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DNA vaccine shows promising, long-term results against Ebola virus

DNA vaccine shows promising, long-term results against Ebola virus

Health
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A synthetic DNA vaccine is showing immediate and long-term promising results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. Scientists at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Centers designed optimized synthetic DNA vaccine candidates that target a virus surface protein called glycoprotein. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The Zaire Ebolavirus infection causes a severe hemorrhagic fever with a 50 percent fatality rate. Ebola, which is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, first appeared in 1976 in what is now, Nzara, South Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. "Synthetic non-viral based DNA technology allows for rapid vac...
Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

Technology
President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that almost all stories & news is BAD" — and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation. Google is pushing back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't true: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." The president's tweets Tuesday echoed his familiar attacks on the news media — and a conservative talking point that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don't give equal weight to opposing political viewpoints. They also revealed anew his deep-seated frustration over not getting the credit he believes he deserves. The p...
North Sea oil and gas appraisal results better than expected

North Sea oil and gas appraisal results better than expected

Business
Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The results of an appraisal well in the North Sea drilled by a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum were better than expected, a Norwegian regulator stated. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation's energy regulator, assessed the results of an appraisal of a discovery proved in 2009. Before drilling, Lundin Norway estimated the discovery held as much as 13.8 million barrels of oil and 14.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas. After drilling, the NPD's results put the size of the discovery as high 69 million barrels of oil and 70 billion cubic feet of natural gas. "The licensees will assess the discovery with a view toward a potential application to conduct test production, probably by tying in the appraisal well to existing infrastructure on the Edvard Grieg field," the r...
Good results from U.S. offshore auction, but expectations low

Good results from U.S. offshore auction, but expectations low

Business
Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Results from a U.S. auction for drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico showed companies are willing to spend again, but expectations were low, experts said. An auction Wednesday for rights to drill into the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico secured $ 178.1 million in high bids from 29 different companies. That's an increase of 43 percent from the last lease sale in March. William Turner, a research analyst at consultant group Wood Mackenzie, said less acreage was on the auction block and the industry didn't get an incentive from lower royalty rates like they wanted so expectations were low. "However, with an increase in competitive bids and dollar amount from the last round, companies demonstrated their continued confidence in the region," he said in a research note emaile...
Google: An A to Z of search results

Google: An A to Z of search results

Technology
Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too.Most of us simply go back and try again.But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture.So, we went for a run round the alphabet to see who or what the search giant associates with each letter.The results were sourced from queries made via an anonymous Google UK Search, ignoring ads, recent news stories and dictionary/wiki-based results.They were carried out via a browser cleaned of cookies and other tracking data. Your own personalised results may differ, and the ever-evolving nature of the web m...