April 24, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

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› Donating your brain to science helps unlock keys to Alzheimer’s
Most people don’t think about having their brain donated to medical research when they die. But medical researchers, pathologists and doctors studying brain tissues say obtaining brains from an autopsy helps them learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, memory disorders, addictive behaviors and other neurological conditions.

› App helps wealthy travellers hitch rides on private jets
Wealthy travellers wanting to fly in style can book empty seats on private planes with a new app for a jet-sharing service. Although there are dozens of apps for buying seats on commercial flights, BlackJet is a new iPhone app that connects travellers with private jets that have extra room on their planes.

› Port: Royal Caribbean plans third ship for Brevard
Port Canaveral expects Royal Caribbean International to announce that it is basing a third ship at the port in the winter of 2014-15, as the cruise line tests the waters for expanded service from Brevard County’s seaport.

› Russia charging NASA $70 million per rocket seat
NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as training, for six astronauts in 2016 and the first half of 2017. That's $70.6 million per seat - well above the previous price tag of about $65 million.

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