Thu October 17, 2013
Sleeping Brains

Study: Good night's sleep cleans out gunk in brain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here's a reason to get some shuteye: A new study suggests our brains go on a cleaning spree during sleep, flushing out gunk that builds up while we're awake.

Though the cleaning was observed in mice, scientists think it happens in people too.

The findings were reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science and may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's and other brain diseases.

People who are sleep-deprived have trouble learning and making decisions. But despite decades of research, scientists can't agree on the basic purpose of sleep.

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Fri September 6, 2013
West Nile Virus

Del. reports first human case of West Nile virus

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware public health officials have confirmed the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year.

Officials said Friday that a woman in her early 20s living in New Castle County tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

For the past five years, the state usually has reported no more than one case per year, but there were nine reported cases of West Nile infection last year.

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, but officials say roughly 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will not become ill.

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Thu August 29, 2013
Space Alliance

Virginia, Alaska form space launch alliance

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia and Alaska are teaming up to make the most of their commercial space operations.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday announced an operating agreement between the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority and the Alaska Aerospace Corp.

The two spaceports will work together to share engineering, technical knowledge and operating procedures.

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Thu August 15, 2013
Sea Level Rise

Del. sea level rise panel meets

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A panel formed to study how Delaware should address the threat of sea level rise has put the finishing touches on its report.

Members of the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee met Thursday to approve minor revisions to a draft document approved earlier this year.

The committee presented its report to state environmental secretary Collin O'Mara and plan to release it to the public by late September.

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Fri June 28, 2013
Rocket Launch

NASA scrubs launch of 2 rockets from Va

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA has canceled a planned launch of two rockets from the Eastern Shore of Virginia due to poor weather conditions.

NASA had hoped to launch the Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion 15 seconds apart on Friday in support of the Daytime Dynamo experiment. This is the third attempt that's had to be scrubbed due to poor weather or scientific conditions.

NASA says the project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.

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