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Experimental Ebola vaccines induce year-long immune response in trial

WASHINGTON — Two experimental Ebola vaccines can safely elicit immune responses by one month after initial vaccination that last for at least one year, results from a large clinical trial in Liberia showed Wednesday. The trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by a US-Liberia clinical research collaboration, involved 1,500 healthy adults …

Scientists make breakthrough in replacing Wi-Fi with Li-Fi

CHANGCHUN — Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as Li-Fi, uses visible light from LED bulbs to transfer data much faster than radio wave-based Wi-Fi. …

Antibody cocktail better in preventing HIV infection: studies

WASHINGTON — A cocktail of two or three antibodies could be more effective than a single one in preventing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission, according to results released Wednesday from two separate monkey studies. In a study published in the US journal Science, researchers combined three broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) — VRC01, PGDM1400, and 10E8v4 …

Record heat wave for Sept in Aussie eastern states

SYDNEY— A major heat wave is on the weekend horizon in Australia, with forecasters predicting on Thursday that temperatures might reach a sweltering 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday in some parts of the nation — a record for the month of September. The extreme heat conditions are expected to be caused by a high pressure …

Menopausal hormone therapy not linked to early death

WASHINGTON — Taking hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes does not increase a woman’s risk of early death, according to a long-term follow-up of trials that were stopped early due to health concerns. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) research completely changed the understanding of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy in …

Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys, No. 8 and No. 24, at the Staples Center on December 18, ahead of the Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have confirmed they will retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker, local media reported …

Kazakhstan invited as special partner of China-ASEAN expo

NANNING, Sept. 2 — Kazakhstan will take part in the 14th China-ASEAN Expo this month, the first country along the Silk Road Economic Belt to be invited as a special partner. The 14th China-ASEAN Expo is scheduled to be held from Sept. 12 to 15 in Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. …

NASA’s next Mars mission to probe deep interior of red planet

LOS ANGELES — The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s next Mars mission known as InSight, which is on track for a 2018 liftoff, will focus on examining the deep interior of Mars, the agency announced on Monday. The long form of InSight’s name is Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. The mission …

9-day low-sugar diet leads to less fatty liver in kids

SAN FRANCISCO – A nine-day experimental diet that cuts out a type of sugar in soft drinks, fruit juices and most processed foods significantly reversed the buildup of liver fat in children and adolescents. Contacted over the phone, Susan Noworolski, associate professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), said …

Experts call on UN to stop proliferation of ‘killer robots’

SYDNEY — Scientists from around the world have called for the United Nations (UN) to take action to stop the proliferation of “killer robots.” At the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Melbourne on Monday, technology leaders from around the world congregated at the event, first held in 1969, and requested that the development of …