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Plan for $400M Monkey-Breeding Facility in SW Georgia Draws Protest

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Some local residents and an animal-rights group are protesting plans for a monkey-breeding facility in southwest... Read More

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Some local residents and an animal-rights group are protesting plans for a monkey-breeding facility in southwest Georgia. Opponents on Tuesday urged the Bainbridge City Council to block plans by a company called Safer Human Medicine to... Read More

First US Lunar Lander in Over 50 Years Launched but Problem Develops on Way to Moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first U.S. lunar lander in more than 50 years rocketed to space Monday, launching... Read More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first U.S. lunar lander in more than 50 years rocketed to space Monday, launching a race for private companies to deliver experiments and other items to the moon. But about seven hours after liftoff,... Read More

France's Macron Says Melting Glaciers 'Unprecedented Challenge for Humanity'

PARIS (AP) — Melting glaciers are an “unprecedented challenge for humanity,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday, as he launched a... Read More

PARIS (AP) — Melting glaciers are an “unprecedented challenge for humanity,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday, as he launched a call for nations to work together on slashing planet-warming emissions, protecting the environment and collaborating on scientific research into the... Read More

AI Raises Fears About Risks to Humanity. Are Tech and Political Leaders Doing Enough?

LONDON (AP) — Chatbots like ChatGPT wowed the world with their ability to write speeches, plan vacations or hold a conversation as good... Read More

LONDON (AP) — Chatbots like ChatGPT wowed the world with their ability to write speeches, plan vacations or hold a conversation as good as or arguably even better than humans do, thanks to cutting-edge artificial intelligence systems. Now, frontier AI has become the... Read More

2023-10-23 19:22:41
by Dan McCue
AI Seen as Key to Planning Climate Change-Related Hazard Mitigation

PASADENA, Calif. — As demand for more detailed assessment of climate risks grows, a team of scientists from around the... Read More

PASADENA, Calif. — As demand for more detailed assessment of climate risks grows, a team of scientists from around the globe argue for utilizing artificial intelligence to greatly improve the climate simulations that form the basis of hazard mitigation plans.... Read More

Biden Names Technology Hubs for 32 States and Puerto Rico

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — The Biden administration is designating 31 technology hubs touching 32 states and Puerto Rico to help spur... Read More

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — The Biden administration is designating 31 technology hubs touching 32 states and Puerto Rico to help spur innovation and create jobs in the industries that are concentrated in these areas. President Joe Biden is set to announce... Read More

We Carry DNA From Neanderthals and Science Is Now Revealing Their Genetic Legacy

Neanderthals live on within us. These ancient human cousins, and others called Denisovans, once lived alongside our early Homo sapiens ancestors.... Read More

Neanderthals live on within us. These ancient human cousins, and others called Denisovans, once lived alongside our early Homo sapiens ancestors. They mingled and had children. So some of who they were never went away — it's in our genes. And... Read More

2023-06-28 13:46:44
by Dan McCue
Food Seen as Best Medicine for Chronic Diet-Related Diseases

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — We Americans are a funny bunch when it comes to health. Despite widespread prosperity and the... Read More

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — We Americans are a funny bunch when it comes to health. Despite widespread prosperity and the fact that our farmers feed most of the rest of the world, our life expectancy is plummeting and we suffer... Read More

2023-06-23 21:11:00
by Dan McCue
Researchers Find Means to ‘Reanimate’ Hearts for Transplants

DURHAM, N.C. — A new heart transplant method that “reanimates” a heart after circulatory death could expand the donor pool... Read More

DURHAM, N.C. — A new heart transplant method that “reanimates” a heart after circulatory death could expand the donor pool for heart transplants by as much as 30%, according to Duke University researchers. Historically, hearts could not be donated after... Read More

Confidence in Science Fell in 2022 While Political Divides Persisted, Poll Shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Confidence in the scientific community declined among U.S. adults in 2022, a major survey shows, driven... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Confidence in the scientific community declined among U.S. adults in 2022, a major survey shows, driven by a partisan divide in views of both science and medicine that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, 39% of... Read More

2023-05-03 18:24:39
by Dan McCue
FDA Approves First Vaccine for Highly Contagious Lung Infection

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday licensed the first-ever vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday licensed the first-ever vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a highly contagious virus that is a common cause of lower respiratory tract disease in older adults. The vaccine, Arexvy, was... Read More

Galactic Gobble: Star Swallows Planet in One Big Gulp

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, scientists have caught a star in the act of swallowing a... Read More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, scientists have caught a star in the act of swallowing a planet — not just a nibble or bite, but one big gulp. Astronomers on Wednesday reported their observations of what... Read More

2023-04-25 18:34:47
by Dan McCue
Biomarker Found in Kids With COVID-Linked Inflammatory Syndrome

WASHINGTON — Children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare condition linked to the virus that causes COVID-19, have biochemical indicators... Read More

WASHINGTON — Children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare condition linked to the virus that causes COVID-19, have biochemical indicators that are distinct from other kids suffering from the virus and that could lead to new means of diagnosis and... Read More

2023-04-18 14:18:38
by Dan McCue
Study Launched to Get Better Grasp of Gulf War Illness

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health have launched a joint study to gain a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health have launched a joint study to gain a better understanding of the chronic symptoms of Gulf War Illness. The disease is known to affect about one-third of the... Read More

2023-04-03 20:01:48
by Dan McCue
NASA Names First Moon Mission Astronauts

HOUSTON — Christina Hammock Koch will be the first woman and Victor Glover the first African American to venture around... Read More

HOUSTON — Christina Hammock Koch will be the first woman and Victor Glover the first African American to venture around the moon, NASA announced on Monday, as it revealed the four-person flight crew for the upcoming lunar orbital flight of... Read More

2023-03-23 16:12:36
by Dan McCue
Innovation Rules at ARPA-E Energy Summit Conference

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — It’s not a conference so much as a dream factory that’s transpiring through Friday on the... Read More

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — It’s not a conference so much as a dream factory that’s transpiring through Friday on the shores of the Potomac River. Now in its 13th year, the ARPA-E Innovation Summit is a three-day program of lectures,... Read More

2023-03-20 20:55:40
by Dan McCue
Karuna Could Submit Schizophrenia Drug to FDA by Mid-Year

BOSTON — Encouraged by positive topline results from its phase 3 trial for its new therapy for adults with schizophrenia,... Read More

BOSTON — Encouraged by positive topline results from its phase 3 trial for its new therapy for adults with schizophrenia, Karuna Therapeutics announced Monday that it is on track to submit KarXT to the Food and Drug Administration for approval... Read More

2023-03-06 21:08:50
by Dan McCue
NIH Successfully Tests Temperature-Stable TB Vaccine

WASHINGTON — A temperature-stable, experimental tuberculosis vaccine has been found safe and effective in a clinical phase 1 trial involving... Read More

WASHINGTON — A temperature-stable, experimental tuberculosis vaccine has been found safe and effective in a clinical phase 1 trial involving healthy adults conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. A non-temperature stable form of the candidate previously... Read More

For Man Behind Gene-Edited Babies, a Rocky Return to Science

Five years ago, scientist He Jiankui shocked his peers and the world with claims that he created the first genetically edited... Read More

Five years ago, scientist He Jiankui shocked his peers and the world with claims that he created the first genetically edited babies. Now, after serving three years in a Chinese prison for practicing medicine without a license, he faces obstacles and... Read More

2023-02-08 21:56:31
by Dan McCue
Heart Failure Risk Much Higher in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON — Adults living in rural areas of the United States have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure... Read More

WASHINGTON — Adults living in rural areas of the United States have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared with their urban counterparts, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The news is worse... Read More

2023-01-24 15:11:49
by Dan McCue
A Probiotic May Control Serious Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infection

WASHINGTON — A probiotic may be effective in cleansing the body of staph-related super infections, according to a new study... Read More

WASHINGTON — A probiotic may be effective in cleansing the body of staph-related super infections, according to a new study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Though they say more research is needed, a press release on... Read More

2023-01-24 15:10:36
by Dan McCue
Bacterial Spores Inspire Novel Cancer Drug Delivery System

WASHINGTON — Scientists with the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research have come up with a new way to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Scientists with the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research have come up with a new way to get life-saving drugs directly into cancer cells, an advance they say will enable more effective treatments for cancer with fewer... Read More

2022-12-21 15:42:36
by Dan McCue
USDA Developing Tools to Identify COVID in Wild and Domestic Animals

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service is developing new tests and tools to identify and track... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service is developing new tests and tools to identify and track the coronavirus and its variants in wild and domestic animals. The initiative, part of a $300 million provision in the... Read More

2022-12-20 19:57:35
by Dan McCue
USDA Invests $9.5M to Develop New Bioproducts From Agricultural Commodities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the United States. The three projects being funded through the department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture included two university-based... Read More

2022-12-19 18:59:05
by Dan McCue
$750M Dedicated to Dramatically Reduce Cost of Hydrogen Technologies

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is making $740 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding available to dramatically reduce the cost... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is making $740 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding available to dramatically reduce the cost of clean-energy technologies. According to department officials, who announced the funding last week, the infusion of money is crucial to... Read More

2022-12-14 20:52:55
by TWN Staff
Canine Brain Wiring Influenced by Human-Driven Breeding Practices

Areas of the genome related to brain development harbor variants that may account for behavioral differences among different dog lineages,... Read More

Areas of the genome related to brain development harbor variants that may account for behavioral differences among different dog lineages, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The study, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, was... Read More

2022-12-13 16:38:13
by Dan McCue
Scientists at Livermore Lab Make Major Fusion Energy Breakthrough

WASHINGTON — Scientists studying fusion energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have achieved a major milestone — creating... Read More

WASHINGTON — Scientists studying fusion energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have achieved a major milestone — creating the first fusion reaction in a laboratory that actually produced more energy than it took to start the reaction. Decades... Read More

2022-12-07 16:57:13
by TWN Staff
Scientists May Have Deciphered How Flu Viruses Enter Cells

WASHINGTON — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health believe they have discovered how influenza viruses open a hole in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health believe they have discovered how influenza viruses open a hole in the cell membrane to inject genetic material into the cell. If they’re right, their work will set the stage for... Read More

2022-11-28 21:54:20
by Dan McCue
Deadline Extended to Apply to Be Bioenergy Project Reviewer

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has extended its application deadline for subject matter experts wishing to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has extended its application deadline for subject matter experts wishing to participate in its 2023 Project Peer Review.  The extension is part of the office’s ongoing effort to expand its reviewer... Read More

2022-11-15 16:34:11
by Dan McCue
Report Finds Cancer Deaths Continue Downward Trend

WASHINGTON — The death rate from most cancers continued to decline over a four-year period extending from 2015 to 2019,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The death rate from most cancers continued to decline over a four-year period extending from 2015 to 2019, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the State of Cancer from the National Institutes of Health.... Read More

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