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March 21, 2013
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  • Amazon CEO recovers Apollo rocket engines from ocean
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he and a team of experts have recovered rocket engines from one of the launches of NASA's Apollo program. The team pulled up the engines from three miles beneath the ocean's surface off the coast of Florida. Restoration efforts on the spent F-1 engines will be able to confirm whether they are from Apollo 11 or another mission. National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Scientists spot fast-moving star orbiting huge black hole
    Researchers have discovered one of the fastest-moving stars in the galaxy, orbiting a black hole at nearly 1.2 million mph. The star, a red dwarf about one-fifth the size of our sun, orbits the black hole -- more than three times the size of our sun -- once every 2.4 hours. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists: Ancient oceanic plate found beneath Calif.
    A massive slab of dehydrated material buried 60 miles beneath California is actually an ancient oceanic plate pushed under the continent 100 million years ago, researchers say. The Isabella anomaly is a "fossil" piece of the Farallon oceanic plate, and the discovery merits a deeper look at the tectonic history of western North America, said researcher Donald Forsyth. United Press International (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Could Roman ruins hold clues to ancient earthquakes?
    Taking a closer look at the cause of damage to ancient ruins could offer clues to ancient earthquakes, researchers said. A team analyzing a Roman mausoleum in the ancient city of Pinara in Turkey found that the movement of the structure's stone blocks suggests that an earthquake caused the damage. A simulation found that a magnitude-6.3 quake would have caused the separation of the blocks seen at the ruins today. "I was astonished by the sensitivity with which the model of the building reacts to small changes in the ground motion," said seismologist Klaus-G. Hinzen. Our Amazing Planet (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ancient tall trees discovered buried in Thailand
    Ancient trees nearly as tall as redwoods have been found buried in northern Thailand. The petrified trees, the longest of which measures 237 feet, are unrelated to the tallest trees known today, and are instead from the Koompassia elegans species, which belongs to the family of beans, peas and black locust trees, said study researcher Marc Philippe. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Excessive tea drinking may have caused woman's bone disease
    A woman from Michigan developed skeletal fluorosis, a rare bone disease caused by high levels of fluoride characterized by areas of dense bones and ligament calcification. Doctors suspect the patient's excessive consumption of tea -- a pitcher made from 100 bags of tea every day for 17 years -- may have contributed to the disease. Once the patient stopped drinking tea, she reported improved symptoms, doctors said. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GSK's malaria vaccine loses efficacy over time
    The protection rate of GlaxoSmithKline's RTS,S experimental malaria vaccine for children reaches as high as 53% initially, but decreases after eight months, protecting 16.8% of children over a four-year period, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings were based on a small, mid-stage trial, but failed to "provide definitive answers about the duration of protection or how the vaccine candidate works in different malaria transmission settings," a GSK spokeswoman said. Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Modified immune cells can fight leukemia
    Genetically modified immune cells may be capable of finding and destroying blood cancer cells, according to the results of a small clinical trial. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, was conducted on five patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. T-cells were extracted from the patients, genetically engineered and reinjected into their bodies. The immune cells quickly eradicated the disease. Scientists say the next step is to conduct multi-center clinical trials before the immunotherapy could be introduced to the mainstream. Nature (free content) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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