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Unveiling The Dragon: Elon Musk Shows Off New Astronaut Spacecraft
2014-05-30 06:57:12

[ Watch the Video: SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX has been paving the way for American-based commercial space ventures for quite some time now, proving its worth as a launch provider for International Space Station supply runs with its Dragon spacecraft. As of Thursday evening, the company is also boasting its potential worth as a crewed mission launcher with the unveiling of its latest spacecraft. The Dragon V2, unveiled at...

MERS Arrives In The Netherlands, Researchers Identify Drugs That Could Treat The Deadly Virus
2014-05-20 08:36:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been largely confined to the Middle East and surrounding countries since it was first reported two years ago. In fact, prior to 2014 it has only been reported in a handful of Old World countries outside the Middle East, with relatively few cases observed in each. As of late, however, the dangerous illness has reared its ugly head in the US. The first US case...

Unlocking The Secrets Of Death In A Long-Lived Individual's Blood
2014-04-28 10:35:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online They say that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. For the former, a new study of the blood of one of the world’s oldest women has offered clues to not only why death occurs, but may also unlock some of the secrets of longevity. Hendrikie van Andel-Schipper, who was born in 1890 and lived to the ripe old age of 115, was at the time of her death in 2005 the oldest person in the world. But as astonishing as that...

SpaceX Says It Could Save The Feds Money By Launching Its Satellites
2014-04-25 15:01:13

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX has proven to NASA that it is a viable contender in the launch of scientific missions to the International Space Station and now it wants to prove it can also send payloads into space for the US government, stating that it can save the country $1 billion annually in doing so. However, despite the company’s status as a venerable launch provider, another longstanding “monopoly” over national security launches is...

Did Inbreeding Drive Woolly Mammoths To Extinction?
2014-03-26 09:19:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much of what we know about the Mammoth may be challenged after new research from a Dutch team has found evidence that the massive mammal may have driven itself to extinction due to inbreeding. The evidence comes from an unusual feature found in some mammoth fossils taken from the North Sea. This unusual feature suggested to the research team, led by paleontologist Jelle Ruemer of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, the...

H1N1 Death Risk Dramatically Lowered If Antivirals Are Administered Within Two Days Of Symptoms
2014-03-19 09:19:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tamiflu treatments have been somewhat controversial over the past few years, with some evidence showing the H7N9 bird flu gaining resistance to the drug and others questioning the effectiveness of the antiviral medication. However, according to a large meta-analytical study, it has been found that adults hospitalized with H1N1 during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic were 25 percent less likely to die from the disease if they were...

Multiple New Cases Of H7N9 Have Been Confirmed In The Last Week
2014-01-14 07:51:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week, redOrbit reported that several new cases of human infection with H7N9 had been confirmed since the New Year began. In the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has received reports from two Chinese health agencies confirming 13 new cases of H7N9 bird flu. JANUARY 10 The WHO released the first report on January 10, 2014, stating that China’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP), based in Hong Kong SAR,...

At Least Eight New Cases Of H7N9 Bird Flu Reported Since January 1
2014-01-10 08:13:28

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a report released yesterday, January 9, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus were reported by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). Those cases followed a report on Jan 7, also from the WHO, of another laboratory-confirmed case of human infection from H7N9, reported by Taipei Centers...

MERS On The Rise, Kidney Failure Link Found, Camel Link Confirmed
2013-12-27 08:18:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It is hard to tell if human cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are slowing down or speeding up. A total of seven new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with MERS-CoV have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) since Dec. 17, 2013. The last cases prior to these were reported two weeks earlier on Dec. 2, 2013. A total of 14 cases were reported to the WHO between Nov. 4 and Dec....

Fourth Time's A Charm As SpaceX Successfully Puts SES-8 In Orbit
2013-12-04 06:10:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX can breathe a sigh of relief after a late day launch on December 3 successfully put its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket into space and set an SES-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Elon Musk and his space transport company had been trying to put the Luxembourg, Germany-owned SES-8 satellite into orbit since last Monday, Nov 25. But a series of glitches forced SpaceX to scrub three separate...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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