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New bird flu strain H7N9 called 'one of the most lethal' as it spreads outside China

A new strain of avian influenza (bird flu) that has killed 22 people so far in China is "one of the most lethal influenza viruses" that scientists have ever encountered, according to Keiji Fukuda, an official with the World Health Organization (WHO). Fukuda also said of the new H7N9 virus strain …

New Bird Flu Spreads: What You Need To Know

The deadly H7N9 has advanced beyond mainland China.<p>The avian H7N9 virus keeps spreading in China and even beyond the mainland, with one case confirmed in Taiwan April 24.<p>We updated you on April 12 about the state of the outbreak. Since then, more people have gotten sick and died, and scientists are …

Years-old phallic imagery from Mars rover sparks a fresh wave of titters

Some Mars maniacs just won't grow up: A picture of the track patterns left behind by the Mars rovers' standard turning maneuver has drawn giggles and gasps — merely because it looks like a penis scrawled on the Red Planet.<p>"The rude drawing has emerged in a series of images taken by one of its rover …

US national security advisor says climate change is threat, calls for emissions reductions

Scientists and advocates have called for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for years. But now the White House national security advisor is joining in the chorus. Tom Donilon, the national security advisor to President Barack Obama, gave a lengthy speech in New York City today, to mark the …

1960s Satellite Images Add To Evidence Of Shrinking Sea Ice

Scientists have digitized and analyzed imagery taken by one of the first U.S. weather satellites to create a montage showing the extent of polar sea ice in 1964 so they can compare it to more recent satellite photos.<p>The images from low Earth orbit beamed down by the Nimbus I satellite in 1964 …

No more droop: LED future looks bright - Futurity

UC SANTA BARBARA (US) — Researchers have conclusively identified what causes light emitting diodes (LEDs) …

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Earth Day Pictures: 20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space

Auroras, glaciers, and gullies feature among the most stunning pictures of Earth from space, chosen by National Geographic photo editors for Earth Day 2011.

RNC Beats DNC Fundraising With Small Donors, Romney Transfers

WASHINGTON -- Neither the Republican National Committee nor the Democratic National Committee had a phenomenal first quarter of fundraising in 2013. Both pulled in less than $20 million over the first three months of the year, but the RNC came out on top by $4.4 million, according to Federal …

Congressional Term-Limits Bill Introduced By House Lawmakers

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) is the latest federal legislator to propose a constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on federal lawmakers.<p>Salmon and five House cosponsors introduced Joint Resolution 41 on Tuesday. The proposed constitutional amendment would limit House members to three …

The Gun Debate I Lost

During the opening rounds of a gun debate in London, beamed globally by Google Plus, I thought I was doing quite well. I started by telling the audience, brought together by Intelligence Squared, that I recently was showing off photos of my grandchildren in a doctor's waiting room, when they …

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Here's What A National Internet Sales Tax Will Cost You

The Senate opened the floor for a new round of debates on the hotly contested Marketplace Fairness Act, which would create the first national Internet sales tax.<p>The bill would basically level the playing field for online and brick-and-mortar retailers, charging customers sales tax on purchases both …

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