Science and Technology  July 02, 2015
Diabetes drug helps people lose weight: study
Liraglutide, an injectable diabetes drug that US regulators approved last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 18 pounds, a yearlong study saidLiraglutide, an injectable diabetes drug that US regulators approved last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 18 pounds (eight kilograms), a yearlong study said.Most patients were able to keep the weight off for the duration of the 56-week study on the drug marketed as Saxenda by Novo Nordisk, according to the findings publ...  Full Story
Man badly hurt in latest US shark attack
There have been seven shark attacks off the North Carolina coast in the past monthA man suffered multiple injuries in a shark attack off the North Carolina coast on Wednesday, officials said, the latest in a series in the US state.The 68-year-old victim was able to swim to shore despite suffering "several bites to his rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands," Hyde County, on the southeast coast, said in a statement.The incident ...  Full Story
Oregon latest US state to legalize recreational pot
From now on, people in Oregon aged 21 and up can legally use marijuana for recreational purposes and grow up to four plantsOregon on Wednesday became the fourth US state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, amid a growing legalization trend in the western United States.The changes in the northwestern state's law come after voters in November approved a ballot measure making it legal to smoke, grow and own pot, though the drug remains illegal under federal law.Fr...  Full Story
California governor toughens vaccinations rules
Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, CaliforniaCalifornia's governor on Tuesday signed a bill toughening vaccination requirements for children, following a measles outbreak and outcry across the country. The new law will require all children to be immunized before entering kindergarten, with exceptions allowed only if a doctor advises against immunization, said Jerry Brown."The science is clear...  Full Story
Coral gardening beckons ecotourists to restore reefs
Diving instructor Patti Gross plants coral and scrubs algae off coral as part of a gardening project at Alligator Reef in the Florida Keys on May 23, 2015Coral reefs are fragile and in danger worldwide, but a growing movement to restore them is based on the science of breaking off pieces in order to grow more, known as coral gardening.It works like this: marine biologists cut off the tips of live branching corals, hang the pieces on man-made underwater trees where they grow, and later "outplant" the...  Full Story
Ciguatera fish poisoning more common than thought
Ciguatera, an illness caused by a toxin found in some large saltwater fish, is more common in the US than previously thoughtTracy Calvert was vacationing in the Bahamas last December when she ate the almond-crusted grouper that changed her life."It was so good. I ate every bite of it," Calvert recalled.But half an hour later, her stomach began to hurt. She went to lie down after dinner, then woke in the middle of the night feeling sick. Her lips were swollen. She had di...  Full Story
'Cause unknown' in SpaceX rocket blast
Space XSpaceX came up empty Monday in its search to figure out why an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after blasting off from a NASA launchpad with a load of space-bound cargo.The US-made rocket, which was carrying 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) of supplies aboard the Dragon cargo ship, blew up in a cloud of smoke on Sunday, raining down in piec...  Full Story
Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii
Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nagoya airport in Aichi prefecture, central Japan, on June 29, 2015 for a flight over the Pacific OceanA revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.After a month of delays in Japan and a last-minute false start last week, mission controllers declared Solar Impulse 2 had taken off from the central J...  Full Story