Science and Technology  July 26, 2016
Early menopause may speed up aging in women: study
A study found that women who enter menopause early may age faster than women in whom menopause arrives later, potentially helping pinpoint women at highest risk of age-related diseasesWomen who enter menopause early may age faster than women in whom menopause arrives later, said a study Monday that could help pinpoint women at highest risk of age-related diseases.The findings could settle a long-standing debate, said Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the Univ...  Full Story
Ghost orchid scientists aim to restore rare Florida flowers
Once abundant in the Florida Everglades, experts say fewer than 2,000 ghost orchids (Dendrophylax lindenii) are left in the state, where it is considered an endangered plantArmed with an orange staple gun and dozens of burlap squares entwined with ratty green roots, Mike Kane wades hip-deep into the swamp to restore what generations of thieves have stolen.The ghost orchid.Once abundant in the Florida Everglades, experts say fewer than 2,000 ghost orchids (Dendrophylax lindenii) are left in the state, where it is consi...  Full Story
New York reports first baby born with Zika-related defect
Zika can be spread via bites from an infected mosquito, or by sexual contact with a person who is ill with the virus.New York City on Friday announced its first baby born with Zika-related microcephaly, a permanent brain and skull defect that authorities said the child acquired due to infection with the mosquito-borne virus.The infant's mother was infected with Zika "while in an area with ongoing Zika transmission," and the baby "is positive for Zika," said the N...  Full Story
Florida probes second possible Zika case in non-traveler
"The Florida Department of Health announced that it is conducting an epidemiological investigation into a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Broward County," said a statementA second case of Zika virus possibly acquired locally is being investigated in Florida, just days after the first potential case was announced in Miami, officials said Thursday.Until now, there have been hundreds of cases of Zika virus in Florida but all involved people who were infected while traveling to areas where the mosquito-borne virus is sp...  Full Story
'Most detailed' map of the brain unveiled
This image released by Nature on July 20, 2016 shows a map of myelin content (red, yellow are high myelin, indigo and blue are low myelin) in the left hemisphere of cerebral cortexFor years, doctors have had reliable charts of the body and its organs — blood circulation, digestive system, nerves and the like — but always with one frustrating grey zone: the brain.On Wednesday, a team of neuroscientists, computer specialists and engineers said they had compiled what "could be the most accurate map yet" of the mysterious ex...  Full Story
Last month was hottest June on record: US scientists
Last month was the hottest June in modern historyLast month was the hottest June in modern history, marking the 14th consecutive month that global heat records have been broken, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday."The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2016 was the highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature datase...  Full Story
Eating oily fish may boost bowel cancer survival: study
Analysis of data from more than 170,000 people in the United States revealed that among 1,659 who developed bowel cancer, there was a strong correlation between higher omega 3 intake and lower risk of deathPeople with bowel cancer may improve their survival chances by eating a lot of omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish like tuna and salmon, a study suggested Wednesday.Analysis of data from more than 170,000 people in the United States revealed that among 1,659 who developed bowel cancer, there was a strong correlation between higher omega 3 intake...  Full Story
SpaceX propels cargo to space station, lands rocket
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on July 18, 2016, toward the International Space Station, carrying a load of suppliesA SpaceX rocket blasted off on Monday toward the International Space Station, carrying a load of supplies for the astronauts living in space, including equipment to enable future spaceships to park at the orbiting outpost."Falcon 9 is on its way," said a commentator at SpaceX mission control as the white rocket launched under a dark night sky from ...  Full Story
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