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With the spread of H9N7 avian flu in mainland China, let's keep in mind that there's little (if any) evidence to suggest traditional Chinese remedies, such as "ban lan gan", is an effective treatment or preventative option.

Best precautions so far remains practicing proper hand hygiene and staying away from livestock.
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Honestly it'd be "quite a few", considering how many people die from standard flu under 'normal circumstances' anyway. However, keep in mind that likes of H5N1 are considerably more potent killers than standard Influenza viruses, hence the concern over it and H9N7 currently.
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FAB Bill Ingalls shot of Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, out at Dulles Airport. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum. Isn't she gorgeous!!
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PUNNETT ALL THE SQUARES #biology
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Organism of the Day #animals #animalsrule

The Ursus malayanus, commonly known as the Sun bear, is a species of bear found in the southern parts of Asia. Alongside their distinctive yellow-orange marking on their chests, sun bears are also the smallest species in the bear family, with males reaching a weight of 70 kg and females reaching one of 40 kg. However, they do have a very long tongue (of up to around 25 cm) used for extracting honey from beehives.

Unlike many other species of bears, sun bears do not hibernate and hence reproduces around the year. They are also mainly nocturnal and resides on trees, and although they are omnivorous sun bears feed on much smaller prey than other bears, primarily small invertebrates and insects.

Despite their small size, they are known to be quite fierce creatures and therefore have little predators. If they were to be preyed upon, such as by their larger cousins the Asiatic black bear, the loose skin around the sun bear's neck allows them to turn around and bite the predator if needed.

Today sun bears are classified as vulnerable in their conservation status, due to a reputation of being a nuisance to human populations and unfortunately being targetted to obtain bile for Chinese medicine.
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It's back! :D Expand this post to see a summary of past OotD's!

Organism of the Day
The Orcinus orca, commonly known as killer whales or orca, is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family. They are apex predators with no natural predators, and can be found in all the oceans of the world, including polar regions.

Orcas are have an incredibly diverse diet. Although some feed exclusively on fish, many orca groups have been found to feed on other sources, such as other oceanic mammals and birds. Some orca packs have even been observed hunting blue whales and other large baleen whales. Studies have also shown that orcas may be very intelligent creatures, and definitely sport complex social systems.

Today there are ongoing discussions over whether orcas can still be classified as an individual species. Due to varying appearance and behavioural patterns, biologists have suggested that the orca species should in fact be split up into new species, or at least subspecies. The results of these discussions may become apparent over the next few years.

About Organism of the Day
The Organism of the Day is a feature here on my Google+, where I look at interesting organisms (e.g. animals, plants, bacteria etc.). Here are the OotD's so far:

Tardigrade: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/N3FzE5LAdz1
Eastern Cottontail: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/iqT8YrTydPv
Vampire Squid: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/7zTqwbmg3DR
Asiatic Lion: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/C8n1Mo3QnWb
European Marram Grass: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/EJCLUs3c5sU
Whiptail Wallaby: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/bzUVv7KwNFw
Kakapo: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/JGhgqNiqGrS
Titan arum: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/j5Fybvy1U4e
Iberian lynx:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/LtHVQ4dva5t
Eastern Osprey: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113228035268287198636/posts/ibYeHqCGnGw
Black-backed jackal: https://plus.google.com/113228035268287198636/posts/JqhuDyPhFbd
Alpine Ibex: https://plus.google.com/113228035268287198636/posts/c4JWhehx7J8
Emperor tamarin: https://plus.google.com/113228035268287198636/posts/1n1xV6g9qJF
Dumbo Octopuses: https://plus.google.com/113228035268287198636/posts/614doPFKVzX
Xenophyophore: https://plus.google.com/113228035268287198636/posts/MXc8N3bYUPf
Large Flying Fox: https://plus.google.com/113228035268287198636/posts/Y7VRBEWJT3W

New OotD's (hopefully) everyday!
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A stunningly irrational and outrageous encounter with an anti-feminist "atheist" who believes rape victims deserves being raped. Recommend all to check this out - the article gives a nice insight to what feminism and atheism is about, too.
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...I don't even understand what you're trying to say. What exactly is the definition of rape then?
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Happy Chinese New Year everybody! :)
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Yup. :)
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Are you a fan of BBC's Sherlock TV series, a modern day interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes"? If so, join this circle to meet other Sherlock fans!
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Its one of my favourite show
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PSA: Following Megaupload's takedown by the US Department of Justice earlier, a number of sites have been spotted which claim that they are Megaupload on a new domain. These sites are phishing or fraudulent sites - take caution when accessing and using them.
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Good on Shangri-La and others who have banned shark's fin. Let's hope more join the movement in the future!
A swell of opposition against shark fin soup gained backing from the luxury Shangri-La Hotel chain just days before Chinese New Year.
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Great little shop; 'The Chicken' is a particularly nice pizza selection
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The restaurant is a good choice for some French-style refreshments such as baguettes. However, lately the selection of a la cartel dishes have been shrinking, with costs increasing and rather meager portion sizes.
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