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Scientists criticize federal response to avian flu outbreaks on dairy farms

Scientists criticize federal response to avian flu outbreaks on dairy farms

In the month following the announcement of an outbreak of avian influenza on dairy farms, federal authorities have repeatedly reassured the public that the surge in infections has no impact on the nation's food or milk supply and involves few risks for the population.Yet the outbreak among cows may be more serious than initially thought. In an obscure online update this week, the Department of Agriculture said there is now evidence that the virus is spreading among cows and from cows to poultry.North Carolina officials have detected avian flu infections in a herd of cattle without symptoms, the New York Times has learned — information the USDA has not shared publicly. The finding suggests that infections may be more widespread than previously thought.It's unclear whether there ar...
Russian bombing destroys Ukraine's industrial base

Russian bombing destroys Ukraine's industrial base

Its towering chimneys once emitted clouds of steam. In the gigantic engine rooms, turbines turned 24 hours a day. Furnaces burned trainloads of coal.In Soviet times, the Kurakhove heat and power plant gave rise to the surrounding city in eastern Ukraine, driving the local economy and supporting the community with wages and heating for homes.“Our plant is the heart of our city,” said Halyna Liubchenko, a retiree whose husband worked his entire career in the nearby coal mines that powered the plant.That heart now barely beats, partly destroyed by artillery. The plant is among the last still operational in Ukraine's Donbass region, once the center of the country's heavy industry and now the focal point of Russian ground offensives that are devastating towns and cities along the fron...
Tesla will recall Cybertruck in latest setback

Tesla will recall Cybertruck in latest setback

Tesla has agreed to recall nearly 4,000 of its Cybertruck pickups to fix an accelerator pedal that can get stuck, increasing the risk of crashes, a federal safety agency said Friday.The defect could cause unintended acceleration of the vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a warning posted on its website. Tesla began selling the Cybertruck, its first pickup truck, in November after many delays.The recall represents yet another setback for Tesla, the largest electric vehicle maker in the United States. The company has been losing market share to emerging rivals and this month reported that its sales in the first three months of the year fell compared to the same period a year earlier – the first time this has happened since the start of pandemic.Tesla's r...
The attack was intended to demonstrate to Iran that Israel could cripple its defenses

The attack was intended to demonstrate to Iran that Israel could cripple its defenses

An Israeli airstrike against Iran on Friday damaged an air defense system, according to Western and Iranian officials, and appeared calculated to convey the message that Israel could bypass Iran's defense systems undetected and cripple them.The attack damaged a defensive battery near Natanz, a city in central Iran that officials say is critical to the country's nuclear weapons program.Although the Israeli strike was a retaliation for last week's Iranian air barrage, it used a fraction of the firepower deployed by Tehran. That attack, intercepted by Israel and its allies, caused minimal damage.Friday's strike was the latest in a series of attacks between the two countries this month that have heightened fears of a broader regional conflict. The relatively limited scope of ...
Martin Wygod, a winner on Wall Street and on the track, dies at 84

Martin Wygod, a winner on Wall Street and on the track, dies at 84

Martin J. Wygod, a Wall Street wizard who went from post-racing hobby horses to owning and breeding championship thoroughbreds when he made millions investing in online companies that sold pharmaceuticals by mail and pruned medical records, died on the 12th April in San Diego. He was 84 years old.His daughter, Emily Bushnell, said he died in hospital from complications of a lung disease.Raised near two horse tracks in suburban New York and mentored by a software pioneer, investor and gambler, Wygod is said to have been the youngest managing partner of a New York Stock Exchange brokerage firm in years '60. He became a millionaire before he was 30 and in 1993 sold Medco Containment Services to Merck for $6 billion, having transformed it into the nation's largest prescription drug c...
The House will vote on foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

The House will vote on foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

The House was moving toward passing a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Saturday, as President Mike Johnson put his job on the line to advance long-stalled legislation, despite the extremists in his own party.Lawmakers were expected to vote separately Saturday afternoon on aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as well as another bill that includes a measure that could result in a nationwide ban on TikTok and new sanctions on Iran. The fourth bill was intended to sweeten the deal for the conservatives.Johnson structured the measures, which will be merged into one after each party approves, to capture different coalitions of support without allowing opposition to any one element to sink the entire deal. Each of the aid bills for the three nations is expected to...
Should You Use a Wrinkle Straw?

Should You Use a Wrinkle Straw?

Maybe it's the superior experience of sipping a fizzy, carbonated beverage through a straw. Maybe it's the rise of the Stanley Cup, or the primacy of cold brew even in the winter months. Whatever it is, straws have evolved beyond single-use plastic straw man argument for personal environmental responsibility in much more.There are paper straws, glass straws, metal straws and durable, reusable plastic straws. Many come with silicone accessories, cleaning systems, and custom cases.Our endless enthusiasm for sipping food through narrow tubes has given rise to many innovations in the straw market. It also created a new anxiety: lip wrinkles.Traditional straws force drinkers to purse their lips around the opening in an expression that many believe, over time, creates wrinkles around...
Israel's attack was smaller than expected, as was Iran's reaction

Israel's attack was smaller than expected, as was Iran's reaction

The relatively limited scope of Israel's overnight attacks on Iran, and a moderate response by Iranian officials, may have reduced the chances of an immediate escalation in clashes between the two countries, analysts said on Friday.While Israel is still fighting wars on two fronts, against Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the likelihood of a third front has diminished, at least for now.There have been fears for days that a strong Israeli response to Iran's attack on southern Israel last weekend could provoke an even more aggressive response from Iran, potentially turning an "eye for an eye" confrontation into a broader war.Foreign leaders have advised Israel to view its successful defense against Iran's missile barrage as a victory that required no retaliation, warning o...
All'interno di Novo Nordisk, l'azienda dietro Ozempic e Wegovy

All'interno di Novo Nordisk, l'azienda dietro Ozempic e Wegovy

Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen ha un problema: troppe persone vogliono quello che sta vendendo.Il signor Jorgensen è l'amministratore delegato di Novo Nordisk, il produttore farmaceutico danese. Anche se l'azienda non è proprio un nome familiare, il jingle televisivo del suo farmaco più venduto: "Oh-oh-ohhh, Ozempic!" - potrebbe risuonare nelle tue orecchie. In tutti gli Stati Uniti, i farmaci per il diabete e la perdita di peso di Novo Nordisk, Ozempic e Wegovy, sono saliti allo status di celebrità e hanno contribuito a rendere l'azienda l'azienda pubblica più preziosa d'Europa. Non ne può fare abbastanza dei farmaci.Il problema del signor Jorgensen è che a molti alti dirigenti non dispiacerebbe, ma il successo lo ha colto di sorpresa. L'anno scorso, quando la soci...
Do tanks have a place in 21st century warfare?

Do tanks have a place in 21st century warfare?

Drone combat in Ukraine, which is transforming modern warfare, has begun to test one of the most potent symbols of American military might – the tank – and threatens to rewrite how it will be used in future conflicts.Over the past two months, Russian forces have eliminated five of the 31 American-made M1 Abrams tanks that the Pentagon sent to Ukraine last fall, a senior American official said. At least three others have been moderately damaged since the tanks were sent to the front lines earlier this year, said Colonel Markus Reisner, an Austrian military trainer who closely follows how the weapons are used – and lost – in the war in Ukraine.That's a fraction of the 796 Ukrainian main battle tanks that have been destroyed, captured or abandoned since the war began in February 2022, ac...