ducks will be culled as a precautionary measure," the economics ministry said in a statement after the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was confirmed on two other farms n...  Full Story
Global October temperatures record high for month
Global temperatures in October were the hottest on average since records beganGlobal temperatures in October, as well as for the entire calendar year so far, were the hottest on average since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said Thursday.It was the 38th consecutive October in which global average temperatures were higher than the average for the 20th century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio...  Full Story
Job authority spells depression for women: US study
Women in authority suffer more mental health problems than lower-status female employees, a US study showsWomen in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said.Researchers looked into 1,500 middle-aged women from Wisconsin and compared their workplace experiences with 1,300 men in the same age bracket from the same US state.They found that women with job authority -...  Full Story
Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming
An endangered Sumatran orangutan cradles her baby in the Leuser National Park, but environmental activists fear ape habitats are at risk as huge swathes of forest in Southeast Asia are sold to mining, palm oil and paper companiesThe destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday. They said tropical forests were tumbling at a rapid rate, with palm plantations a key driver, despite efforts by the industry's ...  Full Story
'Contagious' bird flu outbreaks on Dutch, British farms
Heavy vehicles are seen parked outside the poultry farm in the village of Hekendorp, where a a strain of bird flu was identified, on November 16, 2014Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the virus in Britain and Germany.Public health authorities on Sunday banned the transport of poultry throughout the Netherlands after the discovery in the village of Hekendorp of a "highly pathogenic" form of av...  Full Story