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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair just went up on the auction block, you won't believe how much it sold for

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair just went up on the auction block, you won't believe how much it sold for

Joel Ryan, Invision Professor Stephen Hawking arrives on the blue carpet for the UK premiere of The Theory Of Everything at the Odeon in Leicester Square, central London, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) SALT LAKE CITY — The wheelchair of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking just sold at an auction for nearly $400,000. […]

Would Two Flu Shots Protect Me Better Than One?

Would Two Flu Shots Protect Me Better Than One?

Q. Would two flu shots protect me better than one? A. Booster doses can make the flu vaccine more effective, but the benefit is limited to a few specific groups. Children are one group that may benefit from receiving two doses of influenza vaccine during the same flu season. In a multistate study, boosting increased […]

Rocket Report: Kazakhstan picks SpaceX, SLS cost savings, Minuteman test

Rocket Report: Kazakhstan picks SpaceX, SLS cost savings, Minuteman test

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Welcome to Edition 1.25 of the Rocket Report! There is some really interesting news from Russia this week, with a potential revival of the Sea Launch platform, concerns about sloppy work at Russian aerospace companies, and Kazakhstan opting for a Falcon 9 launch. […]

Hepatitis A vaccination continues to be urged for high risk groups

Hepatitis A vaccination continues to be urged for high risk groups

LANSING,Mich – It’s been more than two years since public health officials began battling a hepatitis A outbreak in Michigan, and as of Nov. 7 the Michigan Department of Health an Human Services (MDHHS) is reporting 905 cases. In comparison, the state recorded 327 cases from 2011-2015. Although weekly counts have slowed from 15-20 cases […]

New, naturally low-caffeine option for tea drinkers

New, naturally low-caffeine option for tea drinkers

Tea drinkers who seek the popular beverage’s soothing flavor without its explosive caffeine jolt could soon have a new, naturally low-caffeine option. In a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that a recently discovered wild tea plant in China contains little or no caffeine and, unlike many industrially decaffeinated […]

Local health leaders concerned after FDA approves powerful opioid

Local health leaders concerned after FDA approves powerful opioid

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Federal Drug Administration has approved a new, very powerful opioid drug. Now, some who work closely with opioid addiction and overdoses have concerns. It’s called Dsuvia. It’s an opioid drug that is 1,000 times stronger than morphine and 10 times stronger than fetanyl, which is the opioid commonly seen in […]

Is Oumuamua an asteroid? An explanation weirder than aliens

Is Oumuamua an asteroid? An explanation weirder than aliens

The space object named Oumuamua (Hawaiian for “scout” or “messenger”) got lots of overheated attention this week after a widely respected Harvard scientist co-authored a paper suggesting the interstellar visitor could have been an alien spacecraft powered by solar radiation pressure.  In fact, the new paper by Abraham Loeb and post-doctoral researcher Shmuel Bialy, which […]

'Not appropriate to alarm' public about W meningococcal strain in May, Northland DHB says

'Not appropriate to alarm' public about W meningococcal strain in May, Northland DHB says

It would not have been “appropriate” to warn the public about a “very scary strain” of meningitis when it first came to doctors’ attention six months ago, Northland DHB says. On Tuesday, the DHB put out a media release warning the public to be vigilant about a “significant increase” of Group W meningococcal disease in the region […]

Europe's third polar-orbiting weather satellite lofted into orbit

Europe's third polar-orbiting weather satellite lofted into orbit

The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit. Carrying the 4083 kg MetOp-C satellite, the Soyuz rocket lifted off on 7 November at 00:47 GMT (01:47 CET). Some […]

Superbugs kill 33000 in Europe every year

Superbugs kill 33000 in Europe every year

The “burden of infection” — measured in the number of cases, attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) — of these superbugs is equivalent to that of flu, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which conducted the research. These deaths come as a “direct consequence of […]