Biology

Smartphones used to detect parasitic worms

NAIROBI 13 March 2013 (IRIN) - A smartphone, a strip of double-sided tape and a simple glass lens could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts of the world, where even the most basic medical testing is hard to come by.

Cholera outbreak in Congo

BRAZZAVILLE 15 March 2013 (IRIN) - An influx of migrants from the countryside into the Republic of Congo's second largest city, Pointe-Noire, is exacerbating a cholera outbreak that began in November 2012. The outbreak infected at least 389 and killed 10, according to the health ministry and local authorities.

Carbon emissions helping to make Earth greener

Originally Published by New Scientist

– Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is stimulating photosynthesis and boosting Earth’s plant cover – but the long-term consequences remain unclear    

Apes are emotional about choices

 BBCOriginally Published by the BBC - Chimpanzees and bonobos react emotionally - sometimes appearing to throw "tantrums" - when they take risks that fail to pay off, say scientists.

U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up

 Monsanto Originally Published by ENS - Two days before thousands of people across the United States plan to march against Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, the U.S.

Research on Microbes Points To New Tools for Conservation

Photo of a pair of frogs. Courtesy of Vance VrendenburgOriginally Published by e360 - Improvements in DNA technology now make it possible for biologists to identify every living organism in and around a species.

UNICEF – Cholera Toolkit 2013

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