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Nestle spends $70 million on U.S. health science hub


ZURICH - Nestle's health science division is investing $70 million in a product technology center that will become the unit's new U.S. headquarters and research hub, the division said on Friday.

SpaceX raps ULA bid to get U.S. waiver for Russian engines

WASHINGTON - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has slammed a bid by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, to get a waiver from a U.S. ban on Russian rocket engines for military use.

Politics, Russia 08 Oct 2015

Experts caution on study citing method to predict sexual orientation

- U.S. researchers on Thursday said they had found a way to predict male sexual orientation based on molecular markers that control DNA function, but genetics experts warned that the research has important limitations and will not provide definitive answers to a potential biological basis for sexual preference.

Health, 08 Oct 2015

Ancient Ethiopian man's genome illuminates ancestry of Africans

WASHINGTON - DNA extracted from the skull of a man buried 4,500 years ago in an Ethiopian cave is providing new clarity on the ancestry of modern Africans as well as shedding light on an influx of people from the ancient Middle East into the Horn of Africa.

08 Oct 2015

NASA Mars rover finds clear evidence for ancient, long-lived lakes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Three years after landing in a giant Martian crater, NASA's Curiosity rover has found what scientists call proof that the basin had repeatedly filled with water, bolstering chances for life on Mars, a study published on Thursday showed.

08 Oct 2015

Atlas rocket blasts off with U.S. spy satellite and 13 mini: satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday to put a classified spy satellite and 13 tiny experimental spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. government. | Video

08 Oct 2015

Nobel discoveries on DNA repair now fueling cancer drug research

CHICAGO - Cancer researchers are just beginning to understand the ramifications of the fundamental discoveries behind the 2015 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, which were awarded on Wednesday to three scientists for explaining how cells repair mistakes in DNA that occur when cells divide. | Video

Health 07 Oct 2015

DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize

Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer. | Video

07 Oct 2015

Brain trauma widespread among high school football players, researchers say

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Football is a dangerous sport. Even with the best protective gear, sprained knees, pulled muscles and an occasional broken bone are part of the game. But seven years of research into the impact of head trauma in high school players points to new dangers that parents will find extremely alarming.  | Video

Health 07 Oct 2015

El Niño brings welcome rains to Chile's farmers, ski resorts

SANTIAGO - After eight years of drought which left fields parched and ski resorts dry, a burst of wet weather, likely triggered by the El Niño phenomenon, has been welcomed in central Chile.

Environment 07 Oct 2015

California to enact comprehensive medical marijuana regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif./LOS ANGELES - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state's first comprehensive regulations of medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled a wild west of disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug.