Science and Technology  October 25, 2014
Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough
Australian surgeons say they have used hearts that had stopped beating in successful transplants, in a world first that could change the way organs are donated.Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushin...  Full Story
Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook
A notebook from Robert ScottA photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott's 1911 Terra Nova base during last year's summer ice melt.Writing in the note...  Full Story
J&J to start testing Ebola vaccine in January
This colorized transmission electron micrograph obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virionUS healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday said it would spend up to $200 million to speed up and expand its Ebola vaccine program, with testing slated to begin in January. Johnson & Johnson said its unit Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies was closely working with the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Allergy and In...  Full Story
Antibiotics may help animals spread salmonella
Giving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, US researchers experimenting on mice saidGiving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, US researchers experimenting on mice said.The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could point to a new concern over feeding healthy livestock low doses of antibiotics to help them grow and st...  Full Story
Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars
An illustration by NASA depicts the comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) traveling toward MarsA comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.The comet, known as Siding Spring, made its closest encounter with the Red Planet at 1827 GMT, racing past it at a breakneck 203,000 kilometers (126,000 miles) per hour.At its cl...  Full Story
Anti-tobacco conference struggles to stub out lobbyists
While delegates at the World Health Organization gathering were discussing ways to stop people lighting up, those representing the interests of the tobacco industry were doing their best to influence the outcomeA major conference in Moscow aimed at cutting global smoking rates this week found itself grappling with another issue: how to stop the powerful tobacco lobby from butting in on the debate.While delegates at the World Health Organization gathering were discussing ways to stop people lighting up, those representing the interests of the tobacco indus...  Full Story
Natural disasters killed over 22,000 in 2013, Red Cross says
A relative of a victim of Typhoon Haiyan visits a mass graveyard in Leyte, Philippines, October 15, 2014. The storm was last yearNatural disasters claimed over 22,000 lives last year, with Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines the deadliest of all, the Red Cross said Thursday.In its annual report on disasters, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that the outlook was bleak."Climate change is leading to damaged livelihoods and increas...  Full Story
Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday
An artistA fast-moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one-in-a-million-year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said.The comet, known as Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), has a core about a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide in diameter, but is only as solid as a pile of talcum powder. Siding Spring is set to hur...  Full Story
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