November 16, 2019

WHO approves world’s first-ever dengue vaccine

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By Ted Andersen/Geneva From TIME The painful and sometimes deadly mosquito-borne disease is on the rise, but a new vaccine could help the most vulnerable populations The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday endorsed the world’s first-ever vaccine for dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus that threatens to infect close to half of the […]

Shell expects oil price recovery to take several years

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By Ron Bousso, Karolin Schaps and Dmitry Zhdannikov, Reuters From Business Insider LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell expects oil prices to recover gradually over the next five years, with progress slowed by persistent global oversupply and receding Chinese demand growth. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is betting on crude rising to $90 a barrel by […]

Ants have learned to form daisy chains to cooperatively move heavy things!

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By hipstomp / Rain Noe From core77 Ants like to move things, presumably to carry them back to their nests. Which doesn’t make much sense when ant hill entrances are tiny and you see them hauling back things like this relatively huge Dorito chip: But who knows, maybe it’s just about the accomplishment of dragging […]

Caribbean chikungunya originated recently in Asia

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From croftsblogs Via Emerging Infectious Diseases, a remarkable report: Transcontinental Movement of Asian Genotype Chikungunya Virus. Excerpt: In agreement with findings in a recent report characterizing the 2013 CHIKV detected on St. Martin Island (6), the phylogenetic tree generated from our sequence data showed that the 2014 CHIKV from BVI is within the Asian genotype […]