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Measles Outbreak Out Of Control in Europe

ACSH - July 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

It's not really news anymore that Europe is in the middle of a significant measles outbreak. New reports say that there have been 35 measles related deaths in the last year (measles kills about 1 in every 1000 people that contract it) which brings the outbreak in Europe squarely into crisis mode. 

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We Settle 'The Pizza Or The Box Causes Obesity?' Debate, And More Outreach Last Week

ACSH - July 17, 2017 - 10:23am

Do you think too much pizza will make you fat, or the chemicals in the box? If you think it's the box, you probably read AlterNet instead of us. And we had more outreach last week

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Revenge Of The Slimeballs: When US Labs Competed For Leadership In HEP

Science2.0 - July 17, 2017 - 9:35am

The clip below, together with the following few which will be published every few days in the coming weeks, is extracted from the third chapter of my book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". It recounts the pioneering measurement of the Z mass by the CDF detector, and the competition with SLAC during the summer of 1989.

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Revenge Of The Slimeballs: When US Labs Competed For Leadership In HEP

General - July 17, 2017 - 9:35am

The clip below, together with the following few which will be published every few days in the coming weeks, is extracted from the third chapter of my book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". It recounts the pioneering measurement of the Z mass by the CDF detector, and the competition with SLAC during the summer of 1989.

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Rational Vaccines and Genocea's Herpes Vaccines Update

ACSH - July 16, 2017 - 9:30pm

Some developments in the race toward the first vaccine against genital herpes. Genocea's GEN-003 readies for Phase III late this year. 

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Ravens Plan Ahead

Science2.0 - July 15, 2017 - 3:31pm
In early times, a raven could be a bad omen, and a new study finds that ancient people were not wrong in thinking the raven might be planning on using a negative event to full advantage. It turns out, according to the paper, they plan ahead, just like humans, and can even forgo an immediate reward in order to gain a better one in the future, which at least some humans do. Great apes too.

Ravens and great apes have not shared a common ancestor for over 300 million years, so what explains it? Evolution is not a straight line and the authors speculate that the cognitive "planning" abilities they share in common re-appeared, on a separate evolutionary path, in the birds. 
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Ravens Plan Ahead

General - July 15, 2017 - 3:31pm
In early times, a raven could be a bad omen, and a new study finds that ancient people were not wrong in thinking the raven might be planning on using a negative event to full advantage. It turns out, according to the paper, they plan ahead, just like humans, and can even forgo an immediate reward in order to gain a better one in the future, which at least some humans do. Great apes too.

Ravens and great apes have not shared a common ancestor for over 300 million years, so what explains it? Evolution is not a straight line and the authors speculate that the cognitive "planning" abilities they share in common re-appeared, on a separate evolutionary path, in the birds. 
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Muon G-2: The Anomaly That Could Change Physics, And A New Exciting Theoretical Development

Science2.0 - July 15, 2017 - 2:01pm
Do you remember the infamous "g-2" measurement ? The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon has been for over a decade in the agenda of HEP physicists, both as a puzzle and as a hope for good things to come. 

Ever since the Brookhaven laboratories estimated the quantity at a value over 3 standard deviations away from the equally precise theoretical predictions, the topic (could the discrepancy be due to new physics??) has been commonplace in dinner table conversations among HEP physicists. 
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Muon G-2: The Anomaly That Could Change Physics, And A New Exciting Theoretical Development

General - July 15, 2017 - 2:01pm
Do you remember the infamous "g-2" measurement ? The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon has been for over a decade in the agenda of HEP physicists, both as a puzzle and as a hope for good things to come. 

Ever since the Brookhaven laboratories estimated the quantity at a value over 3 standard deviations away from the equally precise theoretical predictions, the topic (could the discrepancy be due to new physics??) has been commonplace in dinner table conversations among HEP physicists. 
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Genetically Engineered Yeast Soak Up Heavy Metal Pollution

ACSH - July 15, 2017 - 12:41am

European researchers have created genetically engineered yeast that are capable of reducing various kinds of heavy metal pollution by 80%.

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Genetically Modified Moths Are Ready To Fly in New York

ACSH - July 15, 2017 - 12:08am

The race is on as to where the first genetically modified (GM) organisms will be released into the environment in the United States.

Florida came close last year with a plan to release GM mosquitoes from the company Oxitec to combat viral infections such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya. However, the plan was foiled when a "no" vote from one area's constituents, Key Haven, put the plan on hold for a few more years. 

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Wakefield's Lies Continue To Harm Somali Kids

ACSH - July 14, 2017 - 6:40pm

Although his reports on the spurious connections between vaccines and autism have been roundly refuted and his "research" report retracted, Andrew Wakefield's poison continues to harm children. In Minnesota, the continuing outbreak of measles in a Somali community is the latest case in point.

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No Big Discovery Here; Just a Cool Squirrel Story About Their Fascinating Memories

ACSH - July 14, 2017 - 6:05pm

From afar I once watched – and was captivated, actually, by its oddity – as a deer stood before a planting of big, bright identical flowers and began eating.

He would bite into one, chew for a moment – and spit it out. Then he began eating the next, and spit that out. And then again, and again, repeatedly engaging in the same task as if each chomp was his first attempt. I was unable to intercede, but for some reason the occurrence stuck with me, stoking intrigue about a deer's thought process, and about animal cognitive ability in general.  

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Tardigrade, The World's Most Indestructible Species - What Would It Take To Make Them Extinct?

Science2.0 - July 14, 2017 - 5:12pm
It won't matter if all the ice melts and seas rise 100 feet, even if frogs rain from the skies and dogs and cats are living together, one species will be around until the sun explodes.

That species is the eight-legged micro-animal tardigrade, the world's most indestructible species.
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Tardigrade, The World's Most Indestructible Species - What Would It Take To Make Them Extinct?

General - July 14, 2017 - 5:12pm
It won't matter if all the ice melts and seas rise 100 feet, even if frogs rain from the skies and dogs and cats are living together, one species will be around until the sun explodes.

That species is the eight-legged micro-animal tardigrade, the world's most indestructible species.
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Google Funds Academic Scholars - So A Competitor Funds Campaign for Accountability To Criticize Them

ACSH - July 14, 2017 - 2:34pm

The Campaign for Accountability accuses Google-funded researchers of undisclosed conflicts of interest. Without disclosing its own.

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NY Times Goes Mac & Cheesy with Science

ACSH - July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm

"Science" took a walk on the wild side in a recent New York Times piece. It tried to tell us that the tiny amount of a class of chemicals found in macaroni and cheese (and everywhere else on Earth) is going to wreak havoc with our sex hormones. It's so bad, it's almost funny.

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NYT Goes Mac And Cheesy With Science

ACSH - July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm

"Science" took a walk on the wild side in a recent Times article that tried to tell us that the tiny amount of a class of chemicals that are found in of mac and cheese (and everywhere else on earth) is going to wreak havoc with our sex hormones. So bad it's almost funny.

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Panera Bread Takes a Page from Food Babe's Playbook

ACSH - July 14, 2017 - 12:29am

Our society is woefully illiterate on scientific matters. Yet, instead of taking the opportunity to educate customers about the benefits of food science, some companies have chosen to cash in on public ignorance.

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President Jimmy Carter The Latest To Dehydrate From Hot Sun

ACSH - July 13, 2017 - 6:36pm

A statement just released by Habitat for Humanity reveals President Jimmy Carter "has been working hard all week. He was dehydrated working in the hot sun and has been taken offsite for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building." Who is at risk of heat-related illnesses?

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