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Las Vegas bets on desert water pipeline as Nevada drinks itself dry

There was a time during the cold war when the Pentagon wanted to bury hundreds of nuclear missiles in the vast emptiness of Nevada, in case the United States came under attack from the Soviet Union. In a 21st-century version of an existential struggle in the desert, the city of…

Europe makes its heaviest space launch ever

An automated craft laden with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) headed into space on Friday in the heaviest launch ever undertaken by Europe. The 20-tonne vessel, named after 20th-century Italian physicist, Edoardo Amaldi, blasted off atop a heavyweight version of the Ariane 5 launcher at 01:34 am (0434…

Students’ experiments to play out in space

SAN FRANCISCO — Science experiments devised by teenage students, one from Egypt and two from the United States, will be conducted in space as part of a move by YouTube and Lenovo to inspire young minds. Winners of a global YouTube Space Lab competition were announced Thursday, with 18-year-old Amr…

UK beaches blighted by balloons and discarded bags of dog poo

Dog poo wrapped in plastic bags discarded by careless owners has emerged as one of the biggest single threats to the health and safety of beach visitors, a marine conservation charity has warned. The finding is in the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) last…

Blood test could predict heart attacks: U.S. study

US researchers have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency. The study by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) found that the endothelial blood cells from heart attack patients are…

Can aspirin really reduce the risk of cancer?

New research findings that a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent cancer throws up all sorts of questions – here are some answers A daily dose of aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer and prevent the disease from spreading, studies show. But the drug has side effects that…

Supreme Court rules biotech company cannot patent ‘laws of nature’

Biotechnology industry officials are warning that a US Supreme Court ruling on patent rights this week could have a chilling effect on the development of personalized medicine. The Supreme Court rejected two patents covering medical tests for monitoring patients’ blood, saying they are too similar to natural phenomena to receive…

SpaceX, NASA prepare for April 30 launch to space station

Preparations for the April 30 launch of the SpaceX’s Dragon commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) are underway without major problems, a top NASA official said Tuesday. “The simulations are taking place, I don’t know about big drivers right now, only of what they have to do between now and launch day,” said NASA Space Station…

Climate change damage to oceans to cost $2 trillion

Greenhouse gases are likely to result in annual costs of nearly $2 trillion in damage to the oceans by 2100, according to a new Swedish study. The estimate by the Stockholm Environment Institute is based on the assumption that climate-altering carbon emissions continue their upward spiral without a pause. Warmer seas will lead…

China firms knock U.S. duties on solar products

Chinese firms have accused the United States of setting up trade barriers after Washington slapped duties on their solar products in the latest trade row between the two countries. Washington said Tuesday it would collect duties of between 2.9 and 4.7 percent on Chinese solar cells and panels, in a preliminary ruling following an investigation over…

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