Science and Technology  March 28, 2017
US researchers develop rapid blood test for TB
The new fast blood test for tuberculosis "outperforms all others currently on the market" and can be completed in hours, researchers said in a statementUS researchers on Monday said they have developed a fast blood test for tuberculosis that could speed diagnosis and treatment of the serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.One of the oldest known diseases, tuberculosis, or TB, has killed an estimated billion people over the past two centuries.A bacterial infection that attacks the lungs an...  Full Story
China's synthetic drugs problem expanding: government
China is believed to be one of the main manufacturers of synthetic drugs which have been blamed for public health crises in the US, Canada and Australia among other countriesChina‚Äôs drug problem is severe and growing, the government said Monday, with particularly sharp rises in the abuse and production of synthetic drugs which have become a major health concern worldwide. Chinese seizures of methamphetamine, ketamine and other synthetic drugs surged by 106 percent year-on-year in 2016, said Liu Yuejin, vice director ...  Full Story
Photographer captures world's glacier melt over decade
US photographer James Balog speaks about his images at the "Extreme Ice" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IllinoisFor the last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on a mission to document climate change through his camera lens.His effort has taken him to the farthest reaches of the world, from Antarctica to the northern ends of Greenland, where he has captured the movements and melts of immense glaciers.The results of his work were on display at...  Full Story
Spacewalking French, US astronauts to upgrade orbiting lab
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet displays his juggling and eating skills  during a light moment on the International Space Station  
 A French and an American astronaut are scheduled to float outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk aimed at upgrading the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews.The spacewalk by France's Thomas Pesquet, 39, and American Shane Kimbrough, 49, will be the latest in a series of outings to install new docking ports ...  Full Story
Most mutations in cancer are random DNA mistakes: study
Doctors review scans at the Johns Hopkins University Kimmel Cancer Center where researchers suggest heredity accounts for only five percent of cancer casesWhat causes cancer? A new study published Thursday suggests that cells make random mistakes while dividing, accounting for most of the mutations in tumors, rather than family history or environmental factors.The report in the journal Science was authored by the same team that led a controversial study in January 2015 that said random DNA mutations,...  Full Story
Wastewater key to solving global water crisis: UN
Truck drivers collect water directly from the Nile river to distribute to residents in Juba, South SudanRecycling the world's wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a major report on Wednesday."Neglecting the opportunities arising from improved wastewater management is nothing less than unthinkable," said Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, o...  Full Story
Trump, NASA and a rare consensus: mission to Mars
President Donald Trump displays a NASA jacket after signing legislation to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030sPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a law that said manned missions to deep space, including to Mars, would be the US space agency's main goal in the decades to come.According to the text -- adopted by a rare unanimous vote in the Senate and House of Representatives -- NASA will work toward the goal of "a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s."T...  Full Story
'Dead zones' a threat to coral reefs
AustraliaLow-oxygen areas of the ocean known as dead zones threaten hundreds of coral reefs worldwide, fragile ecosystems already struggling because of climate change and pollution, researchers said Monday.Although dead zones are not typically considered top killers of coral reefs, they may be far more common than previously thought, according to a study in...  Full Story