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NASA poised to launch spacecraft to Jupiter

NASA is poised to launch on Friday a one billion dollar solar-powered spacecraft called Juno on a five-year journey to Jupiter in search of what makes up the solar system’s biggest planet. The unmanned satellite observatory is set to propel into space aboard an Atlas 4 rocket, blasting off from…

Experts grow mouse sperm to help with human infertility

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Researchers in Japan used embryonic stem cells to grow healthy mouse sperm on laboratory dishes, a development which could help treat human infertility, they said Friday. The finding, published in the journal Cell, marks a step forward for using stem cells for regenerative medicine. Stem cells…

Flowing water on Mars sparks hunt for ancient life

Scientists have found evidence of flowing salt water on steep Martian slopes, which if confirmed would be the first discovery of active liquid water on the red planet, NASA has said. The data gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has given new focus to the hunt for life forms and…

NASA finds evidence of liquid water on Mars

NASA presented Thursday what may be the strongest evidence yet of liquid water on the surface of Mars. Pictures taken by the powerful HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed fingers of dark material running down rocky slopes facing the equator during spring and summer months. Scientists believe…

Scientists a step closer to Hepatitis C vaccine

European scientists have successfully tested in animals a vaccine for Hepatitis C, a debilitating viral disease that can cause liver failure and cancer, according to a study released this week. Currently, there is no human vaccine for Hepatitis C, which is spread through contaminated blood and kills some 350,000 people…

36 million pounds of turkey recalled in salmonella outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Cargill Inc unit is recalling roughly 36 million lbs of fresh and frozen ground turkey products due to possible contamination from an antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strain believed to be linked to one known death. Cargill Value Added Meats Retail said the products were produced at its…

Study questions if pet owners are healthier and happier

WASHINGTON — Pet owners have long been encouraged to think that they are happier, healthier and live longer than people without pets, but a new US study claims they might be barking up the wrong tree. Howard Herzog, a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, says studies conducted in…

Tropical Storm Emily barrels towards fragile Haiti

Haiti hurried on Wednesday to prepare for incoming Tropical Storm Emily, urging evacuations ahead of the roiling system that could bring flash floods to the impoverished nation still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Haiti as well as the neighboring island…

European wind power output tipped to triple by 2020: report

Energy producers expect European wind power generation to triple by 2020, with tens of thousands of new, ever-bigger wind turbines springing up, an industry body said Tuesday. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which groups energy giants with wind interests and also many involved in nuclear or gas-fired electricity generation,…

Israeli scientists develop date-rape drug detector

The days of having to cart your cocktail to the ladies room may be over: two Israeli scientists say they have developed a sensor that can accurately detect date-rape drugs in drinks 100 percent of the time. Professor Fernando Patolsky and Doctor Michael Ioffe of Tel Aviv University’s school of…

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