Science News Tidbits

Bird Flu; Cloned Cows in the US; Red Hat goes after Microsoft; Baby Mammoth; Balloons (presumably carrying robots) achieve flight record over Antarctic

Bird flu hits farm in northern Vietnam: officials from
Bird flu has hit a poultry farm in northern Vietnam in the year’s first outbreak after also infecting domestic birds in the country’s south in recent weeks, the government said Friday.[]

US regulators set to approve cloned meat, milk: report from
The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring safe to eat as early as next week, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.[]

Red Hat CEO Targets Oracle, Microsoft from
(AP) — Red Hat Inc. CEO Jim Whitehurst said Friday – his fourth day on the job – that he’s angling for a showdown with two tech titans in what he describes as a struggle to protect information sharing in software development.[]

Baby Mammoth Could Shed Light on Warming from
(AP) — Frozen in much the state it died some 37,500 years ago, a Siberian baby mammoth undergoing tests in Japan could finally explain why the beasts were driven to extinction – and shed light on climate change, scientists said Friday.[]

Scientific Balloons Achieve Antarctic Flight Record from
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have jointly achieved a new milestone in the almost 20-year history of scientific ballooning in Antarctica, by launching and operating three long-duration sub-orbital flights within a single Southern-Hemisphere summer.[]

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