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Fracking Protesters Are Putin Puppets

ACSH - January 9, 2017 - 12:00am

The much anticipated intelligence report which concluded that Russia tried to influence the recent presidential election had another startling, yet widely ignored, conclusion: The Russian government promotes anti-fracking propaganda in the United States.

Russia accomplishes this through its "news" network, RT, which promotes the Kremlin's interests around the world. The report, issued by the Director of National Intelligence, states bluntly:

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When Itching is a Bigger Deal

ACSH - January 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. 

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Is Gun Violence Contagious?

ACSH - January 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Gun violence is not solely about gun regulation or the environment. There are many nuanced contributors including the social networks.

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A Long Weekend for The Cleveland Clinic

ACSH - January 8, 2017 - 12:00am

In a span of 72 hours, the Cleveland Clinic has fallen from being regarded as one of the top medical institutions in the country to a near 'trending topic' on twitter (and the hashtags are not good.)

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The Fool At The Cleveland Clinic

ACSH - January 8, 2017 - 12:00am

The Cleveland Clinic employs a crackpot – and physician – named Daniel Neides. He has been given a forum to share his supernaturally inaccurate thoughts with the public. He did just this in a recent opinion piece titled, "Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness."

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The Three Cubes Problem

Science2.0 - January 7, 2017 - 10:27am
Two days ago, before returning from Israel, my fiancee Kalliopi and I had a very nice dinner in a kosher restaurant near Rehovot in the company of Eilam Gross, Zohar Komargodski, and Zohar's wife Olga. 
The name of Eilam should be familiar to regulars of this blog as he wrote a couple of guest posts here, in similar occasions (in the first case it was a few before the Higgs discovery was announced, when the signal was intriguing but not yet decisive; and in the second case it was about the 750 GeV resonance, which unfortunately did not concretize into a discovery). As for Zohar, he is a brilliant theorist working in applications of quantum field theory. He is young but already won several awards, among them the prestigious New Horizons in Physics prize.
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The Three Cubes Problem

General - January 7, 2017 - 10:27am
Two days ago, before returning from Israel, my fiancee Kalliopi and I had a very nice dinner in a kosher restaurant near Rehovot in the company of Eilam Gross, Zohar Komargodski, and Zohar's wife Olga. 
The name of Eilam should be familiar to regulars of this blog as he wrote a couple of guest posts here, in similar occasions (in the first case it was a few before the Higgs discovery was announced, when the signal was intriguing but not yet decisive; and in the second case it was about the 750 GeV resonance, which unfortunately did not concretize into a discovery). As for Zohar, he is a brilliant theorist working in applications of quantum field theory. He is young but already won several awards, among them the prestigious New Horizons in Physics prize.
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Ovarian Tumors with Brain Tissue, Teeth or Hair (Not Unheard Of)

ACSH - January 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Things aren’t always what they seem – especially in the medical realm. That's precisely what surgeons in Japan discovered when performing an emergency appendectomy. Brain tissue ... in ovaries?!  

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Americans May Have Access To A Herpes Vaccine After All

ACSH - January 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Rational Vaccienes, the company with the most promising genitial herpes in development, has given hints that the next set of clinical trials for its Theravax vaccine candidate might be held in Mexico, although the company has made no formal announcement of its plans. Now, a CBS report suggests that Phase II trials will be held in Mexico and the Carribean. Better still—Americans may be able to try the vaccine.

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A Phony Norovirus Scare - Courtesy Of The Washington Post

ACSH - January 7, 2017 - 12:00am

A new article in The Washington Post warns us "Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse."  Is this true, or they just trying to sell more newspapers?

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Vandana Shiva's Myth Busted: Monsanto Didn't Cause Farmer Suicides in India

ACSH - January 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Of the many lies spread about Monsanto over the years, perhaps none is so malevolent as the claim that the seed giant is to blame for farmer suicides in India.

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Biomarkers Predict How Well People Age

Science2.0 - January 6, 2017 - 8:04pm
Chemicals found in the blood, biomarkers, can be combined to produce patterns that signify how well a person is aging and his or risk for future aging-related diseases, according to a new study.
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Biomarkers Predict How Well People Age

General - January 6, 2017 - 8:04pm
Chemicals found in the blood, biomarkers, can be combined to produce patterns that signify how well a person is aging and his or risk for future aging-related diseases, according to a new study.
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A New Exercise Gimmick Claims Your DNA Determines Your Workout

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

The latest exercise fad, aiming to make your workout more interesting and personal, incorporates your DNA sequence as an integral part of your regimen and diet. But unfortunately, making your trainer aware of your DNA isn't going to improve your workout – anymore than it'll tell him your preference of smoothie flavor. 

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To Understand Tree Health, Just Listen

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

In assessing the health of humans, plants or animals, when advanced age or decay occurs we can observe the physical changes as they happen. This, however, cannot be said when studying trees, because they rot from the inside out. But a new study employing sound waves is adding to our knowledge of how to evaluate tree health.

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Coca-Cola Summoned to Court by Sue-and-Settle Group CSPI

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

Among the claims made by the plaintiff, Center for Science in the Public Interest, is this: “Like the tobacco industry, Coca-Cola needs to replenish the ranks of its customers, and it tries to recruit them young.” But on this issue, what does science have to say?

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Do Vital Signs Wrong and Pay Ultimate Price

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

Vital signs matter.  They matter most when done correctly and provide accurate data. Dismiss them or do them incorrectly and the bad information obtained will guide medical decisions on your behalf -- potentially toward a negative trajectory.

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The Missing Science In The Antibiotic-Feed Debate

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

The FDA has just cracked the whip on the use of antibiotics in animal feed—something that should have been done long ago. But many of the antibiotics that are used for this purpose are not used in humans. Does this matter? You may be surprised.

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Paper Retraction Provides Lesson on Good Science

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

Recently an important paper — one which had the potential to revolutionize the treatment of type 1 diabetes — was retracted because its results could not be replicated. Far from being a negative incident, this is the way that science should be done.

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Coca Cola Summoned to Court

ACSH - January 6, 2017 - 12:00am

Coca-Cola, ABA Accused of Tobacco-Like Deception in Lawsuit

Among the plaintiff’s claims “Like the tobacco industry, Coca-Cola needs to replenish the ranks of its customers, and it tries to recruit them young.”

Before we get too caught up in the analogy with the tobacco industry, let’s take a closer look at the ‘science’ referenced in the actual suit.

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