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Next Generation of Chinese Space Vehicles Begins Its Long March (By Standing Up)

On the tropical island Hainan, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center got its very first heavy rocket. The Long March 7 (LM-7), built by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), will likely not launch until 2016, but Chinese engineers have assembled it on the launch pad's mobile …

Space Exploration

A New Dawn For Biotech?

This week, much of the biotech investing world is in San Francisco for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Old timers like me — I’ve attended nearly every year since 1998 — remember the infinitely more manageable Hambrecht & Quist conference, still quaintly known as H&Q. (The financial …

Biotechnology

Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

Dementia

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Genetics

Why the light from your smartphone is keeping you up at night, and what to do about it

<b>Takeaway</b>: Exposing your eyes to too much blue light (from your smartphone, tablet, or computer) before bed is detrimental to your sleep. The fix: …

Time Management

Ancient viruses gain new functions in the brain

New research suggests retroviruses, once thought to be genetic junk, can help spur brain development<p>If thinking about the billions of bacteria taking up residence in and on your body gives you the willies, you probably won’t find it comforting that humans are also full of viruses. These maligned …

Can You Lose Your Fingerprints?

A 62-year-old man from Singapore was traveling to the U.S. to see relatives last December and was detained after a routine fingerprint scan showed …

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Are sweeteners really bad for us?

The food industry relies on alternatives to sugar for a vast range of diet foods. But are they safe to consume? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>Many people buy diet drinks and sweeteners in a bid to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Over the years concerns about their safety have been raised, …

Diabetes

Watch "Device Uses Bluetooth

In the future, those with substantial hearing loss may no longer need a doctor to surgically implant a cochlear device into their ear to restore …

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>Sergeant Matt Tonroe's death is the first of a serving member of the British …

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomy

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

Pluto, get ready for your close-up.<p>After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the size of our moon.<p>Nobody knows what the rendezvous …

Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

While reporting my story on how foods earn a label certifying them as "non-GMO," I came across a comment that struck me – and it might surprise you, too.<p>The comment came from Ken Ross, the CEO of Global ID. (He didn't make it into the final story.) Global ID is the parent company of FoodChain ID, …

Agriculture

Creating a 'genetic firewall' for GMOs

Synthetic amino acids may one day allow scientists to create "genetic firewalls" that prevent GMO crops or animals from escaping into the wild and causing environmental damage, according to Harvard and Yale researchers.<p>On Wednesday, scientists announced that they had genetically engineered bacteria …

Biology

Is it true that the pill causes brain tumours?

Headlines today are pretty scary for the estimated one third of 16-49 year old women in the UK who use hormonal contraception, warning that doing so could ‘double the risk of brain tumour’. But these tumours are so rare that a doubling in risk actually only equates to one extra case per 50,000 …

Tumors

Scientists Slow Down The Speed Of Light As It Travels Through Air

"Faster than the speed of light” might be more of a relative statement now<p>Light passes through air at about 299,000,000 meters per second, an accepted constant that hasn’t been challenged—until now. By manipulating a single particle of light as it passed through free space, researchers have found a …

Quantum Mechanics

The choking problem of Asia’s air pollution

A haze periodically drifts over parts of Asia. What is it, and can anything be done? Mike Ives reports.<p>At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that …

Pollution