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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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Some More Clarity On SIDS, But So Much Still Unknown

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 13:03

Aside from suffocation and strangulation which are responsible for 25 percent of all sleep-related deaths, other causes of SIDS remain somewhat of a mystery to scientists and parents. But in recent years, much research has explored neurological variants, like serotonin levels in the brain, and a gene variant that could provide some insight.

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CRISPR Science Prevails; Critics Proven 'Off-Target'

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 12:03

New scientific discoveries should be held to a high standard. When they happen to be incredibly powerful and have the ability to edit the human genome, they should be held to the highest standard. 

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'Population Bomb' Turns 50: Unlike a Fine Wine, It Aged Poorly

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 11:03

It's been 50 years since Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich published his anti-population growth screed, The Population Bomb. Although he scared some folks and annoyed more, most of the deadly consequences he foresaw just didn't happen.

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Happy 50th (!#&***&)day, Population Bomb!

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 11:03

It's been 50 years since Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich published his anti-population growth screed, The Population Bomb. Although he scared some folks and annoyed more, most of the deadly consequences he foresaw just didn't happen.

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Essential Oils - Not What The Name Implies

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 08:03

Since essential oils, such as lavender and tea tree oils have been all over the news for causing moobs, and I found that most of my own colleagues at ACSH (1) didn't really know what the term "essential oil" meant I figured that it might be a good time for a chemist (aka dork) to step in and explain it. Don't feel bad if you're confused. Part of the problem is that English itself can be confusing. For example, try explaining to someone who is trying to learn English the pronunciation of these two states:

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Society And Climate Change: History's Lessons

ACSH - Mar 29 2018 - 04:03

The history of societies and climatic change have much to teach about fragility and resilience. Will we look to our past to envision our future?

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Medieval Woman's Remains Show She Gave ‘Birth’ In Coffin After Death, Had Brain Surgery

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 21:03

Through modern science, the grim discovery of a Medieval woman's remains is able to tell the tale of a "coffin birth" and ancient brain surgery.

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No, the Rubber Ducky Won't Kill Your Children

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 20:03

The authors had a clear strategy in mind: (1) Do a study on a common household object; (2) Produce boring data that doesn't surprise any microbiologist; (3) Write a provocative, fearmongering headline; (4) Market it to a gullible, clickbait-hungry press (like the New York Times), who would repeat their claims without any criticism or critical thinking; and (5) Watch the media interview requests and grant dollars come rolling in.

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Nestlé Aims To Put Less Sugar And Candy Bars In The Same Sentence

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 16:03

Nestle has launched a new candy bar with 30 percent less sugar than its current counterparts. The move is the latest in a pressured industry to cut down on consumers' sugar intake. 

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Drug Wars - Companies Fight Patents In Court With A Fortune At Stake

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 11:03

Dan Berger, Ph.D. is a former colleague of mine from Wyeth. When Wyeth went away so did we, albeit in different directions. Dan became a patent agent - a very specialized field in which a very high-stakes game is played - invalidation of drug company patents by other companies, usually generic manufacturers. This makes him uniquely qualified to explain the nuances in patents that can result in billions of dollars going to one company rather than another.

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Cholera in Canada, Eh?

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 09:03

Four people have cholera in British Columbia - something that has never happened before in that area - creating quite a mystery as to how this could have happened.

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'Attn:' Video Spreads Lies About Processed Food in America, Europe

ACSH - Mar 28 2018 - 01:03

A viral video by "Attn:" is spreading lies about food processing in the United States and Europe. Don't fall for it.

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Easter Candy A Meta-Analysis

ACSH - Mar 27 2018 - 20:03

It is Easter, and all of our thoughts turn to candy as we spend roughly $28 a person or about 2.1 billion dollars. In keeping with our mandate to promote science and health, I thought I would share the typical numbers found in the lay press in a more ‘scientific’ format.

Introduction

While we “know” with our minds that candy is not necessarily nutritious, we use our wallets to purchase candy for Easter. We undertook a meta-analysis of various online sources to quantify this behavior.

Methods

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Losing Sleep Makes it Harder to Lose Fat

ACSH - Mar 27 2018 - 07:03

Of course, everyone knows that cutting back on calories is a key component to losing weight. But do you know what else plays an important role in the ability to slim down?

Sleep.

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Hippie Porridge: How Organic Foodies Killed the Magical Quinoa

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 20:03

As every educated foodie knows, one of the world's best superfoods is quinoa. The only problem is that there's no such thing as a superfood, and there's nothing particularly unique about quinoa.

"Superfoods" are supposedly extremely healthy foods, and everyone from Dr. Oz to "Crazy Joe" Mercola has written articles about which ones you should be eating. That's a gigantic red flag. If snake oil salesmen are trying to make money by telling you which vegetables are especially magical, then the odds are that they are pushing hype rather than science.

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Top 5 Lessons I Learned As A Grant Reviewer for Komen

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 17:03

I had the distinct pleasure of being a reviewer for the 2018-2019 Community Grants program for Komen this Fall. This is what I learned.

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