Science and Technology  January 27, 2015
NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto
ArtistNine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet.The first mission to Pluto began in January 2006 when an Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and hauled the piano-sized New Horizons craft away from Earth an...  Full Story
Microsoft HoloLens goggles captivate with holograms
Microsoft introduces HoloLens headgear that overlays 3D objects on the real world on January 21, 2015 in Redmond, WashingtonMicrosoft's HoloLens goggles have hit a sweet spot between Google Glass and virtual reality headgear, immersing users in a mesmerizing world of augmented reality holograms.The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as "magical" and "unbelievable," the first time in a while such p...  Full Story
Disney measles outbreak spreads to more US states, Mexico
People visit Disneyland on January 22, 2015 in Anaheim, CaliforniaA measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California has spread to six more US states and Mexico, and an international visitor to the theme park likely sparked the health alert, officials said Friday.Fifty-one confirmed cases of measles have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since late December, the US governmen...  Full Story
Ocean science needs more funding: US
An early morning beach goer looks out over the Atlantic Ocean on September 11, 2009 near the Kennedy Space Center in FloridaFacing critical dangers like rising seas and the impact of climate change on marine life, US scientists need more funding in the next decade, officials said Friday.A new report from the National Research Council is calling for cuts in money spent on infrastructure and more cash devoted to basic scientific research from 2015-2025. Undertaken at the ...  Full Story
Florida pelicans targeted in slashing attacks
A pelican is seen on March 16, 2014 in Palm Harbor, FloridaOfficials in Florida say someone has been attacking the state's pelicans, slashing the pouches of the oversized birds, which often die as a result.Ten injured pelicans were found in the Florida Keys, sanctuary to a bounty of US wildlife, five of which died of their injuries, said officials.Five pelicans that survived the attack were rescued by the ...  Full Story
Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices
Microsoft executive Terry Myerson describes features being built into coming Windows 10 software at a press event in Redmond, Washington, on January 21, 2015Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people's lives.As it previewed the new operating system, Microsoft also unexpectedly added to the roster of modern gadgets with the unveiling of headgear that overlays holograms on the real ...  Full Story
Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes could boost cancer risk
A man smokes an electronic cigarette on February 20, 2014 in Miami, FloridaWhen heated to the max and inhaled deeply, e-cigarettes produce the toxic chemical formaldehyde, which could make the devices up to 15 times more cancerous than regular cigarettes, US researchers said Wednesday.E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat up a liquid containing nicotine and artificial flavoring. The vapor is inhaled, much lik...  Full Story
AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says UN
A Russian Federal Drug Control Service officer guards bags of Methadone before burning them during an operation in Simferopol on December 23, 2014A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the UN's AIDS envoy said Wednesday.Out of 805 people in Crimea who before annexation were receiving opioid substitution therapy (OST) -- a tried and tested UN-backed treatment -- "...  Full Story