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  • Russian Spacecraft Spinning Out of Control in Orbit, with Salvage Bid Underway

    The Russian space agency Roscosmos is scrambling to regain control of a robotic Progress 59 cargo ship that appears to have suffered a serious malfunction shortly after launching into orbit early today (April 28). Russian flight controllers abandoned plans to attempt to dock the cargo ship with the…

    SPACE.com
  • Melanoma Tumor 'Dissolves' After 1 Dose of New Drug Combo

    A large melanoma tumor on a woman's chest disappeared so quickly that it left a gaping hole in its place after she received a new treatment containing two melanoma drugs, a new case report finds. Doctors are still monitoring the 49-year-old woman, but she was free of melanoma — a type of skin…

    LiveScience.com
  • Earth is on the edge of a 'Sixth Extinction'

    Close to half of all living species on the...

    Business Insider
  • This Arlington startup raised $1.3 million, aims to put 18 satellites in orbit by 2018

    The Arlington company is currently pursuing investors and partners to develop a constellation of 18 low-orbit satellites. The satellites, which sport a price tag of $250 million and are slated for launch in 2018, will be used to provide daily, high-resolution imagery of the Earth's surface.…

    American City Business Journals
  • Zebrafish 'inner ear' development wins science video prize

    By Ben Gruber This is a video of a lateral line, an organ that allows fish to sense water movement, developing in a zebra fish. Using an imaging technique called Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy, which uses sheets of lights to illuminate sub-cellular activity, Dr. Mariana Muzzopappa and Jim…

    Reuters
  • Could Extra Sleep Improve Memory For People With Alzheimer's?

    Paul Shaw, PhD, professor of neurobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted their study on three groups of fruit flies - whose brains regulate sleep in a similar way to humans.In each group of flies, the researchers disabled a gene to cause different memory…

    Huffington Post
  • Precision Medicine: Working Toward Custom-Fitted Cures

    This year may just be the year of precision medicine -- a term that's buzzing on health blogs and in research journals. Precision techniques, proponents say, could change the face of medicine forever. Simply put, precision medicine is the practice of using genetic information about a person's…

    U.S.News & World Report
  • Groups want review of Shell's Arctic regulatory filings

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling.

    Associated Press
  • Space, the final frontier — for tourism

    Pay $4,950 for a parabolic flight or apply for a one-way ticket to Mars, writes Jurica Dujmovic.

    MarketWatch
  • Oz, to Ozymandias: Science, Soundbites, Symptoms and Systemic Disease

    Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at worst, a symptom, is itself an indication of a culture-wide disease. The fate of Ozymandias comes to mind.Science is Ozymandias. Soundbites are the…

    Huffington Post
  • NASA is about to solve a major mystery about dwarf planet Ceres

    Back in January astronomers got one of their...

    Business Insider
  • China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

    By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain. Beijing supports genetically modified organisms (GMO) technology, which it sees as…

    Reuters
  • U.S.-African diet swap has dramatic impact on colon cancer risk

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Black Americans who switched to a high-fiber African diet for just two weeks saw a dramatic drop in risk factors for colon cancer, a study published on Tuesday found. A group of Africans who went the other way and started eating American food rich in animal…

    Reuters
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    Monkeys in Space

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

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  • An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

    Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers more than 13 million birds since ...

    Associated Press
  • Coffee production slipping in Tanzania as temperatures rise

    By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Warmer weather means that Tanzania is producing less coffee as higher temperatures affect yields, hurting both the nation’s producers and coffee drinkers who may pay more per cup, a South African university has found. According to a…

    Reuters
  • SpaceX will launch Turkmenistan's first communications satellite today

    Elon Musk's SpaceX is off to a busy start in 2015. Today, however, will be just another job for the private space company, as one of its 224-foot Falcon 9 rockets will put Turkmenistan's first satellite-based telecommunications system into orbit 22,000 miles above Earth. There will be no attempt to…

    The Verge
  • Elephant Contraception? How a Vaccine is Replacing Sharpshooters (Op-Ed)

    Karen Lange is senior content creator at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). For 15 years, researcher Audrey Delsink has observed the elephants in South Africa’s Greater Private Makalali Game Reserve. As she's watched them, recording the effects of a contraceptive vaccine called PZP,…

    LiveScience.com