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Trial launched to study HIV-to-HIV liver transplant outcomes

Trial launched to study HIV-to-HIV liver transplant outcomes

Health
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The country's first large-scale clinical trial to study the safety of liver transplants between people with HIV was launched on Thursday. The new study -- sponsored by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health -- will track the success of 80 liver transplants to HIV-positive people. Half of the livers will come from deceased HIV-positive donors and the other half will come from deceased HIV-negative donors. This research comes after a 2018 study that similarly evaluated HIV-to-HIV kidney transplants. Until the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act in 2013, liver transplants from an HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive recipient were not legal in the U.S. This drove the demand for HIV-positive people wit...
Spy satellite launched after repeated delays

Spy satellite launched after repeated delays

Business
Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A rocket carrying a spy satellite launched Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California after bad weather and technical problems delayed the sendoff for more than one month. At 11:10 a.m. Pacific time, the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off, carrying a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite into orbit, United Launch Alliance said in a news release. ULA in a joint venture of two competitors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NROL-71 was the 132nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006, according to its website. The alliance said the satellite is "in support of our country's national defense." "Congratulations to our team and mission partners for successfully delivering this critical asset to support national...
ULA Atlas V rocket launched payloads for U.S. Air Force

ULA Atlas V rocket launched payloads for U.S. Air Force

Science
April 14 (UPI) -- The United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket successfully launched a pair of payloads for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday night.Blast-off was at 7:13 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The Air Force Space Command mission, AFSPC-11, features two spacecraft. The primary payload is the Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM, or CBAS, a geostationary communications satellite.The satellite will lend communications support to the Air Force, relaying messages between leaders back at base and commanders in combat."The mission of CBAS is to augment existing military satellite communications capabilities and broadcast military data continuously through space-based, satellite communications relay links," the U.S. Air Force said.Behind t...
Satellite launched to harpoon 'dangerous' space junk

Satellite launched to harpoon 'dangerous' space junk

Technology
A mission demonstrating how to salvage potentially dangerous junk orbiting the Earth has been launched by a British-led consortium.The satellite, called RemoveDEBRIS, will be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) and carries a net to capture space litter and a harpoon that is able to spear and haul in bigger objects.On Monday, a Space X 9 rocket carrying the box-like craft took off from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida.The RemoveDEBRIS is currently on board the capsule and is due to arrive at the ISS on Wednesday.A consortium led by the University of Surrey designed and built RemoveDEBRIS, which is funded by the European Commission and is the first practical attempt to try out clean-up technology.The launch came less than a day after Chinese space station T...
Investigation launched into Facebook data breach

Investigation launched into Facebook data breach

Technology
The Information Commissioner's Office is to investigate a possible data breach affecting more than 50 million Facebook users. It comes as a whistleblower told a newspaper how Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump's election team, used personal information taken without permission in early 2014 to build a system that could profile US voters so they could be targeted with personalised political advertisements.The company is owned by hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer and was led at the time by Mr Trump's key adviser Steve Bannon.Christopher Wylie, who worked with an academic at Cambridge University to obtain the data, told The Observer: "We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles and built models to exploit what we knew about them and ...