Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

Kenya says all hostages freed in mall siege

There was no resistance from the attackers. The fate of people listed as missing was unclear.

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Microsoft prepares to pay more to keep top executives during CEO search

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s board has authorized special stock awards to hold onto top executives as the world’s largest software company searches for a new chief executive officer, according to a regulatory filing made public on Monday. read more

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Q&A: A Change in iTunes Radio

Adjusting to shifts in iTunes after the arrival of iOS7, and locking a Nexus 7 screen into place. read more

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China Plans Its First Unmanned Moon Landing This Year

The mission, due by the end of 2013, will be the country’s “first soft landing on an extraterrestrial body,” the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. read more

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CreatureCast: As ‘Normal’ as Rabbits’ Weights and Dragons’ Wings

In this week’s CreatureCast we look at a common pattern used to statistically describe of the world — the so-called “normal distribution” — with some familiar and fanciful examples. read more

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ScienceTake: Scientific Discovery, Frame by Moving Frame

This week, we begin a new video series that will take you inside the labs and give you a narrated view of research as it happens. read more

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The Week: Rethinking the Poker Face and Plans for a Cat in Space

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A molasses spill has been killing marine life and a $33.2 million grant will go toward Alzheimer’s research. read more

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Genetics: Research May Point to Treatment for Cold Sores

Insight about a mutated gene in people who got cold sores suggests a possible research route for both cold sores and other infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. read more

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Biology: Decoy Protein Boosts Bone Growth

Mice with dwarfism characteristics, caused by a gene mutation, resumed normal bone growth after injection of a decoy protein. read more

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Observatory: Small, Slimy and See-through

Scientists have discovered a tiny snail with a translucent shell living half a mile below the surface in Croatia. read more

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Gene Therapy With a Difference

An experimental drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy failed in a large clinical trial recently, but the technique of counteracting mutated genes holds promise. read more

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Towers of Steel? Look Again

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has developed a structural system that uses timber to construct tall buildings as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete. read more

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The Sun That Did Not Roar

The Sun appears to slack off at the height of the solar cycle, the solar maximum, usually a time of roiling activity as the star’s magnetic fields reverse. read more

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Global Health: Arsenic Contamination Threatens Water in Hanoi

Aggressive pumping is draining aquifers, creating an opening for arsenic-contaminated water to leach into a major drinking-water aquifer that serves Hanoi, Vietnam, researchers say. read more

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