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Iconic Playboy Founder, Hugh Hefner, Dies at 91

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 00:09

The iconic founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, is dead at the age of 91. He passed away from "natural causes" at home. 

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No, World Won't Run Out of Food in 10 Years

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 16:09

Exaggerating the extent of the challenges we face might help someone sell a product, but it provides little confidence in its reliability.

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Solar Eclipse's Viewership Eclipses Even the Super Bowl

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 13:09

In today's hyper-polarized society, there are few things or events that nearly everyone can get behind. But we're now learning that last month some rarely-seen American unification was delivered from the heavens.

Results of a national survey just released found that a remarkable 88 percent of adults watched or personally witnessed the solar eclipse that passed over the continental United States. In absolute terms, that figure represents 215 million American adults, or roughly twice as many of the 111.3 million viewers who watched Super Bowl Ll in February.

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Marathon Lessons From A Novice: What is Goo and Should I Use it?

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 13:09

As a novice marathon runner, with my first marathon quickly approaching, I am trying to figure out the complex world of marathoning. In my previous "marathon lessons" article, I dug into the omnipresent advice to use Epsom salt to cure sore muscles. 

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Retraction Watch Begins For Gary Ruskin Conspiracy Claims In Critical Public Health

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 12:09

Gary Ruskin, the chief junkyard dog of US Right To Know, an industry front group created by Organic Consumers Association to harass and intimidate scientists, has managed to pay-to-publish a Short Article which allows him to claim he has been in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Tom Brady Should Stick To Football, Not Science

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 11:09

Tom Brady lecturing us on science is like ACSH's Ana Dolaskie trying to play football, nine months pregnant. Kinda cute, kinda dangerous.

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Coloring Outside the Lines - Trix Returns in all its Artificial Glory

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 04:09

Just a year and a half after removing artificial colors from Trix, consumers ask that they are put back. The labeling of foods remains more legal than educational, more marketing than health.

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Germany Isn't a Leader in Science

ACSH - Sep 26 2017 - 13:09

What does Germany's election mean for science? Absolutely nothing, except that the preexisting anti-nuclear, anti-GMO, and anti-technology policies that were already prevalent under Mrs. Merkel will be reinforced. And the world won't notice.

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As Far As Ingesting Foreign Objects Go, Magnets Worse Than Many

ACSH - Sep 26 2017 - 07:09

Colorado toddler required emergency medical intervention after ingesting 28 high-powered buckyball magnets that began to erode and obstruct bowel. 

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Smoking Is the Hitler of Epidemiology

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 19:09

Smoking really is as bad as everybody says it is.

A person's chance of getting lung cancer depends on how many years one has smoked, as well as how many cigarettes one has smoked per day. In general, according to the International Journal of Cancer, smoking makes a man nearly 24 times more likely to get lung cancer and a woman almost 8 times more likely. Put another way, smoking increases a man's risk of lung cancer by 2,300% and a woman's by 700%.

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Bombs Away: Genocea's Herpes Vaccine Goes Down In Flames

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 19:09

For those of you who may have been counting on Genocea's GEN-003 to cure or treat your genital herpes, this is a very bad day. The company just announced that it was discontinuing the development 003 as a potential vaccine for herpes simplex and was "exploring strategic alternatives" for the failed vaccine (1).

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The Arsenal Against Asthma Grows: Biologics

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 11:09

 Should you be unfortunate enough to suffer from asthma, things are looking up. There are new biological therapies out there that "attack" asthma in novel ways. They are effective and are badly needed. The impact of the disease on people afflicted with it is probably more severe than you think. It's not as simple as carrying an inhaler around. People with moderate-to-severe asthma have to endure far more than that. I know this. I am one of them.

The following statistics (annual, US only) may be eye-opening.  

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Growing a Different GMO: Genetically Modified Oil

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 11:09

While there are legions of plant researchers dedicated to the idea of using GMOs to maximize food production, there's a lesser-known syndicate of scientists trying to cultivate a different outcome: increasing plant output of biofuels. 

By altering sugar levels in leaves through gene manipulation, researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown that by making leaves fatter, oil production can be increased. 

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Key To Losing Weight? Cheat

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 10:09

Researchers recently conducted a small study that showed promise for weight loss if you took part in a cheat day from your diet. Be careful, though, the plan can backfire.

 

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Public Pooping A New Trend?

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 10:09

It’s been an enlightening week in the world of public defecation. Video captures of two serial poop-and-run culprits-- respectively deemed “The Mad Pooper” and “Poopman”-- have baffled and united many in the community. But, why is it happening?

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The Value of p values

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 09:09

The increasing concern about the role of p values in science has gone from a murmur to a loudly expressed concern. Is this just an insider's argument or is it a matter we should take seriously?

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A New Device Stops Superbug Infections in their Tracks

ACSH - Sep 25 2017 - 09:09

Bacteria that are resistant to one, multiple or even all known antibiotics, commonly known as superbugs, are one of the leading concerns in the medical and scientific communities. With the traditional methods of combating bacterial infections not working - alternative ways to stop the infections from starting or, at least, from spreading - are necessary starting with rethinking the instruments that are used in hospitals.  

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Chemically Modified Cotton Is Fluorescent, Magnetic

ACSH - Sep 23 2017 - 00:09

Someday, everybody will be wearing smart clothes -- not just clothes that look dapper, but are able to sense the environment and the body's vital signs, perhaps then pinging the data to your wrist watch or doctor. To get there, we will need functional fabrics, and nothing beats the touch and feel of cotton1.

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Hernandez's Severe CTE is About Blame and a Pay Day, Not Medicine

ACSH - Sep 22 2017 - 15:09

By most measures, Aaron Hernandez did not come off to the public as a sympathetic figure. But with the revelation that his brain was severely damaged from playing football – far worse than anyone's studied so far, considering his age – an attempt to make him just that is now underway. 

But since this attempted rehabilitation is being done by an attorney and not a doctor, it'd be wise to look past the lawyer's spin.

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Flint's Flopping Fertility Possibly Conflated

ACSH - Sep 22 2017 - 15:09

A recently published working paper states that Flint's water is presumably responsible for startling drops in fertility rates and increased fetal deaths as compared to neighboring cities.  How reliable are these data and should we really be ringing alarm bells?

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