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What 92 Percent Of NYT Cookbooks Fail To Tell You

March 27, 2017 - 5:57pm
Cookbooks are popular. Cookbooks are instructional.

But they are woefully lacking information about a vital thing - food safety. An analysis of 1,497 recipes from 29 cookbooks that appeared on the New York Times best sellers list for food and diet books, all of which included handling raw animal ingredients, such as meat, poultry, seafood or eggs, didn't note food safety much at all.

Specifically, the researchers looked for three things:

* Did the recipe tell readers to cook the dish to a specific internal temperature?

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NYU Journalism Department Scandal Grows - Fraud, Conflicts Of Interest, Denial

March 27, 2017 - 10:55am

A group called US Right To Know is embracing the rich history of the anti-science movement; a history filled with lots of revenue for smear campaigns against scientists, companies in the science business, and more overtly, political allies opposed to the same science they are.

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Sorry Environmentalists, DNA Causes 66% Of Cancers

March 26, 2017 - 1:30pm
If you read the claims of environmental groups, trace levels of chemicals are the source of most cancers, even if they are well below harmful levels, due to vague claims of "bioaccumulation." If you read the recent claims of the EPA, air pollution is causing acute deaths, even though the United States has some of the cleanest air in the world and no one can find any deaths it has caused during the entire existence of the EPA.
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The Redundancy Of Freud's Divide Between Psychiatry And Neurology

March 25, 2017 - 10:45am

Neurological and psychiatric conditions both involve the brain, but are treated very differently. Put simply, neurologists are trained to deal with the “brain” and psychiatrists to deal with the “mind”. Neurologists and psychiatrists formally parted company in the late 19th century.

Ever since the days of Sigmund Freud – who was originally a neurologist but is also the father of psychoanalysis – the way we think about brain disorders has been coloured by this artificial divide.

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We Need To Reinvent Primary Care

March 24, 2017 - 7:03pm
Politicians are arguing with each other about health care. One side is yelling that people have coverage, even if they can't afford to use it and twice as many people will lose than ever got it. Another side claims emergency room visits and pediatric care are a luxury.

What is clear is that something needs to be fixed. 

While advocates for the ACA will say that only 6 to 8 percent of US health care expenditures are primary care, critics argue that we already had the best in the world. What is clear to all is that payment models introduced under the Affordable Care Act raised expectations for patients and doctors, but any gains were modest.
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Cystic Fibrosis And The Mechanism Of Mucus

March 23, 2017 - 4:32pm
People with cystic fibrosis suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection. How mucus becomes abnormal in cystic fibrosis airways has never been fully understood, but a new study has determined that mucin proteins, which give mucus its gel-like properties, fail to unfold normally in cystic fibrosis airways, making airway mucus much more thick and sticky than it would be otherwise.

Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic disease that affects about 70,000 people worldwide. It occurs when a person has two defective copies of the CFTR gene, which triggers the creation of the CFTR protein. When that protein is mutated, the result is cystic fibrosis.
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Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology Nominations Due June 15th

March 22, 2017 - 2:40pm
The annual Eppendorf&Science Prize for Neurobiology, which is for young scientists (not older than 35 years), is open for nominations until June 15th, 2017.

The winner will receive $25,000, have their essay about their work published in Science magazine, and get a paid trip to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. -->
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Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology Nominations Due June 15th

March 22, 2017 - 2:38pm
The annual Eppendorf&Science Prize for Neurobiology, which is for young scientists (not older than 35 years), is open for nominations until June 15th, 2017.

The winner will receive $25,000, have their essay about their work published in Science magazine, and get a paid trip to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. -->
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Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology Nominations Due June 15th

March 22, 2017 - 2:17pm
The annual Eppendorf&Science Prize for Neurobiology, which is for young scientists (not older than 35 years), is open for nominations until June 15th, 2017.

The winner will receive $25,000, have their essay about their work published in Science magazine, and get a paid trip to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. -->
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Jews And Aspergerian Racists Dancing Around The Oven

March 19, 2017 - 2:19am

“Not only a new kind of community but a new kind of man comes into history with the development of the Jews.” (H.G. Wells:“A Short History of the World” Chapter 22 “Priests and Prophets in Judea”, 1922)

Racism, “a new kind of man”, written by one of the brightest minds who did no less than predicting and warning the world about the second world war:
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

March 17, 2017 - 6:48pm
Applications are now open for the 2017 Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, sponsored by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, where recent doctoral graduates in the life sciences may submit a 1000-word essay based on their thesis work and win a cash prize and a trip to Sweden. 

Four winners, in different categories, will be selected for the award. The grand prize winner will receive a prize of $30,000 while each of the three category winners will receive $10,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online. The winners will be honored in Stockholm, Sweden during Nobel week.
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Five New Charmed Baryons Discovered By LHCb!

March 17, 2017 - 6:22pm
While I was busy reporting the talks at the "Neutrino Telescope"  conference in Venice, LHCb released a startling new result, which I have not much time to describe in much detail this evening (it's Friday evening here in Italy and I'm going to call the week off), and yet wish to share with you as soon as possible.
The spectroscopy of low- and intermediate-mass hadrons (whatever this means) is a complex topic which either enthuses particle physicists or bores them to death. There are two reasons for this dycothomic behaviour.
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Should You Opt Your Child Out Of State Testing? A Guide For Parents

March 17, 2017 - 3:49pm

The time of year for standardized state testing has arrived and if you have school-age children, there’s no way to avoid this topic. Everyone has strong opinions when it comes to the issue of “opting out,” so how do you decide what’s best for your child?
 
To help you make the best decision for your child, let me debunk some common parental concerns when it comes to opting out:

Will opting out spoil my child or teach them to avoid responsibility?

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Are Federal Nutrition Guidelines Realistic? Only Rich Pregnant Women Can Meet Them

March 17, 2017 - 12:50pm
The numerous nutrition guidelines promoted by the U.S. federal government are obeyed by just 2 percent of Americans. If only 2 percent of any population can obey your guidelines, they are a nutritional wishlist created by groups of experts promoting their diet fads, not evidence-based information.

However, one group is constantly criticized by everyone else - pregnant mothers - and a new study shows that no pregnant women in any demographic are able to achieve the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Which means those guidelines are irrelevant, not that expectant moms need even more criticism.
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Is Fomahault-b A Dwarf Exoplanet - If IAU Definition Is Used?

March 16, 2017 - 8:45pm

This is an update to my article: How A "Dwarf Planet" Gas Giant Could Challenge IAU Definition - Pluto, Ceres, Haumea Etc Can All Be Planets. That article pointed out that we could discover a gas giant in our own solar system that satisfies the IAU definition of a "dwarf planet" as it wouldn't clear its orbit if it was far enough away. First, I should have pointed out there that the WISE search has not ruled out gas giants in the remote parts of our solar system.

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Like Your Nose? Thank Climate Changes

March 16, 2017 - 7:33pm
A new paper claims the size and shape of your nose evolved in response to local climate conditions. 

The nose is one of our distinctive facial features. It conditions the air we breathe so it is warm and moist when it reaches the lungs, which helps prevent infections. And that may be why people whose ancestors lived in hot, humid places tend to have wider nostrils than people whose ancestors came from cold and dry environments.
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$3 MM Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics - Nominations For 2018 Now Open

March 15, 2017 - 7:22pm
The nomination period for the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics is now open. You can't nominate yourself but anyone else can, through May 31st, 2017. The nomination form and rules are available at www.breakthroughprize.org.
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Stand Up For Science! The FDA Wants Your Opinions On Genome Editing In Plants

March 15, 2017 - 7:10pm
In case you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with the latest news in the biotechnology regulatory system (and how could you not?), the system is under revision. As part of the new Coordinated Framework the FDA stated it would clarify how it will deal with the hot-button topic of genome editing, and update its guidance documents accordingly. As part of this process the FDA opened a docket on regulations.gov to receive public comments about the issue. As you might expect, a large majority of the comments have been less than scientific.

They are asking for your evidence-based input.  Please give it to them!

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IARC Stands Alone Insisting Glyphosate Must Be Dangerous

March 15, 2017 - 4:22pm
ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has released findings from its Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) which concluded that glyphosate (e.g. Roundup, by the agriculture company Monsanto, though it's been off-patent for 17 years) is not a carcinogen, nor is it a mutagen, nor is it toxic for reproduction.
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