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Rare virus catches CDC's eye

September 30, 2011 It's not a new virus, but doctors need to keep an eye out for one that's not usually on the radar screen, federal health officials said on Thursday. It's called human enterovirus 68, or HEV68, and it can cause an unusually severe type of cold that can even kill in ...

Maybe we won't all die soon, after all

September 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has found more than 90 percent of the biggest asteroids that come close enough to Earth to be a worry, the space agency said Thursday. It's also cut by more than a third the number of mid-sized asteroids that could be a threat. Astronomers using the Wide-field Infrared Survey ...

NASA's Ed Weiler to retire

September 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ed Weiler, who helped send missions to the Moon and Mars and oversaw the Hubble space telescope, is retiring from NASA, the space agency said Tuesday. Weiler will retire effective Sept. 30, NASA said. Weiler is currently associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, directing research and science ...

LightSquared promises 75,000 jobs in ad

September 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LightSquared, the troubled satellite-wireless company whose attempt to bring wholesale broadband to the United States has been stymied by technical trouble, placed national ads Monday seeking public support. The ad takes the form of a letter signed by CEO Sanjiv Ahuja, who says the company will bring 75,000 jobs to ...

NASA now offers 'space ringtones' on its website

September 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Always happy to accommodate its groupies, NASA has launched a new service on its website - space ringtones. Neil Armstrong can now announce an e-mail has landed with "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," while Apollo 13's Jack Swigert can warn you the bossis calling ...

Cancer report urges better funding for NIH

September 20, 2011 Cancer researchers made a plea for more money Tuesday in a report that said flat funding for the National Institutes of Health is scaring off promising scientists. The 85-page report paints a picture of success that could be jeopardized if the momentum isn't maintained, and outlines many of the advances ...

NASA unveils modular rocket to carry next generation of astronauts

September 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a fight in Congress over alleged cost overruns and saving jobs from the shuttered space-shuttle program, NASA on Wednesday unveiled its rocket of the future -- a giant, modular design that can take large or small payloads, including a new generation of space explorers. Calling it "the most powerful ...

NASA launches mission to the moon

September 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA launched a mission to the moon on Saturday, sending the twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft on a 250,000-mile, three-and-a-half month voyage. The uncrewed, solar-powered spacecraft is moseying to the moon, taking a low-energy trajectory. It will spend 82 days mapping the moon's surface and its ...

Committee to NASA: Train more astronauts

September 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has already lost dozens of astronauts and needs to take action to make sure it has enough trained personnel to keep the International Space Station fully staffed, a National Research Council panel of experts recommended on Wednesday. The astronaut corps has shrunk from nearly 150 members in 1999 to ...

Studies find higher cancer rates in 9/11 rescuers

September 2, 2011 New York City firefighters who worked to rescue victims of the 9/11 attacks and who later helped recover remains are more likely to have cancer, as well as a range of other health problems from asthma to mental illness, a series of studies published in The Lancet medical journal finds. ...