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IMP-1088: Finally, Progress Toward A Cure For The Common Cold?

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 17:05
There is no existing cure for the common cold. The reason is simple: it is caused by a family of viruses with hundreds of variants, making it nearly impossible to become immune to or vaccinate against all of them. On top of that, the viruses evolve rapidly, meaning they can quickly gain resistance to drugs.

But there may be some new hope. A paper in Nature Chemistry discusses a new molecule, IMP-1088, that dual inhibits human N-myristoyltransferases NMT1 and NMT2 protein. Viruses 'hijack' NMT from human cells to construct the protein 'shell', or capsid, which protects the virus genome.

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The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 14:05

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S.

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Environmental Trial Lawyer Groups Go To Court To Preserve Obama EPA Regulations

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 14:05
The litigation group Earthjustice, the sue-and-settle arm of Sierra Club, has joined other controversial environmental trial lawyer groups, such as Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Union of Concerned Scientists, in a lawsuit to try and force EPA to keep Obama-era standards that environmental lawyers helped write. The now discarded additional regulations would have further limited carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks for the model years 2022-25.

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Webinar: How Modern Technology Can Enable More Earth-Friendly Agriculture

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 11:05
The $100 billion per year organic food industry and their $2 billion political allies in environmentalism have created an either/or world of food for their customers. Either you embrace older food processes (oddly, up to and including mutagenesis and pesticides like copper sulfate) or you are ruining the planet.

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Ending Tuberculosis In Humans By Learning To Tolerate It

Science 2.0 - May 14 2018 - 12:05
American government-funded science likes to declare wars. War on cancer, war on obesity, during the Obama administration there were seven different "Manhattan Projects" related to science and health. It connotes action, it makes the public feel like something important is happening with taxpayer money, revolutionary, instead of being iterative and slow.

Plants are more practical. They developed an evolutionary strategy to "tolerate" rather than "resist" infection to maintain health.  And that may be the roadmap for tuberculosis. 

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Twitter Is The Place To Go For Fake News

Science 2.0 - May 14 2018 - 11:05
If you want to spread fake news, and rarely have it corrected, Twitter is the best way to go, according to a new analysis. Experience does not help. Instead, the social media platform’s most active users are complicit in detecting and spreading falsehoods, even during public emergencies. 

An analysis in Natural Hazards, looked at four false rumors — two each from the Boston Marathon and Hurricane Sandy, including an infamous falsehood about the New York Stock Exchange flooding. The authors looked at whether Twitter users spread the false news, sought to confirm it, or cast doubt upon it:

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Is Dark Matter Lurking In Anomalous Neutron Decays ?

Science 2.0 - May 13 2018 - 10:05
A paper by B. Fornal and B. Grinstein published last week in Physical Review Letters is drawing a lot of interest to one of the most well-known pieces of subnuclear physics since the days of Enrico Fermi: beta decay.

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NASA Is Sending A Helicopter To Mars. That Is Not A Typo.

Science 2.0 - May 11 2018 - 16:05

What started as a technology development project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in August 2013, has become The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft which will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020

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Stephen Hawking Final Theory On Many Worlds Theory Breakthrough Is Like Sex

Science 2.0 - May 09 2018 - 20:05

Like sex, Stephen Hawking was and is mainly a cheap way to obtain publicity. They still publish posthumously now to keep it going. The media feast on the occasion of his parting was not enough, sadly also here at Science2.0 by the usual suspects. I refused participation, because there is just nothing good to say, but the “he just dead, you can’t say that”-period has passed now, too. Let’s be scientific: Hawking’s main contribution was sitting in a wheelchair!

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Does The HPV Vaccine Really Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Science 2.0 - May 09 2018 - 16:05
There are many different types of human papilloma virus (HPV). Some are associated with the development of cervical lesions that can become cancerous and are considered as high-risk HPV types. Two of these high-risk types (HPV16 and HPV18) account for about 70% all cases of cervical cancer worldwide.

Most people who have sexual contact at some point in their life will be exposed to HPV. In the majority of women, HPV infection will be cleared by the immune system but when the immune system does not clear the virus, persistent HPV infection may lead to abnormal cervical cells which can progress to cervical cancer if left untreated. 

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The Life In Orkney's Shipwreck Graveyard

Science 2.0 - May 09 2018 - 16:05

Across the North Atlantic, shipwrecks scatter the seabed like the carcasses of prehistoric creatures. Bygone relics of sea exploration, trade, migration and conflict, these historical monuments are important sites of cultural interest. But they also form the basis of a burgeoning recreational dive tourism industry, and contribute substantially to the biodiversity and abundance of marine life.

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Team America Rocketry Challenge This Weekend

Science 2.0 - May 09 2018 - 10:05

On Saturday

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Pediatricians Link Background Checks For Ammunition To Lower Teen Gun Deaths

Science 2.0 - May 07 2018 - 14:05
In 2015, 4,528 "children" - the mean age was 18, pediatricians presenting at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting today counted children as anyone under age 21 - died from firearm-related injuries. Eighty-seven percent were male and 44 percent were black.  And the pediatricians argue that background checks and thus waiting periods to buy ammunition might help lower those incidents.

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Sex Edu 2.0: Rape Porn Race And Gender In Asperger Scientistic Analysis Wielding Occams Razor

Science 2.0 - May 04 2018 - 22:05

What is your sexual fetish, your kinkiest perversion? Are you a pedophile for enjoying blondes rather than feet? Analyzing where a system, such as a brain, “fails”, say after removing a subsystem by injury, can reveal how the system normally functions, what the system can no longer do. Separated connections dangle in the air still trying to function, and you can look right at them.

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What Are We Protecting Mars From - And Why Do We Bother? An Unopened Treasure Chest - Response To Zubrin & Rummel's SETI Debate

Science 2.0 - May 04 2018 - 05:05

This is a debate between Robert Zubrin and one of NASA’s former planetary protection officers, John Rummel, hosted by the SETI institue. You can watch the debate here:

Robert Zubrin is a space engineer, founder of the Mars Society. He is keen for humans to colonize Mars. As you can see, he is an accomplished debater.

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Democratic Candidate Dennis Kucinich Got Big Payday From Center For Food Safety To Promote Their Clients

Science 2.0 - May 03 2018 - 14:05
Center for Food Safety, a controversial litigation group that has been shown on numerous occasions to be conspiring to manipulate the public about American agriculture, is in the news again. This time for paying former Democratic Congressman, former race-baiting Cleveland mayor, and current Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich to promote organic food and products by undermining the competitors of CFS clients.

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Blood Is A Terrible Food Source - Yet Vampire Bats Thrive On It. Here's Why.

Science 2.0 - May 03 2018 - 12:05
It sounds gross to humans - unless you read those "Twilight" books in which case maybe it's sexy - but a lot of animals consume blood.  That's right, even your cat familiar. 

The question is why? Blood is actually a poor source of energy. It consists of 78 percent liquid and what is left is 93 percent proteins and only one percent carbohydrates (1). Blood provides very little in the way of vitamins. Not only that, a blood-based diet exposes animals to blood-borne pathogens.

And yet some bat species (order Chiroptera) feed exclusively on blood and have managed to survive evolution that should have killed them, and their reliance on low-grade nourishment, off.

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UC San Francisco Tobacco-Funded Researchers Argue Cigarette Addiction Is More Social And Less Physical

Science 2.0 - May 01 2018 - 16:05
Many people are addicted to a stimulant. Lawyer-driven groups like Center for Science in the Public Interest have long wanted to sue coffee companies over caffeine but haven't gained much traction despite their efforts to claim it causes things like breast cancer.

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Aquatic Farming Can't Be Labeled Organic, But It Will Save The Land

Science 2.0 - May 01 2018 - 16:05
If you offer a wealthy elite any fish that is not gathered by depleting the oceans, they will recoil in horror. It is unclear why they recognize that farms are essential for growing vegetables but think farmed fish should only be for the poor. 

The science says otherwise. Aquatic farming -- aquaculture -- can help feed the future global population while substantially reducing one of the biggest environmental impacts of protein production -- land use -- without requiring people to entirely abandon protein as a food source.

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Earth's Magnetic Field Is Not Reversing

Science 2.0 - May 01 2018 - 14:05
The South Atlantic Anomaly has people concerned, but if Earth's magnetic field of the past is any indication, and it is, the anomaly is not a precursor of a switching of the poles.

What is the South Atlantic Anomaly?

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