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World's Rarest Giant Turtle Loses Last Known Female, All But Guaranteeing Extinction

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is considered the most critically endangered turtle in the world, with only four known individuals left on Earth. On Saturday (April 13), that population fell to three, as the species' last known female died in a zoo in Suzhou, China, according to the BBC.The captive turtle was more than 90 years old and died shortly after an attempt to artificially inseminate her, the BBC reported. No complications from the insemination procedure (which ...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, Bbc, Vietnam, Suzhou, Yangtze, Suzhou China, Zoological Society of London


The U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War

Vietnam and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian nations warming to a governance model that twins sweeping content curbs with uncompromising data controls -- because it helps preserve the regime in power. A growing number of the region’s increasingly autocratic governments watched enviously the emergence of Chinese corporate titans from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. -- in spite of draconian online curbs. The more free-wheeling Silicon Valley model once seemed unquestion...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, China, Thailand, Silicon Valley, Vietnam, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Major Front


China Wins Allies for Web Vision in Ideological Battle With U.S.

Vietnam and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian nations warming to a governance model that twins sweeping content curbs with uncompromising data controls -- because it helps preserve the regime in power. A growing number of the region’s increasingly autocratic governments watched enviously the emergence of Chinese corporate titans from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. -- in spite of draconian online curbs. The more free-wheeling Silicon Valley model once seemed unquestion...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, China, Thailand, Silicon Valley, Vietnam, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd


U.S. criticizes Vietnam ban of glyphosate herbicide imports

CHICAGO/HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Thursday criticized Vietnam's move to ban imports of glyphosate herbicide, saying the decision would have "devastating impacts on global agricultural production." Vietnam's government said in a statement that the toxic level of herbicides containing glyphosate had long been of concern, in the latest display of global worries over the product's impact on human health. Glyphosate, the chemical contained in Bayer unit Monsant...
Tags: Science, Chicago, United States, Monsanto, Vietnam, Bayer


Singapore seizes more pangolin scales in week’s 2nd bust

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has seized 14 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 21,000 endangered mammals in the second such bust in less than a week. The scales, which were en route from Nigeria to Vietnam, were found in 474 bags in a shipping container on Monday. The National Parks Board, Singapore Customs and […]
Tags: Science, News, Singapore, Nigeria, Ap, Nation, Vietnam, National Parks Board Singapore Customs


Thai cave boy divers explore new tunnel in Vietnam

Three divers who helped rescue a Thai football team last year have made a fresh discovery in Vietnam where they explored a tunnel that could expand the footprint of the world's largest cave. The team was invited to descend into a waterlogged pit in the Son Doong cave in central Vietnam that has never been explored and is believed to connect to nearby chambers. If the tunnel connects to another cave, it would make Son Doong "easily the largest cave in the world and it would never be overtaken,"...
Tags: Science, Vietnam, Son Doong, Howard Limbert


Singapore Officials Set Horrifying Record, Busting 14-Ton Shipment of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

Authorities in Singapore have seized more than 14 tons of scales of pangolin scales bound for Vietnam in what Paul Thomson of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Pangolin Specialist Group described as the largest single such shipment on record, the New York Times reported on Monday. Thomson…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Singapore, Environment, Conservation, New York Times, Endangered Species, Vietnam, International Union For Conservation Of Nature, Poaching, Trafficking, Paul Thomson, Pangolins, Pangolin Scales, IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group


Singapore seizes record shipment of pangolin scales

Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin scales worth some $38.7 million, officials said Thursday, calling it the largest such haul globally in recent years. Government agents found the shipment bound for Vietnam from Nigeria as they were checking a 40-foot container at a customs station on Wednesday, discovering the haul packed in 230 bags. "This is the largest shipment of pangolin scales seized in a single haul globally in recent years," a government pres...
Tags: Science, Singapore, Nigeria, Vietnam


Tiger geckos in Vietnam could be the next species sold into extinction, shows a new survey

While information about the conservation status of the tiger gecko species is largely missing, these Asian lizards are already particularly vulnerable to extinction. A study, published in the open-access journal Nature Conservation, provides an overview of their domestic and international trade with a focus on species native to Vietnam. By providing further knowledge about the species abundance and threats for the Vietnamese Cat Ba tiger gecko, the research team urges for strict conservation mea...
Tags: Science, Vietnam, Nature Conservation


Eternal shell: Sacred turtle embalmed in Hanoi

A sacred giant turtle that died in Hanoi's storied Hoan Kiem lake has been given a new lease on life by city authorities who have embalmed the beloved creature for posterity -- and tourist visits. Hanoians were shocked by the death of the critically endangered Swinhoe softshell turtle in 2016, believing its passing was a sign of ominous times ahead. The reptile is believed to be the last in a long line of large turtles in the city's central Hoan Kiem lake, revered as symbols of Vietnam's indep...
Tags: Science, Vietnam, Hanoi, Hoan Kiem


Vietnam ‘State-Aligned’ Hackers Are Targeting Auto Firms, FireEye Says

FireEye, which designated the group as APT32 and dates its activities to 2014, said the attacks accelerated in early February. The hacking targeted companies in Southeast Asia and “the broader areas surrounding Vietnam,” said Nick Carr, a FireEye senior manager. “Beginning in February, we see this large uptick based on our product and services visibility showing us a lot of activity targeting the automotive industry,” Carr said.
Tags: Science, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Carr, Nick Carr


Iran hunts for more ships to keep its oil flowing

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is discreetly scouring the globe for second-hand oil tankers to replace its ageing fleet and keep crucial crude exports flowing as U.S. sanctions start to bite, Iranian and Western sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled, Panama has removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry and Tehran is now looking for extra vessels in places such as V...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Vietnam, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran


Fast and furious: Vietnam's elephant race draws cheers, and critics

Buon Don (Vietnam) (AFP) - Mahout Y Hoi Bya sits atop his elephant, whacking him with a large stick to urge him toward the finish line at the Buon Don race in Vietnam's central highlands.
Tags: Science, Vietnam, Buon Don Vietnam, Buon Don


U.S. bolsters 'Beagle Brigade' to sniff out deadly hog virus

The U.S. government will employ more dogs to sniff out illegal pork products at airports and seaports in an effort to keep out a contagious hog disease that has spread across Asia and Europe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. The disease, African swine fever, can kill hogs in just two days, but is not harmful to people. U.S. officials decided to ramp up their fight to avoid the virus after Vietnam confirmed its first cases last month, said Greg Ibach, USDA's undersecretary ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Vietnam, U S Department of Agriculture, Greg Ibach, Beagle Brigade


Singapore's Grab Raises $1.5 Billion From SoftBank Fund

SoftBank is already a major backer of the Singapore-based startup, and the latest investment will boost its stake. Grab founder Anthony Tan is battling Go-Jek for leadership in the Southeast Asian market after vanquishing Uber Technologies Inc. in the region last year. Go-Jek has presented the thorniest challenge, with the Jakarta-based startup marching into Grab’s home market of Singapore as well as Vietnam and Thailand.
Tags: Science, Singapore, Softbank, Vietnam, Jakarta, Uber Technologies Inc, Anthony Tan, Jek, SoftBank Fund


Body language: The Russian science keeping North Korea's dead leaders looking fresh

Kim laid a wreath outside Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital on Saturday, after the conclusion of his shortened summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Inside the dark interior of the mausoleum, the embalmed corpse of Vietnam’s founding father lies displayed in a glass coffin for a steady stream of tourists who silently shuffle by. In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father are on similar display in the loftily named Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a monument to the cult of...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Pyongyang, Ho Chi Minh


Vietnam calls for 'drastic measures' to fight African swine fever

Vietnam's prime minister has called for "drastic measures" to fight the spread of African swine fever in the Southeast Asian country, state media reported on Tuesday. The highly contagious disease, which is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans, has spread rapidly across neighboring China since August, and has been found in seven areas in Vietnam, the state-run Vietnam News Service reported. "We should combat the epidemic as if we are fighting against the enemy," Phuc said in a meeting with...
Tags: Science, China, Vietnam, Southeast Asian, Phuc, Vietnam News Service


Melting missiles: just one problem with F-35s stopping N Korea rockets

In its current form, the idea defies physics, missile defense experts say. It calls for interceptor missiles that fly so fast they could melt one expert said, and the only surefire way for U.S. military aircraft to defeat a missile with current technology would be to fly in hostile airspace, according to three experts interviewed by Reuters. The idea, part of a six-month study launched last month, shows how the Pentagon is seeking ways to neutralize the threat posed by Pyongyang even as Presid...
Tags: Science, Korea, Pentagon, Kim, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Pyongyang, Reuters, Kim Jong


How to Watch Michael Cohen Testify About President Trump and WikiLeaks Today

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly today on Capitol Hill at 10 am ET, 7 am PT. And judging by his written statement, which was released last night, it’s going to be one for the history books.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Youtube, Russia, Social Media, Cnn, Julian Assange, Livestream, Vietnam, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Live Stream, Live Video, Trump, Watch Live


Melting missiles: just one problem with F-35s stopping North Korea rockets

In its current form, the idea defies physics, missile defense experts say. It calls for interceptor missiles that fly so fast they could melt one expert said, and the only surefire way for U.S. military aircraft to defeat a missile with current technology would be to fly in hostile airspace, according to three experts interviewed by Reuters. The idea, part of a six-month study launched last month, shows how the Pentagon is seeking ways to neutralize the threat posed by Pyongyang even as Presid...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Pentagon, Kim, Vietnam, Pyongyang, Trump, Reuters, Kim Jong


Save $62 on the National Geographic DNA test kit on Amazon — it's on sale for less than $40

Discovering your ancestry and your family roots just might be the key to unlocking who you are and where you came from. Tools like the National Geographic DNA Test Kit can help you on your path to self-discovery and it's now on sale for just $37.99, or 62% off its retail price on Amazon. Powered with Helix DNA and Geno 2.0, the NatGeo test kit breaks down your unique DNA to your region of origin as far back as 500,000 years ago. Now you can learn about your ancestral makeup and ancestors&ap...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Vietnam, Geno, NatGeo, Amazon Powered, George Washington Amelia Earhart


Save $62 on the National Geographic DNA test kit on Amazon — it's on sale for less than $40

Discovering your ancestry and your family roots just might be the key to unlocking who you are and where you came from. Tools like the National Geographic DNA Test Kit can help you on your path to self-discovery and it's now on sale for just $37.99, or 62% off its retail price on Amazon.Powered with Helix DNA and Geno 2.0, the NatGeo test kit breaks down your unique DNA to your region of origin as far back as 500,000 years ago. Now you can learn about your ancestral makeup and ancestors'...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Vietnam, Geno, NatGeo, Amazon Powered, George Washington Amelia Earhart


Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary

An elephant has been found dead with its tusks and tail sliced off in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, where wild elephant numbers have dwindled to just a few hundred due to poaching and deforestation. The Southeast Asian nation has emerged in recent years as a key transit hub for the multi-billion dollar illicit wildlife trade, with demand for products made from tusks, pangolin scales and rhino horns high in China and neighbouring Vietnam. According to the Mondulkiri Project, an animal rescu...
Tags: Science, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, NGO, Mondulkiri


Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers. The haul -- worth some HK$8 million ($1 million) -- was transported brazenly through the terminal in two cardboard boxes, the customs department said. The pair had arrived from Johannesburg and were planning to transit to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, according to a statement from the department, which d...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Johannesburg, Vietnam, Chi Minh City


Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction

A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. The newly discovered reptile has a distinctly blotched shell and is so critically endangered that it is close to extinction. The study is published in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
Tags: Science, China, Vietnam, Softshell Turtles


Lovers, comrades! Forbidden love in North Korea finds a way in Vietnam

It was 31 years after Pham Ngoc Canh, 69, took that first photo of Yong Hui, before the two were finally allowed to get married in 2002 when North Korea took the rare step of allowing one of its citizens to marry a foreigner. "From the moment I saw him, I was so sad because I felt it would be a love that could never be realized," said Ri, 70, speaking from the small Soviet-era apartment she and Canh share in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Now enjoying freedoms in Vietnam that would be impossib...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Kim Jong Un, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Hanoi, Ri, Canh, Pham Ngoc Canh, Yong Hui, North Korea Canh


Pegatron Moves Some China Production to Indonesia on U.S. Tariff

The Apple Inc. supplier is also considering further diversification of its manufacturing bases to Vietnam and India to mitigate rising costs in China amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington, Chief Executive Officer Liao Syh-jang told reporters on Sunday. “We have begun shipping from Batam island, Indonesia, in January,” Liao said.
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Washington, China, India, Beijing, Vietnam, Apple Inc, Liao, Batam, Liao Syh jang


White Students in MAGA Hats Taunt, Harass Native American Elder and Vietnam Vet

The smirk on the face of this white kid with a red MAGA hat, as he taunts a Native American elder singing an intertribal song, is simply unbearable.Read more...
Tags: Science, Racism, Native Americans, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Maga, Indigenous Peoples March


From Tibet to the 'Nine Dragons', Vietnam's Mekong Delta is losing sand

Perched on the sandy banks of the Mekong River, it took just a few minutes for one half of everything she owned to plunge into its murky depths. "Our kitchen, our laundry room, our two bedrooms, all gone," said Kim Anh, speaking amongst the twisted metal and rubble of her house, from which she still sells eggs, soap and instant noodles to villagers in Ben Tre, a province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region. "We'd be better off living in a cave instead," said Kim Anh, who has used coconut husks an...
Tags: Science, Tibet, Vietnam, Mekong River, Mekong Delta, Kim Anh


Community-based HIV testing effective in reaching undiagnosed populations, new study finds

Results from a PATH-led evaluation study in Vietnam demonstrate that HIV testing by lay providers is an effective approach to reach people at risk of HIV who have never been tested or test infrequently. Key at-risk populations include people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and first-time HIV testers.
Tags: Science, Vietnam



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