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No One Talks About How Flowers Are Killing Bees

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Among all the hype about bee deaths, there is an overwhelming amount of discussion about pesticides and blinders on about parasites and disease and even climate change, but one thing gets no mention at all: Flowers.

But they are a grave danger to bees, according to an article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The study is the first to show that not only can bees disperse parasites around the environment but also that flowers are platforms for a host of pollinator parasites subsequently dispersed onto visiting bees. 
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Miscanes: Genetically Modified Sugarcane Can Grow Farther North

August 4, 2015 - 6:51pm

U.S. farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcane's growing range northward from the Gulf coast because it substantially increase the land available for sugar and (for as long as subsidies last) biofuels.

Several hybrid canes developed in the 1980s have proved hardy in cooler climes, surviving overwinter as far north as Booneville, Arkansas, but no one had tested whether
the offspring of crosses between sugarcane and a hardy, cold-tolerant grass, Miscanthus - "miscanes" - actually photosynthesize, and thus continue to grow, when the thermometer dips.


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World Glacier Monitoring Service Says Melting Is Faster Than Ever

August 4, 2015 - 1:30pm
The World Glacier Monitoring Service, which compiles the results of worldwide glacier observations in annual calls-for-data, has compiled such data on glacier changes for more than 120 years.

Now they have published a new analysis of global glacier changes and say observations of the first decade of the 21st century (2001-2010) compared to all available earlier data from in-situ, air-borne, and satellite-borne observations as well as to reconstructions from pictorial and written sources leads them to believe that observed glaciers currently lose between half a meter and one meter of ice thickness every year – this is two to three times more than the corresponding average of the 20th century.
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Probiotics For Frogs

August 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

A new paper says protective probiotics could fight the "chytrid" fungus that has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide.

Jenifer Walke, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, and collaborators have grown bacterial species from the skin microbiome of four species of amphibians. 


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Want To Quit Smoking? Strengthen Your Self-Control

August 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

The desire to quit smoking--often considered a requirement for enrolling in treatment programs--is not always necessary to reduce cigarette cravings, argues a review of addiction research. Early evidence suggests that exercises aimed at increasing self-control, such as mindfulness meditation, can decrease the unconscious influences that motivate a person to smoke. 

Scientists are looking to the brain to understand why setting a "quit day" isn't a surefire way to rid oneself of a cigarette habit. Recent neuroimaging studies have shown that smokers have less activity in the brain regions associated with self-control, raising questions around whether targeting these neurobiological circuits could be a way to treat addiction.


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Your Fear Of Radiation Is Irrational

August 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps. It’s 10 am on a Wednesday in early March, cold and snowy – but not in the entrance to the main gallery of what was once a gold mine. Togged out in swimming trunks, flip-flops and a bath robe, I have just squeezed into one of the carriages of a narrow-gauge railway that’s about to carry me 2 km into the heart of the Radhausberg mountain.

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Junk Science Report Card

August 4, 2015 - 11:30am
The American Council on Science and Health has been single-minded about promoting evidence-based decision-making since 1978.  The Council was formed in response to groups doing just the opposite of science, they instead perpetuated and sometimes even created the opposite of what would inform the public.

We call such tripe "junk science."
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Review Claims Link Between Wireless Devices And Cancer

August 3, 2015 - 11:35pm

A metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from your wireless devices could be the link to a number of health risks, such as various neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, according to a recent review which claims experimental data links metabolic effects of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation and living cells.

This imbalance, also known as oxidative stress, is defined by co-author Dr. Igor Yakymenko as, “an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidant defense.” Yakymenko explains the oxidative stress due to RFR exposure could explain not only cancer, but also other minor disorders such as headache, fatigue, and skin irritation, which could develop after long-term RFR exposure.


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Why Alfred Hitchcock Grabs Your Attention

August 3, 2015 - 11:35pm

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences' brains. Their study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Hitchcock and other suspenseful films. During high suspense moments, the brain narrows what people see and focuses their attention on the story. During less suspenseful moments of the film clips, viewers devote more attention to their surroundings.


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Wind Energy Subsidies Boost It To 8 Percent Of Europe's Electricity

August 3, 2015 - 11:35pm

EU's grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to a JRC report, the impressive growth of the industry will allow at least 12% electricity share by 2020, a significant contribution to the goal of the European energy and climate package of 20% share of energy from renewable sources.


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57% Of Consumers Buy Meat With Special Labels

August 3, 2015 - 1:30pm

From "free range" and "grass fed" to "all natural" and "pasture raised", if there is a label that can appeal to consumers, someone will print a label.

And it works. Profit margins are good in the organic/pick-a-process market, and meat is a large chunk of their $100 billion business. It's among the fastest growing components of the overall organic food market over the last decade, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report Branded Refrigerated Meats and Meals: U.S. Market Trends.


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In The Government-Funded Big Science World, We Don't Value Cross-Disciplinary Research

August 3, 2015 - 1:00pm

Until the early 1900s, scholars took it for granted that they could draw on any area of knowledge to inform their thinking on the major questions of the day. Medieval polymaths such as Hildegard of Bingen (medicine, linguistics, botany, art, philosophy and music) opened the door to Victorian scholars such as Temple Chevallier (astronomy, theology and maths) and Thomas Young (medicine, physics, music and Egyptology).

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Drinking Tends To Wind Down After Couples Settle Down

August 3, 2015 - 12:30pm
 Research on alcohol-use disorders consistently shows problem drinking decreases as we age.

Basically, we mature in young adulthood.

Psychologists believe they have found evidence that marriage can cause dramatic drinking reductions even among people with severe drinking problems and is not just another aspect of maturity.
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Hormone Replacement Therapy 13 Years After The Women’s Health Initiative Study

August 3, 2015 - 12:30pm

It has been 13 years since the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) studies that examined the role of menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in prevention of cardiovascular disease. It can be argued that never before or since has a medical study generated such controversy by the media and scientific community.

To this day, the results are still being debated, reinterpreted and, in many cases, misinterpreted.

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War On Fun: Banning Legal Highs A New Low For Freedom

August 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Most of us would choose to experience pleasure – however we may define it – as often as possible. The public health and criminal justice systems are set up by the government partly to shape how, when and where we find pleasure, so that we balance our enjoyment with working and paying taxes.
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We're Overdosing On Medicine: Time To Embrace Uncertainty Instead

August 2, 2015 - 10:35pm

The more we learn about the problem of too much medicine and what’s driving it, the harder it seems to imagine effective solutions. Winding back unnecessary tests and treatments will require a raft of reforms across medical research, education and regulation.

But to enable those reforms to take root, we may need to cultivate a fundamental shift in our thinking about the limits of medicine.

It’s time to free ourselves from the dangerous fantasy that medical technology can deliver us from the realities of uncertainty, aging and death.

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Clinical Validation For LOXO-101 Against TRK Fusion Cancer

August 2, 2015 - 6:30pm

Loxo Oncology, Inc. and The University of Colorado Cancer Center today announced the publication of a research brief describing the first patient with a tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) fusion cancer enrolled in the Phase 1 dose escalation trial of LOXO-101, the only selective TRK inhibitor in clinical development. Additional contributors to the paper include the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health&Science University and Foundation Medicine, Inc. (Nasdaq:FMI).


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Resolving The Cancer/Diet Paradox

August 2, 2015 - 6:02pm

How much does diet affect the cancer patient? Do "antioxidants" really play an important role in health - or are they causing more cancers than they cure? And what exactly is the relationship between obesity and cancer?

The latest Special Issue in ecancermedicalscience collects four original articles from experts in cancer and metabolism, addressing the hottest areas of research in this rapidly developing field.

"In our clinical practice, cancer patients often ask 'Doctor, is there something specific I should eat or avoid eating?'" says Guest Editor of this Special Issue, Dr Luca Mazzarella of the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.


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Earth’s Magnetic Field May Be 4 Billion Years Old

August 2, 2015 - 6:02pm
Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years but new research says the magnetic field is far older. John Tarduno, a geophysicist at the University of Rochester and a leading expert on Earth’s magnetic field, and his team of researchers say they believe the Earth’s magnetic field is at least four billion years old.
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Non-Genetic Cancer Mechanism Found

August 2, 2015 - 4:44pm

Cancer can be caused solely by protein imbalances within cells, a study of ovarian cancer has found. The discovery is a major breakthrough because genetic aberrations have been seen as the main cause of almost all cancer. 


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