Science and Technology  February 07, 2016
Sea turtles with tumors fill Florida hospital
Bette Zirkelbach holds a green sea turtle afflicted by a kind of herpes virus that causes fibropapillomatosis at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida in the Florida KeysThe young patient writhes on the operating table, kicking its flippers. A team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls.This endangered green sea turtle, about two years old and too young for the staff to know yet whether it is male or female, is infected with fibropapillomatosis,...  Full Story
Colombia sees Guillain-Barre syndrome spike amid Zika cases
A Health Secretary employee fumigates against Aedes Aegypti mosquitos outside houses in Cali, Colombia, on January 28, 2015More than 22,600 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Colombia, which is seeing a sharp increase in a rare neurological disorder linked to the disease, authorities said Saturday.The news comes one day after Colombia, the country hit the second-hardest by the mosquito-borne disease after Brazil, announced three deaths which it blamed on Zi...  Full Story
Baby sea lion found napping in California restaurant
An 8 month-old female sea lion was found sleeping in a booth of The Marine Room, a restaurant in La Jolla, California on February 4, 2016A hungry baby sea lion picked the best seat in the house after wandering into a beachside restaurant in San Diego.The cleaning crew of The Marine Room found the female pup Thursday morning snoozing in a booth with a view of the ocean."She said, 'Can I see the menu?' I asked if she had a reservation," chef Bernard Guillas joked.Guillas' photos, whic...  Full Story
US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus
Earlier this week, US health officials confirmed the first case of sexually transmitted ZikaUS health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.The new interim guidelines from the US Centers from Disease Control are aimed at pregnant women and their partners, and at people of childbearing age who are concerned about Zika, a primarily ...  Full Story
Japan deports 'The Cove' dolphin activist: supporters
Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry, the central character in "The Cove", stands by the cove in Taiji town, known as the dolphin hunting village, western Japan on November 1, 2010US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, detained for nearly three weeks after being denied entry to Japan, has been deported from the country, his supporters said Friday.The star of the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" about dolphin killing in a town of Taiji, "has been placed on an airplane and deported from Japan, where he has been incarcerate...  Full Story
New tarantula is named after music legend Johnny Cash
This photo obtained February 4, 2016 courtesy of Chris Hamilton PhD, shows the Johnny Cash spider (Aphonopelma johnnycashi)Scientists scouring the fields of Folsom, California found a new kind of black tarantula which they have named after Johnny Cash, the American music legend who sang of the jailhouse blues.The eight-legged creature named Aphonopelma johnnycashi is all black, the way Cash often dressed when he strummed his guitar and sang songs like "The Man in Black...  Full Story
No boost seen from giving antibiotics to starving kids
An infant suffering from malnutrition waits for treatment at a Doctors Without Boarders outpost in Guidan-Roumdji, NigerChildren who suffer from severe malnutrition are routinely given antibiotics as part of their medical treatment, but a study Wednesday found the practice offered no boost to their nutritional recovery.Therefore, the authors of the research say the World Health Organization should reconsider its 1999 guidelines, especially given mounting concerns ab...  Full Story
Adult coloring book craze booms in US
The latest lifestyle craze, adult coloring books, lets buyers choose from Sanskrit patterns, urban landscapes, butterflies and flowers all offering "stress relieving patterns"Intricate adult coloring books are the latest lifestyle craze to grip the United States, generating millions of fans, booming sales and libraries falling over themselves to host workshops.Walk into any New York bookstore, and you'll find them artfully laid out on tables or filling entire shelves. Buyers can choose from Sanskrit patterns, urban land...  Full Story