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Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, has died aged 61

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...leaving NASA, Sally Ride became a professor at University of California, San Diego, and served as a science fellow at Stanford University. She launched Sally Ride Science, which created science programmes and publications for young students, in 2001. She also wrote five children’s science books. “The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge ex...

Gerald Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, smashed the traditional bottle of champagne into the ship at a ceremony in Virginia

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The US Navy has christened USS Gerald R. Ford – the first of its new Ford-class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The new super-carrier, which is only 70% complete, is named after late President Gerald Ford. It is the first of 10 carriers designed to get more fighter planes into the sky more quickly, but with 1,000 fewer crew members. The USS Gerald R. Ford is reportedly about 22% over...

The Euclid telescope will look deep into the cosmos for clues to the nature of dark matter and dark energy

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...he telescope as a preferred venture in October last year, but Tuesday’s “adoption” by the Science Programme Committee (SPC) means the financing and the technical wherewithal is now in place to proceed. The cost to ESA of building, launching and operating Euclid is expected to be just over 600 million Euros ($760 million). Member states will provide Euclid’s visible waveleng...

Scientists warn the H5N1 bird flu virus could change into a form able to spread rapidly between humans

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...eld and keep it confidential,” according to Prof. Ron Fouchier. Editor in chief of the journal Science, Dr. Bruce Alberts, said the publication of the research in both Science and Nature had “shone a spotlight” on the need to deal more effectively with research that could be misused by terrorists – so called “dual use research of concern” (DURC). “It has b...

Twins Roku and Hex are the world’s first chimeric monkeys, who have been created with genetic material from six “parents” at Oregon Health and Science University

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...archers say that Roku and Hex are healthy and that their birth opens up “enormous” possibilities for science because of monkeys’ intelligence and close biological links to humans. They say the technique could help us learn more about IVF and contraception, and growing human organs from scratch. Critics of the study, published in the journal Cell, say that techniques such as these take a high toll...

Scientists said a new treatment for hepatitis C cured 90 percent of patients with the infection in 12 weeks

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...t, said experts. Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. The virus is passed on by the blood, or bodily fluids of an infected person, and can be transferred through tattoo needles, or people taking drugs and sharing needles. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Centre tested the new oral drug in 380 patients at 78 centres in Spain, Germany, England and the US...

Electric car use may save up to $1,200 a year.

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...500. Ford Motor is the producer of a Focus electric car already sold to fleets including those owned by Google and AT&T. While the fuel economy of the gasoline-powered Focus SFE is rated at 33 mpg (miles per gallon) by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric Focus is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as offering the equivalent of 105 mpg. The N...

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The gadgets that we’re used to seeing in science fiction films could soon become a thing of reality as researchers develop new technology to make lives more like a Hollywood epic. Wall climbing adhesive, self-destructing gadgets and cars that charge themselves are all things that could become reality. Unveiling their work early next year at the Big Bang Fair, a celebration of all things sci...

Image of Earth as seen from the moon surface taken aboard the Ebb spacecraft

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...e of Earth as seen from the moon surface taken aboard the Ebb spacecraft The MoonKAM program is led by Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, and her team at Sally Ride Science in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California in San Diego. More than 2,700 schools spanning 52 countries are using the MoonKAM cameras. “What might seem like just a cool activity...

Curiosity rover on Mars has returned black and white images that capture part of its own body, its shadow on the ground and views off to the horizon

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...has two pairs of black and white, greyscale, navigation cameras which can acquire stereo imagery to help the rover pick a path across the surface. These Navcams sit just to the side of two science cameras – one wideangle, one telephoto. It is these Mastcams that will provide the really exquisite, true color views of the Martian landscape. We should see something of their output following So...

Clara Lazen of Kansas City was piecing together over-sized atoms from an educational model in her Border Star Montessori School classroom when she composed something her teacher had never seen before

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...the youngest in history to discover a new molecule after a brief introduction on molecular formation by her middle school science teacher. Clara Lazen of Kansas City was piecing together over-sized atoms from an educational model in her Border Star Montessori School classroom when she composed something her teacher had never seen before. “I just saw that these go together more,” Clara Lazen told F...

A public announcement by NASA of its withdrawal from the ExoMars programme, as it is known in Europe, will probably come once President Barack Obama's 2013 Federal Budget Request is submitted

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...cans to have a definitive say, but we also have to study alternatives.” A public announcement by NASA of its withdrawal from the ExoMars programme, as it is known in Europe, will probably come once President Barack Obama's 2013 Federal Budget Request is submitted The pull-out by NASA – if that is confirmed – will be just the latest twist in what has been a long running saga,...

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A controversial Canadian study says that right-wingers (conservatives) tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views. The Canadian academics say conservative politics work almost as a “gateway” into prejudice against others. The study, by academics at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, analyzed large U...

H5N1 flu virus was altered to be passed easily between ferrets, during the joint research by Erasmus University in the Netherlands and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US

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...strain, have temporarily stopped their research amid fears of bioterrorism. In a letter published in Science and Nature, the scientists call for an “international forum” to debate the risks and value of the studies. US authorities last month asked the authors of the research to redact key details in forthcoming publications. A government advisory panel suggested the data could be used...

Samsung’s Android and Windows-powered touchscreen devices have been unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin

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...#8217;s other announcement was the Galaxy Camera. The device is the second mainstream compact camera powered by Android to be announced in a week, following on from a release by Nikon. It marks a new category of devices to use Google’s system, offering the opportunity to install photo editing apps and other third-party software on the machines. Samsung’s model includes the option of us...

Three computer professionals try to part ways with Google

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...Henderson decided to find a way to stay online without patronizing Google. The policy was criticized by EU officials for being too invasive. “At that point I had to make a decision,” says Tom Henderson. “Do I like the terms of service and am I willing to abide by it to use Google’s products? And the answer in both cases was no.” So Tom Henderson decided to quit Google...

High school student Angela Zhang from Cupertino has found a possible cure for cancer and she has been rewarded with a scholarship for $100,000

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...ns, the results do seem promising. Meanwhile Angela Zhang’s paper won her the national Siemens science contest, netting the teen $100,000. “This is a Cinderella moment for a science nerd like me,” Angela Zhang told the Mercury News. “I’m excited to learn just everything possible,” she said. “Everything in the sciences – biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, even computer scie...

Graphene is a flat layer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional honeycomb arrangement

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A new study in Science journal shows that membranes based on the “miracle material” graphene can be used to distil alcohol. An international team created the membrane from graphene oxide – a chemical derivative of graphene. The research team has shown that the membrane blocks the passage of several gases and liquids, but lets water through. This joins a long list of fascinating...

According to the official Star Trek technical manual, a tricorder is a portable "sensing, computing and data communications device"

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...221; said X Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis. While the tricorder is obviously the stuff of science fiction, other X Prizes have become science fact. In 2004, the Ansari X Prize for a privately funded reusable spacecraft was awarded to the team behind SpaceShipOne. Much of the technology they developed was subsequently utilized by Virgin Galactic. Prof. Jeremy Nicholson, head of the depar...

Miles O'Brien revealed his left forearm was amputated after an apparently minor injury put his life in jeopardy

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...d his left forearm was amputated after an apparently minor injury put his life in jeopardy He covers science for PBS NewsHour and is a correspondent for public TV’s documentary series Frontline and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation online magazine. According to his blog, Miles O’Brien was securing cases filled with camera gear on a cart as he wrapped up a reporting...

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...’s and women’s sex drives decline over the months and years. Instead, a sustained desire by men is thought to be driven by the evolutionary need for men to produce offspring while women turn their focus to child-rearing, says Live Science. While hormone levels may play a role in both men’s and women’s desirability levels, the author cautions over-exaggerating their importan...

Telomere chromosome

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...atients with familial breast cancer than in the general population. Results of the study carried out by the Human Genetics Group of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), led by Javier Benitez, to be published in open-access journal PLoS Genetics on July 28th, reflect that familial, but not sporadic, breast cancer cases are characterized by shorter telomeres. Importantly, they also pr...

"Microscopic image showing two T cells binding to beads, depicted in yellow, that cause the cells to divide. After the beads are removed, the T cells are infused into cancer patients." (Dr. Carl June / Pennsylvania Medicine)

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...e effects included loss of normal B cells, another type of white blood cell, which are also attacked by the modified T cells, and tumor lysis syndrome, a complication caused by the breakdown of cancer cells. “We knew [the therapy] could be very potent,” said Dr. David Porter, director of the blood and marrow transplantation program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in P...

A scientific research paper claims to have discovered that your body can predict the future

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...the future when something important is about to happen, even if the people don’t know it, Live Science reported. They measured excitement by studying pupils dilating, heart rates quickening, blood volume and brain activity. Scientists Julia Mossbridge, from Northwestern University in Illinois, Patrizio Tressoldi, from the Università di Padova, Italy and Jessica Utts, from the University of C...

Scientists have developed Hirisplex, a forensic test that can predict both the hair and eye color of a possible suspect using DNA left at a crime scene

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