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William Payne obituary

Our father, William Payne, who has died aged 93, devoted his working life to improving livestock husbandry in the tropics. He co-wrote what is considered to be the most authoritative book on the subject, An Introduction to Animal Husbandry in the Tropics, first published in 1959 (co-written with Grahame Williamson) and now in a fifth edition (co-written with R Trevor Wilson).Bill was born in...

Dung loaming: how llamas aided the Inca empire

Inca culture spread from Andes after manure from llama herds provided fertiliser for corn crops at high altitudeThe Incas may have created the biggest empire in the Americas and built Machu Picchu, among other wonders, thanks to a previously overlooked ingredient: llama dung.Manure from llama herds provided fertiliser which enabled corn to be cultivated at very high altitudes, allowing the Inca...

China, S.Korea offer support to Japan (AFP)

AFP - China and South Korea on Sunday offered to help Japan recover from the March 11 quake and tsunami as Beijing lifted bans on some food imports imposed after the disasters triggered a nuclear...

After The Rapture

Newsflash: the sudden global disappearance of men, women & children has initiated a scientific and intellectual renaissance such as the world has never ... It's a bright sunny morning. Church bells clang annoyingly, as they do every Sunday morning. (This sort of racket is known as noise pollution in New York City where I am from and yes, you can be fined for this.) Common swifts, Apus apus, are...

China, South Korea vow help in Japan recovery (Reuters)

Reuters - Japan won pledges of help on Sunday from China and South Korea in its efforts to recover from a an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that rocked the nation in March, with Beijing promising to start easing curbs on Japanese food...

Japan, China, South Korea hold summit in Tokyo (AP)

AP - The leaders of China and South Korea agreed Sunday to bolster efforts to aid Japan's disaster recovery as they met with the Japanese prime minister to smooth over differences on Tokyo's handling of its post-tsunami nuclear...

A direct path for understanding and treating brittle bones

A study by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and collaborators at other institutions has provided new insights into the means by which bone cells produce new bone in response to mechanical stresses, such as exercise. Their findings lay a path for developing new strategies for treating diseases characterized by low bone density, such as osteoporosis in adults and osteogenesis imperfecta in...

A study opens the possibility of developing a preventive vaccine against HIV/AIDS

researchers from IDIBAPS/Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, bound to the program HIVACAT (Research Project AIDS Vaccine), for the first time, have included samples of patients treated with a low level of viral replication. 508 samples were analyzed in 364 patients (191 treated and 173 with no antiretroviral treatment) through a new strategy based on the use of recombinant viruses.

EMPHASIS HF: Study shows epleronone to reduce atrial fibrillation

The aldosterone antagonist eplerenone significantly reduced the development of new onset atrial fibrillation and flutter in patients with class 2 heart failure, concludes a sub-analysis of the EMPHASIS-HF trial, presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2011, organized by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology.

Genomics and social network analysis team up to solve disease outbreaks

Combining the cutting-edge technology of whole genome sequencing of bacteria with social networking analysis, public health officials can get a more detailed picture of disease outbreaks that will better help track and stop them, say researchers today at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.