Science and Technology  November 22, 2014
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
Lost languages leave a mark on the brain
Canadian scientists studied children raised speaking only French, some who were Chinese-born, adopted and raised speaking French, and others that were fluent in both languagesBabies adopted across international borders may not remember the language they heard in their first days, but the words leave a lasting mark on their minds, scientists said Monday.The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first that employs brain imaging scans to show how we processes lost language, even years after it...  Full Story
Images show Philae's historic comet bounce
Three handout photos released on November 16, 2014, by the European Space Agency shows PhilaeThe European Space Agency (ESA)on Sunday unveiled images of the probe Philae after it bounced while making its historic landing on a comet last Wednesday.The discovery came thanks to painstaking follow-up analysis of a series of pictures ESA had released on Friday, the agency said.The photos appeared to show only a trail of dust kicked up by Philae...  Full Story
Norovirus sickens 172 on Pacific cruise ship
This is the second time Princess CruisesMore than 170 passengers and crew on a US cruise ship in the Pacific have contracted Norovirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday.The highly-contagious stomach virus infected 158 of 3,009 passengers and 14 of 1,160 crewmembers, the CDC said in an investigation report.This is the second time Princess Cruises' 3,0080-pass...  Full Story