Science and Technology  August 27, 2014
Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection
Monarch butterflies in Angangueo, Mexico on December 10, 2008Monarch butterflies are dying off fast, with 90 percent gone in the last 20 years, and they urgently need endangered species protection, a coalition of environmental and health groups said Tuesday.The cause of their decline is the rapid loss of milkweed, the plant on which they feed and breed, largely due to due to herbicide spraying on genetically...  Full Story
ADHD study flags pre-natal use of antidepressants
Scientists have linked taking antidepressants during pregnancy to ADHD but say the risk is lowChildren born to women who took antidepressants during pregnancy are statistically likelier to develop the mental disorder called ADHD, researchers said on Tuesday. ADHD is a condition blamed for severe and frequent bouts of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity, often leading to problems in socialising and education. Children and young adolesc...  Full Story
India doctors remove foetus left inside mother for 36 years
Photo shows the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years, after being removed by doctors in IndiaDoctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has said.The 60-year-old woman became pregnant at the age of 24 but suffered a miscarriage because the foetus had been growing outside of her uterus, the doctor told AFP on Monday...  Full Story
Hypersonic weapon detonated after lift-off: US military
A rendering of a hypersonic vehicleThe US military had to detonate a hypersonic weapon seconds after lift-off Monday due to a technical problem, cutting short a flight test for the experimental project, officials said."Less than four seconds into the lift-off phase, we terminated the flight," Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told AFP.The decision to abort the flight test in Ala...  Full Story
Youths who try e-cigarettes triple since 2011
The number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities sayThe number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities said Monday.More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013, said the findings from the US Centers for Disease Co...  Full Story
Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing
This handout picture taken by the Rosetta space probe shows the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of 285 kilometresThe European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet.Astronomers have been scrutinising high-definition photos sent back by the Rosetta spacecraft, which rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6 after a 10-year chase through the Sola...  Full Story
DR Congo confirms first Ebola cases
An MSF medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa.The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) meanwhile announced that one of its health experts, an epidemiologist, had been infected while working in Sierra Leone.Also on Sunday, Bri...  Full Story
Two Galileo satellites lose their way
A Russian-built Soyuz takes off from EuropeTwo European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday. "Observations taken after the separation of the satellites from the Soyuz VS09 (rocket) for the Galileo Mission show a gap between the orbit achieved and that which was ...  Full Story
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