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New research collaboration with UTSA professor challenges existing models of black holes

Eurekalert - 57 min 54 sec ago
Chris Packham, associate professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has collaborated on a new study that expands the scientific community's understanding of black holes in our galaxy and the magnetic fields that surround them.
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Prescription drug labels provide scant dosing guidance for obese kids

Eurekalert - 57 min 54 sec ago
Despite the US Congress providing incentives to drug manufacturers to encourage the study of medications in children, few approved drugs include safe dosing information for obese kids.
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Is a PhD Still Useful to Society?

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 21:01

One of my favorite movie lines comes from 10 Things I Hate About You. The father, Walter Stratford, is giving advice to his oldest daughter, Kat:

"You're 18, you don't know what you want. And you won't know what you want 'til you're 45, and even if you get it, you'll be too old to use it."

There is much wisdom in these words.

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New York: Taxing Health Care To Pay For Health Care

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 15:01

A number of unions and activist groups are worried that New York is receiving less money due to changes in the Federal government’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) (1), and others are concerned that New York will burn through its Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reserves, unless Congress comes to a budget agreement by tomorrow.

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Not all Bacterial Infections are Created Equal

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 15:01

Three people can have a Strep infection caused by the same strain of Strep. Person A could have no symptoms. Person B could be laid up in bed for a week with Strep throat. And, person C could end up in the ICU. Why? 

When studying "host-pathogen" interactions, or how bacteria and humans interact, one big question is how much of the infection is caused by the characteristics of the "host" and how much is due to the "pathogen?" 

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Peacock Feathers

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 14:01

Ever familiar with the puffing of peacock feathers having started my career in neurosurgery before switching fields, watching CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta question Trump's White House physician brought back memories.

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Accelerating Dark Matter Searches With Machine Learning

Science 2.0 - Jan 18 2018 - 13:01
I am currently spending the week in Leiden (Netherlands), attending to a very interesting workshop that brought together computer scientists, astronomers, astrophysicists, and particle physicists to discuss how to apply the most cutting-edge tools in machine learning to improve our chances of discovering dark matter, the unknown non-luminous substance that vastly overweights luminous matter in the Universe. -->

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Red Bull Is Not Going To Destroy Our Youth And Kill Us All

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 11:01

There’s a new scary poison in town. It comes wrapped in a thin, shiny can, and tastes like someone mixed cough syrup and Coke and then poured it over a few kilos of sugar.

I’m talking, of course, about energy drinks.

This week, energy drinks have again been in the news as probably the worst thing that you could do to your body, causing everything from nausea to seizures. They are apparently going to destroy our youth and kill us all.

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Canada Is A Vampire Country Purchasing U.S. Blood Products

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 11:01

Why would Canada spend $512,000,000 on blood products from the U.S. when they have perfectly good sources of their own?

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Rotavirus Vaccines Do More Than Prevent Diarrhea

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 09:01

It's another vaccine success story, this time about rotavirus vaccines. Not only do the vaccines prevent the sometimes dangerous dehydration that accompanies this infection, they are also associated with a decreased occurrence of non-febrile seizures in infants and young children.

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Fugu: Attack Of The Killer Blowfish

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 09:01

For those of you who have deluded yourselves into believing that you can eat a natural, "chemical-free" diet and live to be 2 million years old, I hate to burst your bubble. But, as we at the American Council have said time and time again, there is no such thing as life without chemicals, nor is there an innate difference in toxicity (or any other property) between naturally occurring chemicals and those that were made in a lab. Chemicals in either group can be safe or deadly; this depends solely upon the chemical structure of any given molecule.

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While Controversial, Kentucky's Medicaid Overhaul is Worthy of Debate

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 07:01

Gov. Matt Bevin is trying something new in Kentucky, and as we know brash ideas have a way of stirring up controversy, especially in this hyper-partisan political climate. And as it pertains to establishing new requirements for poorer citizens to receive Medicaid benefits, this is what we're seeing right now.

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Want To Catch A Killer? Know Your Science.

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 02:01

A new report on expanding the use of science to estimate time of death better in suspected homicides was just published. 

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Don't sweat it: Bikram yoga is no more effective than yoga practiced at room temperature

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
Bikram yoga, a hot yoga style, is no more effective at improving health than the same yoga postures at room temperature -- that's what research published in Experimental Physiology and carried out by Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin, USA, has found.
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Women run faster after taking newly developed supplement, study finds

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
A new study found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a month saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute. The women who took the supplement also saw improvements in distance covered in 25 minutes on a stationary bike and a third test in which they stepped on and off a bench, according to research from The Ohio State University.
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Americans are getting more ZZZZs

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
Although more than one in three Americans still don't get enough sleep, a new analysis shows first signs of success in the fight for more shut eye.
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Temporary 'bathtub drains' in the ocean concentrate flotsam

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
An experiment using hundreds of plastic drifters in the Gulf of Mexico shows that rather than simply spread out, as current calculations would predict, many of them clumped together in a tight cluster.
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Patients who live alone can safely be sent home after joint replacement

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
Most patients who live alone can be safely discharged home from the hospital to recover after hip or knee replacement surgery, suggests a study in the Jan. 17, 2018 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.
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Novel hypothesis on why animals diversified on Earth

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
Can tumors teach us about animal evolution on Earth? Researchers believe so and now present a novel hypothesis of why animal diversity increased dramatically on Earth about half a billion years ago. A biological innovation may have been key.
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Mothers and young struggle as Arctic warms

Eurekalert - Jan 18 2018 - 00:01
A new study from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and partners reveals for the first time the ways in which wild weather swings and extreme icing events are negatively impacting the largest land mammal of the Earth's polar realms -- the muskoxen. The paper demonstrates that while this denizen of the Arctic and other cold-adapted species have spectacular adaptations, the previously unknown effects of rain-on-snow events, winter precipitation, and ice tidal surges are costly for the animals, if not deadly.
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