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Source: The Guradian

Invasion of the ‘frankenbees’: the danger of building a better bee

Today 13:36 GMT

The prospect horrifies many bee people – from commercial beekeepers such as Haefeker to passionate amateurs – who see a lab-made superbee as a direct threat to the smaller, struggling bee species.

Some beekeepers worry that, if the agriculture industry succeeds in building and patenting a blockbuster, mite-free, pesticide-proof superbee, it would dominate and destroy the vibrant local market in conventional bee strains.

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Source: The Guradian

Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists

Today 13:36 GMT

Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis.

Many scientists think a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth has begun, propelled by human destruction of wildlife, and 83% of wild mammals have already gone. The new work puts this in the context of the evolution and extinction of species that occurred for billions of years before modern humans arrived.

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Source: Global News

No fines. No public warning. And an ‘off the chart’ air quality indicator in Saskatchewan’s oil & gas country

Today 13:36 GMT

Saskatchewan government dodges questions about potentially dangerous oil industry failures. In addition to emissions of H2S from oil wells and tanks, the former employee expressed concerns about the impact on public health of benzene, another substance leaked from oil and gas facilities which, research shows, can lead to cancer and other health problems.

Provincial incident reports and new “off the chart” air quality indicators reveal public health concerns reaching across southeastern Saskatchewan that have gone unpublicized, and unpunished, for years.

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Source: DW

United Arab Emirates charges UK academic with spying

Today 13:36 GMT

A British academic who was in the United Arab Emirates to research the effects of the Arab Spring on the country has been charged with spying.

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Monday that British doctoral student Matthew Hedges had been charged with spying.

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Source: The Guradian

Viking ship burial discovered in Norway just 50cm underground

Today 09:57 GMT

Archaeologists have discovered a Viking ship burial in Norway using ground-penetrating radar that suggests the 20-metre keel and many of its timbers remain well preserved just half a metre below the topsoil.

It was a five-metre boat, surviving only as lines of hundreds of rivets and fragments of timber in the soil, that held a man buried with his shield, sword and spear and other grave goods including an Irish brooch and a drinking horn.

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Source: DW

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi-Turkish team arrives to search consulate

Today 13:35 GMT

A joint Turkish-Saudi team of inspectors has arrived to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Turkish investigators on Monday began a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. The team arrived in an unmarked police car and made no comments to reporters gathered outside the consulate as international concern grew over Khashoggi's fate.

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Source: DW

German police search for clues in Cologne hostage-taking

Today 13:36 GMT

Police on Tuesday searched a flat in Cologne, as they investigate Monday's   attack and hostage-taking at the city's central train station, with the perpetrator already in custody and severely wounded following his arrest.

Authorities have urged the public to upload footage and photographs taken during a hostage-taking situation  to an online portal as they search for more clues into the attack.

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Source: Common Domain

The New, Improved World of Infant Care

Today 13:36 GMT

A wave of innovation in newborn care is giving infants a better start in life—and could improve Americans’ health far into the future.

A growing movement to provide better postpartum care aims to help all new mothers better care for themselves—and thus their babies. At the same time, researchers are gaining new insights into genetic and environmental influences on the fetus, such as a mother’s obesity or exposure to toxic substances.

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Source: Global News

These are the most popular Halloween costumes of 2018

Today 13:36 GMT

According to search data, Canadians are going to dress up like their favourite celebrities, characters and mystical creatures this Halloween.

Data from eBay found that Canadian searches on the site for Markle-related costumes increased by 300 per cent this year. But people don’t want to just read about Markle, they want to dress like her, too.

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Source: The Guradian

Trouble brewing: climate change to cause 'dramatic' beer shortages

Today 13:36 GMT

Trouble is brewing for the world’s beer drinkers, with climate change set to cause “dramatic” price spikes and supply shortages, according to new research.

This means disproportionately large decreases in barley for brewing, “ultimately resulting in dramatic regional decreases in beer consumption and increases in beer prices”. “Future climate and pricing conditions could put beer out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world,” said Prof Steven Davis, at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the research team.

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Source: Common Domain

Beer Makers’ Steps to Mitigate Climate Change Might Not Be Enough, Study Shows

Today 13:36 GMT

Brewers including Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, Molson Coors Brewing Co. and Carlsberg A/S are taking steps to maintain supplies of barley, the main crop used in beer, amid climate change.

Running computer models to gauge effects on barley, researchers find that in worst-case scenario, beer prices could double and beer drinking in U.S. could drop 20%

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Source: The Guradian

Would you eat insects to save the planet from global warming?

Today 11:47 GMT

The less said about how our eating habits could potentially save the planet, perhaps the closer we’ll come to actually achieving it.

Before the 180 participants in the study were offered a chocolate truffle filled with mealworms, half of the group were given a flyer saying that eating insects was good for them and the environment, while the other half were told the insects were either delicious or trendy to eat.

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Source: The Guradian

Political ads study finds the right favors Google, the left Facebook and Twitter

Today 10:51 GMT

Left-leaning organizations are dominating political ads on Facebook and Twitter while rightwing advertisers are outspending liberal groups on Google, according to new research.

The research followed Facebook, Twitter and Google implementing policies and portals this year designed to provide the public insight into political ads. The Silicon Valley companies have faced mounting pressure surrounding election interference and propaganda polluting the platforms.

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Source: Global News

COMMENTARY: Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive

Sunday 23:41 GMT

While this may be so, it does not, in itself, prove that healthy diets are necessarily more expensive or cost-prohibitive.

If your idea of eating healthy is salads or wraps, you’re missing out on these meals. Research shows that in developed countries, more affluent and educated people tend to consume higher-quality diets — including more fruits and vegetables, fish and whole grains. Conversely, socioeconomically disadvantaged people report diets that are nutrient-poor and energy-dense, replete with foods like pasta, potatoes, table sugar, fried foods and processed meats.

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Source: BBC

Why gene editing could create so many jobs

Monday 23:41 GMT

The UK government predicts there could be more than 18,000 new jobs created by gene and cell therapy in Britain alone by 2030, while the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates it will see a 7% increase in jobs for biomedical engineers and a 13% increase in medical scientists, together accounting for around 17,500 jobs.

As more treatments that rely on gene editing move from research laboratories into hospitals around the world, the demand for the skilled genetic engineers who make it possible is expected to soar.


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