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Feb 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s ‘Mr. Spock,’ dies at 83

By Will Dunham

(Reuters) – Leonard Nimoy, famed for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on the “Star Trek” science fiction TV series and movies, has died after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the New York Times reported on Friday. He was 83.

The paper, citing confirmation from his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, said Nimoy, who had grappled with a love-hate relationship for his logical human-alien screen self, died Friday morning at his Los Angeles home.

Feb 26, 2015

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A drug derived from a Chinese
medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection,
effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do
its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday.

The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine,
blocked infection of human white blood cells in lab dishes and
prevented Ebola virus disease in lab mice. More research is
needed, including monkey studies, before it can be tested in
people, they added.

Feb 25, 2015

Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Common additives in ice
cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may
promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and
Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related
conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

The researchers focused on emulsifiers, chemicals added to
many food products to improve texture and extend shelf life. In
mouse experiments, they found emulsifiers can change the species
composition of gut bacteria and induce intestinal inflammation.

Feb 25, 2015

Chockablock with crocs: Seven species rocked ancient Amazon basin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If one croc is reason enough to stay out of the water, how about dipping your toes in a place with seven different croc species including two 26-foot (8-meter) monsters, all living side by side eating just about anything that moves?

That is what life was like in the lush Peruvian Amazon basin 13 million years ago. It featured Earth’s all-time croc bloc: the most crocodilian species dwelling in the same place and time in our planet’s history, scientists said on Tuesday.

Feb 23, 2015

U.S. homeland security says aware of no credible threat against malls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Sunday it was not aware of any specific plot against U.S. shopping malls, backing away from comments by the department’s chief that he takes seriously a threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping sites in the West.

Some U.S. and Canadian officials had earlier cast doubt on the credibility of the threat made in a video attributed to al Shabaab, which appeared to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London’s Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

Feb 22, 2015

U.S. homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab mall threat

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. homeland security
chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by
Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites
in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged
people there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a
video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on
Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America,
the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London’s Oxford Street and
sites in Paris.

Feb 22, 2015

Homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab mall threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London’s Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

Feb 22, 2015

Homeland Security shutdown can be avoided by Friday: senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Republican senators said they expected Congress will avoid a shutdown over the Department of Homeland Security, which faces a partial shutdown on Feb. 27 amid a GOP push to roll back President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pressed lawmakers to resolve the deadlock, expressing frustration at what he described as finger-pointing between House and Senate lawmakers over who is to blame if Congress fails to enact a spending bill to keep the department running.

Feb 19, 2015

Sunbathers take heed: skin damage continues hours after exposure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Here’s a warning to sunbathers everywhere. Scientists have found that the skin damage caused by UV rays does not stop once you get out of the sun.

Researchers said on Thursday much of the potentially cancer-causing damage wrought by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning beds occurs up to three to four hours after exposure thanks to chemical changes involving the pigment melanin.

Feb 19, 2015

Bigger is better: 19th century hypothesis gets fresh endorsement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Renowned 19th century American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope proposed “Cope’s Rule,” hypothesizing that animal lineages tend to increase in body size over time.

The dinosaur fossils he dug up in the American West seemed to bear this out. But Cope was not infallible. In a mistake famed in the annals of paleontology, he published a description of the wondrous long-necked marine reptile Elasmosaurus in 1868 with its head erroneously placed at the end of the tail.