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Jul 16, 2012

Open access science debate shifts to EU after UK govt backing

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – The debate over free access to
publicly-funded scientific research will shift to the European
Commission after the UK government backed a report calling for
financial support for researchers to use so-called ‘open access’
science journals.

Open access journals charge researchers a fee for publishing
their research rather than the subscriptions that traditional
journals charge readers.

Jul 13, 2012

German scientists concoct new coolant for electric cars

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – Scientists in Germany have come
up with a new fluid for cooling the expensive batteries in
electric cars and thereby extending their life, another
potential step in improving the cost efficiency of electric
propulsion.

The fluid, dubbed CryoSolplus, absorbs heat more effectively
than either air or water and could allow for tighter packing of
batteries under the hood, according to a team of researchers at
the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy
Technology in Oberhausen.

Jul 11, 2012

Melinda Gates pledges $560 mln for contraception

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – Melinda Gates has pledged $560
million as part of a campaign to expand access to contraception
for women in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The funding commitment was unveiled on Wednesday at the
London Summit on Family Planning alongside pledges totalling
$4.3 billion from the British government and leaders from
African nations wrestling with the health and social problems
brought on by high rates of unplanned pregnancy.

Jul 10, 2012

interview: Gates Foundation to pledge funds for contraception

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is set to unveil funding a sum in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a campaign to improve access to contraception in the developing world.

The exact amount will be announced at a summit of world leaders and aid organisations in London on Wednesday, but in an interview with Reuters, Melinda Gates said the commitment would be “on a par” with the foundation’s other big programmes, like that against malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis.

Jul 10, 2012

Gates Foundation to pledge funds for contraception

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is set to unveil funding a sum in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a campaign to improve access to contraception in the developing world.

The exact amount will be announced at a summit of world leaders and aid organizations in London on Wednesday, but in an interview with Reuters, Melinda Gates said the commitment would be “on a par” with the foundation’s other big programs, like that against malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis.

Jul 6, 2012

Hawking’s rival says Higgs wager win is icing on cake

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. scientist who won a $100 wager with Stephen Hawking over whether the Higgs boson would ever be found said on Friday winning was the icing on the cake of a major scientific discovery.

Scientists at Europe’s CERN research centre announced on Wednesday that they had found a new subatomic particle which appeared to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.

Jul 4, 2012

CERN scientists find new particle, probably the Higgs

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists at the CERN research centre have found a new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs boson, the basic building block of the universe.

“I can confirm that a particle has been discovered that is consistent with the Higgs boson theory,” said John Womersley, chief executive of Britain’s Science & Technology Facilities Council, at an event in London.

Jul 4, 2012

CERN scientists find new particle, probably the Higgs

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists at the CERN research centre have found a new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs boson, the basic building block of the universe.

“I can confirm that a particle has been discovered that is consistent with the Higgs boson theory,” said John Womersley, chief executive of Britain’s Science & Technology Facilities Council, at an event in London.

Jul 3, 2012

Scientists to unveil milestone in Higgs boson hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists hunting the elusive subatomic ‘Higgs’ particle will unveil findings on Wednesday that take them nearer to understanding how the Big Bang at the dawn of time gave rise to stars, planets and even life.

Physicists who have been smashing particles together near light-speed at the CERN laboratory near Geneva have already seen tantalizing glimpses of the “Higgs boson”, the missing piece of the fundamental theory of physics known as the Standard Model.

Jun 29, 2012

GSK again extends its $2.6 billion Human Genome offer

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has once again extended its $2.6 billion offer to buy long-time partner Human Genome Sciences (HGSI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) until July 20 as a hostile stand-off with the U.S. biotech company continues.

The offer price remains unchanged at $13 a share.

The decision to push back the closing date for the bid comes as no great surprise, since Human Genome effectively extended the war two weeks ago by setting a July 16 deadline for definitive takeover offers.