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You Might Be 'Cured' – But That's Not the Whole Story

ACSH - May 25, 2017 - 6:38pm

With the word "cure" we think of it as an end. But, in fact, it's often the end – of a beginning. For those surgically “cured” from cancer, enduring amputation from sepsis or receiving a transplanted organ, the story — though different and uncharted — begins anew.

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9 Ways Whole Foods Is Lying To You

ACSH - May 25, 2017 - 3:55pm

Whole Foods lies 9 different times, and that is just on the landing page of its Organics section. 

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Pathways to Lower Drug Prices

ACSH - May 25, 2017 - 10:52am

Drug companies buy their ingredients and make their drugs outside the United States. That's one reason why Stephen Barrett, MD, makes an argument for also buying them outside the country.

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Dear EWG, This Is Why Real Scientists Think Poorly of You

ACSH - May 25, 2017 - 4:12am

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) uses an authoritative sounding name to peddle scientific half-truths and outright fabrications. Along with Greenpeace and PETA, it is beloved by activists but detested by scientists.

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Here’s Hoping Anti-Vaccine Film 'VAXXED' Gets Canned at Cannes

ACSH - May 25, 2017 - 3:19am

Here we go again ... the anti-vaccine movie VAXXED by Andrew Wakefield, is back. This time at the Cannes Film Festival, taking place this week. Like an itch, this piece of anti-vaccine propaganda just won't go away. And it's resurfacing as we're seeing a surge in cases of measles and other preventable diseases all over the world. 

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How We Drown Is Not Like In The Movies

ACSH - May 25, 2017 - 3:01am

With Memorial Day weekend and the subsequent peak "drowning season" upon us, there's no better time to review the precautions that should be taken when any body of water is in close proximity.

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Botulism Is Rare; But Don't Put It On The Back Burner

ACSH - May 24, 2017 - 6:58pm

Botulism is a serious illness caused by food-borne bacteria or germs that grow toxins in a sealed jar of food. Its effects can paralyze or even kill you. Botulism is so rare – with just over 200 cases reported in two decades – but not enough to just leave it on the back burner.

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7 Fitness Trackers Deliver Very Inaccurate Data, New Study Shows

ACSH - May 24, 2017 - 6:41pm

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine determined that while wearable fitness trackers can accurately monitor heart rate, "none of the seven devices measured energy expenditure accurately." Worse yet, some produced wildly incorrect results.

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Where Does All The Weight Go??

ACSH - May 24, 2017 - 6:13pm

If your unborn child takes up anywhere between 6 and 8 pounds (sometimes even 9 and 10!), why the heck are we gaining 20 to 35 pounds in nine months? Here's how the weight gets distributed on your body.

 

 

 

 

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Water Structure: It's Different At Nanoscale Size And Different Temperature

Science2.0 - May 24, 2017 - 11:09am
The surface of water drops at 100 nm size changes with temperature. At room temperature, the surface water molecules of these droplets have much stronger interactions than a normal water surface. The structural difference corresponds to a difference in temperature of -50°C.

Nanometric-sized water drops are everywhere, as droplets or aerosols in air, in our bodies as medication, and in rocks and oil fields. How they interact with their hydrophobic environment, at the curved droplet interface, a sub-nanometric region that surrounds the small pocket of water, could boost our understanding of atmospheric, biological and geological processes.
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Water Structure: It's Different At Nanoscale Size And Different Temperature

General - May 24, 2017 - 11:09am
The surface of water drops at 100 nm size changes with temperature. At room temperature, the surface water molecules of these droplets have much stronger interactions than a normal water surface. The structural difference corresponds to a difference in temperature of -50°C.

Nanometric-sized water drops are everywhere, as droplets or aerosols in air, in our bodies as medication, and in rocks and oil fields. How they interact with their hydrophobic environment, at the curved droplet interface, a sub-nanometric region that surrounds the small pocket of water, could boost our understanding of atmospheric, biological and geological processes.
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News Of The Bizarre May 24 2017

ACSH - May 24, 2017 - 10:29am

Your education dollars at work

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'Super-Food' Blogger, Known as 'Avocado,' Acts Like a Nut

ACSH - May 24, 2017 - 3:19am

In the race of charlatans, David Avocado Wolfe is taking a very strong lead – Usain Bolt style, actually – due to both the bizarre nature of his ideas and the expanse of his subjects. Unfortunately, with a Facebook following 10 million strong, the audience for his anti-science ideas is large and it's listening attentively. 

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Roger Ailes and Natasha Richardson: The Hidden Dangers of Head Trauma

ACSH - May 23, 2017 - 10:35pm

The deaths of Roger Ailes, one of the founders of Fox News, and the actress Natasha Richardson both died following a head trauma. Here we explain two specific types of intracranial bleeding that ended their lives.

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Alcohol Raises Breast Cancer Risk, While Exercise Lowers It

ACSH - May 23, 2017 - 5:40pm

A new report, incorporating data on 12 million individuals from nearly 120 studies, showed that engaging in vigorous exercise cut risk by as much as 17 percent. Meanwhile light – but steady – alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

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Physics-Inspired Artwork In Venice 1: Sub-Lime

Science2.0 - May 23, 2017 - 12:36pm

This is the first of a series of posts that will publish the results of artistic work by high-school students of three schools in Venice, who participate in a contest and exposition connected to the initiative "Art and Science across Italy", an initiative of the network CREATIONS, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme

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Physics-Inspired Artwork In Venice 1: Sub-Lime

General - May 23, 2017 - 12:36pm

This is the first of a series of posts that will publish the results of artistic work by high-school students of three schools in Venice, who participate in a contest and exposition connected to the initiative "Art and Science across Italy", an initiative of the network CREATIONS, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme

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And The Band Stopped Playing: AIDS 36 Years Later

ACSH - May 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

If you remember 1982, at that time AIDS was a death sentence – and a gruesome one at that. But a recent Lancet paper shows how far we've come. And the difference between what Randy Shilts describes in his book and today is nothing short of miraculous. 

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Soylent - Food For Those Too Busy For Food

ACSH - May 23, 2017 - 3:50am

As a busy working parent, I admit that I sometimes (ok, frequently) grab a granola bar as a substitute for lunch... and breakfast.

I am not saying that it is the healthiest choice. But, in today's world of running from work to school to the gym to everything else - sometimes there is no time to sit down and prepare a well balanced meal - or any meal at all. 

This is exactly the space that Soylent, a full time meal replacement product, is trying to fill. 

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The Top 100 Academic Journals Contain Little Social Science

ACSH - May 23, 2017 - 3:30am

In a field like gender studies, what constitutes a respectable outlet? We can make progress toward answering that question by utilizing SCImago's ranking of academic journals.

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