China’s First Lunar Return Mission A Stunning Success

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 01, 2014

The successful return of China’s first circumlunar spacecraft has been somewhat downplayed by the media. Part of this is sadly due to the tragic loss of Space Ship Two and the death of a pilot that occurred just hours before this capsule landed.

Despite this, the mission should be celebrated for a number of achievements. China has now become the first Asian nation to recover a spacecraft f —> Read More Here

Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

Los Angeles CA (AFO) Nov 01, 2014

Virgin’s pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California on Friday, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert – and raising questions about the program’s future.

But Virgin chief Richard Branson, while voicing shock at the accident involving Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, vowed to push forward towards the dream of space flight for the paying pu —> Read More Here

More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor? New U-M study suggests so

The federal government will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals for chronic lung disease and other conditions are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Now, a new University of Michigan analysis shows that penalties for chronic lung disease will have a greater impact on hospitals that care for poor and minority patients. —> Read More Here

Ebola Outbreak Highlights Struggle for Science in Africa and Inequalities in Global Health Research

As authorities scramble to contain the spread of Ebola, it helps to take a step back and examine why the science has not kept pace. Despite some promising advances in immunotherapy, there remains a great deal we haven’t learned about the virus. In part, the lack of research in “non-profitable” infectious diseases occurring in underprivileged countries has left threats like Ebola largely unaddressed. In addition, inequalities within the system of international scientific collaboration have hindered African researchers from leading the way against diseases ravaging their continent.

Similar concerns were echoed by the director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, who acknowledged in a recent interview that the quest for an Ebola vaccine in the United States had been slowed by a combination of lack of interest from the pharmaceutical industry and domestic budget cuts to basic research. With the arrival of the first Ebola patient on U.S. soil, however, the urgency to find a cure has hit home.

Nonetheless, individual states cannot be expected to replace what needs to be a coordinated effort. Speakers at a security meeting last month acknowledged that investing in Africa’s ailing healthcare infrastructure, while necessary, was unsustainable. What is needed are —> Read More Here

Two Arrested As People Flock To Hawaii Lava

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow.

Hawaii County police said officers saw a man and a woman on county property Thursday taking photos within 5 feet of the lava in the small town of Pahoa.

The 65-year-old woman and 59-year-old man had two golf clubs that had been dipped in lava, which had hardened on the clubs, police said. They crossed private property to get to the spot where they watched the lava.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said the county is restricting the public’s access to the lava flow to keep people safe.

“It’s unfortunate. We would hope we wouldn’t have to take steps to enforce the rules,” Oliveira told reporters.

He said the lava is currently in people’s backyards. The county may be able to enable public viewing if and when it enters public land, he said.

But authorities need to be able to manage the situation. In 1990, when lava poured into Kalapana on the Big Island’s southern coast, parked cars lined the roads and people crowded in to watch.

Tourists and Big Island residents have been streaming into —> Read More Here

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