February 7, 2014 |
Yee-haw! After perching near its tip for days, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity rode down the largest sand dune it has ever attempted on the Red Planet. “I'm over the moon that I'm over the dune!” the rover's Twitter account tweeted Thursday. Rover driver Matt Heverly at Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted his relief. “Seeing this picture from the bottom of the sand dune put an even bigger smile on my face today,” Heverly wrote . Riding this dune, about a yard high and 10 yards long, was risky, but the engineers on the Mars Science Laboratory mission had led Curiosity here for a reason.
February 6, 2014 |
Warning: Being a firstborn may be hazardous to your health. So suggests a small study of middle-aged men in New Zealand. Compared with their younger brothers, the firstborns weighed more and were less sensitive to insulin. Researchers had recruited the guys to be part of clinical trials testing whether olive leaf extract or krill oil could improve their metabolic health. All of the volunteers were between the ages of 35 and 55, and all were overweight, with a body mass index between 25 and 30. To study the effects of birth order, they pulled out data from trial participants who were either the first or second child born in their family.
February 6, 2014 |
Long before a woman hits middle age, she and her doctor should be thinking about her risk of stroke and taking steps to reduce it, according to the first set of stroke guidelines aimed at women. The overall stroke risk for women is higher than it is for men, in part because women live longer. But the new guidelines from the American Heart Assn. underscore that many other factors may increase their risk as well, and many of them are evident when a woman is in her 20s and 30s. Some, like complications of pregnancy and menopause, are unique to women.
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February 3, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- MeetMe.com, a social networking site, is enabling predators to target minors, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera charged in a lawsuit Monday. Herrerra said the New Hope, Pa.-based company MeetMe Inc. was violating California laws by relying on legally invalid consent from minors age 13 to 17 to reveal their real-time locations and personal information to strangers. Dozens of minors nationwide have been victimized by predators who found them on the networking site, and it has been implicated in several crimes involving sexual assault and illicit sex with minors in California, according to the suit.
February 2, 2014 |
Matt Kemp said Saturday he might not be ready to play on opening day, insisting he didn't want to repeat the mistake he made last year of rushing back from injuries. The Dodgers are starting their season about a week earlier than usual, with a two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. They will play their domestic opener April 1 in San Diego. Kemp is recovering from a major operation on his left ankle, as well as a minor procedure on his previously repaired left shoulder.
January 31, 2014 |
Ever since the housing market collapse, nothing stokes the flames of public outrage quite like the phrase "government bailout. " It's become the condemnation of choice for both parties when faced with a policy they don't like. Lately, conservatives have been arguing that an obscure provision of the 2010 healthcare law would provide a taxpayer bailout to insurance companies that don't charge high enough premiums. Funny, but they didn't have a problem with that concept when it was used to help launch Medicare's prescription drug program under (Republican)
January 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Amid growing U.S. fear that the Syrian civil war is now a magnet for extremist groups, the Obama administration on Thursday accused President Bashar Assad's government of stalling on the destruction of its most dangerous chemical agents and said the ambitious operation may now be at risk. The warning comes two days after President Obama hailed the disarmament effort as a foreign policy success in his State of the Union speech, saying American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, "is why Syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated.
January 29, 2014 |
LONDON - Bowing to increasing pressure, Britain will offer refuge to several hundred Syrians fleeing their country's civil war, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday. The decision comes after weeks of contentious debate over the government's non-participation in a United Nations program that aims to resettle some 30,000 Syrian refugees in willing host countries. Wednesday's announcement came after lobbying from opposition members and Liberal Democrats within Britain's Conservative-led coalition government, as well as from humanitarian organizations.
January 29, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Insiders like Edward Snowden who leak secrets about sensitive U.S. intelligence programs pose a potentially greater danger to national security than terrorists, America's spy chiefs warned Wednesday in their annual report to Congress on global security risks. For the first time, the risk of unauthorized disclosures of classified material and state-sponsored theft of data was listed as the second-greatest potential threat to America in a review of global perils prepared by the U.S. intelligence community.
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January 24, 2014 |
FRESNO - On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed “unhealthful for all groups.” This winter, though, the most polluted on record, schools have not only raised red flags. On several days, they have had to send out notices saying the red flags should really be purple - indicating “very unhealthful” air - if only they had them. But such warnings have been be so rare that schools don't even have the flags designating the most extreme conditions.