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Nov 18, 2016

New lung transplant technique could save lives

A new technique could help nearly double the precious few hours surgeons have to carry out lung transplants, raising hopes for saving more lives, said a study released Friday. Doctors typically rush to complete a transplant within about six hours of the lungs being ...

In Belgian lab, the quest for the perfect beer yeast

Nov 18, 2016

In Belgian lab, the quest for the perfect beer yeast

Belgium famously produces hundreds of different beers, but that is nothing compared to the varieties of yeast used to make them — around 30,000 are kept on ice at just one laboratory by scientists seeking the perfect ingredient for the perfect brew. A team ...

Nov 18, 2016

Four nations map course to carbon-free economies

When it comes to purging fossil fuels from the global economy by mid-century — our only hope of staving off catastrophic climate change — it turns out that you can’t get there from here without a good map. That’s the thinking behind detailed, long-term ...

Earth on pace to see hottest year on record

Nov 18, 2016

Earth on pace to see hottest year on record

While last month merely tied for the world’s third warmest October in history, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the globe averaged 58.4 degrees (14.7 Celsius), ...

Trio rocket to ISS with foie gras, saxophone stowed

Nov 18, 2016

Trio rocket to ISS with foie gras, saxophone stowed

A Soyuz rocket carrying a veteran American astronaut, a French newcomer and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday. The crew of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy and France’s Thomas Pesquet lifted off from the Russia-leased launch ...