Science Left Behind 2014 Update
No Light Dark Matter Yet
The Resource Curse: Science Cities Suffer
Hidden Star Formation Found In A Protocluster
The Comets Of Beta Pictoris
Beta Pictoris is a young star, only about 20 million years old, located about 63 light-years from us. It is surrounded by a huge disc of material, a very active young planetary system where gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids. Flavien Kiefer (IAP/CNRS/UPMC) ...
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Hand Sanitizers Increase BPA Levels From Cash Register Receipts
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers. It is also used in thermal paper cash register receipts and a new paper finds that is cause for concern. BPA ...
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Olive, Corn, Soybean Or Sunflower Oil - The Science Answer As To What Is Best For Frying
Frying in oil is one of the world's most popular ways to prepare food — chicken and French-fried potatoes are staples but even candy bars and whole turkeys have joined the list of deep-friend goodness. Lots of oil make health claims but there is a whole range of physical, chemical and nutritional ...
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ECFA Workshop: Planning For The High Luminosity LHC
I am spending a few days in Aix Les Bains, a pleasant lakeside resort in the French southwest, to follow the works of the second ECFA workshop, titled "High-Luminosity LHC". ECFA stands for "European Committee for Future Accelerators" but this particular workshop is indeed centred on the ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Tropical Depression 9: Bay Of Campeche In The Gulf Of Mexico
NOAA's GOES-East Satellite captured the birth of Tropical Depression Nine formed over the western Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to make a quick landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The clouds associated with the depression stretched over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the ...
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Epidemiologists Link Air Pollution To Autism
Children with autism spectrum disorder, a range of conditions characterized by social deficits and communication difficulties, were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without ...
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Dams Are Not The Smart Way To Secure Water For Agriculture
The Ord River dam, completed in 1971, formed Australia's largest artificial lake in the far north west. Graeme Churchard/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SABy Willem Vervoort, University of SydneySome 27 irrigation and dam projects are highlighted in the green paper for agricultural competitiveness released this ...
By The Conversation
Limiting Global Warming To 2°C: The Philosophy And The Science
How much more glacial melting can the planet stand? NASABy Micheal Mann, Pennsylvania State University and Lawrence Torcello, Rochester Institute of TechnologyIndustrial civilization must become technologically, economically, politically, and morally sustainable to hold the earth’s temperature ...
By The Conversation
How Lymph Nodes Expand During Disease
A new paper finds that the same specialized immune cells that patrol the body and spot infections also trigger the expansion of the immune organs known as lymph nodes. The immune system defends the body from infections but can also spot and destroy cancer cells and lymph nodes are at the heart ...
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Biological Clock: Graveyard Shift Workers Might Want To Skip High-Iron Foods
Disrupted circadian clocks are listed as a possible reason that shift workers experience higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. The body's primary circadian clock, which regulates sleep and eating, is in the brain, but other body tissues also have circadian clocks, including ...
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Hunters Unite: Global Warming Implicated In Animal Size
Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size, according to scholars at Durham University, and that is due to global warming over the past 30 years, they say.   Young Chamois now weigh about 25 percent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s, they found, and note that in recent ...
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Viral Mutation: Why You May Be More Susceptible To Last Year's Flu
Why were so many middle-aged adults hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season? Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibody proteins against particles (called antigens) from an infectious agent, such as bacteria or a virus. ...
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Cancer Mutations, Now With Faster Modeling
By sequencing the genomes of tumor cells, thousands of genetic mutations have been linked with cancer.Sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process but MIT researchers have now developed ...
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FOXP2: Silencing Speech Gene Causes Cancer Cells To Metastasize
Metastasis of breast cancer occurs when cells move from the primary tumor to other parts of the body.A new study found a link between a transcription factor known to regulate speech and language development and metastatic colonization of breast cancer.  when silenced, the FOXP2 transcription ...
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Obesity, Cancer, Mental Health: What Links Them All?
By Alessandro R Demaio, Harvard UniversityThere’s been a lot of discussion about obesity this week. Whether or not it’s a disease (as it is in the USA now) and how this label would positively or negatively influence action taken by society and governments in addressing this large and growing ...
By The Conversation
Nutrigenomics: Put Your DNA On A Diet?
Nutrigenomics is a branch of nutrition which believes the food we eat affects our genes - and the Food4Me project had gotten €9 million from the EU to put science to belief.Proponents are looking at the usual factors, such as age, sex, BMI and physical activity, and trying to match that to the ...
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Why Do We Find It So Hard To Write About Ourselves?
Credit: The ConversationBy Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of MedicineIf you’ve ever applied for a job, you know how hard it is to write the perfect cover letter that will make you stand out above all the other applicants. It’s a competitive job market, and more often than not, career ...
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Why Climate 'Uncertainty' Is No Excuse For Doing Nothing
Science can't tell us exactly when the rising oceans will swallow up the Maldives, but it can give us a good idea. Credit: Hiroyuki-H, CC BY-SABy Richard Pancost, University of Bristol and Stephan Lewandowsky, University of BristolFormer environment minister Owen Paterson has called for the UK ...
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Violent Immersion: How 3-D Gaming Affects Player Emotions
Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more real –  and in a new study researchers found that people who played violent video games in 3-D showed more evidence of anger afterward than people who played games on 2-D systems. That may have troubling consequences for ...
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Perception Of Hatred Fuels Conflicts Between Democrats And Republicans
There are some things that Republicans and Democrats share in common with Palestinians and Israelis and lots of other groups where human conflict seems intractable.A new sociology paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that seemingly unsolvable political and ethnic conflicts ...
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This Is Not The Immigration Crisis You're Looking For
When is an immigration crisis not an immigration crisis? When people who do not live where it is happening change the definition of an immigration crisis.A new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy examines historical immigration data, the "push" and "pull" factors currently ...
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Competition, Not Mandates And Subsidies, Keep Health-Care Costs Low - Study
America has a health care problem. It is excellent, the best in the world, but it is expensive. Rather than solving the problems of defensive medicine costs, designed to prevent lawsuits by conducting unnecessary tests, or tort reform to prevent lawyers from convincing people they are 'suing an ...
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In Defense Of NIMBY-ism
It's easy to sneer at people for protecting their backyards, but what if there's a compelling reason to do so? Mickey DeRham photos, CC BY-NCBy Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.The term NIMBY – “not in my back yard"– has long been used to criticize ...
By The Conversation
Ebola In The USA: Don't Trust What You Read On Twitter
Think twice before you over-react. Image: Jim Bourg/ReutersBy Alfred Hermida, University of British Columbia Whatever you do, don’t turn to Twitter for news about Ebola. The volume and tone of tweets and retweets about the disease will make you wish you were watching the zombie apocalypse of ...
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