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The Machiavellian Side Of Cholera

Science2.0 - February 6, 2017 - 12:51pm
Recently, two armies were pitted against each other, with harpoon-like appendages covered in poison. They went two war, stabbing each other and rupturing victims like water balloons.

It was all mathematically predictable, at least over time. In a one-off scenario, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, though in over 90 other instances where a team in the playoffs was down by 19 after three quarters, they lost. Knowing the math could lead to new, targeted therapies to fight infections.

But dueling bacteria would not be the infectors in that scenario; they'd be the remedy.
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The Machiavellian Side Of Cholera

General - February 6, 2017 - 12:51pm
Recently, two armies were pitted against each other, with harpoon-like appendages covered in poison. They went two war, stabbing each other and rupturing victims like water balloons.

It was all mathematically predictable, at least over time. In a one-off scenario, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, though in over 90 other instances where a team in the playoffs was down by 19 after three quarters, they lost. Knowing the math could lead to new, targeted therapies to fight infections.

But dueling bacteria would not be the infectors in that scenario; they'd be the remedy.
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Why Dragonfly Wings Kill Bacteria

ACSH - February 6, 2017 - 12:00am

Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development.

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Study Confirms E-Cigs Provide Similar Levels of Nicotine and Less Carcinogens than Cigarettes

ACSH - February 6, 2017 - 12:00am

Critics of e-cigarettes claim that these products don't necessarily reduce the exposure of users to the carcinogenic or toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. However, a new study demonstrates that users of e-cigs (vapers) without concurrent smoking, indeed does so at least as well as other nicotine replacement products such as patches or nicotine gum.

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NFL Correctly Banned GNC's Super Bowl Commercial

ACSH - February 6, 2017 - 12:00am

GNC is screaming mad over a late decision by the Fox network to reject its commercial from the Super Bowl broadcast. This shifty purveyor of supplements, vitamins and all sorts of unsavory stuff is saying it was blindsided by the move as is threatens to sue. Instead, here's a better idea: Stop selling dangerous products – and get off the NFL's banned list of companies.

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We Were Everywhere Last Month

ACSH - February 6, 2017 - 12:00am

While government tried to figure out what to do with itself over the past few weeks, we were spreading science across America.

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LHCb Finds Suppressed Lambda_B Decay

Science2.0 - February 4, 2017 - 3:41pm
The so-called Lambda_b baryon is a well-studied particle nowadays, with several experiments having measured its main production properties and decay modes in the course of the past two decades. It is a particle made of quarks: three of them, like the proton and the neutron. Being electrically neutral, it is easily likened to the neutron, which has a quark composition "udd". In the space of quark configurations, the Lambda_b is in fact obtained by exchanging a down-type quark of the neutron with a bottom quark, getting the "udb" combination. -->

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LHCb Finds Suppressed Lambda_B Decay

General - February 4, 2017 - 3:41pm
The so-called Lambda_b baryon is a well-studied particle nowadays, with several experiments having measured its main production properties and decay modes in the course of the past two decades. It is a particle made of quarks: three of them, like the proton and the neutron. Being electrically neutral, it is easily likened to the neutron, which has a quark composition "udd". In the space of quark configurations, the Lambda_b is in fact obtained by exchanging a down-type quark of the neutron with a bottom quark, getting the "udb" combination. -->

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As Laundry Pod Popularity Increased, So Did Eye Injuries In Kids - But Don't Panic

Science2.0 - February 3, 2017 - 3:52pm
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the US, according to a new analysis, but don't fall prey to the scaremongering that will be done by CNN and PBS.

Detergent pods are dissolvable pouches containing enough laundry detergent for a single use - they lead to less waste because  the amount used is precise. That's good for the environment. But harried parents are being given one more thing to be terrified about, and academics are blaming "candy-like appearance."
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As Laundry Pod Popularity Increased, So Did Eye Injuries In Kids - But Don't Panic

General - February 3, 2017 - 3:52pm
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the US, according to a new analysis, but don't fall prey to the scaremongering that will be done by CNN and PBS.

Detergent pods are dissolvable pouches containing enough laundry detergent for a single use - they lead to less waste because  the amount used is precise. That's good for the environment. But harried parents are being given one more thing to be terrified about, and academics are blaming "candy-like appearance."
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Google, Facebook, Who's Leading In Orwellian Dystopias Of The 21st Century?

Science2.0 - February 3, 2017 - 2:40pm
Fictional metaphors matter, and in the battle to safeguard our civil liberties few metaphors matter more than George Orwell’s 1984. Although first published almost 70 years ago, the lasting salience of this most archetypal dystopia is undeniable.

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Google, Facebook, Who's Leading In Orwellian Dystopias Of The 21st Century?

General - February 3, 2017 - 2:40pm
Fictional metaphors matter, and in the battle to safeguard our civil liberties few metaphors matter more than George Orwell’s 1984. Although first published almost 70 years ago, the lasting salience of this most archetypal dystopia is undeniable.

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Happy 90th Marge!

ACSH - February 3, 2017 - 12:00am

ACSH's "on-site mother" Marge Bloom turns 90 on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. We get to see plenty of her, but the rest of you have not been so fortunate. Until now. Happy Birthday Marge!

                      

 

                     

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FDA Call For Comments On Genetically Edited Food

ACSH - February 3, 2017 - 12:00am

The controversy over GMOs lives on, despite the scientific community's best efforts to quell the scaremongering. In order to gather the public's concerns, the FDA is requesting comments on the topic of genome editing, in the production of plants that would be eaten by both humans and animals.

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AARP's Sticky Subject: Gum's Unproven Link to Weight Loss

ACSH - February 3, 2017 - 12:00am

Back in the day, AARP used to stand for the American Association of Retired Persons. But since the organization offers membership to anyone over age 50 – and Americans' ideas of "retirement" have been radically altered since the organization's founding in 1958 – AARP is no longer just for those who, to borrow a phrase from the fifties, have stopped punching a clock.

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Leukemia Treatment Adherence - Both Kids And Their Parents Over-report

Science2.0 - February 2, 2017 - 6:52pm
Young patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of pediatric cancer, are likely to report that they adhered to their anti-cancer medication better than they really did.

And so do their parents.

Studies show that over 95 percent of prescribed doses must be taken to be effective but a new analysis instead finds that that 84 percent of patients or their parents over-reported adherence to a regimen of the oral maintenance therapy6-mercaptopurine (6MP), which is prescribed for two years after chemotherapy for patients to achieve durable remissions.
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Leukemia Treatment Adherence - Both Kids And Their Parents Over-report

General - February 2, 2017 - 6:52pm
Young patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of pediatric cancer, are likely to report that they adhered to their anti-cancer medication better than they really did.

And so do their parents.

Studies show that over 95 percent of prescribed doses must be taken to be effective but a new analysis instead finds that that 84 percent of patients or their parents over-reported adherence to a regimen of the oral maintenance therapy6-mercaptopurine (6MP), which is prescribed for two years after chemotherapy for patients to achieve durable remissions.
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Triple Or Bust: Paradox Resolved

Science2.0 - February 2, 2017 - 3:42pm

A few days ago I discussed the coin toss game ‘triple or bust‘. The game is between Alice and Bob. Alice start the game by writing a $ 1.00 IOU to Bob. Alice then makes at least six subsequent tosses with a fair coin. On each ‘heads’ Alice triples the IOU amount. On ‘tails’ she sets the IOU to zero.

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Triple Or Bust: Paradox Resolved

General - February 2, 2017 - 3:42pm

A few days ago I discussed the coin toss game ‘triple or bust‘. The game is between Alice and Bob. Alice start the game by writing a $ 1.00 IOU to Bob. Alice then makes at least six subsequent tosses with a fair coin. On each ‘heads’ Alice triples the IOU amount. On ‘tails’ she sets the IOU to zero.

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Russia's Beautiful Garbage Beach

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

Wouldn't it be nice to stroll along your favorite beach and not see the litter of plastic trash all around. In fact, there is a place where you can stroll and not see plastic at all – since the trash consists of millions of seaside gems. All you have to do is go to Siberia. 

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