In the papers...


Oxygen on Saturn moon

A Nasa probe has collected oxygen from the atmosphere of Rhea - Saturn's icy moon. Until now, oxygen has only been detected indirectly on planets and their moons using the Hubble space telescope. Analysis of the data reveals a thin oxygen and carbon dioxide atmosphere, sustained by high energy particles colliding with the moon, kicking up atoms, molecules and ions. 
The Guardian, 26 November 2010 

Radioactive luggage 

Uranium powder was secretly sent from the US Embassy in Burma on a commercial airliner, in diplomatic luggage, according to WikiLeaks. Under international agreement cargo sent in a 'diplomatic pouch' cannot be analysed. But this episode is in violation of US government rules about the abuse of the diplomatic bag system and laws on the air transport of hazardous materials.  
The Times, 13 December 2010 

Aspirin reduces cancer risk 

Aspirin can cut the risk of a range of cancers by up to 50 per cent. It is already taken by millions of people to prevent heart attacks and strokes and is proven to help prevent diabetes, dementia, pregnancy complications and pain. A study of trials involving 25 000 patients taking a low daily does of aspirin found aspirin reduced cancer related deaths by 21 per cent.  
The Independent, 7 December 2010 

The elixir of life 

The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has asked scientists to unlock the secret of immortality. He has urged a new scientific research institute in Astana to research rejuvenation of organisms, the human genome, production of human tissue, and the creation of gene-based medicines. This is the third time in a year he has asked scientists to find a way to stave off death. 
The Guardian, 10 December 2010