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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…

Crocodile skull found on Jurassic coast is from a previously unknown species

The prehistoric creature – a forerunner of modern saltwater crocodiles – would have measured 3.5 metres from nose to tail. The fossilised skull of an ancient beast that snapped at dinosaurs from the swamps of Swanage belongs to a previously unknown species of crocodile. A passing expert chanced upon the…

MIT scientists have built a camera that can peer around corners

New technology could lead to devices that can spot people hidden from view or inspect components deep inside machines. Scientists at MIT have built a camera that can peer around corners and see objects that would otherwise be hidden from sight. By overcoming a major challenge in optics and image…

Physicists look for changes in Earth’s gravity through gnome

Physicists looking at anomalies in Earth’s gravity have turned to agarden gnome named Kern, which has been shipped around the globe to have himself weighed at locations ranging from Lima, Mumbai and Mexico to Sydney, New Caledonia and the South Pole. The experiment is a twist on the “travelling gnome” prank, in…

Cigarette firms’ interference slowing anti-tobacco fight

Alleged “interference” by cigarette firms in public health policies is slowing down a UN-backed global campaign against tobacco use and its related health risks, a report said Tuesday. The report by the civil society group Framework Convention Alliance said major cigarette firms continue to run circles around key provisions of…

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