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Epidemic: Killer TB Spreads As Research Plummets (Op-Ed)

National Institutes of Health, said that the nation would most likely have a vaccine and therapeutics for Ebola if investment had not stagnated. Antibiotic research has collapsed Rising cases of drug-resistant TB, high mortality for people with both HIV and TB, and an environment of continued funding cuts for research and development means that communities dealing with the disease are on a potentially devastating trajectory. Pharmaceutical companies are leaving the anti-infectives field in droves because they are all searching for the next blockbuster drug that will bring in billions of dollars — those companies do not see antibiotics as having a good return on investment.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 8:13 pm

Al Qaeda attacks kill at least 33 people in Yemen

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – At least 33 people were killed in a suicide bombing and gun attacks in central Yemen, tribal sources and medics said on Monday, as al Qaeda fighters seized a Yemeni city in a new challenge to the central government. Violence has spread in Yemen since Shi’ite Muslim Houthis took over the capital, Sanaa, last month, threatening the stability of a country that borders on Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter. …

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 7:09 pm

Libya’s parliament allies with renegade general, struggling to assert authority

Ex-general Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference after surviving an assassination attempt, in Al MarjBy Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) – Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war. Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-producing desert state is in chaos, with Islamists and other militias fighting for territory and influence and the regular armed forces reduced to near-impotence. …

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 4:53 pm

Islamic State oil output was $2 million/day before air strikes – IHS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State militants were producing about $2 million (1.24 million pound) worth of crude oil per day in Iraq and Syria before recent U.S.-led air strikes, possibly more than double the amount heard in U.S. congressional testimony last month, the research firm IHS said on Monday. The group of Sunni extremists controlled as much as 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil, but was able to produce only about 50,000 bpd to 60,000 bpd, said IHS, a provider of global market and economic information. …

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 4:43 pm

Britain targets 2017 for start of European carbon market reforms

A chimney is seen at an industrial site on Teesside, northern EnglandBy Ben Garside LONDON (Reuters) – Britain wants reforms to Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS) to start from 2017, four years earlier than proposed, hoping to tackle the scheme's massive oversupply and boost investment in clean technologies. The European Commission has said it wants the so-called market stability reserve (MSR), which will set aside hundreds of millions of surplus carbon allowances from the ETS to help firms cope with economic shocks, to come into force from 2021. …

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 4:13 pm

FTSE slips back, weighed down by oil stocks

Workers speak above an electronic information board at the London Stock Exchange in the City of LondonBy Francesco Canepa LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's top equity index resumed its fall on Monday, giving back half the gains made in the previous session, as investors reckoned with reduced earnings expectations for oil companies after a slump in oil prices. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 43.22 points, or 0.7 percent, at 6,267.07 points, after rising 114 points on Friday. The FTSE has been volatile in recent weeks, hitting a 15-month low on Thursday. Investors have been unnerved by weak European economic data just as the U.S. …

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 4:11 pm

Apollo Astronaut’s Anniversary Patch Recalls ‘Flight of the Phoenix’

Apollo Astronaut's Anniversary Patch Recalls 'Flight of the Phoenix'Forty-six years ago this week, NASA's first Apollo astronauts to launch into space were circling the Earth — just as their mission patch depicted. "Our original patch concept was to depict a Saturn 1B [rocket] rising from the ashes of its predecessor, like the mythical bird, Phoenix," Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham wrote on his website. As their back-ups, Cunningham, Schirra, and Eisele had inherited the Apollo 1 crew's mission. The fire, which was caused by a short circuit and inflamed by the capsule's pure oxygen atmosphere, resulted in the Apollo command module being redesigned.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:19 pm

India: Carbon Emissions From Improving Electricity Access in 30 Years Was Marginal

India: Carbon Emissions From Improving Electricity Access in 30 Years Was MarginalImproving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed very marginally to the nation's total carbon emissions growth during that time, says a study published in Nature Climate Change.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:21 am

Iraqi push to retake refinery city hit by suicide attack

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Islamic State staged a suicide attack on Iraqi soldiers on Sunday to halt their advance on a key northern city, using a military vehicle to lull the government troops into a false sense of security, officers said. Iraqi forces are looking to retake Baiji, which is adjacent to the country’s largest oil refinery and is controlled by Islamic state. …

Posted on 19 October 2014 | 4:36 pm

Sea Shepherd founder eyes return as new ship launched

Actor Martin Sheen during the christening of Sea Shepherd's newest vessel named after the actor at a ceremony in Marina del Rey, California on October 18, 2014Conservation group Sea Shepherd launch a new ship named after award-winning actor Martin Sheen as its exiled founder said he hopes to return to the US next year.

Posted on 19 October 2014 | 1:24 am

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Officers to investigate major fire at Didcot power station

Firefighters are investigating a huge blaze that broke out at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire last night

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 10:39 am

Pictures of the day: 20 October 2014

A cricket and a crocodile, slacklining and a comet passing Mars

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 9:30 am

Take shelter from Hurricane Gonzalo and watch out for falling trees

Winds of 60mph and the fact that most trees are still in leaf leads forecasters to warn that the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo could cause damage as it sweeps over the UK

Posted on 19 October 2014 | 10:43 pm

Hurricane Gonzalo smashes into Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo strikes Bermuda as a strong category two storm, travelling at up to 110mph

Posted on 18 October 2014 | 1:32 am

Britain braced for deluge from Hurricane Gonzalo

A powerful hurricane set to strike Britain next week has gained strength and been upgraded to one of the top rankings

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 12:37 pm

Pictures of the day: 17 October 2014

Today: surfing in Sydney, parachuting in Serbia and a cow beauty contest

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 9:15 am

Pictures of the day: 17 October 2014

Today: surfing in Sydney, parachuting in Serbia and a cow beauty contest

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 9:15 am

Pictures of the day: 16 October 2014

Amy Childs crash, Emma Stone in Cabaret and autumn colours

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 2:10 pm

Amazon deforestation seen from the air: in pictures

Greenpeace activists go undercover in the lawless state of Pará in Brazil

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 1:06 pm

Mystery of the vanishing African migrant birds

A new report has revealed the stark decline in UK migratory birds wintering in Africa, yet nobody knows why

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 9:54 am

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Improved electricity access has little impact on climate change

Expanding access to household electricity services accounts for only a small portion of total emission growth, shows a new study, shedding light on an ongoing debate on potential conflicts between climate and development.

Posted on 19 October 2014 | 7:17 pm

Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants

A major breakthrough could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs and dioxins, scientists say. The result is a culmination of 15 years of research. It details how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants. 

Posted on 19 October 2014 | 7:15 pm

Asbestos likely more widespread than previously thought

Naturally occurring asbestos minerals may be more widespread than previously thought, with newly discovered sources now identified within the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The asbestos-rich areas are in locations not previously considered to be at risk, according to a new report. “These minerals were found where one wouldn’t expect or think to look,” said a co-researcher of the study. The naturally occurring asbestos was found in Boulder City, Nevada, in the path of a construction zone to build a multi-million dollar highway.

Posted on 19 October 2014 | 1:45 pm

Scale of declines of UK migratory birds wintering in Africa revealed

The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature’s greatest annual events. Every spring some species move in one direction, while every autumn those same species move in the opposite one, very often linking continents. Although these migration patterns are as regular as the seasons, monitoring is revealing that, for some species, fewer birds are making the journey each season as the populations of these birds, including species nesting in the UK, are declining rapidly.

Posted on 18 October 2014 | 12:51 am

Australian volcanic mystery explained

Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia’s only active volcanic area. The volcanism springs from a unique interaction between the continent’s movement north and local variations in its thickness.

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 10:37 pm

Climate change alters cast of winter birds

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 10:34 pm

New data about endangered marsh harrier distribution in Europe

The use of ringing recoveries — a conventional method used to study bird migration — in combination with more modern techniques such as species distribution modelling and stable isotope analysis is useful to understand better bird distribution patterns and origin considering place and time of the year.

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 1:53 pm

Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms

Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish.

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 1:29 pm

NASA begins sixth year of airborne Antarctic ice change study

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year’s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice sheet that recently was found to be in irreversible decline.

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 11:28 pm

First detailed map of aboveground forest carbon stocks in Mexico unveiled

The first detailed map of aboveground forest carbon stocks of Mexico has been released by researchers. This carbon stock inventory is very valuable for Mexico, as one of the first tropical nations to voluntarily pledge to mitigation actions within the context of the United Nation’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation program.

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 9:06 pm