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NASA rover launch to Mars delayed

WASHINGTON — The US space agency has postponed by one day its plan to launch the biggest rover ever to Mars, with the liftoff of the Mars Science Laboratory now set for November 26. The delay will “allow time for the team to remove and replace a flight termination system…

AIDS-related deaths slashed by treatment: U.N.

A significant expansion in access to treatment helped slash the number of AIDS-related deaths in 2010, bringing the number of people living with HIV to a record 34 million, the United Nationssaid Monday. “We are on the verge of a significant breakthrough in the AIDS response,” said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS. “NewHIV…

Study rejects ‘faster than light’ particle finding

(Reuters) – An international team of scientists in Italy studying the same neutrino particles colleagues say appear to have travelled faster than light rejected the startling finding this weekend, saying their tests had shown it must be wrong. The September announcement of the finding, backed up last week after new…

Overweight people eat less often: study

(Reuters) – Overweight adults eat less often than people in the normal body weight range, but still take in more calories and are less active over the course of the day, according to a U.S. study. By contrast, normal weight adults, including those who had lost a lot of weight and kept it off,…

Africa reports improvement in HIV treatment: U.N.

Access to HIV treatment has improved greatly in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region which has long been worst hit by the AIDS epidemic, leading to a steady drop in deaths, the United Nationssaid Monday. “The most dramatic increases in anti-retroviral therapy coverage have occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, with a 20 percent increase between 2009 and 2010 alone,”…

New wind-energy label gains Deutsche Bank support

Deutsche Bank and a handful of other global firms pledged on Friday to get at least 25 percent of their energy from wind. Companies including Deutsche Bank, the news service Bloombergand the medical technology firm BD announced they would sign on to a new label, WindMade, which will designate companies that usewind energy. The…

New test finds that neutrinos still faster than light

LONDON (Reuters) – A new experiment appears to provide further evidence that Einstein may have been wrong when he said nothing could go faster than the speed of light, a theory that underpins modern thinking on how the universe works. The new evidence, challenging a dogma of science that has…

‘Weightless’ teachers eye giant science leap

“Excited,” “nervous,” “terrified” — just three emotions described by a group of US teachers about to take a dizzying “weightless” flight all for the cause of science, naturally. The 30 classroom professionals donned blue “astronaut” jumpsuits to defy gravity in the skies above California, in a project designed to help…

Fukushima radiation ‘mostly fell in sea’: Japanese study

Most of the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant dropped into the ocean and began circling the planet, Japanese researchers said Thursday. Up to 80 percent of the caesium released by the Fukushima Daiichi power plant landed in the Pacific and made its way into other…

Massive lakes could lie beneath ice of Jupiter moon

PARIS — A body of water as big as North America’s Great Lakes could lie beneath Europa, a shining enigmatic moon of Jupiter, astronomers reported on Wednesday. The finding — if backed by a hoped-for unmanned robot mission — is exciting, for water is one of the key ingredients for…

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