Science and Technology  April 30, 2016
First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico
An Aedes Aegypti mosquito photographed on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia on January 25, 2016The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus."The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia," a poor clotting condition related to a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said."Al...  Full Story
Experimental cancer drug reverses intellectual disability in mice
Researchers found when they gave the drug Nutlin-3 to mice, it could reverse damage from a genetic mutation that causes fragile X syndromeAn experimental cancer drug may help reverse the effects of an intellectual disability known as fragile X syndrome, which is commonly found in people with autism, researchers said Wednesday.The study in the journal Science Translational Medicine was done on lab mice, so any potential application for humans remains far off, cautioned the authors.But...  Full Story
First drop in iPhone sales, Apple revenue streak ends
Apple reported that iPhone sales dropped year-over-year for the first time, slipping to 51.19 million in the recently ended quarter, on April 26, 2016Apple reported its first-ever drop in iPhone sales since launching the smartphone in 2007 as the tech giant's long streak of rising revenue ended.Apple said iPhone sales dropped year-over-year for the first time, slipping to 51.19 million units in the recently ended quarter compared with 61.17 million in the same period a year ago.Profits fell as w...  Full Story
No decline in child obesity in US, despite efforts: study
some 4.5 million US children and adolescents have severe obesity, "and they will require new and intensive efforts to steer them toward a healthier course,"Childhood obesity is a persistent problem in the United States, and researchers said Tuesday they found no sign of a reversal in the rising trend over the past three decades.In 2013-2014, 33.4 percent of children aged two to 19 were overweight, and 17.4 percent of those were obese, said the findings in the journal Obesity."Despite some other recent...  Full Story
Google seeks to play down EU Android probe
A European Commission anti-trust probe was opened in April 2015┬áinto whether Google gives unfair prominence to its own Android apps with mobile manufacturers Google sought to play down its anti-trust battle with the European Commission on Friday, with a senior executive insisting the row was "normal".Brussels has charged Google with abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system in a move which could could change the face of the global smartphone sector.But Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, Goog...  Full Story
Expect more unhealthy ozone days in the next decades: study
Unhealthy ozone levels range from 100 to 500 parts per billion, according to the US Environmental Protection AgencyA warming planet means more hot days than before, and the phenomenon could cause three to nine more days per year when ozone levels are unhealthy by the 2050s, scientists warned Thursday.Automobile exhaust spews nitrogen dioxide and causes a buildup of unhealthy ground level ozone in the atmosphere. The problem tends to get worse when the temperatu...  Full Story
Underwater 'zombie grass' signals trouble for Florida fishermen
Wetland ecologist Steve Davis inspects the waters of Whipray Basin, where seagrass is dying at a rate unseen since the late 1980sDecades ago, the sight of seagrass swaying beneath the waters off south Florida conjured romance for those who dangled their fishing lines in hopes of catching redfish, snook or mangrove snapper.But now, seagrass is dying at a rate unseen since the late 1980s in the Florida Bay, off the southern tip of Florida between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gul...  Full Story
Mice in space showed liver damage after two weeks
Mice spent 13 and a half days aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 2011Lab mice that spent just two weeks in orbit showed early signs of liver damage upon returning to Earth, raising concern about what long-duration spaceflight might do to humans, researchers said Wednesday.The findings could interest the US space agency, which plans to send people to deep space destinations such as an asteroid or Mars by the 2030s --...  Full Story