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Apollo Astronauts And Cardiovascular-Related Deaths
Cardiovascular disease affects around 46 percent of men and 48 percent of women but scholars in Florida are concerned that Apollo astronauts have died from related diseases 43 percent of the time. Why be worried, when it is lower? Because they have exceptional government health care, not the kind ...
By News Staff
Toxins In E-Cigarette Vapor Increase With Heat And Frequency Of Use
Electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional cigarette smoking - the idea is that since they are just nicotine vapor, users will not be placed in peril by the 200 toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke. Still, they are controversial. The government does not allow ...
By News Staff
The Daily Physics Problem - 5
As explained in the first installment of this series, these questions are a warm-up for my younger colleagues, who will in two months have to pass a tough exam to become INFN researchers.A disclaimer follows:I offer these questions as a self-test of one's knowledge in particle physics. I am ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
The Daily Physics Problem - 4
As explained in the previous installment of this series, these questions are a warm-up for my younger colleagues, who will in two months have to pass a tough exam to become INFN researchers.A disclaimer follows:I offer these questions as a self-test of one's knowledge in particle physics. ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Why Has Climate Change Taken So Long?
If man-made greenhouse gas emissions are going to cause more droughts and storm surges on a persistent basis, why did it take so long? And why is it only a concern in the last 25 years, rather than in the 1930s, when things were really hot?A new estimate claims it's because the natural atmosphere ...
By News Staff
New Organic Battery Made Using Vitamin B2
A new class of high-performing organic molecules inspired by vitamin B2 can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.The high-capacity flow battery uses organic molecules called quinones, which store energy in plants and animals, and ...
By News Staff
Russia Loves Science When It Comes To Cheating In Sports, But Not In Food
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin recently signed Federal Law 358-FZ, which bans genetic engineering of plants and animals for the indefinite future.It's not like Russia has been taken over by Greenpeace and suddenly hates science, they were just accused of "a shocking and unprecedented ...
By Hank Campbell
Blockchains: Bitcoin Tech Could Increase Trust In The Food Supply
If the food industry is not in crisis, it certainly contains an increasing level of complexity and associated risks. A recent analysis suggested 50% of US food production is wasted, with global estimates above 30%.Retailers want perfect produce, leading to wastage occurring throughout the food ...
By The Conversation
Neural Networks: Why Human Brains Are More Susceptible To Mental Illness Than Smaller Ones
In humans and other mammals, the cerebral cortex is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. Understanding the organization of the neuronal networks in the cortex should provide insights into the computations that they carry out. A study shows that the global architecture of the ...
By News Staff
First Direct Evidence That A. Aegypti Mosquito Transmits Zika Virus In Mexico
How does Zika get transmitted? In America, it seems to be sex, but in South America it is mosquitoes? While all three vectors are ecologically useless - they could be blasted out of existence with no impact at all anywhere - it is helpful to know which ones are the real culprits.Researchers have ...
By News Staff
What Are Gut Bacteria Doing In Critically Ill Lungs?
No one knows for sure how they got there. But the discovery that bacteria that normally live in the gut can be detected in the lungs of critically ill people and animals could mean a lot for intensive care patients.  Today, scientists are reporting that they found gut bacteria in the deepest ...
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Defining What It Means To Be A Naive Stem Cell
Whitehead Institute scientists have created a checklist that defines the "naive" state of cultured human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Such cells can mature into almost any cell type and more closely resemble the unique molecular features of pluripotent cells in the early human embryo than adult ...
By News Staff
Like Smoking, Marijuana And Alcohol Addiction Are Primarily Pediatric Diseases
Teenagers with easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s, according to an analysis of survey results  from around 15,000 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health over the course of three waves ...
By News Staff
Curcumin And Silymarin Plant Compounds Give '1-2' Punch To Colon Cancer
The combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties - curcumin and silymarin - holds promise in treating colon cancer, according findings in the Journal of Cancer. Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which is present in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin is ...
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Sigesbeckia Chinese Herbal Medicine Given UK Approval
Last week, a press release reached me announcing that a Chinese herbal medicine called "Phynova Joint and Muscle Relief Tablets" and containing the active ingredient Sigesbeckia is now on sale in the UK for the first time, in Boots The Chemist: Sigesbeckia is the first traditional Chinese ...
By Edzard Ernst
Discovered: Genetic Switch To Increase Supply Of Adult Stem Cells From Cord Blood
Scientists have discovered the switch to harness the power of cord blood and potentially increase the supply of stem cells for cancer patients needing transplantation therapy to fight their disease.  Stem cells were first discovered in Toronto in 1961 at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre ...
By News Staff
Osteopathic Manipulation: A Possible Treatment For A Subjective Condition
Osteopaths have made their way into various aspects of medicine, primarily because they are still willing to be GPs at a time when MDs are running from government bureaucracy and paperwork, but their founding precepts are still vague. And if you want vague treatment, it is best to find vague conditions ...
By News Staff
60 Minutes: No Broadcasting Standards, No Investigation
Last week, a small group of people held a protest outside Channel Nine in Sydney. They were objecting to the network’s treatment of Adam Whittington, the Australian man whose company “recovered” Sally Faulkner’s children on the streets of Beirut.It’s clear there is a high level of concern ...
By The Conversation
Are Think Tanks More Credible To Government Employees? Not Really
Think tanks are designed to help policy makers shape decisions by giving them evidence-based information in an apolitical format.Who doesn't claim to be doing that? Though Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund were both inspired by rabid eugenics proponents who simply reframed their beliefs ...
By News Staff
Gay Youth In Massachusetts Have Higher Rates Of Eating Disorders
Gay youths are more likely to purge or take laxatives, use diet pills, or fast to lose weight than their straight peers, according to new research from the University of British Columbia which analyzed data from surveys of youths ages 12 to 18 that were administered every two years at public high ...
By News Staff
What's It Like For A Working Scientist To Write A Novel?
In an essay for The New York Times, (September 28, 2002) Joseph Epstein wrote: "According to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them -- and that they should write it. As the author of 14 books, with a 15th to be published next spring, I'd like to use this space to ...
By Dave Deamer
Avoid Showing The Jacksonville Jaguars And Other Ways To Optimize Monday Night Football
The NFL's schedule makers face a lot of uncertainty when they sit down every spring to put together the next season's Monday Night Football schedule. They want viewers and they want to give teams national exposure.  Yet the games won't be played for several months, and all sorts of things ...
By News Staff
US Could Feed Twice As Many People - If Only Elites Eat Meat
Since the early 1900s, a subset of wealthy elites with a Malthusian mindset have been convinced that the world is overpopulated. Rather than let poor people starve, as British policy in the home of Malthus advocated, later generations sought to breed out the poor with eugenics, and forced sterilization ...
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Middle School Students Use 3-D Printing To Help Disabled Penguin Walk Again
A disabled African penguin at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut has gotten a new boot, thanks to 3-D printing and some middle school students. Yellow/Purple (AKA “Purps”), a resident of Mystic Aquarium’s endangered African penguin colony,  was left with a nonfunctional flexor tendon ...
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