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Britain makes plans to build operational commercial spaceport by 2018

Britain is to build a commercial spaceport that will be used to launch manned missions and commercial satellites. A list of eight locations for the spaceport – which could be used by Virgin Galactic and the US company XCOR to launch space tourism flights – has been drawn up by…

Compulsive pornography viewers possess similar brain activity to drug addicts

When viewing pornographic material, people with compulsive sexual behavior experience brain activity similar to that experienced by drug addicts, according to a University of Cambridge study appearing in the July 11 edition of the journal PLOS ONE. The results of the study lend evidence that the condition, which is also…

Meat without murder: Professor who invented lab-grown hamburger on panda meat, kosher pork

Last summer you unveiled the world’s first lab-grown – or “in vitro” hamburger. How did it feel when you had it fried up, and you gave it to the first person to test? What if they had spat it out and said: “Ugh, this is awful”? Well, yes. We’d selected…

How to measure a sun-like star’s age

Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ weedkiller may be causing kidney failure in farmworkers: study

Researchers looking into the cause of a chronic kidney disease epidemic which has devastated farm-workers in Central America, India and Sri Lanka may have found their culprit in a commonly-used herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, according to Truthout. According to a study conducted by three Sri Lankan scientists, glyphosate, an ingredient…

Combining two polio vaccines may help eradicate the disease: scientists

Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday. British and Indian researchers said the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is given by injection, could provide…

Heroin is back in a big way — and has police packing an opioid antidote called ‘naloxone’

As police sergeant Casey Stidham heads out on patrol, he carries a pistol, handcuffs, a Taser gun — and a dose of naloxone, should he come across a heroin overdose case. In this semi-rural corner of Maryland, as in so many other parts of the United States, such cases are…

Test vaccine for dengue fever seen as promising

A prototype vaccine for dengue that two years ago yielded lukewarm results has proved more effective after wider trials and is a potential arm against the disease, researchers said Friday. Devised by the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the so-called CYD-TDV vaccine provided only 30 percent protection against the dangerous…

Baby thought cleared of HIV has virus again

A girl who was born HIV-positive but was treated early and showed no signs of the disease for years has seen her infection return, US doctors said Thursday. The girl’s story had raised hopes that doctors may have found a way to cure young children who are born HIV-positive, simply…

WHO warns HIV ‘exploding’ among gay men, urges preventive drugs

HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department. Infection rates are…

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