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Immune system researchers win Nobel Medicine Prize

Three scientists shared the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their ground-breaking work on the immune system which the jury said opened up new prospects for curing cancer and other diseases. The laureates are Bruce Beutler of the United States, Jules Hoffmann of Luxembourg and Ralph Steinman of Canada. “This year’s Nobel laureates have revolutionised our understanding of the immune system by…

Debate rages: Is Christie’s weight a valid campaign issue?

(Reuters) – Speculation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will enter the presidential race has led to a feverish debate about the possibility of having the fattest man in the White House since the corpulent William Howard Taft squeezed behind the big desk in the Oval Office. Of course Taft,…

Casey Anthony released from jail after child murder acquittal

MIAMI — Casey Anthony, a young woman who spent nearly three years in jail on suspicion of killing her toddler daughter, was released early Sunday after a jury found her not guily of murder, authorities said. Anthony had been in jail since October 2008. She was acquitted of murdering her…

Court upholds use of airport body scanners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the use of full-body scanners to screen air travelers, but said the Transportation Security Administration should have sought public comment before deploying them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the machines, known as…

Radiation from airport TSA body scanners ‘minor’

A new study of airport body scanners by U.S. Army scientists shows that the machines produce a low dose of radiation, supporting Transportation Security Administration claims that a screening is equivalent to the radiation a passenger gets in two minutes of flying. The scanners, which use X-rays to check for objects…

Overweight men have poorer sperm count

Overweight or obese men, like their female counterparts, have a lower chance of becoming a parent, according to a comparison of sperm quality presented at a European fertility meeting Monday. In what they described as the largest study of its kind, doctors looked at sperm samples from 1,940 men and…

Japan man admits killing British teacher

A Japanese man accused of raping and murdering British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker, whose battered body was found in a sand-filled bathtub, Monday admitted the killing but said it was accidental. Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32 — who spent more than two and a half years on the run after the 2007…

Dead body went unnoticed in public swimming pool for days

NEW YORK — Massachusetts officials have closed a busy public swimming pool after a woman’s dead body went unnoticed in the water for two days as people continued to swim, the Boston Globe reported Friday. The permit for the state-run swimming pool expired six months ago, and a city inspector…

TSA dismissed concerns about increased cancer diagnoses from body scanners

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Transportation Security Administration dismissed concerns from its employees about the radiation emitted by body imaging machines at airport security checkpoints. In an email sent to a TSA official in May 2010, the leader of a Boston-based TSA union…

Researchers take dinosaurs’ temperature with teeth

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Scientists in California say they have for the first time devised a way to accurately take the body temperatures of dinosaurs — by examining the creatures’ teeth. Chemical analysis of the Jurassic period fossil teeth from two sauropods — long-tailed, long-necked dinosaurs that rank among the…

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