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Scientists make gene-edited chickens in bid to halt next pandemic

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:06

The first of the transgenic chicks will be hatched later this year at the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said Wendy Barclay, a professor of virology at Imperial College London who is co-leading the project. The birds' DNA has been altered using a new gene editing technology known as CRISPR. In this case the "edits" are to remove parts of a protein on which the flu virus normally depends, making the chickens totally flu-resistant.

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Bezos vs Ambani: The Billionaire Bout That Had to Happen

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:00

Walmart Inc.’s splashy acquisition last year of Flipkart Online Services Pvt., the homegrown e-tailer giving Inc. a solid run for its money, might have given the impression of a two-horse race. Third, Indians are watching almost 5 billion hours of video a month on their mobile phones and fiber broadband connections with Jio.

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Digital Securities Platform Joins IBM Blockchain Accelerator Program

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 16:12

Compliance platform for digital securities Securitize has joined the IBM Blockchain Accelerator program, Forbes reports on Jan. 21. According to Forbes, Securitize CEO Carlos Domingo said that the firm’s goal is to build a debt issuance platform using blockchain technology. The accelerator will purportedly last three months and will conclude with a presentation and demonstration of Securitize’s platform.

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World to miss 2020 climate 'turning point': analysis

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 16:10

The world is on course to miss its "best chance" of preventing runaway climate change by ensuring global greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2020, researchers warned Tuesday. In 2017, experts identified six key milestones that mankind must hit by 2020 if the Paris climate goal of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) is to have a fighting chance of being met. Chief among these are an immediate phasing out of fossil fuels, including a total halt to new coal power plant construction within two years, as well as an end to dirty energy subsidies.

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'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Star Beth Chapman Undergoing Chemotherapy for Throat Cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 14:25

A source tells ET her treatments for throat cancer began a month ago in Los Angeles.

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A New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer's 10 Years Earlier

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 14:20

A New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer's 10 Years Earlier

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BlackRock's Data Leak Strikes 20,000 Advisers

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:47

LPL informed advisers over the weekend that BlackRock posted details about some of them on its website. “After being informed by BlackRock of this issue, our first priority was to reach out to our advisers to make them aware of the situation and share the details we had learned,” Jeffrey Mochal, a spokesman for LPL, said Sunday in a statement. BlackRock and LPL are the latest financial firms to be ensnared in a data issue affecting a key part of their business.

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Report reveals an undeclared North Korean missile base headquarters

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:31

"The Sino-ri missile operating base and the Nodong missiles deployed at this location fit into North Korea's presumed nuclear military strategy by providing an operational-level nuclear or conventional first strike capability," the report said. The discovery of an undeclared missile headquarters comes three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he "looks forward" to another summit to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February.

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China seems to confirm scientist's gene-edited babies claim

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:25

Chinese authorities appear to have confirmed a scientist's unpublished claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies and that a second pregnancy is underway, and say he could face consequences for his work.

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Stunning photos show the super blood moon in all its glory

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:38

In the wise words of Yello, "Oooh yeah. The moon is beautiful."  Western hemisphere skywatchers enjoyed front row seats to a stunning celestial treat Sunday night as the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 arrived in its full glory. An eclipse of similar caliber is not due again until 2022.  "Visible for its entirety in North and South America, this eclipse is being referred to by some as a super blood moon," explains Lyle Tavernier, educational technology specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "'Super' because the moon will be closest to Earth in its orbit during the full moon ... and 'blood' because the total lunar eclipse will turn the Moon a reddish hue." SEE ALSO: Blame a wobbly polar vortex for why you're so damn cold The awe-inspiring event took over the sky for a total of 62 minutes, giving photographers plenty of time to snag incredible shots. So if you missed out on this one-of-a-kind stunner or are looking to relive the magic, check out their gorgeous work below. Image: Ringo H W Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock Image: J David Ake/AP/REX/Shutterstock Image: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Image: CATI CLADERA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Image: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Image: Virginia Mayo/AP/REX/Shutterstock Image: VALENTIN FLAURAUD/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Image: Rich Pedroncelli/AP/REX/Shutterstock ## WATCH: Virgin Galactic reaches the edge of space

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AbbVie's Imbruvica Fails in Phase III Pancreatic Cancer Study

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:08

AbbVie's (ABBV) Imbruvica falls short of meeting the primary endpoint of PFS or OS benefit in a phase III study that probed its combo usage in first-line metastatic pancreatic cancer.

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European Space Agency wants to start drilling on the Moon in an effort to find oxygen and water

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:56

The European Space Agency  (ESA) is hoping to start mining on the Moon by 2025. The ESA has signed a 12-month contract with the rocket maker ArianeGroup to study and prepare for the mission which aims to extract regolith, or Moon rock. Regolith covers the entire lunar surface to a depth of at least 12 feet, as it made up of a mix of clays, glass fragments, minerals and chemical compounds like iron oxide from which oxygen, water and fuel could be extracted. Many space agencies now believe space mining is crucial for the establishment of permanent lunar bases or colonies. Dr David Parker, Director, Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA, said: “The use of space resources could be a key to sustainable lunar exploration and this study is part of ESA's comprehensive plan to make Europe a partner in global exploration in the next decade - a plan we will put to our Ministers for decision later this year at the Space19+ Conference.” ArianeGroup with Arianespace is joining forces with a German start-up, PTScientists, which will design and build the lunar lander, and a Belgian company, Space Applications Services, which will provide the ground control facilities, the communications and the associated service operations. The company said the mission would not involve sending humans to the Moon, but robotic equipment. André-Hubert Roussel, CEO of ArianeGroup, said: “This first contract – symbolically announced on the day of a lunar eclipse – is a milestone for ArianeGroup, which has for a long time been working on technological proposals for space logistics servicing.” “It is also an opportunity to recall the ability of Ariane 64 to carry out Moon missions for its institutional customers, with a payload capacity of up to 8.5 metric tons. “In this year, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Man’s first steps on the Moon, ArianeGroup will thus support all current and future European projects, in line with its mission to guarantee independent, sovereign access to space for Europe.”

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Canadian railways ration space as commodity congestion problems worsen

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:22

Canada's two major railways are rationing space on trains traveling to the country's biggest port and recently prioritized some commodities over others to deal with congestion, the latest indication of their struggle to meet demand from new trade deals. Canada is a top shipper of crops, fertilizer, oil and pulp, but has in recent years needed government intervention to keep commodities moving, from ordering railways to clear grain backlogs to Alberta's crude oil curtailments this month due to full pipelines.

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MIT Professor: Blockchain Can Allow for More Inclusive, Borderless Economy

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:17

Blockchain can allow for the creation of a borderless economy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Silvio Micali claimed in a interview on Bloomberg’s Daybreak Asia, Jan. 21. Speaking on the show, Micali outlined three major properties of blockchain systems that must function simultaneously to enable a more inclusive and borderless economy — security, decentralization and scalability. According to MIT’s Ford Professor of Engineering, until recently, only two of those three basic properties could have been achieved simultaneously at any time.

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Photographers get super views of ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipse — even in Seattle

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:15

January’s usual weather conditions — with chilly temperatures for much of America and cloudy skies in the Pacific Northwest — aren’t exactly ideal for tracking a total lunar eclipse, but Sunday night’s “Super Blood Wolf Moon” actually lived up to the hype. Photographers across much of the country braved the cold to get some jaw-dropping snapshots and time-lapse views. Even in Seattle, where the weather forecast wasn’t promising, the hours-long progression from supersized full moon to a ruddy darkness and back to lunar brightness unfolded in mostly clear skies. Let’s start with my top-10 favorites from Twitter, then get down to… Read More

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See The Most Dazzling Photos Of January's Super Blood Wolf Moon

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:10

A total lunar eclipse dominated the sky on Sunday night, to the delight of

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Trade worries sour CEOs' mood as leaders converge on Davos

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:54

Chief executives across the world have grown a lot more pessimistic about the global economic outlook due to trade disputes and tense relations between major powers, a survey showed on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The PwC survey of nearly 1,400 CEOs found that 29 percent believe global economic growth will decline over the next 12 months, six times the level of last year and the highest percentage since 2012. The most pronounced shift was among business leaders in the United States, where optimism dropped to 37 percent from 63 percent a year ago against the backdrop of an economic slowdown and a trade war with China.

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Nigeria's ruling party accuses opposition of plotting pre-vote violence

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:09

The Feb. 16 vote in Africa's top oil producer pits Buhari, a military ruler in the 1980s who was voted into office in 2015, against main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. Reliable polls are hard to find in the nation of 190 million people, and analysts widely expect a tight race, partly because opposition stronghold states have seen a bigger increase in voter registration than ones where the ruling party is popular. "We have credible intelligence that armed bandits andBoko Haram insurgents have been mobilized to engage in massive attacks and other acts of violence in several states," Information Minister Lai Mohammed said, pointing the finger at Abubakar's People's Democratic Party (PDP).

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Former soldier sues MoD after contracting Q fever from animal bacteria in Afghanistan

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:22

A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after claiming he caught the debilitating infection Q fever while dodging Taliban bullets in Helmand province, in the first case of its kind. The former infantryman says he contracted the bacterial infection during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Wayne Bass, 34, was medically discharged from the Army in June 2012 suffering Q fever and chronic fatigue symptoms. He says his life has been ruined by the Army's failure to provide antibiotics which would have protected him from the disease. In 2011 Mr Bass was serving as a private in 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment. His platoon was responsible for reconnaissance and protecting other forces in a part of Helmand Province known for its heavy Taliban presence.    It is there that he believes he contracted Q fever, an infection caused by bacteria most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats. He said: "To avoid enemy fire I was constantly having to dive into ditches on the ground where farm animals had been, there were animals all over the place”. Mr Bass, from Redditch, Worcestershire, is testing the MoD’s duty to protect troops against Q fever claiming he should have been given antibiotics by the Army. After experiencing flu-like symptoms Mr Bass was treated with intravenous antibiotics. Following periods in hospital and at the MoD's Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, he was diagnosed with Q fever chronic fatigue syndrome. “On some days I'm OK, I can walk a few hundred metres,” he said. “But often I get breathless, have aches and pains all over my body for which I have to take very powerful painkillers. "The nerve pain in my lower back and legs means that my back can lock up and I'm immobile." Justin Glenister of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, representing Mr Bass, said: “This is the first case in which the question will be asked whether the MoD had a duty to protect soldiers against this known risk of Q fever, which we say was a preventable risk, and what steps it ought to have taken to protect them. There are other similar cases being prepared." The five-day trial, which started on Monday at the Central London County Court, will examine the extent of any duty owed by the army to Mr Bass in relation to Q fever, and whether that duty was breached. Q fever is an infection caused by bacteria found in cattle, sheep, and goats around the world. Humans typically get Q fever when they breathe in dust contaminated by the faeces of infected farm animals.  The NHS says the bacterial infection is usually harmless, but that it can cause serious problems in some people. Normally, the fever is successfully treated with antibiotics and it is rare for it to develop into chronic fatigue syndrome. The disease may cause mild symptoms similar to the flu. However, many people have no symptoms at all. Mild forms of the disease may clear up in a few weeks without any treatment. The MOD follows the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which does not recommend vaccination for Q fever. The Australian government has cleared Q-VAX, a Q fever vaccine, for issue, but it is not currently licensed for use in the UK. An MOD spokesperson said: "As legal proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment."

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Scientists warn of climate 'time bomb' for world's groundwater

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:22

Future generations face an environmental "time bomb" as the world's groundwater systems take decades to respond to the present day impact of climate change, scientists warned on Monday. Found underground in cracks in soil, sand and rock, groundwater is the largest useable source of freshwater on the planet and more than two billion people rely on it to drink or irrigate crops. Groundwater reserves are already under pressure as the global population explodes and crop production rises in lockstep.

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