Science and Technology  September 01, 2015
SpaceX delays next launch after blast
Space XSpaceX said Monday it has delayed by a couple of months the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket, following an explosion on the way to the space station in June.The company's chief executive, Elon Musk, had said previously that the rocket would launch no earlier than September, after a failed strut was blamed for the rocket's demise just minutes...  Full Story
One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins
The exterior of the HI-SEAS habitat on the northern slope of Mauna Loa in Hawaii is seen in this March 10, 2015 image, courtesy of the University of Hawaii in Mauna LoaSix people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.The crew includes a French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans -- a pilot, an architect, a doctor/journalist and a soil scientist.They are based on a barren, northern ...  Full Story
'It's a boy,' US zoo says of surviving panda
This image released August 28, 2015 courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute shows giant panda Mei Xiang as she watches her cubThe newly arrived baby panda in Washington is male, zoo authorities said Friday, a week after the tiny creature was born along with a twin brother who later died.The panda born Saturday is doing well, squealing to attract the attention of mother Mei Xiang who is caring for the baby.DNA testing identified the dad as Tian Tian, a resident panda at th...  Full Story
US approves injectable anti-cholesterol drug Repatha
Repatha, an injectable drug, is made by Amgen and is part of a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, or antibodies which work on the liver to lower cholesterolUS regulators on Thursday approved Repatha, the second injectable drug of its kind designed for certain patients with stubbornly high cholesterol which puts them at risk of heart disease.Repatha, also known as evolocumab, is made by Amgen and is part of a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, or antibodies which work on the liver to lower c...  Full Story
Smaller of newborn panda twins dies
This image released August 23, 2015 courtesy of the SmithsonianOne of the two giant panda twins born at Washington's Smithsonian National Zoo over the weekend died on Wednesday, turning unexpected joy to tragedy in a matter of days.After an ultrasound revealed a possible pregnancy a week ago, zookeepers were greeted with another surprise Saturday when 17-year-old panda Mei Xiang gave birth to not one but two b...  Full Story
NASA sees unavoidable sea level rise ahead
According to NASAThe latest data on sea level rise from global warming suggests that three feet (one meter) or more is unavoidable in the next 100-200 years, NASA scientists said Wednesday.Much uncertainty remains in the predictions -- particularly with regard to timing -- because scientists do not know how fast major polar ice sheets will melt.But a wealth of data...  Full Story
Spain detects first case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus
A lab technician studies mosquito larvae that carry the Chikungunya virus in a public health laboratory in Santo Domingo, on October 10, 2014Spain has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in a 60-year-old man in the eastern province of Valencia, officials said Tuesday.The man was "most likely" infected in Gandia, a seaside Mediterranean resort, and was treated in hospital last month, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Contr...  Full Story
Bamboo-zled: Panda surprises with birth of twins
This image released August 19, 2015 courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute shows an ultrasound image from giant panda Mei XiangA rare giant panda called Mei Xiang gave birth to twin cubs at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, apparently surprising delighted zoo officials who had expected just one baby.A first tiny cub -- pink, hairless and only about the size of an adult mouse -- was born at 5:35 pm (2135 GMT) and Mei Xiang reacted by tenderly picking up the cub.Im...  Full Story
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