Kate Middleton's phone was hacked
Jurors at Britain's phone hacking trial have been read intercepted messages left by Prince William on Kate Middleton's phone, in which he calls her "babykins" and jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise. The recording dates back to the days before they were married and reveals the extent of media intrusion into the lives of William, second-in-line for the throne, and Middleton, who at the time was a private citizen dating a senior royal. The recorded messages from 2006 were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.
new DRUG BLOCKS HIV IN LAB STUDY
A preliminary lab study suggests a drug developed to treat epilepsy can block the AIDS virus, and researchers are eager to try it in people. When tested in human tissues in the laboratory, the drug "works beautifully" to prevent HIV from destroying key cells of the immune system, said Dr. Warner Greene of Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. The results were published online Thursday by the journal Nature. No timeline for human studies has been set.
CDC warns of virus in Caribbean
A mosquito-borne virus usually restricted to Africa and Asia has been detected for the first time in the Western Hemisphere, with 10 confirmed cases on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The chikungunya virus can cause "debilitating illness, most often characterized by fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash and joint pain," the CDC says. It says visitors should wear mosquito repellent and long-sleeved shirts and pants, and use air-conditioning or netting.
Satellite launched to map Billion stars
The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday in a bid to produce the most accurate 3-D map of the Milky Way and provide insight into the evolution of our galaxy. Gaia's twin telescopes will study a billion stars in the galaxy, or roughly 1 percent of the Milky Way's 100 billion stars.