Science and Technology  September 26, 2016
Rosetta: The end of a space odyssey
An artistEurope's trailblazing deep-space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends Friday with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball's dusty surface for eternity.The 1.4-billion-euro ($1.5-billion), 12-year odyssey will conclude with a last-gasp spurt of science-gathering as Rosetta departs the orbit of comet...  Full Story
World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China
The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is nestled between hills in the mountainous region of GuizhouThe world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around noon, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Buil...  Full Story
Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive
Zimbabwe game reserve guide Matius Mhambe holds "Marimba", a female pangolin that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside HarareReclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile.But they are also the world's most heavily trafficked mammal, and experts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference this week are ringing alarm bells over their survival.Demand for pangolin meat and body parts has fuelled a blood...  Full Story
NASA set to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon
Many experts believe JupiterThere's something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa. But what? NASA teased a "surprising" announcement for Monday, based on Hubble Space Telescope images of the celestial body, which many experts believe could contain a subsurface ocean, even possibly some form of life.The US space agency has already proclaimed that Europa h...  Full Story
Aerial pesticide 'key driver' of Zika's end in Miami
Florida Governor Rick Scott visits Wynwood, which was where the first US outbreak of locally transmitted Zika was recorded, to announce that the Zika zone is expected to be lifted following 45 days of no ongoing active transmissionThe use of a controversial pesticide, sprayed from overhead on a Miami neighborhood, was a "key driver" in ending the local spread of the Zika virus there, US health officials said Friday.Aerial spraying with naled, which is banned in the European Union, and with a larvicide called Bti provided a "one-two punch" that helped wipe out Aedes aegypti m...  Full Story
'Man-goat' among winners of spoof Nobel prizes
The Biology Ig Nobel Prize was jointly won by Thomas Thwaites, who constructed prosthetic legs so he could live for three days on all fours as a goat in the AlpsA man who lived as a goat in the Swiss Alps and a scientist who studied how pants affect the sex drive of rodents are among the winners of this year's spoof Nobel prizes.The 26th edition of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, which celebrate the silly side of science, were handed out Thursday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The prizes aim...  Full Story
Smithsonian opens climate change lab in Panama
Panama, one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, is threatened by climate change as well as deforestation and growing urbanizationThe Smithsonian Institution opened its first lab outside the United States, a $20-million research centre in Panama that will study the effects of climate change on tropical forests.Billed as the largest scientific laboratory in Central America, it will monitor carbon dioxide levels and study how trees are changing with the changing climate, Matthe...  Full Story
Chemical agent possibly found on rocket fired at US troops in Iraq
Observers have repeatedly alleged IS has used chemical weapons, and the Pentagon has confirmed the jihadists have deployed chlorine and sulfur mustard devicesA rocket fired by Islamic State jihadists at US forces in Iraq may have carried a chemical agent, a US defense official said Wednesday. No one was injured in Tuesday's blast near an airfield by the northern town of Qayyarah and no one showed any immediate signs of exposure to the suspected mustard agent, the official said.Several hundred US troops ...  Full Story