U.S. avian flu outbreak drives up the price of eggs as supplies are threatened

May 29, 2015 by  
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In 2014, migratory birds carrying highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections brought the disease to the United States, sparking an outbreak that has affected more than 21 million egg-laying hens in Iowa alone, according to IOWA Public Radio . The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Protection reports that as of May 20, 2015, 20 states in the country have reported outbreaks of the HPAI H5 virus, causing concern that national supplies of eggs are at risk. Read the rest of U.S. avian flu outbreak drives up the price of eggs as supplies are threatened Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asia , avian flu , avian influenza , bird flu , center for disease control , commercial poultry , domestic poultry , H5N1 virus , North America avian flu outbreak , price of eggs , wild poultry

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

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France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs . Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years. Read the rest of France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , building efficiency , commercial building , environmental law , Europe , france , government , Green Building , green roof , new construction , photovoltaics , rainwater , solar panels , Solar Power , urban heat island

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

October 21, 2014 by  
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The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses. Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti and an advisor at the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School has been hunting for the elusive and endangered agarikon in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest – one of only a few places in the world along with Europe where these massive fungi grow. Why, you ask? Both in ancient spiritual traditions and modern medicine, agarikon are believed to be one of the most potent medicines known to humanity. Indigenous peoples in both North America and Europe used agarikon to treat a host of illnesses and infectious diseases – ranging from coughs to asthma, and arthritis to infections. Even the ancient Greeks knew of agarikon and called it an “elixir for long life” because it was used to treat tuberculosis. Read the rest of Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agarikon , arthristis , bird flu , disease , fungi , fungus , mushroom , old growth forest , stamets , swine ful , treatment , tuberculosis

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

October 21, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Miklosi , agar agar , airbus , algae , Algae Curtain-a , algae farm , algae farming , algae greenhouses , algae power , algae-powered aircraft , algae-powered LED , algae-powered planes , AlgaeBulb , algaerium , bio-adaptive microalgae facade , bio-reactive louvers , bioluminescence , biophotovoltaic panels , CELSS , Chlorella , chlorella algae , chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina microalgae , claudia pasquero , controlled ecological life support system , crane greenhouses , Diamond DA 42 , dino pet , dinoflagellate algae , eads , eco-city , EcoLogicStudio , energy futures project , ETFE pedals , future fruits , glow in the dar , Gyula Bodonyi , lille , LOOP.PH , marco poletto , Marianne Cauvard , Marin Sawa , micro-ecologies , migro towers , Noisy Jelly , photobioreactor , Photosynthesizing Textile , Raphaël Pluvinage , red algae , renewable energy , simrishamn , Splitterwerk Architects , Sweden , yonder biology

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Scientists Unveil Blueprint for Universal Flu Vaccine

September 24, 2013 by  
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Image © Shutterstock One of the major challenges in fighting influenza worldwide is how rapidly the virus evolves — new strains of the disease emerge every year, rendering older vaccines ineffective. While high-profile scares like avian flu and swine flu are more likely to make the news, the truth is that the seasonal flu kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people around the world each year. That’s why researchers at Imperial College London were so excited to announce they’ve created a “blueprint” for a vaccine that could potentially protect against many existing and future strains of the influenza virus. Read the rest of Scientists Unveil Blueprint for Universal Flu Vaccine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avian flu , bird flu , flu vaccination , flu virus , immune system , influenza , medical breakthrough , pandemic flu , swine flu , universal flu vaccine        

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Vietnam Zoo Owner Gets Jail Time For Selling Dead Tigers

March 28, 2011 by  
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Photo by mamapajama97 via Flickr Creative Commons A zoo keeper in Vietnam was charged with the illegal selling of five endangered tiger carcasses and was sentenced to 3 years in jail. The owner had raised the tigers on his farm near Ho Chi Minh City, but after they died (reportedly from bird flu and choking on a bone), he attempted to sell the carcasses — a product that can earn big money on the black market

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