Science and Technology  May 26, 2015
US egg prices soar as avian flu batters poultry industry
US farmers have been forced to kill almost 40 million chickens and other birds, causing egg prices to soar as a deadly version of the avian flu attacks the poultry industryUS farmers have been forced to kill almost 40 million chickens and other birds, causing egg prices to soar as a deadly version of the avian flu attacks the poultry industry.An outbreak of a particularly infectious version of the bird flu, believed to come initially from wild ducks and geese, has spread into 15 US states and two Canadian provinces, ...  Full Story
Brain implant senses 'intent' to move robotic arm
A new kind of brain implant senses a patientA new kind of brain implant senses a patient's intent to move a robotic arm, offering new promise to people who are paralyzed or have lost limbs, researchers said Thursday.Erik Sorto, 34, is "the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made," said the study in the journal ...  Full Story
NSA planned hack of Google app store
The US National Security Agency developed plans to hack into data links to app stores operated by Google and Samsung to plant spyware on smartphones, a media report saysThe US National Security Agency developed plans to hack into data links to app stores operated by Google and Samsung to plant spyware on smartphones, a media report said Thursday.The online news site The Intercept said US intelligence developed the plan with allies in Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, a group known as the "Five Eyes" alli...  Full Story
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth in ocean splashdown
This NASA image taken April 17, 2015 shows the Canadarm 2 reaching out to grapple the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft and prepare it to be pulled into its port on the International Space StationSpaceX's unmanned Dragon supply ship left the International Space Station Thursday and hours later splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, NASA said.The Dragon began its journey back to Earth at 7:04 am (1104 GMT), when the US space agency broadcast images of the white capsule floating away from the space station's robotic a...  Full Story
Cold weather more lethal than hot spells, says study
A study of 74 million deaths in 13 countries -- where there was a wide variety of climate -- found that cold weather snaps were responsible for 7 percent of all deathsColder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday.Researchers looked into 74 million deaths between 1985 and 2012 in 13 countries where there was a wide variety of climate, from chilly to subtropical.They matched these against data on temperatures, the average death rates and factors...  Full Story
Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge
A health worker wearing personal protective equipment works at the Ebola treatment center in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.The country's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) spoke out as the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed the west African nation and its neighbou...  Full Story
BP oil spill caused dolphins' lung disease, deaths: study
Dolphins swimming in the oil-contaminated waters of the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP spill suffered unusual lung lesions and died at high rates because of petroleum pollution, US scientists saidDolphins swimming in the oil-contaminated waters of the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP spill suffered unusual lung lesions and died at high rates because of petroleum pollution, US scientists said Wednesday.The report in the journal PLOS ONE presents the strongest evidence to date that the environmental disaster that was unleashed when the BP-lea...  Full Story
Wild 'teddy bear' of Louisiana no longer endangered
The Louisiana black bear, a subspecies of black bear like the one seen here, lives in certain areas of the American southThe Louisiana black bear, which inspired the popular stuffed animals known as teddy bears, is no longer an endangered species, US officials said Wednesday.After more than two decades of conservation efforts, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the bears from the endangered list because their numbers have rebounded."Across Texas,...  Full Story
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