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Infection biology: Staying a step ahead of the game

Trypanosoma brucei, which causes sleeping sickness, evades the immune system by repeatedly altering the structure of its surface coat. Sequencing of its genome and studies of its 3D genome architecture have now revealed crucial molecular aspects of this strategy.

Climate stress will make cities more vulnerable

The fall of Angkor has long puzzled historians, archaeologists and scientists, but now a research team is one step closer to discovering what led to the city's demise -- and it comes with a warning for modern urban communities.

Did eating starchy foods give humans an evolutionary advantage?

Gene AMY1, which kickstarts digestion of starch in the mouth, is associated with blood glucose levels and digestion of carbohydrates, with implications for understanding human evolutionary biology and the gut microbiome.

‘Mad cow disease’ at Aberdeenshire farm after BSE confirmed

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says a movement ban has been placed on the unnamed farm. Source: BBC

Brexit: UK to consider longer transition period

Theresa May says the post-Brexit transition could be extended "by a matter of months". Source: BBC

Police officer run over in Blackley during van chase

Witnesses said they saw the vehicle reverse into a wall as it attempted to flee two police cars. Source: BBC

Biden says Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats”

Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Trump for his handling of the disappearance of American resident Jamal Khashoggi

Mesmerizing images showcase Earth as art

Images from the U.S. Geological Survey combine science and art to showcase the wonder of our planet

Turkish crime scene investigators search Saudi consul’s home

Turkish crime scene investigators searched the home of a Saudi official in Istanbul, 15 days after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials claim the Saudis executed Khashoggi. CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams reports.

Wind farms and reducing hurricane precipitation

New research reveals an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: the ability to lessen precipitation from hurricanes.

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With no proof, Trump accuses Democrats of supporting migrant caravan

At a rally in Missoula, Montana, the president accused Democrats – without evidence – of supporting a caravan of about 3,000 migrants heading for the U.S. border. The president threatens to mobilize the U.S. military and shut down the southern border to stop those migrants from entering the U.S. Chip Reid reports.

If Turkey has proof Khashoggi was killed, it’s apparently not sharing

Hours after Mike Pompeo refutes claim he's heard audio of Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murdered, Turkey backs him up, but keeps its secret

Turkey says it hasn’t shared any audio of alleged Khashoggi murder

Turkey's top diplomat confirms his government has not given the U.S. any recordings of the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had already denied hearing tapes or seeing transcripts. President Trump moved closer to acknowledging the Saudis may have played a role. Weijia Jiang reports.