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  • My BRCA Journey: Why Fear of Information Imperils Genetic Testing

    The world breaks down into two camps, my genetic counselor said: people who want information, and people who don't. I've been writing about gene testing and genomics for a long time, but as I navigated my own recent journey in genetic testing, I learned why that divide will probably remain the…

    Huffington Post
  • Moon landers get boost from Google-funded prize

    Shaped like a doughnut and no bigger than a coffee table, the MX-1 lunar lander doesn't look anything like the hulking Apollo module the United States landed on the moon in 1969.

    San Jose Mercury News
  • CSI Lahore: US forensics big shot comes home to help Pakistan

    By Katharine Houreld LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - As one of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir uncovered evidence that helped jail boxer Mike Tyson for rape, convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy and clear doctor Sam Sheppard of murdering his wife. Then Tahir took on his toughest…

    Reuters
  • How to See the Future First

    One of the biggest challenges innovators face is to truly understand the market opportunity space before they start creating a strategy and well in advance of product development. Since we can't see the future, we need to gain some real insight from deep domain experts and make sense of possible…

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    Water fleas prepare for Space voyage

    Scientists are preparing a group of water fleas for a unique voyage into space. The aquatic crustaceans, known as Daphnia, can be used as a miniature model for biomedical research, and their reproductive and swimming behaviour will be tested for signs of stress while on board the International…

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  • Senegal reopens land border with Ebola-hit Guinea

    Senegal reopened on Monday its land border with Guinea, the Interior Ministry said, five months after closing transport links in August to prevent the spread of the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. Senegal had already lifted in November a ban on air and maritime traffic with…

    Reuters
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  • It's impossible to appreciate how vast the universe is. But this video will help.

    Earlier this month, NASA released a gigantic, incredibly sharp photo of the Andromeda Galaxy, taken by the Hubble space telescope. Below is a small crop of the full image (which, NASA points out, is so big that to display it at full resolution, you'd need 600 HD TVs). As the video zooms deeper and…

    Vox.com
  • Comet 67P is brushing dirt off its shoulder as it moves closer to the Sun

    It’s almost showtime: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the target of ESA’s Rosetta mission, is finally shedding its outer coating of dust. Particles collected by Rosetta will offer new information on the composition of comets, according to a study in the journal Nature. This shedding also sets the…

    The Verge
  • Zigzag Physics: Loophole Makes Light Particles Act Drunk

    A universal rule of thumb may need to be rewritten: Light moving freely through empty space does not necessarily travel at the speed of light. As physicists have come to know, light particles traveling through empty space should zip along at exactly 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per…

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  • Severe La Nina weather events in Pacific may double due to warming

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Extreme "La Nina" weather events that cool the Pacific Ocean and can disrupt weather worldwide will paradoxically happen almost twice as often in a warming world, an international team of scientists said on Monday. Severe La Ninas, linked to both floods and…

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  • Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity

    The genetic sequencing company 23andMe recently tapped into its vast bank of data to release a study on genetic origins, producing the biggest genetic profile of the United States ever conducted—big, but nowhere near complete. Out of more than 160,000 genomes, only 3 percent of 23andMe customers…

    The Atlantic
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    Monkeys in Space

    NASA launches the first mammals into space, but can they bring them back?

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  • Massive Asteroid Aproaches Near Earth

    Asteroid (537439) 2004 BL86 was approaching earth on Sunday. At over a half-kilometer wide, we're fortunate that it will pass at a distance three times the distance to the moon. It's the largest known asteroid of this size, passing this close, until 2027!I photographed the comet for a couple of…

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  • Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms. Environmentalists who favor a…

    Reuters
  • 'Autisms' A More Appropriate Term Than 'Autism,' Geneticists Say

    There are so many different genetic forms of autism that using the singular term, autism, is misleading, researchers say.

    Yahoo Health
  • Mountain-Size Asteroid Makes Close Flyby of Earth

    A mountain-size asteroid buzzed Earth Monday morning (Jan. 26) in a close encounter that's already revealing new information about the space rock, including an improved measurement of its size and the confirmation of at least one moon. Asteroid 2004 BL86 came within 745,000 miles (1.2 million…

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  • Elon Musk debunks electric space rockets after Simpsons lampooning

    His dedication to saving the planet for future generations does end up putting current Springfielders out of work however, and Musk is soon given his marching orders by Homer — blasting off once again in the Dragon spacecraft.

    The Verge