NASA prepares for next phase of Hubble successor

Inside a sealed, airtight clean room at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,Maryland, an international of team scientists and engineers all dressed in white jumpsuits is building what its members hope will provide a deeper look into space than ever before, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). “The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s really the next big space telescope that is being built, so it […]

Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate ‘game changing’ stem-cell results

(Reuters) – A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday. The scandal involving the research, which detailed simple ways to reprogram mature cells back to an embryonic-like state, eventually led to the retraction of papers published in the influential journal Nature and tarnished the reputation of Japanese scientific research. The […]

New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

The New York premiere of “The Interview”, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theater chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group. The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp’s computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco […]

1st Watershed Management Board Created in Laguna Lake

Water is gold. With increased population, consumption and climate change, multi-city alliances will be crucial in managing essential ecosystem services such as water provision. Rapidly-urbanizing landscapes in the CALABARZON region are confronted by challenges on flood and watershed management. In Laguna’s Santa Rosa Sub-watershed, groundwater studies show how rates of extraction will exceed rates for groundwater recharge by 2023. Many shallow wells in lakeside Laguna communities are reported to be depleted, polluted and unfit for […]

Jewish refugee during Holocaust shares memories of war and old Manila

The Philippine Women’s University (PWU) and the Israel Embassy in Manila held a special event where an alumna of class 1944 spoke to the class of 2014 – a journey of 70 years in a time machine. On December 3, Margot Cassel-Pins was joined by her family in the video room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel to address the students in the PWU Hall, sharing stories about her life journey that is […]

Starbucks eyes booze, food and technology to boost U.S. growth

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp, aiming to give cooling U.S. traffic a jolt, on Thursday announced it will add beer, wine, and evening snacks to thousands of domestic cafes, widen lunch offerings and roll out mobile ordering. Such efforts are part of the world’s biggest coffee chain’s plan to broaden its appeal as a destination with consumers who are spending more time shopping online rather than in malls and Main Street stores. The company, which is […]

American arrives at Atlanta hospital from West Africa for Ebola testing

(Reuters) – A U.S. healthcare worker who may have been exposed to Ebola in West Africa arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta early on Thursday for testing and observation, the hospital said. The patient, who has not been identified, was flown from West Africa and will be monitored to see if he or she has been infected with the virus, the hospital said. U.S. health officials this week designated 35 hospitals nationwide, including Emory, […]

Bill would cap Russian engines on U.S. satellite launches

(Reuters) – A compromise defense policy in Congress would bar the purchase of more Russian-made rocket engines to launch U.S. military satellites, clearing the way for competitive bids for 14 future launches, senior congressional aides said on Tuesday. The proposal is one of several new agreements included in a compromise version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) filed in the House of Representatives and expected to be debated as early as this week. […]