Science News

Sanofi dengue vaccine promising but questions remain


PARIS - The first vaccine against dengue fever, from France's Sanofi, provided moderate protection in a large clinical study, but questions remain as to how well it can help fight the world's fastest-growing tropical disease.

Mississippi baby thought cured of HIV no longer in remission

- A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child's doctors and U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

Health 10 Jul 2014

Citizen scientists out of options to rescue old NASA satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A valiant effort to put a defunct NASA science satellite back to work came to a disappointing end this week after the 36-year-old spacecraft’s propulsion system failed, project organizers said.

10 Jul 2014

Russia test launches first new space rocket since Soviet era

MOSCOW - Russia launched its first new design of space rocket since the Soviet era from the northern military space port of Plesetsk on Wednesday, aiming to break its reliance on foreign suppliers as well as the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Russia 09 Jul 2014

Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio

LONDON - Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday.

Health, 10 Jul 2014

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's

LONDON - British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer's and call this an important step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease.

Health 08 Jul 2014

Fossil of world's smallest hedgehog unearthed in Canada

WASHINGTON - You've heard of Sonic the Hedgehog, the video game character. But how about the half-pint hedgehog, the tiniest one that ever lived?

08 Jul 2014

Smallpox vials from 1950s found in U.S. lab storage room

CHICAGO/ATLANTA - Stray vials of the deadly smallpox virus from the 1950s have been discovered at a federal lab near Washington, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday, the second lapse discovered in a month involving a deadly pathogen at a government facility.

Health, 08 Jul 2014

Amazon rainforest grew after climate change 2,000 years ago: study

OSLO - Swathes of the Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2,000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that challenges common belief that the world’s biggest tropical forest is far older.

Environment 08 Jul 2014

NASA to send 3D Google smartphones for robots to space station

MOUNTAIN VIEW Calif. - Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.

Tech, Media 07 Jul 2014

WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.