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Our Ethical Responsibilities To Baby Terraformed Worlds - Like Parents
Discussions of the ethics of terraforming often touch on  rights of planets or extraterrestrial lifeforms, or near term utilitarian values. But what about our responsibilities to terraformed worlds, and their long term future? I suggest that we are nowhere near mature enough ...
By Robert Walker
Electric Fields Remove Nanoparticles From Blood
Engineers have developed a new technology that uses an oscillating electric field to easily and quickly isolate drug-delivery nanoparticles from blood.  Nanoparticles are generally one thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair and are difficult to separate from plasma, the liquid ...
By News Staff
Supersymmetry Is About To Be Discovered, Kane Says
While in the process of fact-checking information that is contained in the book I am finalizing, I had the pleasure to have a short discussion with Gordon Kane during the weekend. A Victor Weisskopf distinguished professor at the University of Michigan as well as a director emeritus of the Michigan ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Tiny, Ultracool Star Is Super Stormy
Our Sun is a relatively quiet star that only occasionally releases solar flares or blasts of energetic particles that threaten satellites and power grids. You might think that smaller, cooler stars would be even more sedate. However, astronomers have now identified a tiny star with a monstrous ...
By News Staff
Canuckosaur! Not The Name Of The First Canadian Dinosaur, But It Should Be
A "dinosaur" fossil originally discovered on Prince Edward Island has been shown to have steak knife-like teeth, and researchers from U of T Mississauga, Carleton University and the Royal Ontario Museum have changed its name to Dimetrodon borealis, marking the first occurrence of a Dimetrodon fossil ...
By News Staff
No, Earth's Magnetic Field Is Not About To Flip
The intensity of earth's magnetic field has been weakening in the last couple of hundred years, leading some to claim that its polarity might be about to flip. But the field's intensity is coming down from an abnormal high rather than approaching a reversal. And despite Doomsday prophecies stating ...
By News Staff
Would You Pay $11 For A Carbon-Free Holiday?
A carbon tax of just $11 would offset the CO2 emissions from tourism, according to a paper in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Every time people go on vacation, or journalists go off to climate conferences like the one in Paris, they are using fossil fuel energy. The total emissions from ...
By News Staff
Nature Can Grind Mountains Faster Than Nature Can Rebuild Them
Researchers have attempted to measure all the material leaving and entering a mountain range over millions of years and discovered that glacial erosion can, under the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them. A study of the St. Elias Mountains on the ...
By News Staff
Lactate For Brain Cells Boosts Brain Energy Metabolism
In comparison to other organs, the human brain has the highest energy requirements. Nerve cells cover their high energy demand with glucose and lactate and a new report shows for the first time in the intact mouse brain evidence for an exchange of lactate between different brain cells.  The ...
By News Staff
Frankenworm: Heads And Brains Of One Species Grown On Body Of Another
Biologists have induced one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering the genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological circuits as a new kind of epigenetics - information existing outside of genomic sequence - that determines ...
By News Staff
The Secret Behind The Power Of Bacterial Sex
Migration between different communities of bacteria is the key to the type of gene transfer that can lead to the spread of traits such as antibiotic resistance, according to researchers. While horizontal gene transfer - also known as bacterial sex - has long been acknowledged as central to microbial ...
By News Staff
Armor With Eyes
The armored shells of some marine mollusks have evolved to satisfy two conflicting design requirements, protection and sight, a new study shows. Although many biological tissues serve more than one purpose, rarely are tissues optimized to do multiple tasks well; doing one task efficiently typically ...
By News Staff
Progesterone Supplements Don't Prevent Recurrent Miscarriages
New research finds that progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy do not improve outcomes in women with a history of unexplained recurrent miscarriages. The study of 826 women with previously unexplained recurrent miscarriage showed that those who received progesterone treatment ...
By News Staff
Use Caution In Prescribing Ritalin To Treat ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence into adulthood. Diagnoses exploded in the 1990s and now it is found in about 5% of children, but such diagnosis is based on clinical judgment rather than ...
By News Staff
Europe's Folic Acid Policy Linked To Spina Bifida, Other Neural Tube Defects
Neural tube defects in Europe remain too high for the past 20 years, despite a long-standing medical recommendation that would prevent them, according to a paper in The BMJ today.  Each year, around 5,000 pregnancies in Europe are affected by neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly ...
By News Staff
Diabetes-Related Amputations Have Plummeted
A new study brings good news, a significant reduction in diabetes-related amputations since the mid-1990s, thanks to improvements in diabetes care over this period.   Amputations of the lower limbs are one of the most serious and disabling complications of diabetes, and become necessary ...
By News Staff
Like Human Civilization? Thank Our Evil Side
The speed and character of human dispersals changed significantly around 100,000 years ago, and our dark side deserves a thanksgiving for that; a new paper suggests that betrayals of trust were the missing link in understanding the rapid spread of our species around the world.  Early species ...
By News Staff
Angelina Jolie Effect: Why There Are So Many More Double Mastectomies
Researchers at a breast cancer prevention clinic in Manchester have observed an increased uptake of preventative double mastectomies since May 2013, when Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone the procedure.   Researchers from the Genesis Prevention Centre Family History clinic report ...
By News Staff
Canada Must Protect Physicians Who Don't Want To Participate In Assisted Death
Assisted dying may become legal in Canada on Feb. 6, 2016 and given that country's recent lurch to one side of the political spectrum, doctors are worried that a more social authoritarian government will penalize then if they have conscientious objections to assisted dying. Dr. John Fletcher, ...
By News Staff
Hiding Cigarettes At Convenience Stores Reduces Risk Of Teen Use
Most people who take up cigarette smoking, and place themselves at greater risk of cancer and lung ailments, start when they are young. A new RAND Corporation analysis finds the answer may be as simple as hiding them.The scholars created a laboratory replica of a convenience store to examine whether ...
By News Staff
Better Detection Of Concussion In Young Football Players
Researcher Christian Duval, PhD, and his team have developed a new, simple and non-invasive approach to create a biomechanical and cognitive profile of football players and more quickly and accurately detect concussions in these individuals. Christian Duval and his post-doctoral student Hung Nguyen ...
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KLF15 Gene Produces Benefits Of Steroids Without The Side Effects
Scientists have revealed that glucocorticoids, a class of steroid hormones that are commonly prescribed as drugs, enhance muscle endurance and alleviate muscular dystrophy through activation of the gene KLF15. Critically, this pathway is not involved in muscle wasting or the other major detrimental ...
By News Staff
Pain Patients Benefit From High Frequency Stimulation
Due to disease-related changes in their brain, pain patients often suffer from an impaired tactile ability in their hands. In a pilot study conducted by scientists at the Ruhr-University Bochum, high frequency repetitive stimulation was investigated as a therapeutic approach for these patients ...
By News Staff
You Knew This: Half Of Children Reject Parents' Political Party Affiliation
Recently, the American actress Jennifer Lawrence said she could never be a Republican even though she was 'raised' Republican. To the American public, that was no surprise, it is quite common for kids to rebel in lots of ways, including in politics, and Republicans in the Hollywood community, where ...
By News Staff
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Well, don't this beat all! An article in The Guardian announcing the 17 newly-honored Presidential...  more »
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