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  • Labor Day in Space: A Weightless Holiday for US Astronauts

    Right now, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson commands the International Space Station with fellow American Reid Wiseman serving as a flight engineer. The pair forms one-third of the space station's six-man Expedition 40 crew, with three Russian cosmonauts and European Space Agency astronaut rounding out…

    SPACE.com
  • Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

    VERONA, Wis. (AP) — There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Associated Press
  • 100 years ago, the very last passenger pigeon died

    Exactly 100 years ago — on September 1, 1914 — the passenger pigeon was driven to extinction. Over the years, however, the passenger pigeons were decimated by hunting, deforestation, and natural population variation. By 1914, there was exactly one bird left: Martha, a resident of the Cincinnati Zoo.

    Vox.com
  • NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch

    NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity…

    The Verge
  • Cave markings 'bring Neanderthals closer to us'

    Markings dating back 40,000 years suggest Neanderthals were considerably more sophisticated than previously thought, researchers say. They reached their conclusions after the discovery of engravings deep in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar -- the first Neanderthal cave etchings found anywhere in the…

    AFP
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    CHICAGO (AP) — Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.

    Associated Press
  • With This Mobile Device, Your Smartphone Could Diagnose Disease in Minutes

    OK, maybe not, but this technology isn’t as far off as you think. A Philadelphia tech start-up’s newest invention, Biomeme, is a lightweight mobile system that can perform DNA diagnostics and real-time disease surveillance by leveraging the computing power of an iPhone or iPod.

    Takepart.com
  • Americans Are Eating Healthier, Study Finds

    Americans are eating a modestly healthier diet now than they were a decade ago, but the gap in diet quality between the rich and the poor has widened, a new study finds. In an opinion article published with the new findings, Dr. Takehiro Sugiyama, of the National Center for Global Health and…

    LiveScience.com
  • Cyberonics device improves heart function after Boston flop

    By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - A nerve stimulation device from Cyberonics improved cardiac function in heart failure patients in a small clinical trial, in contrast to an unsuccessful study backed by Boston Scientific. Both companies are trying to improve outcomes for patients with heart…

    Reuters
  • School's $100M donor is Columbia Sportswear chair

    The anonymous donor that gave $100 million to Oregon Health & Science University last month has been revealed as Columbia Sportswear chairwoman Gert Boyle, and the donation was made to honor her late sister. ...

    Associated Press
  • Seven signs your hair is on fire: The challenges of scaling Hadoop

    Scaling Hadoop can be an enormously tricky process. Here are seven common problems and ways to solve them.

    Gigaom
  • New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria

    A new invention can cheaply and accurately diagnose malaria infection in just a few minutes using only a droplet of blood, researchers have reported in the journal Nature Medicine. The tool could replace the laborious, error-prone method by which a lab technician looks for malaria parasites in…

    AFP
  • NASA to reformat Mars rover's memory from 125 million miles away

    NASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond…

    The Verge
  • Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption

    By Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km…

    Reuters
  • US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

    CHICAGO (AP) — Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

    Associated Press
  • Early data suggest Sanofi, Regeneron drug may halve heart risk

    By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - An experimental cholesterol-lowering drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals roughly halved the number of heart attacks and strokes in a clinical trial, researchers reported on Sunday. The injectable drug, alirocumab, is from a new class of medicines,…

    Reuters
  • Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals

    BERLIN (AP) — A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.

    Associated Press
  • Iceland Volcano Blasts Back to Life

    The crack feeding the lava flow has also expanded to the north and south, and is now almost 1 mile (1.5 km) long. The volcanic activity kicked off Aug. 16, when thousands of small earthquakes underneath the Bardarbunga volcano signaled fresh magma (molten rock) was burrowing underground. On Aug.…

    LiveScience.com