Science and Technology  May 29, 2016
NASA tries again to inflate spare room in space
The BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module)when fully expanded, the module should reach a size of 13 feet long (four meters) by 10.5 feet (3.23 meters) wide¬†NASA tried again Saturday to inflate an add-on room at the International Space Station, after the first attempt ran into problems due to too much friction.Efforts to inflate the flexible habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), got under way at about 9 am (1300 GMT). Space scientists monitoring the expansion at mission contr...  Full Story
Heimlich, 96, uses his move to save fellow rest home resident
A senior home resident in Ohio was rescued after choking on her hamburger by Dr Henry Heimlich, a fellow resident and the inventor of the life-saving technique that clears a personRetiree to the rescue: Dr Henry Heimlich, 96, leapt to the aid of a fellow senior home resident this week, using the maneuver he invented to stop her from choking, US media report."I ordered a hamburger, and the next thing I know, I could not breathe I was choking so hard," new resident Patty Ris told The New York Times.The doctor, who leapt into a...  Full Story
SpaceX makes fourth successful rocket landing
The Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2015 in Cape Canaveral -- SpaceX has managed to successfully land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rockets three times beforeSpaceX launched an Asian communications satellite into a distant orbit Friday and for the fourth time managed to recover the rocket that did the work.Under blue skies dotted with clouds, the shiny white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:40 pm (2140 GMT) carrying the Thaicom 8 satellite. The rocket returned to Earth about...  Full Story
SpaceX postpones rocket launch after 'tiny glitch'
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to revolutionize the launch industry by making rocket components reusableSpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of an Asian communications satellite after detecting a "tiny glitch" in the Falcon 9 rocket engine, CEO Elon Musk said."There was a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator," Musk said on Twitter. "Probably not a flight risk but still worth investigating."The next attempt at launching from ...  Full Story
Temporary space station habitat fails to inflate
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is seen during a media briefing on January 16, 2013NASA aborted an attempt to deploy a temporary habitat at the International Space Station after it failed to inflate to full size on Thursday.The new room, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), is part of an experiment to test expandable habitats astronauts might use on the Moon or Mars in the coming decades.NASA astronaut Jeff Wil...  Full Story
'Nightmare' infection found in US for first time
The recently discovered antibiotic-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has also been found in China and EuropeA superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said on Thursday.The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli tha...  Full Story
Uptick in colon cancer rates among people under 50
A rise in colon cancer among young people comes even as overall rates have been declining in recent yearsColon cancer among people under 50 is on the rise, and tumors are often diagnosed at an advanced stage, according to research presented Tuesday.The findings were based on a US study of more than a million people over the course of 10 years. They were presented during Digestive Disease Week, a medical conference in San Diego, California."While the h...  Full Story
US biochemist wins award for rewriting DNA to mimic evolution
 US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold (R) receives her Millennium Technology Prize 2016 from Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, on May 24, 2016US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold on Tuesday won a million-euro technology prize in Finland for her work on "directed evolution", a method of rewriting DNA to improve medicines and develop green fuels."Frances Arnold receives the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize in recognition of her discoveries that launched the field of 'directed evolution',...  Full Story