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Modern Forensics Solved Mystery Of 4,000-Year-Old Decapitated Mummy Head

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 17:04

Damaged by the environment, tomb robbers and time, a severed mummified head from early Middle Kingdom was finally identified - thanks to science!

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#KuriousKiddos: Does Gum Really Take 7 Years To Digest?

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 12:04

In our latest #KuriousKiddos segment, Elliot and Sullivan want to know whether or not the legend of swallowing gum is true.. Will you become part Wrigley if you swallow the rubbery goodness?

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Sudden Wealth Loss Raises Mortality Risk 50%, JAMA Study Reports

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 12:04

Does having money help extend your life? Does not having money shorten it?

Trying to determine whether personal finances affect life expectancy, researchers from the University of Michigan and Northwestern Medicine – calling their study "the first to look at the long-term effects of a large financial loss" – say they found this correlation: 

Middle-aged adults, who went on to lose 75 percent or more of their total wealth during a two-year period, had a 50 percent greater chance of dying within the next 20 years than those whose wealth remained stable, or had increased.

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The Trajectory Of Hypertension - Disease Is Not A Static Process

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 07:04

High blood pressure is not a static event, it is the result of multiple causes, changing at different rates - it is dynamic. Treating high blood pressure or any disease as a static process makes our models more inaccurate.

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FDA Uses Authority To Remove Salmonella Tainted Organic Kratom Products From Shelves

ACSH - Apr 03 2018 - 16:04

It may not seem like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has much interest in supplements, since by now they have gotten used to the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act signed by President Bill Clinton, which basically gave an entire class of products exemption from oversight unless people were poisoned provided they wrote a disclaimer that their claims were not tested by FDA.

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New Journal 'eNeuro' is Revitalizing Peer Review

ACSH - Apr 03 2018 - 14:04

A little-known open-access journal, eNeuro, is pioneering an improved peer review process for scientific papers. In doing so, they are making a big impact. 

eNeuro is a relatively new journal (launched in November 2014) run by the Society for Neuroscience. Like it's more traditional counterpart, The Journal of NeuroscienceeNeuro publishes high-quality, broad-based, peer-reviewed research from the field of neuroscience. 

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CRISPR-created foods are different than GMOs. It's wrong for anti-GMO activists to pretend they're not.

ACSH - Apr 03 2018 - 13:04

Monsanto, perhaps to rebrand itself, and certainly to remain a leader in agricultural biotech has helped establish and fund Pairwise Plants a start-up using CRISPR-Cas9 technologies to modify seeds. They have given the new company money and their vice-president of global biotechnology to head the start-up, so this is a strategic business move not simply hedging their bets. This is important because CRISPR-Cas9 may genetically modify a crop, but it doesn’t necessarily result in a genetically modified organism, the dreaded GMO.

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Crispr created foods are different than GMOs, it is wrong for anti-GMO activists to pretend they're not.

ACSH - Apr 03 2018 - 13:04

Monsanto, perhaps to rebrand itself, and certainly to remain a leader in agricultural biotech has helped establish and fund Pairwise Plants a start-up using CRISPR-Cas9 technologies to modify seeds. They have given the new company money and their vice-president of global biotechnology to head the start-up, so this is a strategic business move not simply hedging their bets. This is important because CRISPR-Cas9 may genetically modify a crop, but it doesn’t necessarily result in a genetically modified organism, the dreaded GMO.

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Stress Incontinence - A Hidden Disease Finds Some Light

ACSH - Apr 03 2018 - 10:04

Stress incontinence is a significant health problem for women who have given birth but we know little about its causes or how it develops over time.

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Drug Makers Repay Consumers for 'Missed' Eye Drops? Supreme Court May Decide

ACSH - Apr 03 2018 - 07:04

Oftentimes eye drops do not end up where they are needed. Now, purchasers of eye expensive drops like those used to treat glaucoma – as well as the companies that make them – are now turning their collective gaze towards the U.S. Supreme Court, for a different kind of solution.

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Snorting Condoms And Other Really, Really Bad Ideas

ACSH - Apr 02 2018 - 23:04

The lure of page views and viral videos strikes again. A not-so-new disturbing trend of snorting condoms is in good company with other misguided, dangerous fads. 

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If Coffee Needs a Cancer Warning, Then Houses Need a Ghost Warning

ACSH - Apr 02 2018 - 20:04

The coffee lawsuit has turned science upside-down by requiring coffee companies to prove that their product isn’t unsafe. That is absurd, not only because it violates 400 years of common sense about coffee, but because it is impossible to prove a negative. Science also cannot prove that ghosts aren’t real. Perhaps all California residences should carry a poltergeist warning, just in case.

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Home DNA Kits Lack Accuracy

ACSH - Apr 02 2018 - 12:04

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests, like those sold by 23andMe and others, are increasing in both the number of people using them and the breadth of information that they provide.

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Home Alone- The Way A Chemical Scare Group Wants You To Dine

ACSH - Apr 02 2018 - 08:04

Another chemical scare group has a brilliant message: Don't eat at restaurants. The phthalates from plastic wrap and gloves will get you. If you eat at home they still will, just not as fast Mega-stupid.

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Synthetic ‘Pot’ Kills 1, Causes Severe Bleeding in 38

ACSH - Apr 01 2018 - 20:04

In Illinois, synthetic cannabinoids have killed one and hospitalized thirty-eight for extreme bleeding. This toll could rise. Believing they are like "pot" or "marijuana" is the public's first mistake.

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Ripping It: Crab-Eating Snake That Eats in It's Own Way

ACSH - Mar 31 2018 - 07:03

Since snakes can't chew, in order to eat they swallow their food whole. This means finding prey small enough that they can stretch their open mouths around it. But one snake, to the surprise of a veteran biologist and reptile expert, takes an entirely different approach to self-nourishment.

This one, which is indigenous to Malaysia and dines on soft-shelled crabs, rips its prey apart and then consumes it in bites. And using this unique approach, this snake can ingest crabs that are up to four times bigger than it could otherwise swallow whole.

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The Great Escape - Chicks Hatching From Their Shell

ACSH - Mar 30 2018 - 17:03

As the chick readies to hatch, the eggshell's inner surface weakens. How the hardness of eggshells is created by a matrix is fascinating biology and may give us some insights into a more human problem, the hip fractures of old age. ss

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Woman Plays Flute While Undergoing Brain Surgery, Video Goes Viral

ACSH - Mar 30 2018 - 15:03

The viral video of a woman playing flute during her brain surgery is quite compelling. While this type of procedure is well-established and nothing new, witnessing it takes your breath away each and every time.

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Bra-Free Activist Seeks Free-Boobing Women for Sham Breast Cancer Study

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 21:03

Bras do not cause breast cancer. They are listed by Susan G. Komen alongside abortion, implants, caffeine, cell phones, deodorant, and electromagnetic fields as things that do not cause breast cancer.

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Get Ready for Fans Being Maimed by Foul Balls. Time to Abolish MLB's Antiquated Liability Shield.

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 14:03

This season, it's estimated that upwards of 2,000 fans in Major League parks will be struck by an unavoidable, line drive foul ball, with many victims suffering life-long disabilities like brain damage or vision loss. But since 1913 the sport has enjoyed nearly blanket protection from legal liability. Until the "Baseball Rule" is abolished, teams will never have a true incentive to protect fans from these catastrophic injuries.

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