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Scientists say fetal tissue essential for medical research

Scientists need fetal tissue for researchThe furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss to cancer and AIDS.

Anti-abortion activists triggered the uproar by releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials that raised questions of whether the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied making any profit and said it charges fees solely to cover its costs.


29 U.S. Scientists Praise Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama

29 Scientists praise Iran dealTwenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists — including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers — wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent.

The letter, from some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts in the fields of nuclear weapons and arms control, arrives as Mr. Obama is lobbying Congress, the American public and the nation’s allies to support the agreement.


Howard Jones, doctor who pioneered in vitro fertilization, dies at 104

Howard JonesHoward Jones, who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States at his medical clinic in Virginia, died July 31 at a hospital in Norfolk. He was 104.

The cause was respiratory failure, the Eastern Virginia Medical School said in a statement.

The work of Dr. Jones and his late wife, Dr. Georgeanna Jones, at EVMS led to the nation’s first child born as a result of in vitro fertilization in 1981. Since then, more than 5 million births have stemmed from in vitro fertilization around the world.


Massive swimming dinosaur's skeleton, age 70 million, found in Alaska

swimming dinosaur foundThe fossilized remains of a swimming dinosaur have been discovered by researchers at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

The 70-million-year-old elasmosaur, a type of plesiosaur, is a dead ringer for the Loch Ness Monster, according to Patrick Druckenmiller, a marine fossil expert with the museum.


Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact

Aircraft bomb bagA new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments.

A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions.

If security fails and a bomb reaches the luggage hold, the idea is that the blast would be safely contained.  The trials - using old jets at Cotswolds Airport in Gloucestershire - showed that explosions on board caused no damage.


NASA's Kepler spacecraft spots planet 'somebody else might call home'

Kepler spavecraft finds earth twinScientists have spotted a planet much the same size as our Earth orbiting a star that closely resembles our sun, making this new world the most likely known place outside our solar system to harbor life.

The newfound planet, referred to as Kepler-452b, “is the closest thing we have to another place that somebody else might call home,” Jon Jenkins of NASA’s Ames Research Center told reporters Thursday. The planet has been at just the right temperature to boast liquid water for some 6 billion years, “a considerable time and opportunity for life to arise somewhere on its surface or in its oceans,” assuming the place has all the necessary ingredients for life, Jenkins said.


Security experts hack into moving car and seize control

car controls highjacked by tech expertsA pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car's engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly connected cars and trucks.

Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie Miller, now at Twitter, and IOActive researcher Chris Valasek used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a car being driven on the highway by a reporter for technology news site


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