Archive by date | November 2009

WHO’s HIV recommendations updates

WHO's HIV recommendations updates

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that the most widely used HIV anti-retroviral treatment be phased out (Reuters, BBC).

The advice to phase out the use of stavudine comes as part of the WHO’s revamped advice for treating HIV on the eve of World AIDS day (press release). That advice includes starting anti-retroviral sooner in adults and adolescents, and for the first time WHO recommends that HIV-positive breast-feeding mothers take anti-retrovirals to try and stop infants being infected.

LHC takes accelerator record

LHC takes accelerator record

The Large Hadron Collider has today claimed the record for world’s highest energy particle accelerator.

CERN, Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, says the LHC has accelerated its twin proton beams to 1.18 TeV, smashing the previous record of 0.98 TeV held by the US Tevatron collider.

Radiation scare at Indian nuclear plant

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India has ordered a probe into what it believes to be sabotage, after about 50 workers at its Kaiga plant in western India were exposed to radiation. The workers became ill on 24 November after drinking from a water cooler later found to be contaminated with tritium – a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.

Is there life on Mars?

Well, British tabloid The Sun says there is.

It reports breathlessly:

Martian bugs arrived on Earth 13,000 years ago, scientists have discovered. The microscopic aliens arrived on a meteorite which smashed into the wastes of the Antarctic.

And where The Sun leads, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail follow.

This all seems to stem for a piece on Spaceflight Now from Tuesday which describes research on the martian meteorite ALH 84001, found in 1984 at Allen Hills in Anatrctica.

Climate change induces meltdown in Australian opposition party

Climate change induces meltdown in Australian opposition party

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has been dealt a blow in his attempts to push through a cap and trade bill to limit carbon emissions before the Copenhagen meeting, but he may profit in the longer term.

The opposition Liberal Party, which had already partially disembowelled itself debating whether or not to support the bill, has now gone into meltdown. Its leader Malcolm Turnbull had made a deal with Rudd to get the legislation passed in Australia’s Senate, where Rudd’s ruling Labor Party does not have a majority.