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Human Papillomavirus Needs Immediate Attention

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Less than 15 percent of pediatricians and family physicians surveyed reported routinely recommending the vaccine for males ages 9 to 26, whereas about 50 percent said they recommend the vaccine to females in the same age group. “While vaccinating males may benefit female partners, it is critical for physicians and parents to recognize the positive health impacts for males and females,” said Susan Vadaparampil, a researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and senior author on the report, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Does the Brain’s Cerebellum Make Humans Special

The brains of apes and humans evolved unusually quickly when it came to the cerebellum, a part of the brain involved in control of movement, researchers say. The unique mental abilities of humans are usually attributed to the cerebral cortex, which encompasses about three-quarters of the human brain’s mass. “Our earlier work showed that evolutionary expansion of the cortex and the cerebellum were intimately linked in mammalian evolution — when one changes, so does the other,” said lead study author Robert Barton, an evolutionary biologist at Durham University in England.

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Canadian Astronauts Compete in ‘Amazing Race’ Across Toronto

While watching SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft make a simulated approach to the International Space Station, astronaut Jeremy Hansen muttered: “Don’t mess this up, Jeremy; Hansen was at the controls of a robotic arm simulator on the exhibit floor of the International Astronautical Congress, competing in a head-to-head race Tuesday (Sept. 30) against fellow Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques. A minute later, Saint-Jacques appeared at the head of his yellow-headed posse. The driver — carefully obeying the speed limit despite the time crunch — brought the team to the next location, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

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Scientists speed up analysis of human link to wild weather

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate scientists hope to be able to tell the world almost in real-time whether global warming has a hand in extreme weather thanks to an initiative they plan to launch by the end of 2015. In recent years, scientists have become more adept at working out whether climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions is exacerbating wild weather and its impacts around the world, but the task usually takes months. …

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Paul Allen eyes Dream Chaser space plane to fly people into orbit

By Irene Klotz TORONTO (Reuters) – – A passenger spaceship that lost a bid for additional NASA funding may have new life ferrying passengers for Paul Allen’s space startup, Stratolaunch Systems, company officials said on Wednesday. Privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp is challenging NASA’s September 16 decision to award contracts worth $6.8 billion for space taxi development and flights to competitors Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, which is owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk. The U.S. …

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Gene plays key role in monarch butterfly’s miraculous migration

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world’s fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from as far north as Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn. Scientists who scoured the genome of these colorful insects offered new insight on Wednesday into this annual airborne adventure. They pinpointed a single gene related to flight muscle efficiency that plays a major role in the monarch butterfly’s migration. …

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Brain Tech Projects Get $46 Million in Funding

Developing wearable brain scanners and devising tools to watch a brain’s signaling chemicals in real time are among the 58 research projects that now have funding, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today (Sept. 30). These and other projects received the first wave of funding in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the U.S. The NIH awarded $46 million in grants to these projects, which will focus on developing “transformative technologies” that can help scientists gain a deeper understanding of the brain, NIH Director Francis Collins told reporters today. “There’s a big gap between what we want to do in brain research and the technologies available to make exploration possible,” Collins said. [5 Crazy Technologies That Are Revolutionizing Biotech]

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Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand

Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows. The remote archipelagos of East Polynesia were among the last habitable places on Earth that humans were able to colonize. In New Zealand, human history only began around 1200-1300, when intrepid voyagers arrived by boat through several journeys over some generations. A piece of that early heritage was recently revealed on a beach in New Zealand, when a 600-year-old canoe with a turtle carved on its hull emerged from a sand dune after a harsh storm.

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China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security. The agriculture ministry earlier this week announced it would try to educate the public on GMO via TV, newspapers and the Internet. It hopes to stifle anti-GMO sentiment that has gathered momentum in the wake of incidents such as reports that genetically-modified rice had been illegally sold at a supermarket in the center of the country. … …read more

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Protest over contract award to delay work on NASA space taxi

By Irene Klotz TORONTO (Reuters) – Work on a pair of U.S. commercial spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station will be delayed after a losing contender protested the NASA awards, agency Administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday. The U.S. space agency awarded contracts worth up to $6.8 billion to Boeing and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to finish designs, build, test and ultimately fly crews to the station, a $100 billion research laboratory that orbits about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. The awards, announced on Sept. …

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