Science and Technology  July 30, 2014
NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record
Photo released on July 28, 2014 shows the route NASAThe US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said Monday.Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the previous record held by the Soviet Union's Lunok...  Full Story
Nigeria on red alert after first Ebola death
Members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital, on July 23, 2014 in ConakryNigeria was on alert against the possible spread of Ebola on Saturday, a day after the first confirmed death from the virus in Lagos, Africa's biggest city and the country's financial capital.The health ministry said Friday that a 40-year-old Liberian man died at a private hospital in Lagos from the disease, which has now killed more than 650 peopl...  Full Story
Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women, forum told
File photo of a nurse taking a blood sample in a mobile clinic set up to test students for HIV at a school near Mtubatuba in Kwazulu Natal, South AfricaA campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women by reducing their risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum Friday.In a South African community where large numbers of men had been circumcised, women who only had sex with circumcised partners had a 15-pe...  Full Story
Report finds gaps in US nuclear disaster plans
Towers carrying electricity in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania from a nuclear power plant on March 25, 2011US nuclear plants must better prepare for the risk of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, said a report Thursday on lessons learned from Japan's Fukushima crisis in 2011.Current approaches to regulating nuclear safety "are clearly inadequate for preventing core-melt accidents and mitigating their consequences," the report said....  Full Story
Nigeria fears as man falls ill with Ebola-like symptoms
A picture taken on June 28, 2014 shows a health worker with A Liberian man has been hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms, but it is not yet clear if he is infected with the killer virus, Nigerian officials said Thursday.The 40-year-old Monrovia resident arrived in Nigeria's mega-city on Sunday and was admitted to hospital on Tuesday suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea, said Yewande Adesin...  Full Story
US Air Force to launch new surveillance satellites
The US Air Force will launch new satellites Wednesday to track those of other countries and counter possible threats to American spacecraft, officials saidThe US Air Force will launch new satellites Wednesday to track those of other countries and counter possible threats to American spacecraft, officials said.Two satellites are due to be sent into high-altitude orbits for the first time as part of a program that until a few months ago was strictly secret and classified.The satellites will be launched...  Full Story
World marks hottest June since 1880: US scientists
The sun setting over the Gaza strip on July 19, 2014Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report by US government climate scientists.The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a "record high for the month at 61.20 Fahrenheit (16.22 Celsius)," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.That meant June was a tota...  Full Story
Florida widow wins $23.6 bn in RJ Reynolds tobacco payout
A Florida state jury has ordered the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company to pay $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the wife of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer, her attorneys saidA Florida jury has ordered RJ Reynolds tobacco to pay $23.6 billion to the wife of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in a verdict seen as one of the largest for a single plaintiff in state history. In addition to the punitive damages, Friday's verdict also awarded more than $16 million in compensatory damages to the estate of Michael Johnso...  Full Story