Science and Technology  July 29, 2015
US dentist killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion
Much-loved Zimbabwean lion "Cecil" was allegedly lured to his death by an American tourist at Hwange National ParkA wealthy American dentist who used a bow and arrow to shoot Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion faced fierce criticism Tuesday amid allegations that it took 40 hours for the animal to die.The lion, a popular attraction among international visitors to the Hwange National Park, was lured outside the park's boundaries by bait and killed earlier this mo...  Full Story
South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak
Hospital workers wear face masks at the lobby of Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul on July 20, 2015South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn said the danger posed by what was the biggest outb...  Full Story
Delays found in drugmakers reporting of serious adverse reactions
US regulations require drugmakers to report adverse events to the FDA within 15 days, but researchers at the University of Minnesota found that they delayed doing so in about one in 10 casesDrugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.US regulations require drugmakers to report such incidents to the Food and Drug Administration within 15 days, but researchers at the University of Minnesota found that they delayed doing so...  Full Story
US regulators give limited approval to cholesterol drug
US regulators approved a new cholesterol drug called Praluent, made by Sanofi and Regeneron, for people with certain genetic risk factors for heart diseaseUS regulators on Friday approved a new cholesterol drug called Praluent, made by Sanofi and Regeneron, for people with certain genetic risk factors for heart disease.The injectable drug is the first of its kind to gain approval on the US market, and offers an alternative to popular pill-based statins.However, the US Food and Drug Administration app...  Full Story
Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto
A photo obtained by NASAFlowing nitrogen ice glaciers have been glimpsed on the surface of Pluto, along with an unexpectedly thick layer of haze in the atmosphere, NASA scientists said Friday.The latest discoveries are from the flyby earlier this month of New Horizons, an unmanned probe that is revealing unprecedented views of the distant dwarf planet as a complex, active...  Full Story
NASA discovers closest Earth-twin yet
This NASA artist concept obtained on December 19, 2014 shows NASAAstronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as our home orbits the Sun, NASA said Thursday.Named Kepler 452b, the planet is about 60 percent larger than Earth. It could have active volcanoes, oceans, sunshine like ours, twice as much gravity and a year tha...  Full Story
Russian, Japanese, US crew reach ISS despite minor mishap
Russia was forced to put all space travel on hold after the unmanned Progress freighter taking cargo to the ISS crashed back to Earth in late AprilAstronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station after a two-month delay, despite a minor hiccup.The Soyuz TMA 17M rocket -- carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan -- blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on schedule after a two-m...  Full Story
Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS after delay
The Soyuz TMA-17M ISS crew of (from L) US astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya YuiThree astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure. The spacecraft blasted off on schedule from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in the barren Kazakh steppe at 2102 GMT, carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Kjell Lindg...  Full Story
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