"They didn't swim from Africa," University of Florida herpetologist Kenneth Krysko said.Compare that with an annual average of six reported shark attack deaths globally.Nile crocs also are known to attack livestock, which would be bad news for cattle farms that border the Everglades.Allyson Gantt, a spokeswoman for Everglades National Park, where one of the reptiles was found, disagrees, saying no Nile crocs still roam the park.But that species grows to only about 80 pounds and feeds on fish, crustaceans and the occasional small mammals.The UF paper said all Florida wetlands and coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas would be hospitable to Nile crocodiles.
What is the Internet s favorite book?Do try this at home: extreme backyard thrills.Human couple had 1,000-plus guests at their wedding — all of them cats.And what are Nile crocodiles doing in Florida?Illustration from MCT archives
Last year, Consumer Reports named the top three repellents from their tests but kept the full rankings under wraps for subscribers.Now, to help people who need to fend off Zika, they ve released the rest for free.The top three on this year s list are Sawyer Fisherman s Formula with 20% picaridin, Ben s Wilderness Formula with 30% DEET, and Repel s 30% Lemon Eucalyptus—a nice sampler of different active ingredients that are all effective against mosquitoes and safe in pregnancy.One cool thing about the full data is that you can see how each repellent fared against three different groups of bloodsuckers: Aedes mosquitoes, which live in warmer climates and can carry viruses like Zika, dengue, and yellow fever; Culex mosquitoes, which live throughout the US and can carry West Nile virus; and deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease.If your favorite repellent isn t on the list, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you re still well-prepared if you use any EPA-registered repellent.All of those have convinced the EPA that they are effective, but they might not repel mosquitoes for as long as Consumer Reports top choices.
If you re only worried about itchy bites, you might be okay with a partially effective product.More importantly, the Aedes mosquitoes found in the southern US, and in central and south America, can carry Zika as well as other nasty diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.Another study, published in Acta Tropica, tested wristbands with geraniol, lemongrass, and citronella oils, likewise with terrible results.If you re moving, or if it s a windy day, the repellent won t be able to surround you.Crush a leaf and rub it on your skin, and then maybe—but even that is an iffy proposition, since many plant oils evaporate quickly.Better yet, convince your neighbors to put one in their yard.
See Photos of Sattjeni's Elaborate Burial Sattjeni was not a royal, but her family practiced royal strategies to hold on to their governing power: She married her sister's widower, and the family also associated itself with the ram-headed deity Khnum, much as pharaohs intermarried to keep power in the family and claimed to be descended from the gods.The necropolis was mainly used to bury the highest officials of the nearby town of Elephantine, the capital of the southernmost province of Egypt, at the end of the third millennium and the beginning of the second 2200 B.C.The governors were buried together with their relatives; the members of their courts officials and domestic service were buried in other smaller and less-decorated tombs.The worker called me, and I went to the bottom of the shaft, where there was a tiny aperture.We must not forget that Sattjeni's family declared themselves heirs of a local god.Perhaps the inner coffin was treated with an organic substance that we have not yet detected.
In a world full of similarly spec'd TVs the LG 32LH520D, designed and manufactured in India, is truly unique.While other series in LG's 2016 lineup focus on high dynamic range HDR and 4K capabilities, the 520D focuses on preventing mosquito-borne epidemics like malaria, West Nile virus, and dengue and yellow fever.LG's latest set achieves this through ultrasonic sound waves – a safer alternative to the chemical solutions Indian families typically use in the home.The ultrasonic sound waves, which are imperceptible to human ears, act as a sort of sound barrier that prevents insects from getting within a certain range of the TV.Outside of the anti-mosquito properties, the 32LH520D has even more functionality for the Indian market including Cricket Mode, which enhances audio clarity and motion rate; Bollywood Mode, which selects the right sound EQ for the Indian movie content; and offers menu settings in 13 different dialects including Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Punjabi.Check out our list of the best 4K TVs in the world
Earlier today, the companies announced a phase I study with 40 healthy subjects to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of the drug.As of May 2016, 58 countries and territories reported continuing mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus; the incidences of viral infection and medical conditions caused by the virus are expanding, not contracting.The company plans to start clinical trials in a few weeks and expects to report the results later this year.It certainly appears that things are moving quickly—and they most certainly are as far as these things go—but it could still take years before GLS-5700 can be used in the field.It s pretty remarkable that clinical testing for a disease that only attained emergency status a few months ago has already been slated for clinical testing.But as we now know, Zika can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly.
Barrera and his team of about 10 scientists and technicians have been working full-time on Zika for the past six months.So why is this Army research lab working on Zika when 15 other academic or government labs are doing the same thing?Zika isn t fatal, and the military is made up of generally young, healthy individuals.With 13 percent of Zika-infected pregnant women giving birth to children with congenital problems, you are going to see hundreds if not thousands of kids that need lifelong care, Thomas says.Rapidly Deploying VaccinesThe scientist whose name adorns the big sign on the building, Walter Reed, was an army doctor who in the 1890s figured out that mosquitoes were spreading yellow fever to workers digging the Panama Canal and civilians living in marshy Washington, DC.As the US military footprint around the world grows, so too does the exposure of soldiers to infectious emerging diseases.
HOUSTON AP — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika.On a hot, humid day this month, Hotez pointed at one pile that included old tires and a smashed-in television with water pooling inside."I'm showing you Zika heaven," said Hotez, the tropical medicine dean at Baylor College of Medicine.Hotez and other tropical disease specialists are most concerned about impoverished urban areas along the Gulf Coast, where the numbers of the mosquito that spreads Zika are expected to spike.Texas already has dealt with dengue fever, transmitted by the same mosquito.Zika causes only a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people.
Queen Victoria and Teddy Roosevelt will give the world s greatest powers a run for their money in Civilization VI, but don t count out Egypt.Backed by the legendary ruler Cleopatra and the mythical sphinx, Egypt is among the most valuable ally for other nations in the game.The Nile River is an indispensable resource for Egypt, allowing the land s crops to flourish, and the importance of this water source was been replicated in Civilization VI.By building districts and other structures close to rivers, the construction period is reduced due to the Egyptian Iteru special ability.Wonders, which provide additional bonuses to the civilization, will also be completed faster by building them on rivers.If you place a sphinx — Egypt s famous human-lion hybrid structure — close to a Wonder like the pyramids, you will also receive additional bonuses.
Tech entrepreneur Marek Sacha is sharing his views on why health tech is hotter than ever when it comes to new opportunities.Heath tech is blazing hot at the moment and I believe few industries stand to gain more from the recent innovations in technology than healthcare, shown by the recent investments that have been flooding to the health technology industry over the last few years.In fact, between 2010 and 2014, venture funding in health technology grew nearly 200%.And I m not surprised.The combination of an ageing population that creates increased demand and spending and the availability of cheaper technology that lowers the barrier to entry, are the driving forces attracting start-ups to an industry that has historically been challenging to disrupt.Products such as Nile FuelBand and Jawbone became instant hits as they bridged the gap between software and hardware and refocussed the industry onto the consumer.
Saturn's exotic moon Titan, with its thick atmosphere and large, methane lakes, continues to beguile planetary scientists.Now, using data collected by an altimeter aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have found liquid methane flowing through deep gorges on the moon's surface.Unlike Earth and its water cycle, Titan's hydrologic cycle is based on methane, the main component of natural gas.It exists as a liquid on the very cold surface of Titan, with an average temperature of about -180 degrees Celsius.Scientists have previously discovered a number of hydrocarbon seas—or mare—on Titan.However, by analyzing additional data from various Cassini flybys over the last decade, they are now finding other features of Titan's complex hydrologic cycle.
The call concerned a woman in her late forties who had come to the hospital complaining of a fever, headaches, and an unusual rash.Those cases had been attributed to a little-known virus called Zika, a member of a family of RNA viruses that includes dengue, West Nile, and yellow fever.The illness is typically mild and self-limited, with resolution over 1 week, he noted.One theory, among many, for the virus s appearance in Brazil is that it arrived in 2013, when Tahiti s soccer team, and hordes of fans, descended upon the country for the Confederations Cup.Forty-nine cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome—a neurological condition, marked by flaccid paralysis, that can be associated with an aberrant immune response to a virus—were reported in Brazil, echoing a sharp increase in the syndrome which was noticed in Polynesia during the Zika outbreak there.By late January, the number of reported cases skyrocketed to nearly four thousand.
Each week we bring you a few bots we think are fun or helpful or worth the time to try out.This week s selection includes the personal bot of DJ Hardwell, a bot that delivers insults in old English, one to help your career, and one to find you a new apartment.Red-eyed and speaking Old English, Angry Shakespeare is a Slack bot that sends insults.Type /insult and a username and you can send random insults to colleagues like Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile or You are as a candle, the better burnt out.Insults can be sent publicly in groups or privately to a single person.Angry Shakespeare isn t really funny, but it is playful.You may wonder why Angry Shakespeare exists, but trash talking a teammate can be a lot of fun, and a bonding experience.This bot allows the 8.5 million Facebook fans of DJ Hardwell to send him art, leave him a voice message that may be featured on his weekly show Hardwell On Air or get his latest work, among other things.You can also vote to choose the best track of the week.I also think it s really smart to use the bot to tell fans ahead of a big live streaming event, like Hardwell bot did a few days ago.The DJ Hardwell bot was really simple to use and may be evidence to the theory that everyone should have a bot.No telling what DJ Hardwell s fist-pumping fans would do when connected by the Hardwell bot, but maybe a future version of the bot can do more to bring those 8.5 million people together.This is a pretty easy and fun to use bot that was launched on Messenger a few weeks ago.Choose the Local Information button on a listing and you getSome potential areas for improvement: I d like to be able to search by neighborhood and given a way to explore neighborhoods.
West Nile virus, malaria, Dengue fever and, our latest bug-borne boogie man, Zika virus: They can all be transmitted by a single mosquito bite.Recent reports of more cases popping up can be concerning enough that you might reach for technology—and in the iTunes App Store, you ll find a gazillion apps that promise to repel the little disease-carrying beggars with high-frequency sound.Based on my experience on three continents attempting to use a number of these apps to keep myself bite-free, I can tell you that there is no such thing as a brown note for mosquitos.Relying on nothing but apps like Tone Generator, Mosquito Expeler and Anti Mosquito – Sonic Repeller has left me, repeatedly, eaten alive by bugs and itching for days.The BBC will back me up on this: mosquito-repellant apps aren t worth your time.Y all already know about chemical insect repellants, so I m not going to waste too much of your time talking about them here.
If there s one creature that has attracted the collective wrath of seemingly everyone on the planet, it s the pesky mosquito.From West Nile to Zika, these insects have long served as vectors of disease, and now, there s new talk of eradicating them altogether.And the way to go about doing it?By turning them all into males.Because the females are the ones who do all the bloodsucking — and of course egg-laying.Mosquitoes are the deadliest insect or animal, for that matter in the world, claiming around 500,000 lives in 2015 alone.
The online jeweler uses content to inform consumers and show them why Blue Nile is a cut above the rest.Wedding Forecast report, forecasting firm Demographic Intelligence predicted that the marriage rate will reach 6.7 per 1,000 people this year.It's Blue Nile's job to find these lovebirds before they pop the question.Engagement rings make up 60% to 70% of the online jeweler's revenue, according to Blue Nile's senior director of digital marketing Lori Gatto.Acquiring and converting these customers can be tricky.As Gatto noted during an on-stage Q with Bluecore's SVP of Data Analytics and Insights Jared Blank, buying an engagement ring is like buying a car—it involves a lot of research and often has a lengthy purchase cycle sometimes up to three months .
Long before chickens were eaten in the form of McNuggets or roasted in restaurant windows, they were cargo on trade routes and dinner for ancient people.Now, new research that has identified the oldest chicken bones in Africa is shedding light on the humble chicken s deep history.Researchers have discovered that ancient chicken bones in Ethiopia— two of which have evidence of ancient human teeth marks—are the oldest known such bones on the continent, dating as old as the year 819 BC.The study, published in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, helps researchers better understand the different ways humanity s tasty feathered friend first arrived in Africa.Our study provides the earliest directly dated evidence for the presence of chickens in Africa and points to the significance of Red Sea and East African trade routes in the introduction of the chicken, Helina Woldekiros, the lead author on the new study and a postdoctoral anthropology researcher at Washington University, said in a statement.Before this study, the oldest chicken bones on the continent dated to about 685-525 B.C.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Myriam Seco Álvarez.Archaeologists have found the well-preserved body of a 3,200-year-old nobleman inside this brightly painted sarcophagus, according to officials announcing the artifact s discovery on Sunday.The wooden sarcophagus — carved into a distinctive Egyptian figure with black hair and heavy eye-liner — was found buried near a temple from the era of fourth-millennium warrior king Thutmose III, near the town of Luxor, on the Nile River s west bank.The ancient mummy — believed to be the body of a man named Amenrenef, a servant of a royal household, according to Egypt s Ministry of State of Antiquities — was preserved with linen and plaster and adorned with colorful decorations and religious symbols.Archaeologists discovered the remains a few years earlier in a tomb dating from between 1075 BC and 664 BC, but scientists wanted to evaluate the find before making a public announcement.Read the full story at the New York Post.
CAIRO Reuters - Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday.The find could be a boon for Egypt's ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks since an uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but remains a vital source of foreign currency.The city likely housed high-ranking officials and grave builders.Its discovery may yield new insights on Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.Experts say Abydos was Egypt's capital towards the end of the Predynastic Period and during the rule of the first four dynasties.The discovery was made 400 metres away from the temple of Seti I, a New Kingdom period memorial across the Nile from present day Luxor.
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