SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

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January 23, 2014  (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

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SCIENCE

Robotic probe to awaken for comet rendezvous, landing (Reuters)

 After a 10-year journey, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is due to end its hibernation on Monday and prepare for an unprecedented mission to orbit a comet and dispatch a lander to the surface.

Is our Sun falling silent? (BBC)

 How a lack of activity on the Sun might affect our planet

Fridge sends spam emails (BBC)

 A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets.  The fridge was one of more than 100,000 devices used to take part in the spam campaign.  Uncovered by security firm Proofpoint the attack compromised computers, home routers, media PCs and smart TV sets.

HEALTH

Gene therapy saves blind man's sight (BBC)

Surgeons in Oxford improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have become blind using a gene therapy technique.

Surgeon General Adds New Risks To Long List Of Smoking's Harms (KPBS)

Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak is the latest in a long line of surgeons general who have tried to pound the final nails into the coffin of America's smoking habit.

Smart Contact Lens Might One Day Let Diabetics Check Blood Sugar (NPR)

The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control their disease.