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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket sends Cygnus cargo ship to the space station

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:32

Almost four tons of supplies, hardware and science payloads are heading to the International Space Station after today's launch of a robotic Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship. The spacecraft, dubbed the SS Roger Chaffee in honor of one of the astronauts killed in the 1967 Apollo 1 launch-pad fire, was sent into orbit from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast at 4:46 p.m. ET (1:46 p.m. PT) atop Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket. The afternoon launch could be seen from a wide area of the East Coast's mid-Atlantic region. Cygnus' 7,600-pound shipment includes experiments aimed at manufacturing high-quality optical… Read More


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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket sends Cygnus cargo ship to the space station

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:32

Almost four tons of supplies, hardware and science payloads are heading to the International Space Station after today’s launch of a robotic Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship. The spacecraft, dubbed the SS Roger Chaffee in honor of one of the astronauts killed in the 1967 Apollo 1 launch-pad fire, was sent into orbit from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast at 4:46 p.m. ET (1:46 p.m. PT) atop Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. The afternoon launch could be seen from a wide area of the East Coast’s mid-Atlantic region. Cygnus’ 7,600-pound shipment includes experiments aimed at manufacturing high-quality optical… Read More


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20-Year-Old Develops Red Lesions on Her Hand After Having Unprotected Sex

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:27

PSA: A gonorrhea infection can spread all over your body, even causing discharge to come out of your eyes.


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What to Know About Diabulimia, the Eating Disorder Specific to Diabetes

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:26

It’s as complicated as it is dangerous.


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Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:14

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore.


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Facebook Poised to Fight Disclosure of U.S. Privacy Assessments

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:07

Facebook plans to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to pry open information contained in the privacy reviews, according to a legal filing. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is suing the FTC to make the disclosures under government open-records laws. Facebook told the FTC and EPIC of its plans during an April 9 conference call, according to the filing.


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Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:01

Eight babies who were born without a working germ-fighting system had their disease corrected by a gene therapy that was made from one of the immune system's worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


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Earth from Space, episode 1, review: the astonishing money shots of life from on high

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:01

In the parallel universe in which I get listed in Who’s Who, my hobby will be set down as “staring out of aeroplane windows”. (From the air, obviously.) The gift of flight has given humanity a bird’s-eye view of the world which never ceases to astonish. Earth from Space (BBC One) tapped into that wonder with the help of satellite photography that, freakily, can zoom in on an elephant in Kenya. The result was an hour of television – with three more to come – that was long on awe. Images of the San Andreas Fault or the island city Venice swimming like a fish in its lagoon have the power to take the breath away. These are the money shots that earn the series a title which is only slightly misleading. The light-bulb idea is to marry these lofty pictures with film shot from drones or on the ground, which make closer observations of animal life spotted from on high.  It sort of worked. The most implausible discovery seen from  the stratosphere was of new colonies of emperor penguins in Antarctica, whose guano show up a treat on a satellite zoom. A camera crew visited to watch these deposits staining the ice. So what if Dynasties recently profiled emperors. Earth from Space Similar stories about hippos creating waterways in the Okavango Delta or a seal pup in Lake Baikal, Siberia, also fulfilled the brief. Shorter snippets had less scientific thought behind them and more of a page-turning coffee-table vibe: a case of wow, look at that, and that, and that!    There was a slightly soporific soundtrack, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on narrator duty had the thankless job of not sounding as much like God as Sir You Know Who. The episode concluded with a stunning display of mass kung fu in China – forget the Great Wall being visible from space; this parade of human choreography discreetly argued that the future is not only hot and wet, but also Chinese. Meanwhile, there was no sign of  the Yeti or the Loch Ness monster.


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David Copperfield's magic trick secrets on the moon after Israel's failed Beresheet space launch

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:00

An attempt by Israel’s non-profit SpaceIL to land a spacecraft on the moon failed last week, but the lunar lander, named Beresheet, left something on the moon anyway.TechCrunch reports that among the data in Beresheet’s tiny, high-capacity archival devices was a DVD’s worth of “secret technological innovations” created by magician David Copperfield.Those tricks, which hadn’t been released on Earth, are now lost to space.A press release revealing the unexpected space cargo explained the Copperfield worked with the Arch Mission Foundation and the Lunar Library to deliver the “first commercial payload” to the moon.“Magic is the link between science and art - infinite possibilities - shared through new technology and grand storytelling,” Copperfield said in a statement regarding an actual spacecraft shot into a space, which contained the way he does magic tricks.“I create magic to inspire people to dream the impossible, and to look at the world and the future in a different way.”Although the Beresheet did crash, the SpaceIL team is confident that the lost Lunar Library, and Copperfield’s illusion instructions, remain unharmed.“We think it is highly unlikely that the Lunar Library was atomized in the impact,” writes the team.“Without knowing the impact energy directed at the library, it’s hard to know how the stack fared. But taking the construction of the Lunar Library into account, we believe it has a high chance of being intact.”The Lunar Library joins a long list of items dropped by humans on the moon, including a message from the queen, who did not reveal any secrets to space.


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New Wave of Satellites Could Pinpoint Greenhouse Gas Offenders

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:00

More than a dozen governments and companies have or are planning to launch satellites that measure concentrations of heat-trapping gases such as methane, which is blamed for about one quarter of man-made global warming. “Space-based technologies are allowing us for the first time to quickly and cheaply measure greenhouse gases,” said Mark Brownstein, a senior vice president at Environmental Defense Fund, which plans to launch its MethaneSAT in 2021. California is partnering with Planet Labs Inc. on a satellite to help it “pinpoint individual methane plumes” from oil and gas facilities, as well as other sources such as landfills, dairies and waste water plants, Stanley Young, a spokesman for the state’s Air Resources Board, said in an email.


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New Wave of Satellites Could Pinpoint Greenhouse Gas Offenders

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:00

More than a dozen governments and companies have or are planning to launch satellites that measure concentrations of heat-trapping gases such as methane, which is blamed for about one quarter of man-made global warming. “Space-based technologies are allowing us for the first time to quickly and cheaply measure greenhouse gases,” said Mark Brownstein, a senior vice president at Environmental Defense Fund, which plans to launch its MethaneSAT in 2021. California is partnering with Planet Labs Inc. on a satellite to help it “pinpoint individual methane plumes” from oil and gas facilities, as well as other sources such as landfills, dairies and waste water plants, Stanley Young, a spokesman for the state’s Air Resources Board, said in an email.


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Apple’s Settlement With Qualcomm Starts the Clock on Its Own 5G Modem

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:56

The iPhone maker struck a deal Tuesday with Qualcomm Inc. to halt all litigation and start using the chipmaker’s modems again, likely including important new 5G versions. The agreement includes a six-year licensing pact, creating a telling new deadline for Apple to design its own modems and finally cut ties to Qualcomm. "Modems are the sport of kings," said Gus Richard, a chip analyst at Northland Capital Markets.


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Earth Was Hit by an Interstellar Asteroid Years Ago, Scientists Claim

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:56

Researchers calculate that an asateroid from beyond our solar system burned up in the atmosphere in 2014.


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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek shares health update amid cancer battle: 'I'm feeling good'

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:54

Alex Trebek, 78, revealed that he's "feeling good" after announcing that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer last month.


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Leatherman Rethinks the Multitool. This Time With Magnets.

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:52

The company created the multitool 35 years ago, and this is its next big evolution.


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Beyonce Had Pre-Eclampsia. Doctors Have New Ways to Detect and Treat It.

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:43

VALERIE MACONBeyonce’s revelation that she suffered from pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy highlights a dangerous condition that affects 5% of women and that scientists have recently developed new ways to detect and treat.In her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming, the superstar says she had an “extremely difficult pregnancy” due to high blood pressure before she gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi in 2017.“My body went through more than I knew it could,” she says.That’s not an understatement. Preeclampsia can cause liver and kidney damage, seizures, stroke, and severe bleeding. It can trigger preterm labor and is the leading cause of premature births and maternal and fetal deaths in the U.S.The most effective treatment is delivery since many drugs to lower blood pressure aren’t safe during pregnancy—but the FDA has just given approval for development of a device that could be an alternative.Advanced Prenatal Therapeutics says its Targeted Apheresis Column for Preeclampsia (TAC-PE) can  remove “disease-causing factors from the mother’s blood.”A 2003 study on pregnant rats published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that overproduction of an enzyme called sFlt1 causes pre-eclampsia. Theoretically, the new device could remove that from the blood, which would then be reintroduced to the patient.One of the challenges of pre-eclampsia is that it is difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms are common conditions in pregnancy. Women can have the disease for weeks without knowing, which ups the chances of severe complications.But there have been advances on that front, too. In a paper published last month in Lancet’s E-Clinical Medicine, researchers at Ohio State University showed a simple, three-minute urine test might help. The Congo Red Dot is a small paper with a red dot in the middle. When a pregnant woman urinates on the spot and it starts to fade and get bigger, the woman probably has the condition.In the study 346 pregnant women used the test, which had an accuracy rate of 86%—far superior to current tests. The developers of the test are currently waiting for FDA approval. Read more at The Daily Beast.


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China is sending teens to the desert to simulate life on Mars

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:30

Mars is a mostly dry, dusty, barren place. Earth, our big blue-green marble of a planet, has a few places like that too, which makes them the perfect places to study how humans might eventually colonize the Red Planet. Several scientific organizations are in the midst of doing just that, and China is one of them.In the Gobi desert, China has built what it calls "Mars Base 1," a simulated martian colony where teenage students can get a taste of life on another planet without even leaving their home country. The facility and its remote location allows students to suit up like astronauts and experience both the rewards and hardships of existence somewhere other than Earth.As AFP reports, the base was a pricey investment. Built by a company called C-Space, its construction budget was just under $7.5 million, and the fact that it was built some 25 miles away from the nearest town posed a challenge.The end result, however, appears to have been well worth it, as the base looks incredible. It's about as close to a perfect replica of a Mars base as you can imagine, complete with an airlock, living quarters, central control room, and even a large domed greenhouse which would likely be a vital part of any real world martian settlement.Currently, the facility is being used for educational purposes, with students being brought in to tour the base and explore the surrounding landscape while wearing mock space suits. They solve problems and learn all about life on another planet with hands-on experience.In the future, C-Space reportedly plans to open the base to others, including tourists who want a taste of Mars life. The company is apparently planning a companion hotel and restaurant to keep paying customers well-fed and happy when they're not venturing off on otherworldly adventures.


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France to hold international competition for redesign of Notre Dame's iconic spire

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:27

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said officials will consider whether a new spire should replicate the one that fell or have a new design.


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Chip Stocks Soar While Analysts Say the Industry ‘Wallows in the Mud’

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:21

The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index gained 1.6 percent, extending a move into record territory. “Despite YTD fundamentals remaining challenging across much of the semi sector, investors have chosen to focus on the sector’s post-downturn recovery potential,” Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Seymore wrote in a note dated April 16. Deutsche Bank was not the only firm to suggest that shares had gotten ahead of fundamentals.


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'The Most Underestimated First Lady of Modern Times': How Barbara Bush Left a Political Legacy All Her Own

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:13

Behind Barbara Bush's Surprising Political Influence


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