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Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

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FRANKFURT/LONDON - The Western world's first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.

Europe's space-based, laser-powered data highway passes early test

FRANKFURT - A European satellite beamed images to earth using new laser-based communications technology on Friday, opening the way for uninterrupted and near instantaneous viewing of natural disasters being sent to governments and relief agencies.

Tech 11:00am EST

Earthlings to send 90,000 hellos to Mars

- Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90,000 messages to Mars on Friday to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet.

27 Nov 2014

Ultra-strong graphene's weak spot could be key to fuel cells

LONDON - In a discovery that experts say could revolutionize fuel cell technology, scientists in Britain have found that graphene, the world's thinnest, strongest and most impermeable material, can allow protons to pass through it.

26 Nov 2014

Gut check: how vultures dine on rotting flesh, and like it

WASHINGTON - They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it?

26 Nov 2014

Multi-national crew reaches space station

- A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. | Video

World, Russia, Italy 24 Nov 2014

Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

- Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

24 Nov 2014

One for every leg: scientists map centipede genome

LONDON - An international team of more than 100 researchers has mapped the genome of the centipede and found that, while it easily outpaces humans on number of legs, it falls short when it comes to genes.

25 Nov 2014

Cold hard facts: Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice

WASHINGTON - Measuring the thickness of Antarctic sea ice, an important gauge of environmental conditions in this remote polar region in a time of global climate change, has proven to be a tricky task. But an underwater robot is providing a nice solution. | Video

Environment 25 Nov 2014

Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution

TOKYO - Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had just begun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when he discovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that would shut down his seven-year project.

Health, Japan, 19 Nov 2014
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China drafts policy on emergency Ebola diagnosis, approves products

SHANGHAI - China has drafted a policy on the emergency use of diagnostic products for the Ebola virus disease and clinical trials, the country's drug regulator said on Friday, as the number of people affected globally by the epidemic nears 16,000.