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Bee Science Could Help Dismantle Terrorist Networks

General - April 17, 2017 - 3:42pm
A new bio-inspired algorithm seems to use the social behavior of bee colonies, which allows them to attack in an optimal way, could help dismantle social networks linked to organized crime, jihadist terrorism, or facilitate the design of vaccination strategies capable of containing the spread of a pandemic.

The tool automatically detects and identifies the most dangerous actors or nodes within a given social network and the density of the interconnected relationships between them, which may help law enforcement authorities make their decisions and act in the most efficient way possible.
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Potassium: A Possible Key to High Blood Pressure

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

High blood pressure is undoubtedly linked to salt intake in most people's minds. But there's another mineral that should also be considered — potassium. A recent review of several types of studies strongly indicates that it's not just sodium alone that is important for acheiving or maintaining normal blood pressure.

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Don't Believe Everything You Read From EWG About Pesticides on Food

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes another growing season. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake; reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes; and protect against certain cancers.

With all these benefits, why do some consumers choose to avoid produce? Approximately three-quarters of people in the U.S. don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Are Scientists Honest? Applying Hanlon's Razor to Science Funding

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Because of the replication problems facing biomedical science and psychology, much attention in recent years has focused on scientific integrity. How can scientists ensure that the data they are publishing is accurate and reliable?

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Sleep Deprived? Your Health May Be in Jeopardy

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

It's very common for people who eat right, watch their weight and don't smoke to ignore a smart sleeping regimen. The proper amount of nightly sleep is essential to ward off illness and maintain overall good health. And sustained lack of sleep is linked to a myriad of significant health problems.

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The FDA Warns About Fake Autism Treatments

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

April is autism awareness month and the FDA isn't missing a beat, warning about fraudulent autism treatments – like chelation therapies and detoxifying clay baths. Not only are they expensive, they're completely ineffective. It's time to smoke out these snake oil salesmen who are preying on parents who just want to help their kids. 

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Men and Prostate Cancer: Fact Vs. Fiction

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force released its 2017 draft recommendations for prostate cancer screening. Here we extensively address the new guidelines, clarify the role of the PSA test, and delve deeper into the topic with Dr. David Samadi, Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.

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Media Links, Our Outreach Successes, And People Who Hate Us

ACSH - April 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Your donations at work: Here are our media appearances, including some bizarre conspiracy tales about science.

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Starbursts In Virgo

Science2.0 - April 16, 2017 - 9:01pm
Starburst galaxies are where stars are forming at such a breakneck rate that the galaxy is eating up its gas supply faster than it can be replenished. There are several different factors that can lead to such an ideal environment in which stars can form at such a rapid rate. Crucially, there has to be a sufficiently massive supply of gas. This might be acquired in a number of ways -- for example by passing very close to another galaxy, in a full-blown galactic collision, or as a result of some event that forces lots of gas into a relatively small space.
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Starbursts In Virgo

General - April 16, 2017 - 9:01pm
Starburst galaxies are where stars are forming at such a breakneck rate that the galaxy is eating up its gas supply faster than it can be replenished. There are several different factors that can lead to such an ideal environment in which stars can form at such a rapid rate. Crucially, there has to be a sufficiently massive supply of gas. This might be acquired in a number of ways -- for example by passing very close to another galaxy, in a full-blown galactic collision, or as a result of some event that forces lots of gas into a relatively small space.
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Science And The Structure Of An Argument: How To Sort Good Information From Bad.

Science2.0 - April 16, 2017 - 10:19am

    This content of this blog is adapted from my lecture on Cognitive Bias in Decision Making, for the module Cognition and Emotion. I present this lecture to third year Psychology students at the University of Roehampton, London.

The Structure of an Argument

How to sort good information from bad!

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Science And The Structure Of An Argument: How To Sort Good Information From Bad.

General - April 16, 2017 - 10:19am

    This content of this blog is adapted from my lecture on Cognitive Bias in Decision Making, for the module Cognition and Emotion. I present this lecture to third year Psychology students at the University of Roehampton, London.

The Structure of an Argument

How to sort good information from bad!

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Reading The Plaque - Looking At Primary Sources In Science Journalism

ACSH - April 16, 2017 - 12:00am

In reading science journalism we must always remember we are reading a secondary source. So when I say, you should read the plaque what I am getting at is that you should look at the primary source, the original report or study...

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Reading the plaque - Looking at primary sources

ACSH - April 16, 2017 - 12:00am

In reading science journalism we must always remember we are reading a secondary source. So when I say, you should read the plaque what I am getting at is that you should look at the primary source, the original report or study...

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Waiting For Jupiter

Science2.0 - April 14, 2017 - 6:05pm
This evening I am blogging from a residence in Sesto val Pusteria, a beautiful mountain village in the Italian Alps. I came here for a few days of rest after a crazy work schedule in the past few days -the reason why my blogging has been intermittent. Sesto is surrounded by glorious mountains, and hiking around here is marvelous. But right now, as I sip a non-alcoholic beer (pretty good), chilling off after a day out, my thoughts are focused 500,000,000 kilometers away. -->

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Waiting For Jupiter

General - April 14, 2017 - 6:05pm
This evening I am blogging from a residence in Sesto val Pusteria, a beautiful mountain village in the Italian Alps. I came here for a few days of rest after a crazy work schedule in the past few days -the reason why my blogging has been intermittent. Sesto is surrounded by glorious mountains, and hiking around here is marvelous. But right now, as I sip a non-alcoholic beer (pretty good), chilling off after a day out, my thoughts are focused 500,000,000 kilometers away. -->

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Glutamine Deprivation As Therapy For Cancer? Not So Fast

Science2.0 - April 14, 2017 - 2:59pm
Since cancer tumors are thought to depend on  large amounts of glutamine to achieve rapid growth, some have speculated that glutamine deprivation is a therapeutic approach.

A new study casts doubt on that. 

Numerous studies have indicated that tumore cannot survive without glutamine, and this has fueld the idea that preventing “glutamine addiction” could be a potential therapeutic strategy. A study now concludes that while glutamine deprivation will halt the proliferation of certain tumor cells, most of them will not be killed, raising questions of whether such a therapeutic intervention will lead to remission in cancers. 
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Glutamine Deprivation As Therapy For Cancer? Not So Fast

General - April 14, 2017 - 2:59pm
Since cancer tumors are thought to depend on  large amounts of glutamine to achieve rapid growth, some have speculated that glutamine deprivation is a therapeutic approach.

A new study casts doubt on that. 

Numerous studies have indicated that tumore cannot survive without glutamine, and this has fueld the idea that preventing “glutamine addiction” could be a potential therapeutic strategy. A study now concludes that while glutamine deprivation will halt the proliferation of certain tumor cells, most of them will not be killed, raising questions of whether such a therapeutic intervention will lead to remission in cancers. 
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No, Vegetable Oil Won't Make Girls Lazy, TV-Watching Diabetics

ACSH - April 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Every scientific paper should be required to answer a simple question before it's published. So prior to considering whether ingesting too many polyunsaturated fats (e.g., fish and foods cooked with vegetable oil) will make women lazy, TV-watching diabetics, an elementary-school query must first be asked: Does that even make sense?

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