A diversity of science news items

China Spacewalk; India bird flu outbreak spreading; Pollution and diabetes linked?; Cryptosporidium; Controversial theory of Alzheimer’s

China may broadcast first spacewalk live from PhysOrg.com
China may broadcast its first ever spacewalk live when it launches its third manned space mission later this year, state media reported Friday.

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India worst bird flu outbreak spreads from PhysOrg.com
India’s worst outbreak of bird flu spread as health authorities battled on Friday to stop it reaching the densely populated city of Kolkata amid heavy rain that hampered culling efforts.

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Environmental pollution and diabetes may be linked from PhysOrg.com
Cambridge scientists are advocating additional research into the little understood links between environmental pollution and type 2 diabetes.

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Breakthrough research turns the tide on water-borne pathogen from PhysOrg.com
Cryptosporidium parvum is a tiny yet insidious waterborne parasite that wreaks havoc worldwide. This parasite is a major cause of diarrhea and malnutrition in small children in developing countries, and causes severe disease in AIDS and other immune compromised patients in the developed world. Cryptosporidium is resistant to water chlorination and has caused massive outbreaks in the U.S., which has led to the concern that the parasite could be used as a bio-terrorism agent. There are neither vaccines nor effective drugs available to respond to these multiple threats to human health.

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Controversial theory of Alzheimer’s origin funded from PhysOrg.com
Dr. Shaohua Xu, Florida Tech associate professor of biological sciences, has an original theory of the origin of Alzheimer’s Disease and has earned a $150,000 grant from Space Florida to test it. The grant was matched with $30,000 from NASA’s Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health Branch.

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