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Bio-engineered mosquitoes can stop spread of dengue, zika and yellow fever

So how does it work? Male mosquitoes don't bite, so when these specially grown ZAP insects, infected with the bacteria Wolbachia pipientis , mate with wild female mosquitoes, the resulting eggs won't hatch . Gizmodo reported that the U.S. "First we're going to prove our business model here in Lexington, Kentucky, but we have approval in 20 states", Karen Dobson, the production manager at MosquitoMate, told Motherboard over the phone.

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USC Upstate buildings on lockdown after nearby shooting, suspect on the loose

Lt. Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said, "That information is NOT accurate". A number of police are on the scene, at the Campus Edge apartments. The person's account of the shooting changed from the time deputies arrived to when they were taken to the hospital, according to Bobo. Bobo said the man initially said he was meeting someone at the apartment complex, and when he asked a man for directions, the man pulled out a weapon and started firing.

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Outdated technology makes flu vaccine only 20 percent effective

Due to the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated previous year, leaving the vaccine with only 20 to 30 percent effectiveness. Last year, the spray's effectiveness was just 3 percent, versus 63 percent for the shot. Excuse #3: The flu vaccine will give me the flu. One important reason flu shots don't usually work very well is because they're grown in chicken eggs, a slow and tricky process that can go wrong easily, ...

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Recall alert: Kidde fire extinguishers deemed faulty

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers. Kidde says it has received a report of a death in the USA involving a auto fire and some 390 other reports of malfunctions involving extinguishers in the US that led to 16 injuries.

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Savea Starts Against All Blacks Along With 4 Saffas

World champions New Zealand rallied in the second half to beat an enterprising Barbarians side 31-22 at Twickenham. Nevertheless, it was a courageous effort from a New Zealand-dominated Barbarians outfit and the match very much resembled a good quality all-New Zealand Super Rugby match, with a sprinkling of South African brilliance.

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Not smoking gets Japanese workers an extra week of vacation

Non-smokers at a Tokyo firm have been given a breath of fresh air by their employers, in the form of six days of extra annual leave. "We don't give punishment for smoking", said Piala spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima. But curbing tobacco use in Japan will likely be hard, as it was in the U.S. Original efforts by the country's health ministry to ban indoor smoking in restaurants were scaled back after lobbyists pressured politicians.