Science and Technology  August 27, 2016
NASA probe set to make closest approach yet to Jupiter
This image obtained from NASA, shows a color view from NASANASA's Juno space probe on Saturday was set to pass the closest it will get to the planet Jupiter during the main phase of its planned mission to the gas giant, the US space agency's officials said.Juno was to swing within some 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of the solar system's largest planet, the closest any spacecraft has passed, traveling at 1...  Full Story
Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow
The US Food and Drug Administration has revised a previous guideline issued in February that recommended active screening of donated blood only in "areas with active Zika virus transmission"US President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to step up funding to combat the Zika virus, warning that delay is putting more Americans at risk.Obama's latest appeal, in his weekly radio address, came the day after the US authorities expressed deepening worry about the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, urging that all donated blood be tes...  Full Story
US urges all donated blood undergo tests for Zika
The US Food and Drug Administration has revised a previous guideline issued in February that recommended active screening of donated blood only in "areas with active Zika virus transmission"Donated blood should be tested for the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects, US regulators warned Friday amid a mounting outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the United States."There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission," said Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center ...  Full Story
SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific
SpaceXSpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship splashed down Friday in the Pacific Ocean, returning a load of NASA research from the International Space Station, the US space agency said.The capsule returned to Earth at 11:47 am (1547 GMT) southwest of the Mexican state of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms) of cargo.Some of the expe...  Full Story
Man with no symptoms spread Zika to sex partner: officials
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects and is particularly dangerous for pregnant womenUS health officials Friday reported the first known case of a man who acquired Zika virus while traveling, showed no symptoms, and infected his female partner during unprotected sex.The case suggests the risk of Zika's spread may be far greater than previously understood, and may lead to more stringent recommendations about who should practice prot...  Full Story
Zika may persist in vaginal tract: study
Miami-Dade mosquito control worker Carlos Vargas points to the Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae at a home in Miami, Florida, on June 8, 2016Zika may replicate in the vagina for several days after infection, researchers said Thursday after using lab mice to study sexual transmission of the virus blamed for serious birth defects.Infection with Zika via the vaginal tract may be a robust source of infection "with potentially dire consequences," said the study by a Yale University team, pub...  Full Story
'Unprecedented' overdose epidemic from fentanyl in US
A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found "substantial increases in fatal synthetic opioid–involved overdoses, primarily driven by fentanyl-involved overdose deaths" in multiple states since 2013Painkillers containing illegally made fentanyl, a synthetic drug up to 100 times more potent than morphine, are responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in the United States, health authorities said Thursday.Pop legend Prince, who died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl in April, is the latest high-profile victim of the addictive and often-cou...  Full Story
French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family
French writer Michel Butor, pictured on December 5, 1964 in Paris, has died at the age of 89his book editor Gallimard announced on August 24, 2016French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper.A prolific author who tested the boundaries of traditional narrative structures, Butor was best known for his 1957 book "La Modification" (Second Thoughts), a staple of Fre...  Full Story