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Monday July 13rd, 2020 morning edition

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A press conference on this topic will be held Monday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Mountain time in the Colorado Convention Center.

DENVER, March 22, 2015 — Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites.

They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments.

The presentation will take place here at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

The meeting features nearly 11,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics.

Worldwide, an estimated 421,000 cases of poisonous snake bites and 20,000 deaths from these bites occur yearly, according to the International Society on Toxicology.

In the early 1990s, a group of researchers identified a serum protein from the opossum that was able to neutralize snake venoms. »

Robert Mueller breaks his silence and condemns Trump for commuting Roger Stone's sentence

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Mueller wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post [paywall] published under the headline “Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so”.

Trump commuted Stone’s sentence on Friday night, sparking outrage from Democrats and some senior Republicans.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump confidant, said Stone was convicted of a nonviolent, first-time offense and the president was justified in commuting the sentence. »

End of fillings in sight as scientists grow tooth enamel and repair damage

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The end of fillings could be on the horizon after scientists found a way to successfully grow back tooth enamel.

Although many laboratories have attempted to recreate the outer protective layer of teeth, the complex structure of overlapping microscopic rods has proved elusive.

Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body but it cannot repair itself when damaged, leaving people exposed to cavities and eventually needing fillings or a tooth extraction. »

New Zealand: 'One of the very few places you can actually shoot a film right now'

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Graeme Tuckett is best known as a film reviewer, but his day job is looking after the crews on major local film and TV productions.

He estimates that at its peak, between 20,000 and 30,000 people were employed in the New Zealand film and television industry.

He said things are optimistic and an estimated 48 film and TV productions are running in New Zealand right now. »