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Climate change intensifies deadly bird rivalry

Climate change intensifies deadly bird rivalry

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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Pied flycatchers are turning up dead in the nests of great tits, and new research suggests global warming is to blame for the interspecies violence. Pied flycatchers and great tits are natural rivals. The two bird species compete for similar nesting sites, and both rely on caterpillars, an abundant but short-lived food source, to feed their young. Having spent years studying the two species, researcher Jelmer Samplonius began to notice some years hosted dozens of flycatcher deaths, while other years were nearly free of fatalities. In an attempt to better understand the fluctuating violence, researchers surveyed the number of pied flycatcher fatalities observed in great tit nest boxes in the Netherlands between 2007 and 2016. The data showed that during the deadliest years...
Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

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Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. Last year there was an estimated 900,000 hospitalizations, and more than 80,000 deaths, according to new data released by the CDC on Thursday. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000. The number of people vaccinated dropped last year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent -- far below the goal of 80 percent. With the new vaccine now available, U.S. government officia...
More Than 130,000 Lbs. of Ground Beef Recalled Due to Deadly E. Coli Contamination

More Than 130,000 Lbs. of Ground Beef Recalled Due to Deadly E. Coli Contamination

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Those affected reported feeling sick between July 5 and July 25. Colorado-based meat producer Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling over 130,000 lbs. of ground beef products due to a possible E. coli contamination. The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall on Wednesday following reports of a death and 17 people falling ill with E.Coli. Those affected reported feeling sick between July 5 and July 25 and after an investigation, the government organization confirmed that the “probable source” of the outbreak was Cargill Meat. The contaminated products, which were distributed nationwide, were packaged and produced on June 21, and were...
Sea level to increase risk of deadly tsunamis

Sea level to increase risk of deadly tsunamis

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Aug. 15 (UPI) -- New research suggests sea level rise caused by manmade global warming is likely to increase the risk of devastating tsunamis. Just 12 inches of sea level, scientists at Virginia Tech found, would put coastal communities in greater danger. Climate change isn't altering the planet's tectonics, so tsunami-generating earthquakes aren't likely to become more frequent. But rising global temperatures are melting Earth's glaciers, accelerating sea level rise, which amplifies the impact of extreme flooding events. When Virginia Tech researchers ran simulations to measure the risk of tsunami-caused flooding, they found sea level rise had a surprisingly large effect. "Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsun...
Saving koalas: Gene study promises solution to deadly sex disease

Saving koalas: Gene study promises solution to deadly sex disease

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Despite being (possibly) the world's cuddliest creature, the super-sweet koala is also one of the unluckiest animals on the planet.Australia's most famous tree hugger has been ravaged by sexually transmitted disease, attacks from dogs, being hit by cars and habitat loss.Chlamydia has spread fast in koalas, causing infertility and blindness.But scientists say decoding the genome should lead to an effective vaccine for the STD. In fact, researchers say they've been amazed by the information that's been hidden in the marsupial's DNA. While they didn't find a gene for cuteness, they've worked out how koalas can survive solely on a diet of eucalyptus - which poisons most other creatures that consume it. Genes that are switched on in the koala's "cast-iron live...