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  • This Albino Redwood Tree Isn't Dead — But It Came Close

    Science
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tree is getting a second chance at life.» E-Mail This
  • Did the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs hit at just the wrong time?

    L.A. Times - Science
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Bad timing can be deadly. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs smashed into Earth during a period of environmental turmoil when the ancient food web was vulnerable to collapse, according to a new analysis in the journal Biological Reviews.
  • West Nile's record season has residents concerned about fogging

    Flu news
    <p class="bylinejb">By Eric Kurhi<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:ekurhi@mercurynews.com'>ekurhi@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    As of July 3, Santa Clara County logged 273 birds infected with the West Nile virus, more than 60 percent of the positives counted statewide and more than threefold the number found in all of 2013. That means more mosquito fogging, and more residents concerned about pesticide hazards.
  • Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

    Disease Outbreak News
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    WHO continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The Ebola epidemic trend remains precarious, with community and health-facility transmissions of infection still taking place. Between 21 and 23 July 2014, 96 new cases and 7 deaths were reported from Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Guinea, 12 new cases and 5 deaths were reported during the same period. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The surge in the number of new EVD cases in Guinea after weeks of low viral activity demonstrates that undetected…
  • Fist bumps beat handshakes

    CNN.com - Health
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    CNN's Adam Dunnakey looks at a new study that says high fives and fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene.
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  • This Albino Redwood Tree Isn't Dead — But It Came Close

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tree is getting a second chance at life.» E-Mail This
  • To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

    Geoff Brumfiel
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes.» E-Mail This
  • With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

    Rob Stein
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia.» E-Mail This
  • Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

    Robert Krulwich
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.» E-Mail This
  • How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

    Michaeleen Doucleff
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: the rapid decline of fish and fauna.» E-Mail This
 
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  • West Nile's record season has residents concerned about fogging

    <p class="bylinejb">By Eric Kurhi<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:ekurhi@mercurynews.com'>ekurhi@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    As of July 3, Santa Clara County logged 273 birds infected with the West Nile virus, more than 60 percent of the positives counted statewide and more than threefold the number found in all of 2013. That means more mosquito fogging, and more residents concerned about pesticide hazards.
  • West Nile's record season has residents concerned about fogging

    <p class="bylinejb">By Eric Kurhi<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:ekurhi@mercurynews.com'>ekurhi@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    As of July 3, Santa Clara County logged 273 birds infected with the West Nile virus, more than 60 percent of the positives counted statewide and more than threefold the number found in all of 2013. That means more mosquito fogging, and more residents concerned about pesticide hazards.
  • Contra Costa County reports seventh flu-related death

    <p class="bylinejb">By Katie Nelson<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Contra Costa Times
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:19 am
    Health officials announced another flu-related death in Contra Costa County on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths up to seven since December.The woman, who as not been identified, was in her 40s. Officials did not specify if the woman had any underlying health problems.
  • Bay Area health: Flu deaths down as measles cases increase

    <p class="bylinejb">By Erin Ivie <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com'>eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com</a>
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Measles cases were on the rise in three Bay Area counties this week as the region reported no flu-related deaths for the first time in over two months.
  • H1N1 flu returns, with people under 65 most affected

    By Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington Post
    20 Feb 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The H1N1 virus responsible for the 2009 global pandemic is back. State health officials from across the country say the resurgence is resulting in a dramatic rise in flu deaths in young and middle-aged adults and in children this season.
 
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  • Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    WHO continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The Ebola epidemic trend remains precarious, with community and health-facility transmissions of infection still taking place. Between 21 and 23 July 2014, 96 new cases and 7 deaths were reported from Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Guinea, 12 new cases and 5 deaths were reported during the same period. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The surge in the number of new EVD cases in Guinea after weeks of low viral activity demonstrates that undetected…
  • Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    WHO continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Between 18 – 20 July 2014, 45 new cases and 28 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The respective Ministries of Health continue to work with WHO and its partners to implement outbreak containment measures. The Regional Director, WHO African Region, began official visits to the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone on 21 July 2014. On the first leg of his…
  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    On 12 July 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported to WHO an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The patient is a 67-year-old woman from Kerman Province. The patient had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and was admitted to a hospital on 6 June 2014 due to a COPD exacerbation. The patient was discharged on 14 June 2014 and continued treatment at home. She was in a stable condition until she developed severe acute respiratory symptoms and was readmitted to a hospital on 25…
  • Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    WHO continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported from 15 – 17 July 2014. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The EVD outbreak in Guinea continues to show a declining trend, with no new cases reported during this period. Critical analyses and review of the current outbreak response is being undertaken to inform the process of developing prioritized national…
  • Update on polio in Equatorial Guinea

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As of 16 July 2014, Equatorial Guinea has reported a total of 5 wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases, with onset of paralysis between 28 January 2014 (first case) and 3 May 2014 (most recent case). Genetic sequencing indicated that the cases are linked to the ongoing outbreak in Cameroon. A national emergency action plan to respond to the polio outbreak was developed by the Ministry of Health and polio partner agencies and is being implemented. Three nationwide campaigns with bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) have already been conducted in the country - two campaigns targeting children under…
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  • Fist bumps beat handshakes

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    CNN's Adam Dunnakey looks at a new study that says high fives and fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene.
  • Fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    CNN's Adam Dunnakey looks at a new study that says high fives and fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene.
  • Meet the woman who built a spin empire

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Would you spend $34 on an exercise class? SoulCycle co-founder Elizabeth Cutler thinks you will.
  • 10 yoga poses to beat stress

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Don't let stress get the best of you! Start your day off right with this yoga sequence for beginners. These 10 yoga poses will have you feeling refreshed in no time.
  • First impressions made in 100 ms

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals.
 
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  • GC Videocast - MENA Insights: Dr Chérif Chentir, Chief Underwriting Officer from SCOR SE

    GC Editor
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In our first MENA Insights interview, Dr Chérif Chentir, Chief Underwriting Officer, Middle East, South Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, SCOR SE, talks about the mega-projects taking place in the region and his belief that insurance penetration can only move in one direction. He looks back over his long career and charts the development of [...]
  • GC Videocast - MENA Insights: Nick Frankland, CEO, Guy Carpenter’s EMEA Operations

    GC Editor
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to the beginning of a new series of video interviews with an esteemed panel of experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The MENA Insights interviews, conducted by Guy Carpenter, offer a snapshot of how (re)insurance in MENA is developing and the many opportunities for re/insurers. The series is intended to [...]
  • Uncertain Future: Evolving Terrorism Risk, Executive Summary

    GC Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The threat from terrorism has undergone significant change since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Heightened and more effective counter-terrorism activities in the following years have prevented repeat attacks on the scale of those carried out in New York and Washington D.C. Nevertheless, al-Qaeda and its affiliates, along with individuals inspired by the movement, still [...]
  • The Drivers of Agriculture Insurance in Asia, Part III: What Influences Agriculture Insurance?

    GC Editor
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Peter Book, Head of Agriculture, Asia Pacific Contact Having recognized what is driving agriculture and the importance of risk transfer, the next step is to look at what is influencing the insurance of agriculture and the impact of certain agents, ranging from governments to the (re)insurance industry. Again a simple examination of the supply and demand equation for [...]
  • Week’s Top Stories: July 19 — 25, 2014

    GC Editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Drivers of Agriculture Insurance in Asia, Part I: Introduction: Greater demands are being placed on Asia’s agricultural sector as the region’s rapidly changing economies and their increasingly affluent populations seek to boost living standards. This, in turn, will fuel the development of insurance products necessary to underpin the growth in agriculture. Read the article>>    Atlantic Hurricane [...]
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