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Bird flu ‘likely spreading in cows since last year’ as concerns grow over US virus detection systems

Bird flu ‘likely spreading in cows since last year’ as concerns grow over US virus detection systems

The apparent ability of the virus to spread between cows is significant because it provides more opportunities for it to evolve to better infect other mammals, potentially including humans.  Of particular concern is whether H5N1 might now be able to infect pigs, often described as ‘mixing vessels’ for influenza and making it more likely that the virus could spill over into humans.  There have also been unconfirmed reports that the virus has jumped from cows back to birds, highlighting the potential threat of recombination – when different viruses merge and mix their properties together to create a new strain. Dr Gerlad Parker, Associate Dean for Global One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said the cattle outbreak demonstrated the need to improve pathogen surveillance in the US. “The virus is more widespread than what has been reported … and has likely been circulating in cattle for some time before recognised in February, and it also tells us we must modernise surveillance systems in a one health manner that integrates animal and …

Pro-Palestinian protests grow on college campuses as tensions rise 

Pro-Palestinian protests grow on college campuses as tensions rise 

Tensions are continuing to rise among college campuses across the nation, as more pro-Palestinian protests break out, prompting canceled in-person classes and student arrests. Columbia University was thrust into the spotlight last week when New York Police Department (NYPD) officers began to arrest students participating in a pro-Palestinian demonstration at the request of school officials. Students launched last Wednesday what they called the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment.” The protests prompted the school to move classes online Monday as University president Minouche Shafik faces calls to resign after being questioned from the House Education Committee on campus antisemitism last week. The school has now moved all main campus classes — excluding art-based programs — to a hybrid format for the remainder of the semester. Similar demonstrations have popped up on other campuses as well, including New York University and Yale University. NYU officials asked the NYPD to respond to a demonstration on its campus after protesters set up an encampment earlier that day. NYPD confirmed to The Hill Monday that multiple people from NYU were taken into custody amid …

‘Like the Somme without the generals’: Tory nerves grow as local elections loom | Local elections

‘Like the Somme without the generals’: Tory nerves grow as local elections loom | Local elections

The local elections on 2 May have long been regarded as a moment of high peril for Rishi Sunak, with the results likely to anticipate his party’s fate at the next election. “My colleagues are feeling very restless,” admits one moderate Tory MP. “Rishi needs to show us that the general election isn’t already lost. If we lose the mayoralties in May then I’m afraid we could be on course for a total wipeout. It could be very dangerous for him.” The Tories have already priced in heavy losses in the council elections, with experts predicting they face defeat in as many as half of their contested seats. Loyalists point out that many were last fought in 2021, when a still relatively popular Boris Johnson was in No 10 and the government had not yet been rocked by the Partygate scandal or Liz Truss’s emergency budget. The party was also 10 points ahead of Labour in the national polls – but are now 20 points behind. Such a high-water mark means that, four years on, …

Marijuana grow busted in Maine as feds investigate trend in 20 states

Marijuana grow busted in Maine as feds investigate trend in 20 states

PORTLAND, Maine — The high electricity consumption of a home, its cardboard-covered windows and odor of marijuana drew law enforcement’s attention to an illicit grow operation off the beaten path in rural Maine. The bust of the home with a hidden grow operation and seizure of nearly 40 pounds of processed marijuana marked the latest example of what authorities describe as a yearslong trend of foreign nationals to exploit U.S. state laws that have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical use to produce marijuana for the illicit markets in the U.S. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating international criminal organizations that are operating illegal marijuana grows in about 20 states, including Maine, Attorney Garland Merrick Garland told the Senate Appropriations Committee this week, in response to a question raised by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Federal law enforcement officials said there currently are about 100 illicit grow operations in Maine, like the one in Passadumkeag, about 60 miles north of Bangor, and about 40 search warrants have been issued since June. In Passadumkeag, …

Rishi Sunaks Electoral Hurdles Grow Steeper

Rishi Sunaks Electoral Hurdles Grow Steeper

In less than a fortnight’s time, on May 2, millions of voters across the country will go to the polls for local elections. With experts unanimously predicting catastrophe for the Tories, it is no exaggeration to say that they could seal Rishi Sunak’s fate. Tory commentator Tim Montgomerie certainly thinks so, telling Sky News: “I think it’s very likely, in two weeks’ time, we will have some kind of leadership contest in the Conservative Party.” Even if the prime minister were to survive until the summer, new polling seen by HuffPost UK this week suggests that his chances of somehow pulling off a general election win are effectively zero. On every measure, the Tories are trailing Labour by a huge margin, with no chance of them closing the gap between now and polling day. Add in the latest revelations of Tory sleaze, as well as further delays to his flagship Rwanda plan, and it’s easy to see why there is universal gloom among Conservative MPs. One former cabinet minister said: “The main problem for Rishi …

Best eyelash serums to grow stronger, longer lashes

Best eyelash serums to grow stronger, longer lashes

Professor Augustinus Bader launched his eponymous collection to bring to market products that encourage the body’s own process of healing. This is through his skincare which is beloved by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian to his haircare. Within the latter category is a reparative gem, the Eyebrow & Lash Enhancing Serum. This is another luxury product, and its mission is to bring fullness to the hair above your eyes as well as leave you with luscious lashes. The heavily researched, science-backed formula contains the brand’s patented TFC8, a Trigger Factor Complex that was created to combat damaging environmental stress. This, combined with a cocktail of stimulating actives, has made this product clinically proven to add density to brows and lashes. It imparts crucial nutrients like biotin that supercharge your own repair process as well as winter algae, peptide-rich turmeric and hyaluronic acid to prevent shedding and act as a protective moisture barrier. Source link

Maybe bullshit doesn’t make the art grow profounder after all

Maybe bullshit doesn’t make the art grow profounder after all

According to new research, bullshit does not always make the art grow profounder. The research team found that art descriptions had little influence on profoundness and attractiveness ratings of artwork. This research was published in the journal Empirical Studies of the Arts. Human beings have a tendency to discern patterns in their environment, a trait that has evolutionary benefits, such as distinguishing between potential threats and harmless phenomena. This ability also extends into the realm of uncertainty and risk taking, where cognitive functions serve to manage such perceptions and plan accordingly. People generally favor meaning in their surroundings, which could explain the diverse reactions to abstract art. While some individuals appreciate the unconventional nature of abstract art, others struggle with the lack of recognizable patterns, often resulting in disapproval unless they can ascribe their own meaning to the work. The way in which art is presented significantly influences how it is received and appreciated. Prior research has shown that contextual information like titles and descriptions can enhance viewers’ understanding and enjoyment of artworks. Titles and …

Philippines plans Balikatan exercise with U.S. as concerns over China grow

Philippines plans Balikatan exercise with U.S. as concerns over China grow

MANILA — The Philippines and the United States are preparing to hold their most ambitious joint military exercise yet next week as tensions between the Philippines and China escalate in the South China Sea, according to more than a dozen officials. For the first time since the annual exercise started in 1991, the Philippines and the United States will conduct joint naval drills beyond the 12 nautical miles of the Philippines’ territorial waters, in parts of open sea claimed by China, officials said. More than 16,000 soldiers from the two militaries will operate out of a joint command center to perform four major activities with a focus on countering maritime and air attacks. Officials said in interviews that in one operation, troops will simultaneously secure two islands along the western and northern coasts of the Philippines before transporting High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, onto the islands for live-firing exercises. In another operation, Philippine naval vessels will debut a newly procured ship-based missile system, working with U.S. Air Force squadrons to strike and sink …

Vigil for WPC Yvonne Fletcher as hopes grow for prosecution 40 years after ‘callous’ murder | UK News

Vigil for WPC Yvonne Fletcher as hopes grow for prosecution 40 years after ‘callous’ murder | UK News

More than a thousand people are expected to flood a pretty London square to celebrate the life of a police officer murdered there exactly 40 years ago. PC Yvonne Fletcher, 25, was shot dead by a bullet fired from inside the Libyan embassy while she was policing a demonstration outside the building. No-one was ever charged with her murder, but campaigners are hoping this year to bring a private prosecution against a former Libyan minister who was there that day. Former PC John Murray, who comforted PC Fletcher as she lay dying, said: “I cradled Yvonne’s head in my hands and I promised her that one day I would get justice for her. I’m still fighting for it. “I knew that as soon as the Crown Prosecution Service said it wasn’t interested, that it would be down to me. We are nearly there.” Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said he would join the Metropolitan police force in paying tribute to PC Fletcher, who “had her whole career and her whole life ahead of her” when she …

Tiny nematode worms can grow enormous mouths and become cannibals

Tiny nematode worms can grow enormous mouths and become cannibals

The enormous mouth of a tiny nematode worm Sara Wighard and Ralf Sommer / Max Planck Institute for Biology Tubingen Tiny soil worms called nematodes usually feast on bacteria or algae, and have tiny mouths to suit their diet. But give a baby nematode some fungus and its mouth can as much as double in size – giving it the ability to cannibalise its companions. That is what Ralf Sommer at the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Tübingen, Germany, and his colleagues found when studying the development of the predatory soil nematode worm Allodiplogaster sudhausi. When the young worms were raised on Penicillium fungus and cheese, some of them grew up into huge-mouthed cannibals. “We were blown away,” he says. The team knew of other mouth shapes found in this species that arise from different diets – nematodes that feed on bacteria have narrow mouths and those that eat a nematode species much smaller than themselves have mouths that are a bit wider. But this extreme variant, which the researchers dubbed the “teratostomatous” or …