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Jan 23, 2015

NTSB: Planes should have technologies so they can be found

After incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash. Responding in part to the disappearance ...

Jan 23, 2015

Sierra Leone ends Ebola bonuses for health workers

Sierra Leone said on Thursday it was ending the “risk allowances” it has been paying to thousands of health care workers on the front line of its battle with Ebola. Steven Ngauja, the head of the government’s response to the outbreak, told reporters the ...

Jan 22, 2015

New IVF techniques produce healthier babies: study

Better techniques and policies have given children born from artificial fertilization a much better chance of survival and good health, a Scandinavian study said Wednesday. Doctors looked at data from 1988 to 2007 from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for more than 92,000 children ...

Jan 22, 2015

Two sunken 1800s canal boats found in Lake Ontario

The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren’t used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said Wednesday. The three-member team from the Rochester area ...

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth

Jan 22, 2015

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth

An asteroid up to 1,800 feet (550 meters) across is headed Earth’s way. But it will miss us by 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers), about three times the distance between Earth and the moon. Still, that is close for such a large rock. NASA ...

Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes could boost cancer risk

Jan 22, 2015

Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes could boost cancer risk

When heated to the max and inhaled deeply, e-cigarettes produce the toxic chemical formaldehyde, which could make the devices up to 15 times more cancerous than regular cigarettes, U.S. researchers said Wednesday. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat up a liquid containing nicotine ...