Science and Technology  October 24, 2016
Pregnancy raises stroke risk in younger, not older women: study
Women 24 and younger had more than twice the risk of stroke in the pregnancy and six-week postpartum period (14 strokes per 100,000 women) as their non-pregnant counterparts (six strokes per 100,000 women)Doctors have long warned women that getting pregnant later in life can raise the risk of stroke, but a study Monday suggested that actually, only young women face this increasing risk.The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology compared stroke rates among pregnant and non-pregnant women of different age groups.P...  Full Story
Babies should sleep in parents' room first year: US doctors
Babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, according to the American Academy of PediatricsTo reduce the risk of sudden death, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, US doctors said.The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics says babies should sleep on their backs, on a clean surface free of toys and blankets, a guideline that has been in pla...  Full Story
Kids 11-12 need just two doses of cancer vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two doses of HPV vaccine in "younger adolescents produced an immune response similar or higher than the response in young adults who received three doses," which could encourage more vaccinationsKids aged 11-12 should get only two doses of a vaccine to prevent cancers caused by human papillomavirus, instead of the previously recommended three shots, US health authorities said Thursday.The updated recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based on research that shows younger adolescents can get similar p...  Full Story
Glitch, safe mode as Juno space probe orbits Jupiter
Weighing 3.6 tonnes, Juno is to swing within some 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of the solar systemOfficials in charge of NASA's Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter last weekend delayed a crucial maneuver due to a main engine malfunction, they said.In addition, the ship's computer systems automatically went into safety mode early Wednesday (5:47 GMT). Unrelated to the main engine, the switchover was due to a malfunction of two helium valves in the...  Full Story
Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS
Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov (bottom) and Andrei Borisenko (top) and US astronaut Shane Kimbrough wave as they board the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on October 19, 2016Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday at the start of a two-day journey to the International Space Station.NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov of Roscosmos blasted off at 0805 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after their launch had been delayed by near...  Full Story
Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA
High-stakes manoeuvres should see a lander dubbed Schiaparelli make a dash for the surface of Mars, while the Trace Gas Orbiter enters orbit in phase one of the ExoMars missionEurope will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars on Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with Russia for extraterrestrial life.High-stakes manoeuvres should see a test lander dubbed Schiaparelli make a dangerous dash for the surface at 1442 GMT, while the Trace Gas Orbiter...  Full Story
Bloomberg donates $50 mn to Boston's Museum of Science
Media mogul Michael Bloomberg said he will donate $50 million for BostonBillionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced a $50 million gift for Boston's Museum of Science, fondly recalling hours spent there as a child that helped lay the foundation for his later success.The museum is "where I learned to ask questions, to recognize just how much there is to learn about the world, and to follow science wher...  Full Story
First launch for Orbital's Antares rocket since 2014 explosion
This NASA handout photo shows the Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, on launch Pad-0A, October 17, 2016 at NASAOrbital ATK launched its Antares rocket en route to the International Space Station for the first time since a massive explosion after liftoff two years ago.The new Antares 230 rocket propelled an unmanned cargo capsule, called Cygnus, toward the orbiting outpost carrying 5,100 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of supplies, food and science experiments.The ...  Full Story