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Bezos praises third Blue Origin launch-and-land rocket test as 'perfect'

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Jeff Bezos' space transportation company Blue Origin successfully launched and landed for the third time a suborbital rocket capable of carrying six passengers, taking another step on its path in developing reusable boosters, the company said on Saturday. "Perfect booster landing," Bezos wrote on Twitter. Blue Origin declined to comment on the test but said on Twitter, "Congrats Blue team on today's (flight)!" Saturday's flight marks the third successful launch-and-land for the rocket, with similar missions completed in January and November.


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FDA May Limit Arsenic in Infant Cereals

The Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new limit for the level of arsenic allowed in infant rice cereal. After an extensive study of arsenic levels in food, the FDA proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. The agency's testing has shown that most infant rice cereals now on the market (around 80 percent) already meet, or are close to meeting, this requirement, the FDA said.

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Obesity Numbers Overtake Underweight Population

Now, new research finds that more of the world's population is obese than underweight. "Over the past 40 years, we have changed from a world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity to one in which more people are obese than underweight," Majid Ezzati, senior author of the paper and professor of public health at Imperial College London, said in a statement. The researchers looked at the percentage of adults who were underweight (which the researchers defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, below 18.5), obese (a BMI from 30.0 to 34.9), severely obese (a BMI from 35.0 to 39.9) or morbidly obese (a BMI greater than 40.0).

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Protecting Pregnant Women in the US from Zika Is a Top Priority, Officials Say

More than 300 local, state and federal officials met today (April 1) to discuss these plans at a "Zika Action Summit" in Atlanta. Although the virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, is not yet spreading in the United States, officials stressed that action is needed now to prevent the virus from affecting pregnant women here.

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Lab-Grown Skin Sweats and Sprouts Hair

In a lab in Japan, researchers have grown complex skin tissue, complete with hair follicles and sweat glands, according to a new study. The findings may one day help researchers create better skin transplants for human patients with severe burns or skin diseases. Prior to the new study, researchers had already developed a more basic type of skin substitute that had been used successfully in human patients, said Takashi Tsuji, a team leader at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan.

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