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Israel space project gets $16 million boost from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, said on Wednesday it has received a $16.4 million grant from the foundation of U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. With a budget estimated at $36 million, the Israeli scientists and engineers building…

Lyrids meteor shower to peak on April 22, 2014

One of the most beautiful (and consistent) meteor showers of the year, the Lyrids, is nearly here — with a peak right around April 21-22. So make a note in your calendar and get ready for what looks to be quite a good show this year! The Lyrid meteor……

NASA says weird lights photographed on Mars are not a sign of life

A NASA robot has snapped pictures showing glints of light on the Martian horizon, which some UFO enthusiasts have seized on as a sign of alien life on the Red Planet. Not so, said the US space agency. More likely, the images of bright spots taken on April 2 and…

Antibacterial soap chemical promotes nasal staph infection, other health hazards: study

Triclosan — the active ingredient in many antibacterial soaps, toothpastes and other cosmetics — contributes to the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the human nose. According to a study by scientists at the University of Michigan, the presence of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria could make affected individuals more vulnerable to…

Fox News climate change coverage is now 28 percent accurate, up from 7 percent

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published an analysis of 2013 climate coverage by the three major American cable news networks. The report and data are available online, and the results are summarized……

‘Kangaroo care’ trumps incubators for Colombia’s preemie babies

At Bogota's San Ignacio hospital, Cesar Algeciras often spends five hours straight in the neonatal intensive care unit, lovingly clutching his premature son to his bare chest. "Feeling his heart beat is a delight," said the 36-year-old computer engineer……

Milwaukee ‘lemon law’ king sues over defective Tesla Model S

Milwaukee’s Vince Menga, a lawyer specializing in “lemon laws” has sued Tesla Motors over what he claims is a defective Model S. The suit has brought to light Tesla’s sales contract, which demands any lawsuits or arbitration be handled by California……

Japanese researcher stands by her disputed stem cell discovery: ‘The data actually exists’

Fighting back tears, a Japanese researcher under fire for fabricating parts of scientific papers hailed as breakthroughs in stem cell research said on Wednesday she stood by her discovery and hoped it could still help the world. The papers published by Haruko Obokata in the scientific journal Nature in January…

Moth eyeballs inspire glare-dimming gold-coating for solar panels

The glare from commonly used objects such as solar panels or electronics displays can be greatly reduced with the use of a newly developed transparent film black inspired by moth eyeballs. The new film — created by researchers at UC Irvine — can……

‘Star Trek’s Kate Mulgrew on geocentrist film: ‘I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one’

Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is The New Black star Kate Mulgrew released a statement online on Tuesday saying she was misled about her participation in the “geocentric” film The Principle. “I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism,” Mulgrew said in her…

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