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SpaceX Dragon capsule released by ISS

The US company SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel was released by the robotic arm of the International Space Station early Thursday at the start of its return to Earth, NASA said. “Dragon is free from the International Space Station,” a NASA TV spokesman announced at 0949 GMT, as a live video…

Scientists: Chagas disease is the ‘new HIV/AIDS’

Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is set to be “the new HIV/AIDS of the Americas” according to a paper in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) journal “Neglected Tropical Diseases.” The New York Times cited the article Tuesday, saying that the social and economic impact of Chagas disease, which is…

Ghostbusters: is Hollywood a spiritual ‘vortex’?

Mystic healers. UFO hunters. Spirit mediums. People claiming psychic powers turn up everywhere. But in Hollywood, where dreams are made, the spiritual realm meets showbusiness. Watch out. Drive down a typical boulevard in Los Angeles, and within minutes you will spot a “psychic” sign offering to sort out your problems. Cults and…

Astronaut-inspired bone test could speed diagnoses

WASHINGTON — A simple urine test could soon reveal more about a person’s bones than X-rays, US researchers said Tuesday after publishing results of an early phase study funded by NASA. The technique could help astronauts cope with the bone loss that can occur in weightless environments like space, but…

Study: Breast cancer risk for night shift workers increased by 40 percent

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has commissioned research into reported links between working night shifts and breast cancer in women in an attempt to establish whether working at night increases the risk of chronic disease. A number of studies have suggested that women working night shifts may be more…

Radioactive bluefin tuna from Japan found in U.S. waters

For the first time, scientists have discovered that tuna contaminated by last year’s radiation leak from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have crossed the Pacific Ocean into U.S. waters, according to the Associated Press. Scientists have been startled to discover the radioactive fish some 6,000 miles from their place of…

Teenaged immigrant solves problem that baffled Isaac Newton

Sixteen year old Shouryya Ray denies being a genius, but he’s being hailed in news reports for having come up with the solution to a problem that has baffled mathematicians ever since Sir Isaac Newton first posed it over 300 years ago. The problem involved calculating the path of a…

Black market in human kidneys grows to 10,000 operations a year

The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed. Evidence collected by a worldwide network of doctors shows that traffickers are…

Iran to launch new nuclear plant project

Iran is to build a new nuclear power plant, alongside its sole existing one in the southern city of Bushehr, by early 2014, state televisionreported on Sunday, quoting the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation. “Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year,” the television quoted Fereydoon Abbasi Davani as saying.…

Greenpeace blocks Brazil port over Amazon law

Greenpeace temporarily blocked a freighter from being loaded at a northern Brazilian port in protest over a partial presidential veto of a land-use bill seen as harming the Amazon. The environmental group said on its website on Saturday that activists ferried by its Rainbow Warrior vessel occupied a giant pile of pig iron on…

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