It’s a boy! First baby is born with DNA from 3 parents, in controversial IVF technique – CBS News


Doctors say the infant is showing no signs of the rare and devastating disease that killed his two siblings early in life

Source: It’s a boy! First baby is born with DNA from 3 parents, in controversial IVF technique – CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/first-3-parent-dna-baby-born-rare-disease/).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 20:45 hrs, UTC.

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A controversial fertility procedure known as “Spindle Nuclear Transfer” is offering hope to childless couples burdened by genetically inherited diseases.

According to Dr. John Zhang, a reproductive endocrinologist at New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, a healthy boy was born to a mother carrying the inherited gene for the rare neurological disorder known as Leigh Syndrome.  Children born with this condition seldom live more than 7 years.

Zhang said the procedure uses nuclear DNA from the mother, which is transferred to a donor egg minus its nuclear material.  The donor egg is then fertilized by the father’s sperm, resulting in a child that shares DNA with three persons–two mothers and a father.

The procedure was done in Mexico because “Spindle Nuclear Transfer” is not yet legal in the United States.

If the child born on 06 April 2016 stays healthy and shows no sign of the fatal neurological disorder, then the controversial fertility treatment may be used more extensively than now.


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Gary Johnson Declares Space Travel and Colonization ‘The Future of the Human Race’ | The Fiscal Times


Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson raised plenty of eyebrows on Sunda

Source: Gary Johnson Declares Space Travel and Colonization ‘The Future of the Human Race’ | The Fiscal Times (http://www.thefinancialtimes.com/2016/09/26/Gary-Johnson-Declares-Space-Travel-and-Colonization-Future-Human-Race).

Accessed on 26 September 2016, 20:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter;  Eric Pianin.

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While Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is “way outside of left field” on many issues, his stand on space exploration resonates well with the general public and with U.S. politicians trying to generate more support for deep space missions.

The former New Mexico governor tells ABC correspondent George Stephanopoulos that “we have to inhabit other planets…the future of the human race is space exploration.”


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Top stories: A sixth sense, quantum teleportation, and horses that use symbols to communicate | Science | AAAS


The week’s top <cite>Science</cite> news

Source: Top stories: A sixth sense, quantum teleportation, and horses that use symbols to communicate | Science | AAAS (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/top-stories-sixth-sense-quantum-teleportation-and-horses-use-symbols-communicate).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 20:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jessica Brody.

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Here are the top science and technology stories for this week, courtesy of science reporter Jessica Brody of “sciencemag.org.”

Researchers have found a rare genetic mutation that causes the “sixth sense” in humans.  The study of “preprioception, or the body’s awareness of where it is in space” may explain why many of us are so clumsy.

A trio of  genonic studies carried out in Australia shows all living people outside of Africa, including Australian Aborigines, trace back to a single migration more than 50,000 years ago.  Basically, we all come from the same genetic stock.

Recent advances in quantum teleportation won’t give us a “Star Trek” transporter room, but they may lead to an “unhackable quantum internet.” Beam me up, Scotty!

Researchers have found that horses can use symbols to talk to humans. Not exactly a “Mr. Ed” moment in the classic 1950s tv show, but a major advance, nonetheless.  Apparently, horses can sense the consequences of their actions.

The University of Tokyo is investigating data manipulation charges against six research companies.  These companies falsified data and results to collect fees from academic institutions.


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US sharpens surveillance of crippling solar storms : Nature News & Comment


Next-generation space-weather model will map the danger facing power grids.

Source: US sharpens surveillance of crippling solar storms : Nature News & Comment (http://www.nature.com/news/us-sharpens-surveillance-of-crippling-solar-storms-1.20630).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 00:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Alexandra Witze

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It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when a crippling solar storm overloads power grids, wipes out most radio communication, and severely disrupts the digital universe that runs our world.

NOAA scientists are hoping to give us a little more lead time by releasing a new solar storm prediction model sometime in October 2016.  Unlike older models, the new tool will “spell out which power grids are at risk” and what can be done to mitigate that risk.

Thanks to deep space sun-monitoring satellites and improved data analysis, scientists are getting a better understanding of how X-Class solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are formed and what dangers they cause.

The need to know is paramount, considering just how devastating these solar flares can be.  In 1989, a solar storm wiped out Canada’s entire Hydro-Quebec, leaving millions of people without power for several hours.  Solar storms have also “fried” transformers in South Africa and overheated transformers at a Swedish nuclear power plant.

If a severe X-Class flare or super CME hits Earth head-on, we may lose most of our digital equipment and computer controlled devices, ranging from life-saving devices in hospitals to pumping stations for water.  Many of our modern vehicles won’t start because the solid state devices in them will be destroyed.  We could quickly transform ourselves into a 19th century society.


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SpaceWeather.com — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids


Source: SpaceWeather.com — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids (http://www.spaceweather.com).

Accessed on 22 September 2016, 19:55 hrs, UTC.

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Interesting report from the 22 September 2016 edition of “SpaceWeather.com.”

Amateur astronomers have spotted China’s new Earth-orbiting station, which was launched last week.  Although the 10 meter Tiangong-2 is smaller than the International Space Station (ISS), the compact space vehicle will accommodate a crew of two and will be able to conduct various experiments in space.

Tiangong-2 is the second of three prototype space stations China plans to launch, “as the country builds toward a Mir-class outpost in the next decade.”

In October 2016, China will send two astronauts to live in the Tiangong-2 space station for 30 days.


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China Aims At ‘SPACE SUPERPOWER’ Status By 2020 | The Daily Caller


‘Dominant’

Source: China Aims At ‘SPACE SUPERPOWER’ Status By 2020 | The Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/21/china-aims-at-space-super-status-by-2010).

Accessed on 22 September 2016, 01:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Andrew Follett.

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According to a report published by “Popular Science” Magazine, The Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) will become a “space super power” and possibly surpass both the United States and the Russian Federation as the dominant presence in deep space exploration by the year 2020.

Now that NASA is spending more of its resources on environmental concerns not directly related to space exploration, the stage is set for China to extend its reach into space, beginning with a solar powered Mars Rover and a mission to the dark side of the moon.

China has already orbited several space habitat vehicles and is increasing its use of satellites for transportation, economic, and military purposes.

Defense Department analysts believe China could knock out many of our intelligence gathering satellites and cripple our military effectiveness in a matter of a few years.

Like it or not, our dominance in space, science, and technology is slipping away and may not be recoverable.  Chinese electronic products from smart phones to computers are flooding world markets at prices far below ours. Chinese officials are investing more of that country’s resources into expanding its military and economic presence throughout Southeast Asia and Africa.  It may just a matter of time before we are asked to withdraw before hostilities begin.  The language of our future may be Mandarin.


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America’s first wave-produced power goes online in Hawaii | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KANEOHE BAY, Oahu — Off the coast of Oahu, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.

Source: America’s first wave-produced power goes online in Hawaii | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/america-s-first-wave-produced-power-goes-online-hawaii).

Accessed on 20 September 2016, 19:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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The U.S. Navy has established the nation’s first wave-powered electric generator in Kaneohe Bay near Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Although this project is small and experimental, it “represents the vanguard of U.S. Navy wave energy development.” The project consists of two buoys anchored between a half a mile and a mile off shore.

According to reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the buoys convert the vertical and horizontal wave motions into approximately 18 kilowatts of electricity, which is sufficient for the power demands of 18 homes.  Similar projects are planned for Portland, Oregon and in various California locations.

The state of Hawaii is already using geothermal, wind, solar, and some ocean thermal energy resources to cut its dependence on imported fossil fuels.


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