Science and Technology  January 18, 2017
Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai
Mumbai is forecast to be among the biggest losers of mild days per year by 2100, with an average reduction  from 82 to 44Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century's end even as the average number of mild days per year declines worldwide, a climate study said Wednesday.Using models based on mid-range global warming projections, American researchers calculated there will be 10 fewer days of mild weather per year globally by 2100.But there...  Full Story
More than 80 dolphins die off Florida coast
Pods of false killer whales have previously been stranded after gettng beached in shallow waters, such as in this 2009 instance near the Australian city of PerthMore than 80 dolphins known as false killer whales have died off the southwest coast of Florida after getting stranded in shallow waters, US officials said.A pod of 95 of the dolphins, which are black in color and look like killer whales without white markings, became stranded in the Gulf Coast off Everglades National Park, the park said on Twitter...  Full Story
Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82
Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, mission commander, walking toward the Lunar Roving Vehicle during extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site of NASAUS astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday at age 82, NASA announced.Cernan was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 -- his third space flight and the last scheduled US manned mission to the moon -- in December 1972."We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the mo...  Full Story
SpaceX poised to launch for first time since Sept blast
SpaceX is poised for a high stakes launch, after a pair of accidents including an explosion in June 2015 two minutes after liftoff (pictured)SpaceX is poised to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, marking its first return to flight since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.The launch of 10 satellites for Iridium, a mobile and data communications company, is scheduled from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 am (1754 GMT).The launch window is "instanta...  Full Story
US woman dies of infection resistant to all 26 available antibiotics
On January 13, 2017, health officials said a US woman died in Sepetember 2016 from a infection that is resistant to all 26 available anitibioticsA US woman has died from an infection that was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics, health officials said this week, raising new concerns about the rise of dangerous superbugs.The woman, who was in her 70s, died in Nevada in September, and had recently been hospitalized in India with fractured leg bones, the US Centers for Disease Control and...  Full Story
WhatsApp vulnerable to snooping: report
A report says that WhatsApp messages could be read without its billion-plus users knowing due to a security backdoorThe Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp is vulnerable to interception, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, sparking concern over an app advertised as putting an emphasis on privacy.The report said that WhatsApp messages could be read without its billion-plus users knowing due to a security backdoor in the way the company has imp...  Full Story
Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks: US report
Marijuana, is the most popular illicit drug in the United States, with recent nationwide survey showing more than 22 million Americans ages 12 and older reported using the drug in the past 30 daysMarijuana and cannabis can help to safely alleviate pain for some patients but many uncertainties remain about their health and safety risks, according to a major scientific review published Thursday.A committee of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at more than 10,000 scientific abstracts to reach its nearly 10...  Full Story
Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core
Consensus has long been that the EarthJapanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth's inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet's deepest secrets.Consensus has long been that the centre of the planet is composed of about 85 percent iron and 10 percent nickel, with sulphur, oxygen and silicon prime candidates for the other five percent....  Full Story