Science and Technology  September 19, 2014
SpaceX readies cargo mission to space station
California-based SpaceX prepares to launch its Dragon cargo carrier to deliver food and supplies to the International Space Station, but a 50-50 weather forecast threatens to postpone the launchCalifornia-based SpaceX on Friday prepared to launch its Dragon cargo carrier to deliver food and supplies to the International Space Station, but a 50-50 weather forecast threatened to postpone the launch.The journey by SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule would be the fifth for SpaceX, and the fourth in a series of SpaceX's contracted supply mi...  Full Story
Harvard hosts spoof Nobel awards for silly science
Ig Nobel prizes were handed out to scientists researching the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toastSpoof Nobel prizes that honor the humor in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.The 24th edition of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes were handed out Thursdayto winners from across the world by genuine Nobel laureates in Cambridge, Massachuse...  Full Story
Boeing, SpaceX to send astronauts to space station
The company -- or companies -- that will build AmericaNASA awarded multi-billion-dollar contracts to Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday to build America's next spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.The US space agency hailed the decision as another step toward ending America's reliance on Russian vehicles for access to low-Earth orbit.NASA, which has been unable to se...  Full Story
American waistlines get bigger and bigger
The average AmericanThe average American's waistline has expanded over the past decade, adding about one inch (2.5 centimeters) of belly fat among the general public from 1999 to 2012, researchers said Tuesday.The findings in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) are the first to show how the nation's obesity epidemic has translated to added paunch in...  Full Story
'Ghost ship' wrecks found off SF's Golden Gate
The Golden Gate Bridge stands over San Francisco Bay on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, CaliforniaUS maritime experts have discovered the wrecks of three "ghost ships" missing for over a century just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait, they said Tuesday.The 1910 shipwreck of the "SS Selja," the remains of the clipper "Noonday" which went down in 1863 and an unidentified early steam tugboat tagged the "mystery wreck" were found at the st...  Full Story
Microsoft powers up game platform with 'Minecraft'
MicrosoftMicrosoft agreed Monday to buy the Swedish group behind the hugely popular video game "Minecraft" for $2.5 billion, bolstering the increasingly important gaming division of the US tech giant.The deal for Swedish-based Mojang gives Microsoft one of the best-known video games of all time -- one which is played on game consoles as well as PCs and mobi...  Full Story
'Blue Moon' diamond unveiled in LA
Suzette Gomes, CEO of Cora International, poses with the 12-carat "Blue Moon Diamond" on display at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on September 12, 2014Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum on Friday unveiled the "Blue Moon Diamond," a 12-carat gem described as one of the rarest stones in the world.Deep blue and intensely radiant, it was found in South Africa's Cullinan mine northeast of Pretoria, where the biggest ever rough diamond was unearthed a century ago."Fancy vivid blue diamonds are...  Full Story
US judge orders HIV-positive man to stop infecting others
A community health educator gives away free prophylactics as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2013 in Washington, DCA US judge has ordered a man with HIV to stop infecting others after he passed on the AIDS virus to eight sexual partners in four years, officials said Friday.Local authorities in Seattle had issued two case-and-desist orders over the last few months but then took the extremely rare step of bringing the case to court, where it was confirmed by a ju...  Full Story
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