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Does The HPV Vaccine Really Prevent Cervical Cancer?

May 09 2018 - 16:05
There are many different types of human papilloma virus (HPV). Some are associated with the development of cervical lesions that can become cancerous and are considered as high-risk HPV types. Two of these high-risk types (HPV16 and HPV18) account for about 70% all cases of cervical cancer worldwide.

Most people who have sexual contact at some point in their life will be exposed to HPV. In the majority of women, HPV infection will be cleared by the immune system but when the immune system does not clear the virus, persistent HPV infection may lead to abnormal cervical cells which can progress to cervical cancer if left untreated. 

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The Life In Orkney's Shipwreck Graveyard

May 09 2018 - 16:05

Across the North Atlantic, shipwrecks scatter the seabed like the carcasses of prehistoric creatures. Bygone relics of sea exploration, trade, migration and conflict, these historical monuments are important sites of cultural interest. But they also form the basis of a burgeoning recreational dive tourism industry, and contribute substantially to the biodiversity and abundance of marine life.

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Team America Rocketry Challenge This Weekend

May 09 2018 - 10:05

On Saturday

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Pediatricians Link Background Checks For Ammunition To Lower Teen Gun Deaths

May 07 2018 - 14:05
In 2015, 4,528 "children" - the mean age was 18, pediatricians presenting at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting today counted children as anyone under age 21 - died from firearm-related injuries. Eighty-seven percent were male and 44 percent were black.  And the pediatricians argue that background checks and thus waiting periods to buy ammunition might help lower those incidents.

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Sex Edu 2.0: Rape Porn Race And Gender In Asperger Scientistic Analysis Wielding Occams Razor

May 04 2018 - 22:05

What is your sexual fetish, your kinkiest perversion? Are you a pedophile for enjoying blondes rather than feet? Analyzing where a system, such as a brain, “fails”, say after removing a subsystem by injury, can reveal how the system normally functions, what the system can no longer do. Separated connections dangle in the air still trying to function, and you can look right at them.

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What Are We Protecting Mars From - And Why Do We Bother? An Unopened Treasure Chest - Response To Zubrin & Rummel's SETI Debate

May 04 2018 - 05:05

This is a debate between Robert Zubrin and one of NASA’s former planetary protection officers, John Rummel, hosted by the SETI institue. You can watch the debate here:

Robert Zubrin is a space engineer, founder of the Mars Society. He is keen for humans to colonize Mars. As you can see, he is an accomplished debater.

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Democratic Candidate Dennis Kucinich Got Big Payday From Center For Food Safety To Promote Their Clients

May 03 2018 - 14:05
Center for Food Safety, a controversial litigation group that has been shown on numerous occasions to be conspiring to manipulate the public about American agriculture, is in the news again. This time for paying former Democratic Congressman, former race-baiting Cleveland mayor, and current Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich to promote organic food and products by undermining the competitors of CFS clients.

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Blood Is A Terrible Food Source - Yet Vampire Bats Thrive On It. Here's Why.

May 03 2018 - 12:05
It sounds gross to humans - unless you read those "Twilight" books in which case maybe it's sexy - but a lot of animals consume blood.  That's right, even your cat familiar. 

The question is why? Blood is actually a poor source of energy. It consists of 78 percent liquid and what is left is 93 percent proteins and only one percent carbohydrates (1). Blood provides very little in the way of vitamins. Not only that, a blood-based diet exposes animals to blood-borne pathogens.

And yet some bat species (order Chiroptera) feed exclusively on blood and have managed to survive evolution that should have killed them, and their reliance on low-grade nourishment, off.

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UC San Francisco Tobacco-Funded Researchers Argue Cigarette Addiction Is More Social And Less Physical

May 01 2018 - 16:05
Many people are addicted to a stimulant. Lawyer-driven groups like Center for Science in the Public Interest have long wanted to sue coffee companies over caffeine but haven't gained much traction despite their efforts to claim it causes things like breast cancer.

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Aquatic Farming Can't Be Labeled Organic, But It Will Save The Land

May 01 2018 - 16:05
If you offer a wealthy elite any fish that is not gathered by depleting the oceans, they will recoil in horror. It is unclear why they recognize that farms are essential for growing vegetables but think farmed fish should only be for the poor. 

The science says otherwise. Aquatic farming -- aquaculture -- can help feed the future global population while substantially reducing one of the biggest environmental impacts of protein production -- land use -- without requiring people to entirely abandon protein as a food source.

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Earth's Magnetic Field Is Not Reversing

May 01 2018 - 14:05
The South Atlantic Anomaly has people concerned, but if Earth's magnetic field of the past is any indication, and it is, the anomaly is not a precursor of a switching of the poles.

What is the South Atlantic Anomaly?

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Dissent Over Results Of Federal CLARITY-BPA Study

May 01 2018 - 12:05

Last week, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina held a meeting to discuss the results of a 30-million-dollar fede

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Jordan I Want My Money Peterson Distorts Science For Alt-Right Market Niche While Pleasing Jews And Academic Overlords

May 01 2018 - 06:05

Jordan Peterson is like Milo Yiannopoulos and many similar Trump-age enabled e-celebrities, and from a scientist’s point of view, less, because Milo does not emphasize a scientific façade like Peterson does. The Alt-Right is a growing market niche where you can try “making it” by being edgy without too much sexual depravity. Being more perverted than the last guy is almost the only politically correct edgy still allowed in the mainstream, whether unfunny “comedians”, or pop music or … well even including hiring practices of universities, but its called “inclusiveness” then.

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Jupiter Last Friday

Apr 30 2018 - 14:04
Visual observation of the planets of our solar system has always been an appealing pastime for amateur astronomers, but the digital era has taken away a little bit of glamour to this activity. Until 30 years ago you could spot with your eye more detail than was at reach of normal photography even for large telescopes, so amateur astronomers could contribute to planetary science by producing detailed drawings of the surface of Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and Mars. 

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Guest Post: Tony Smith: One Or Three Higgs Bosons ?

Apr 30 2018 - 10:04
Frank D. Smith (Tony Smith for his friends) has been following this blog since the beginning. He is an independent researcher who is very interested in phenomena connected with the top quark and the Higgs boson. He has a theory of his own and he has been trying to check whether LHC data is compatible or not with it. His ideas are reported here as a guest post, as a tribute to his faithfulness to this site. Of course the views expressed below are his own, as I retain a healthy dose of scepticism to any bit of new physics apparent in today's data... Also, I will comment in the thread below to inform the reader of what my ideas are on his interpretation of public LHC results.

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~100% Certain Earth Hit By SMALL Asteroid In 2000 Years - Risk ≪ Lightning - Can Retire Most Of Remaining Risk With $50 Million

Apr 30 2018 - 04:04

This is another of those sensationalist doomsday stories in the red top tabloids scaring people. The stories say that we are 100% certain to be hit by an asteroid. Well, yes, for small asteroids, but we are 100% certain to be hit by lightning too, many times a year. Your chance of dying of an asteroid impact is far less than that of dying of a lightning strike, 10,000 times less likely.

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Scientist Support Greatest RAP Legend Genius Kanye West For President Of The United States Of America

Apr 30 2018 - 01:04

“I know Obama was heaven-sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president” –Ye vs. the People

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Leni Riefenstahl: How A Nazi Film-Maker Became A Feminist Icon

Apr 28 2018 - 11:04

The dancer, actress, director and photographer Helene “Leni” Riefenstahl, who died in 2003, is a controversial character, largely because of the many propaganda movies she produced for the Nazis. So when it was recently announced that her estate would be handed over to a Berlin photography museum, historians of the period hoped to find some clarification about the extent of her involvement with the Nazi regime.

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Cancer Dormancy: Why Cancer Cells Go To Sleep

Apr 27 2018 - 09:04

Cancer has always been thought of as something that grows rapidly and uncontrollably, but this view may be wrong.
New evidence suggests that cancer alternatively uses the “accelerator” and the “brake” in order to survive.

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2040 Is Likely Earliest Date For Mars Sample Return (unless Sterilized) And Little More Than Astrobiology Technology Demo

Apr 26 2018 - 17:04

The BBC has just reported that ESA have signed a letter of intent to co-operate with NASA on a Mars sample return (see Agencies aim to bring back rocks from Mars). I hope this does not mean a change of focus for ESA from in situ searches to a sample return. It would be so sad if it did mean that. The NASA program is more of an astrobiology technology demo than an actual astrobiological mission. They would return our very controversial Tissint and ALH84001 meteorites as top priority targets for the organics and in the case of Tissint the carbon isotope ratios - and would not be able to detect life amongst all the meteorite organics.

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