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NASA Conducts Asteroid Impact Exercise [VIDEO]

Via press release from NASA: Although there are no known significant asteroid impact threats for the foreseeable future, hypothetical exercises provide valuable insights by exploring the risks, response options, and opportunities for collaboration posed by varying scenarios, from minor regional damage with little warning to potential global catastrophes predicted years or even decades in the future. During the exercise, participants …

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AI Blood Test Predicts Parkinson’s Years Before Onset

The Guardian reports: A blood test that draws on artificial intelligence can predict who will develop Parkinson’s disease up to seven years before symptoms arise, researchers say. The test is designed to work on equipment already found in many NHS laboratories and, if validated in a broad population of people, could be made available to the health service within two …

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GOP Seeks To Restrict Pathogen Research By NIH

Axios reports: The plan from the House Energy and Commerce Committee would establish a new oversight process for certain risky pathogen research proposals and transfer power from NIH to a “public, independent oversight entity” to review, approve or reject and oversee the experiments. It also would incorporate national security or intelligence reviews into the NIH’s existing grant approval process, add …

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FDA Advisors Approve Experimental Alzheimer’s Med

The New York Times reports: A committee of independent advisers to the FDA voted unanimously on Monday that the benefits outweigh the risks of the newest experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s afflicts more than six million Americans. It has no cure, and there is no treatment or lifestyle modification that can restore memory loss or reverse cognitive decline. The …

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Combo COVID/Flu Vax Results In “Strong Immunity”

ABC News reports: Moderna’s combo flu and COVID vaccine provided a strong immune response in older adults, with levels comparable to getting the flu and COVID shots separately, according to the company’s results from a late-stage clinical trial. There are still multiple steps required before the shot would become available. Moderna would need to apply to the FDA for approval, …

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Cows Infected With Bird Flu Have Died In Five States

Reuters reports: Dairy cows infected with avian flu in five U.S. states have died or been slaughtered by farmers because they did not recover, state officials and academics told Reuters. Reports of the deaths suggest the bird flu outbreak in cows could take a greater economic toll in the farm belt than initially thought. Farmers have long culled poultry infected …

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Boeing Craft Docks With International Space Station

Reuters reports: Boeing’s new Starliner capsule and its inaugural two-member NASA crew safely docked with the International Space Station on Thursday, meeting a key test in proving the vessel’s flight-worthiness and sharpening Boeing’s competition with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The rendezvous was achieved despite an earlier loss of several guidance-control jet thrusters, some of them due to a helium propulsion leak, …

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NYU Experts Report First US Case Of Difficult To Treat Sexually Transmitted Fungal Infection In NYC Gay Man

NYU’s Langone Health News reports: Experts at NYU Langone Health who focus on the spread of contagious rashes document the first reported case in the United States of a sexually transmitted fungal infection that can take months to clear up, even with treatment. The first report, which published online on June 5 in the journal JAMA Dermatology, describes a man …

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Unmanned Starship Craft

The New York Times reports: Starship, the gargantuan rocket under development by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, launched on Thursday morning to make a fourth attempt to get to space and back. The previous three flights of the vehicle all ended in explosions, but each got farther than the last. Such progress is regarded as success in SpaceX’s break-it-then-fix-it approach to engineering …

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Boeing’s Manned Starliner Craft Successfully Launches

CBNC reports: Boeing launched its first Starliner flight with astronauts on Wednesday, beginning a crucial final flight test of the long-delayed spacecraft. The launch took off at 10:52 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida with two NASA astronauts aboard. Starliner is carried by an United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket and bound for the International Space Station. Wednesday’s liftoff comes …

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FDA Advisors Reject MDMA-Based Therapy For PTSD

NPR reports: A panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration on the use of the psychedelic MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder found on Tuesday that the available evidence fails to show that the drug is effective or that its benefits outweigh its risks. It represents a major setback for proponents of the drug and its sponsor Lykos Therapeutics, …

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Biden Admin Moves To Trump-Proof Science Agencies

Politico reports: The Biden administration is setting up new tripwires for Donald Trump at America’s premier health research agency to safeguard against political interference if Trump wins in November. The White House fears Trump could try to advance an ideological agenda at the National Institutes of Health, like the ones he’s suggested on everything from vaccines to diversity policies. In …

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Bezos’s Blue Origin Launches Return To Space Tourism

The Washington Post reports: After more than a year and a half, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin launched another space tourism mission, the first since the company suffered an engine failure on a flight that ended with the capsule’s emergency escape system blasting it away from the rocket booster, which crashed in the West Texas desert. On board the flight is …

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CDC Issues Alert On New “Deadlier Version” Of Mpox

The New York Times reports: With Pride events scheduled worldwide over the coming weeks, U.S. officials are bracing for a return of mpox, the infectious disease formerly called monkeypox that struck tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men worldwide in 2022. A combination of behavioral changes and vaccination quelled that outbreak, but a majority of those at risk have …

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CDC Alert Notes Concerning New COVID Variants

USA Today reports: A new set of COVID-19 variants, nicknamed FLiRT, has been detected in wastewater surveillance, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From April 14 through April 27, the variant, labeled KP.2, makes up about 25% of the cases in the United States, according to the CDC. Megan L. Ranney, dean of the Yale …

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FDA To Consider Approving Ecstasy To Treat PTSD

NBC News reports: The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of independent advisers will on June 4 deliberate whether they should recommend approval for the first MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, Lykos Therapeutics said on Monday. This would be the first FDA panel of outside experts to review a potential new PTSD treatment in 25 years. In support of its …

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WHO: Measles Cases Nearly Doubled Globally In 2023

Sky News reports: Measles cases nearly doubled globally between 2022 and 2023, researchers say. There were 321,582 cases worldwide in 2023 – an 88% increase from the previous year, when 171,153 cases were recorded. Total cases for 2024 look on track to at least match last year’s numbers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Some countries could now lose …

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NH GOP Moves To Erode Polio And Measles Vax Law

Mother Jones reports: New Hampshire could soon beat Florida—known for its anti-vaccine Surgeon General—when it comes to loosening vaccine requirements. A first-in-the-nation bill that’s already passed New Hampshire’s state House, sponsored only by Republican legislators, would end the requirement for parents enrolling kids in child care to provide documentation of polio and measles vaccination. New Hampshire would be the only …

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Today In Creepy Humanoid Robotics [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Boston Dynamics unveiled Wednesday a new version of its humanoid robot, “Atlas,” that the company says is “designed for real-world applications.” Like many of its previous announcements, the company released a video of its robot in action. “In the months and years ahead, we’re excited to show what the world’s most dynamic humanoid robot can really do …

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Simpson Family Won’t Donate Brain For CTE Research

The New York Post reports: O.J. Simpson’s brain will be incinerated, not investigated, The Post has learned. The body of the killer and former NFL great is expected to be cremated Tuesday in Las Vegas — with no plans to donate his brain for research despite multiple requests from scientists, a rep for his estate told The Post. The family …

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