Science - Afrik.com : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper http://www.afrik-news.com/ Afrik.com, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en Afrik-news.com : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper http://www.afrik-news.com/images/logo_moyen.gif http://www.afrik-news.com/ First images of planet Mercury released http://www.afrik-news.com/article19200.html Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:56:04 +0200 <p class="spip">NASA released an image of the planet Mercury on Tuesday, the first obtained from a spacecraft orbiting the solar system's innermost planet.</p> <p class="spip">The image is the first of many expected to come from the Messenger probe, the first space mission to orbit the planet closest to the sun. The Messenger spacecraft launched on August 3, 2004, and after flybys of Earth, Venus and Mercury, started its historic orbit around Mercury on March 17.</p> Discovering the birth of France's first “child donor” http://www.afrik-news.com/article19139.html Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:40:49 +0100 Umut Talha, born on 26 January 2011 at the Antoine Béclère de Clamart Hospital near Paris, is the first “child donor” – NOT “medicine baby” as the media would have it – to be born in France. Destination Santé Listeria: A biological hacker in the human immune system http://www.afrik-news.com/article19135.html Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:38:21 +0100 It appears that a bacterial protein may be able to penetrate the cell nucleus and reprogramme the genes responsible for activating our immune system. Destination Santé Gout - more fatal in women http://www.afrik-news.com/article18903.html Mon, 07 Feb 2011 13:41:30 +0100 Often associated with overeating and the cause of extremely painful attacks, gout is also a dangerous condition. According to a Canadian study, it appears to increase the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) … particularly in women. Destination Santé Are allergies to medicine caused by virus? http://www.afrik-news.com/article18902.html Mon, 07 Feb 2011 13:41:04 +0100 Do you experience allergic reaction to medication? This may in fact be a reaction by your body's immune defences, as a team at INSERM (France's National Institute for Health and Medical Research) recently discovered. Destination Santé Simulated Mars space mission moves forward http://www.afrik-news.com/article18868.html Wed, 02 Feb 2011 11:44:42 +0100 <p class="spip">The crew of the Mars500 simulated mission to the Red Planet have reached a key milestone.</p> <p class="spip">The six men, sealed since June inside steel containers representing a spacecraft, have "gone into orbit" at their destination.</p> <p class="spip">Three of the group will now "descend" to the planet, don real spacesuits and walk on the "surface" of Mars.</p> Walk off Alzheimer's and Dementia! http://www.afrik-news.com/article18710.html Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:27:45 +0100 Walking is not only good for our heart and our blood vessels, it is also very beneficial for the brain! According to an American study, adults who walk at least 10 km a week are at less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Destination Santé Smoking, an accelerator of skin ageing http://www.afrik-news.com/article18709.html Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:05:47 +0100 Smoking accelerates skin ageing and encourages the appearance of small wrinkles. This is the conclusion of a study carried out on 82 volunteers, half of whom were regular smokers. Destination Santé Cavemen ate cooked veggies, says study http://www.afrik-news.com/article18653.html Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:12:44 +0100 Euro satellite for web connections launches http://www.afrik-news.com/article18645.html Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:33:13 +0100 <p class="spip">The second European satellite dedicated to delivering broadband internet connections has launched successfully.</p> <p class="spip">The six-tonne Ka-Sat lifted off atop a Proton rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 0351 local time on Monday (2151 GMT on Sunday).</p> <p class="spip">The flight lasted nine hours and 12 minutes.</p> <p class="spip">The Eutelsat-operated spacecraft will concentrate its services on the estimated tens of millions of European homes in so-called "not-spots".</p> <p class="spip">These are places where consumers cannot get a decent terrestrial connection.</p> Photosensitivity – what is it and what are the risks? http://www.afrik-news.com/article18572.html Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:25:02 +0100 Photosensitivity is an abnormal skin reaction to sunlight which often takes the form of red, eczema-like patches or urticaria (hives). This skin sensitivity can be associated with taking certain medicines, using certain cosmetic products or eating certain foods such as parsley or celery. Destination Santé What is the circadian rhythm? http://www.afrik-news.com/article18570.html Tue, 14 Dec 2010 15:48:13 +0100 The circadian rhythm refers to a series of biological events that occur in a cyclical fashion over a 24-hour period: changes in body temperature, metabolic processes, hormone production, etc. Destination Santé Plants and sleeplessness: What not to do http://www.afrik-news.com/article18539.html Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:05:28 +0100 Certain plants can be used to remedy sleeplessness. Linden, balm, orange, verbena and valerian won't do you any harm. But what about the others? Destination Santé The dirtier the pig... http://www.afrik-news.com/article18538.html Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:28:34 +0100 Fact: A dirty pig is a healthy pig. A study carried out in Scotland on piglets reveals that living in a dirty environment from a very early age promotes the development of “good bacteria”. Destination Santé Diagnostic testing for Sudden death syndrome in young adults http://www.afrik-news.com/article18207.html Tue, 07 Sep 2010 18:51:28 +0200 An American team has come up with a test that can provide an early diagnosis of one of the major causes of sudden death in young adults, which tends to occur most in those who enjoy sport. Their first results appear promising but the procedure, which requires a cardiac biopsy, remains a rather unwieldy method… Destination Santé