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Debut summer 'supermoon' hangs in the summer sky


NEW YORK - A "supermoon" rose above cities from Los Angeles to London on Saturday night, the first of three times this year the full moon will orbit nearer the earth and appear unusually large and bright.

U.S. cargo ship blasts off with supplies for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - - An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp Antares rocket blasted off from a seaside launch pad in Virginia on Sunday, sending a Cygnus cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station, a NASA Television broadcast showed.

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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. | Video

Health, France 11 Jul 2014

In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

LONDON - Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said on Friday - but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive.

Health 11 Jul 2014

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 11 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

FDA recommendations on tobacco grants prompt transparency concerns

WASHINGTON - Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that millions of dollars in research grants be awarded to scientists serving on its tobacco advisory committee, even as it rejected several projects deemed by a National Institutes of Health panel to have greater scientific merit, according to confidential scores reviewed by Reuters.