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First Deep Space CubeSats Head For Mars: What Are The Objectives Of NASA's $18.5 Million MarCO Mission?

MarCO-B encountered a problem during the trajectory correction maneuver but NASA engineers are optimistic MarCO mission will make it to the Red Planet. What are the objectives of sending these interplanetary CubeSats to Mars?

Space June 3, 2018

Merger Of Two Neutron Stars That Generated Gravitational Waves May Have Spawned A Black Hole

The merger of two neutron stars that generated gravitational waves and was observed by LIGO and Virgo in 2017 is 2.7 times more massive than the sun. Here’s why researchers think this remnant is a black hole.

Space May 31, 2018

Taytulla Birth Control Pills Recalled Due To Packaging Error That May Lead To Pregnancy

Allergan issued a voluntary recall of 170,000 packs of its birth control pill Taytulla because these could raise risk for unplanned pregnancy. The contraceptive products with packaging error have been in circulation since August last year.

Public Health May 31, 2018

This Is The Amount Of Exercise You Need To Keep Your Brain Healthy

Aerobics isn't just the form of exercise that can benefit cognitive health. A range of other exercise regimes can also keep the mind sharp as people age but how much exercise is needed to keep the brain healthy?

Neuroscience May 31, 2018

Drug That Can Prevent Migraine Without Significant Side Effects Shows Promise In Clinical Trial

In a clinical trial involving more than 800 patients who frequently suffer from a migraine, galcanezumab reduced monthly migraine days by 4.7 days. The side effects are also very minimal that fewer than 5 percent of the participants quit the trial.

Medicine May 31, 2018

Insys Sales Representative Admits Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Opioid Painkiller Subsys

Michelle Breitenbach said that Insys sales representatives promoted the Speakers Bureau Program to boost the sales of the drug Subsys. How were doctors rewarded for prescribing the fentanyl-based opioid painkiller?

Public Health May 31, 2018

Fossil Of 'Mother Of All Lizards' Reveals Reptile Group Squamate Survived Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction

The 240-year-old reptile Megachirella wachtleri is the mother of lizards. The reptile, which lived when the dinosaurs just emerged, was the direct ancestor of about 10,000 species alive today.

Animals May 30, 2018

President Trump Says Major Pharmaceutical Companies To Slash Drug Prices In Two Weeks

Drug company executives would visit the White House to announce voluntary drug price cuts, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. Here are the comments of major pharmaceutical companies on the president's announcement.

Medicine May 30, 2018

Woman Dies After Doctor Removed Her Ovaries During Surgery Without Consent

When asked why he removed the woman’s ovaries, Anthony Dixon said they were getting in the way. The doctor, renowned for treating patients with bowel problems using vaginal mesh implants, is now under investigation by the NHS.

Public Health May 30, 2018

People Who Wear Glasses Are Indeed More Intelligent, Genetic Study Reveals

A genetic study found a link between poor eyesight and better cognitive function. An older study also found an association between nearsightedness and tendency to attain a higher level of education.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 30, 2018

New Superfood: Here's How Cockroach Milk Is Made

Cockroach milk extracted from Pacific Beetle roach that gives birth to live young is healthier than cow's milk and could be the next superfood. How did researchers milk cockroach?

Healthy Living/Wellness May 29, 2018

Most Commonly Consumed Vitamins, Mineral Supplements May Not Prevent Heart Attacks, Premature Death

Vitamin D, calcium, vitamin C, and multivitamins do not have consistent benefits in preventing heart disease, stroke, and premature death. What supplements reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease?

Healthy Living/Wellness May 29, 2018

Newly Identified ALS Mechanism May Pave Way For Treatment That Can Cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Reduced levels of the microRNA miR-126-5 were linked to toxicity in patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Manipulating the molecule can improve ALS symptoms and slow down the neuron degeneration process.

Medicine May 28, 2018

Obese People Should Be Allowed To Start Work Later: UK Government Adviser

Stephan Bevan said that obesity should be treated like any other health condition. He also recommended that obese workers should be given an extra hour to arrive at work. Here's why.

Public Health May 28, 2018

Michigan Man Credits Odd Lottery Strategy For $2 Million Jackpot Win

The lucky 22-year-old, from Wayne County, Michigan, claims his winning scratch-off lottery ticket conforms to a special rule that he observes. He credits his odd lottery strategy for winning the jackpot.

Life & Style May 28, 2018

Lightning Strikes During Thunderstorm In UK Disrupt London Airport Travel, Leaves Hundreds Stranded

Flights at the London Stansted Airport were canceled, delayed, and diverted after a lightning strike damaged an aircraft refueling system. One airline offered passengers refunds and free transfers.

Life & Style May 27, 2018

Treating Clothes With Permethrin Insecticide May Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases: Other Effective Ways To Prevent Tick Bites

Clothes treated with permethrin insecticide may prevent tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a CDC study revealed. Here are other ways to avoid tick bites.

Public Health May 27, 2018

Mussels In Puget Sound Test Positive For Opioids, Other Drugs: Should People Stop Eating The Shellfish?

Traces of the opioid painkiller oxycodone, as well as antidepressants, a potentially carcinogenic chemotherapy drug, and surfactants used in detergents, were detected in mussels in Puget Sound. Is it still safe to eat shellfish?

Public Health May 27, 2018

Fentanyl Bust In Nebraska Seizes 118 Pounds Of Opioid Drug Enough To Kill 26 Million People

More than $20 million worth of fentanyl drug were seized by the Nebraska State Patrol during a routine traffic stop. It was the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska.

Public Health May 27, 2018

Vintage Levis Jeans First Bought In 1893 Sells For Nearly $100K

The 125-year-old pair of Levi Strauss jeans was sold through a private sale. The vintage denim was originally owned by a storekeeper who established one of the first American dry goods stores in Tucson.

Life & Style May 27, 2018

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