Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Astronomers have discovered six new galaxies

A group of astronomers from China, the United States and Chile, led by Professor Wang Jun-xian from the Chinese Science and Technology University in Haifey, Anhui Province, discovered six previously unknown galaxies, reported Xinhua news agency. According to scientists, galaxies were formed 800 million years...

There’s a new Russia-US spying scandal

The Russian government used antivirus software from the private Russian company Kaspersky to steal classified U.S. data, according to several recent reports. The revelations, following months of vague warnings from U.S. officials, suggest that the U.S. has “direct evidence that there are ways to remote into Kaspersky...

State of Emergency declared in California due to Hepatitis A outbreak

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday over a widespread Hepatitis A outbreak, citing a need to increase the current adult vaccine supply -- San Diego County is currently experiencing the worst outbreak in the state, with 490 reported cases, 342 hospitalizations...

Yellowstone only decades from a catastrophic eruption

Researchers are saying the supervolcano sitting beneath Yellowstone National Park could erupt sooner than thought -- and could possibly plunge the planet into a "volcanic winter." It's been roughly 631,000 years since Yellowstone's last super-eruption and, until now, scientists thought it would take centuries for...

Study shows links with daily alcohol drinking-risk of breast cancer

According to a new report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, a daily glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage might increase the risk of breast cancer. An average of 10 grams of alcohol a day is associated with...

Scientific facts about cannabis

As U.S. business and government continue to butt heads over medicinal cannabis, some educational institutions are turning to science to help elevate and inform the conversation. Helping blaze the trail toward cannabis' acceptance in academia is none other than the University of Vermont, which now...

Second death case from West Nile virus in US bringing the total number to 67

A second death case from West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported in the Midwest State of Iowa, thus bringing the total number of WNV fatalities to 67 across the U.S. this year. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director with Iowa Public Health Department, confirmed the death...

SpaceX launches 10 satellites into orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications. U.S. private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a rocket from California, carrying 10 communications satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications, an American company providing...

Bird flu outbreak continues unabated in South Africa

The bird flu crisis continued unabated in South Africa despite intensified efforts to curb the pandemic, authorities said on Friday. The highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 virus has been confirmed in five provinces, with Johannesburg in Gauteng Province becoming the latest victim, according to the...

Chinese scientists one step closer replacing WiFi with LiFi

Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as LiFi, uses visible light from LED bulbs...

2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for “developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.” https://twitter.com/NobelPrize/status/915513825591533568 The work, the academy adds, "has moved biochemistry into a new era" and provided...

Cholera in Yemen could reach one million by the end of this year

The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has warned that the number of cholera cases in war-torn Yemen could reach one million by the end of this year. The aid organization said the situation in Yemen is a “catastrophe”. The ICRC has also called...

China successfully launches Long March-2C rocket with 3 satellites

China successfully launched a Long March-2C rocket at 12:21pm local time on Friday, Ecns reports. The rocket with three Yaogan-30 01 satellites was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The satellites will be used for conducting electromagnetic probes and other experiments. This...

NASA captures one of the most powerful solar flares ever recorded exploding into space

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A NASA satellite has captured footage of one of the most powerful solar flares ever recorded erupting from the surface of the Sun. The high-energy flare was seen by the Hinode Telescope on September 10 and was so powerful that it overwhelmed the satellite’s sensor,...

Gravitational waves detected coming from the collision of black holes somewhere in the universe

The detection, announced Wednesday, marks the fourth time in less than two years that scientists have observed the cosmic phenomenon. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, announced the first-ever detection in February 2016. That news came a century after Albert Einstein predicted the...

Another iceberg about three times the size of Manhattan Island broke off Antarctica over the weekend

Another iceberg broke off Antarctica over the weekend, just two months after one of the largest ever recorded calved into the ocean. So, should we be worried? Yes and no. While iceberg formation is a natural process — thousands break off each year — the...

Russia, US to create new space station that orbits moon

Russia and the United States have agreed to create a lunar orbital station called Deep Space Gateway with the support of BRICS Nations, the head of Russia's Roskosmos Igor Komarov told reporters at the International Astronautical Congress-2017 in Australia, as cited by Sputnik. "We agreed that...

Bacteria which causes Chlamydia, the most prevalent STD in 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded over 2 million cases of STDs in 2016, the highest-ever number. The most prevalent disease, with 1.6 million cases, was chlamydia, followed by gonorrhea, with 470,000 cases. The number of reported cases is on the rise. There were 4.7%...

Breast cancer — 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer — Reduce your risk

One in 8 women in the United States – 12 percent – will develop breast cancer. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer that women may face in their lifetime. In addition, 1 percent of men in the...

US Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis”

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer. McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the...

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