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U.S. doctor who beat Ebola heading back to Liberia

Jan 13, 2015

U.S. doctor who beat Ebola heading back to Liberia

A U.S. doctor who beat Ebola plans to return to Liberia, where he contracted the deadly virus, in order to help overworked colleagues in the missionary hospital where he has worked for years. Dr. Rick Sacra, 52, said Monday he won’t be working directly ...

Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes: study

Jan 10, 2015

Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes: study

Cancer is often caused by the “bad luck” of random mutations that arise when cells divide, not family history or environmental causes, U.S. researchers said. The study in the January 2 edition of the journal Science was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University ...

SpaceX launches toward ISS, fails rocket landing at sea

Jan 10, 2015

SpaceX launches toward ISS, fails rocket landing at sea

The SpaceX company has successfully launched another fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station. But its revolutionary attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean barge did not fare as well. SpaceX’s billionaire founder Elon Musk says the first-stage of the ...

Woman hopes Internet fame translates to TV

Jan 9, 2015

Woman hopes Internet fame translates to TV

A 170-kg North Carolina woman whose dancing video was seen by more than 6 million people online last year is trying to be the next reality TV star. The TLC network will premiere “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” on Tuesday. It is about Whitney ...

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

Jan 9, 2015

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

From bracelets that measure body fat to robots that coach children through chemotherapy, the International CES electronics trade show brimmed with gadgets promising prescriptions for healthier lives. Innovations on display by companies such as California-based Neurosky and Melomind of Paris involved measuring brain activity ...

Jan 8, 2015

Mineral may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a ...

Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic

Jan 8, 2015

Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic

The elusive snowy owl, rarely seen outside the Arctic, is turning up more frequently in the skies of North America than it does in the pages of a Harry Potter book, data from the National Audubon Society suggested on Wednesday. Sightings of the majestic ...