Science and Technology  April 21, 2015
Hubble, the telescope that revolutionized our view of space
Computer displays at the Hubble Space Telescope Operations Control Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on April 2, 2015Hubble, the first telescope to revolutionize modern astronomy and change our view of the universe by offering glimpses of distant galaxies, marks its 25th year in space this week."Hubble absolutely has changed the way humans look at the universe and our place in it," said astronomer Jennifer Wiseman, one of the telescope's senior scientists at NASA...  Full Story
'Mysterious' disease kills 18 in Nigeria: official
The disease broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town on Ondo state, the government spokesman for the region, Kayode Akinmade, told AFP by telephoneA "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said Saturday."Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded," the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, told AFP.The government spokesman for the state, Kayode Akinmade, earlier gave a ...  Full Story
E-cigarette use triples in US teens
Some two million US high school students tried e-cigarettes last year, a rate that tripled in just one year, US health authorities said ThursdaySome two million US high school students tried e-cigarettes last year, a rate that tripled in just one year, US health authorities said Thursday.The 2014 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 13.4 percent of high school students said they had smoked an e-cigarette in the past month, up from 4.5 percent from 2013.In ...  Full Story
NASA spacecraft set for death plunge into Mercury
This image released by NASA on September 29, 2009 shows a view of Mercury by the Messenger spacecraft during its third fly-by of the planetA NASA probe that has circled Mercury for the past four years will make a dramatic death plunge into the planet's surface in late April when it runs out of fuel.The MESSENGER spacecraft -- which stands for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging -- will end its run, as planned, on or around April 30, the US space agency said.I...  Full Story
Immune system link to Alzheimer's disease: US study
AlzheimerThe immune system may play a part in Alzheimer's disease, US researchers have discovered, in a breakthrough which could lead to the development of new treatments for the most common form of dementia.A Duke University study published in the Journal of Neuroscience reported on researchers' findings that certain immune system cells which normally prot...  Full Story
Rocket tips over after SpaceX recycle attempt
Photographers look on at the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, as they wait for the launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 13, 2015SpaceX's latest attempt at recycling its Falcon 9 rocket by landing it upright on an ocean platform failed Tuesday, after a successful launch of its cargo mission to space."Ascent successful. Dragon en route to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival," SpaceX chief Elon Musk said on Twitter, after the rocket and Dragon ...  Full Story
IBM teams with Apple on artificial intelligence health program
IBM is collaborating with Apple, Medtronic, and Johnson & Johnson to use its Watson artificial intelligence system to give users insights and advice from personal health informationIBM on Monday announced alliances with Apple and others to put artificial intelligence to work drawing potentially life-saving insights from the booming amount of health data generated on personal devices.IBM is collaborating with Apple, Medtronic, and Johnson & Johnson to use its Watson artificial intelligence system to give users insights and...  Full Story
Risk of lightning postpones SpaceX launch
Photographers look at the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as they wait for the launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 13, 2015The risk of lightning postponed Monday's planned launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a load of food and supplies for the International Space Station. The attempt to send the unmanned Dragon cargo carrier into space was postponed less than three minutes before launch, due to a storm system that was moving into the area, NASA said.The next l...  Full Story
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