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Insect Outsources Key Metabolism to Bacterium with a Tiny Genome

Nov 27 2017 - 13:11

If you are ever in need of an impressive biological story, look no further than the examples of mutualism (also known as reciprocal altruism) when two totally unrelated species coexist and both benefit from the relationship. One recently discovered example of this is particularly impressive.

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Despite their Tiny Genome, a Beetle's Bacteria Pack a Big Punch

Nov 27 2017 - 13:11

If you are ever in need of an impressive biological story, look no further than the examples of mutualism (also known as reciprocal altruism) when two totally unrelated species coexist and both benefit from the relationship. One recently discovered example of this is particularly impressive.

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Now You See It: Corrective Lens Implants - An Interview With Leejee H. Suh, M.D.

Nov 27 2017 - 08:11

Vision techniques have become so sophisticated that you can sit in a chair, feel absolutely nothing, and walk out 30 minutes later with 20/20 vision. And an interview with Dr. Leejee Suh, an ophthalmological surgeon at  Columbia University's Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute in New York

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Want to Fix Health Care? Start Valuing Doctors!

Nov 27 2017 - 07:11

Here’s a novel approach, appreciate and value the physicians in actual practice and watch job satisfaction soar. Otherwise, don't be surprised nearly 1 in 50 expect to leave the field entirely in the next 2 years to focus on a different career.

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HuffPo Publishes A Science Piece, Another Pro-Science Conspiracy Theory And More Media Links

Nov 27 2017 - 06:11

Serious science writers don't follow the Huffington Post. But when Dr. Angela Logomasini of Competitive Enterprise Institute posts something, it's worth walking into the belly of the anti-science beast. Here's that, and a few other things we've been up to recently.

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What Caused Passengers To Get Sick In Diverted United Flight?

Nov 27 2017 - 03:11

A United flight (UA-31) bound for Newark (New Jersey) from Munich (Germany) was safely diverted to London Heathrow Airport after multiple passengers complained of feeling lightheaded and unwell. What could cause this?

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Silver: A Sterling Element By Any Measure

Nov 24 2017 - 08:11

Did you know that 24k gold (at least 99.7% pure) makes lousy jewelry?  It is so soft that it can be bent by hand and you can even bite into it. To make it strong enough to be used as jewelry, other metals are added to form alloys (two or more metals dissolved in each other). Silver and copper are the most commonly used metals that are added to gold. 

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A Smoker's Paradise: Map of World's 50 Busiest Airports

Nov 24 2017 - 08:11

A traveler who smokes should be able to wait to light up until he gets home. But if he can't, he should arrange a layover in Europe or Asia.

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Undetected Parasitic Infection May Cause Deadly Cancer in Vietnam Vets

Nov 24 2017 - 06:11

A recent pilot study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs may indicate a decades-long infection with a parasite could be causing a deadly form of cancer in Vietnam veterans.

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Autonomous Cars Have Been Given Ethical Guidelines

Nov 24 2017 - 05:11

Did you hear the one about the autonomous car being involved in an accident and having to choose between saving the driver or the pedestrians? What's a car to do - sacrifice the one for the many, or them for you?

 
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Wrist Injuries in HS Sports are Common, and Often Severe

Nov 23 2017 - 07:11

When young athletes are injured playing high school sports, frequently the areas affected are the hands or wrists. Nearly 1 in 10 injuries fall into that category, with 45 percent of those resulting in fractures. That's one noteworthy finding of a new national study.

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Criminal Conduct by Rational Vaccines Co-Founder?

Nov 22 2017 - 12:11

What was the co-founder of Rational Vaccines thinking when he injected eight patients with a live herpes virus formulated as a vaccine at the Holiday Inn? What was previously a sordid tale, lurches towards the criminal.  

 
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Chemotherapy may Lead to Antibiotic Resistant Infections

Nov 22 2017 - 08:11

A new role for chemotherapy is emerging, and it's not a good one. It is thought that the same drugs used to treat cancer patients may also lead to sepsis with antibiotic resistant bacteria, resulting in infections that may be lethal.

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3rd Grade Teacher Shows Kids How to Be Environmental Activists

Nov 22 2017 - 08:11

By encouraging her students to do incomplete research on a scientific topic and to lobby politicians for political change, a 3rd grade teacher is showing kids how to be environmental activists. What a shame.

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Black Friday Bioterrorism: If Tom Clancy's 'The Division' Were Real, How Could It Happen?

Nov 22 2017 - 06:11

In March of 2016, a game called "Tom Clancy's The Division" was released. Unlike other "shooter" games such as "Destiny" and "Call of Duty", "The Division" has a compelling science story.(1) And the plot began on "Black Friday", the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Raw Cat Food Could Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Nov 22 2017 - 06:11

The craze of 'all-natural foods' has been extended to pets, with some companies providing raw meat products for dogs and cats. Recent research makes us query the wisdom of such a practice, since some raw cat foods are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria — which of course could spread to the pets' owners.

 
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Unauthorized Touching: It's Not What You’re Thinking

Nov 22 2017 - 04:11

Unauthorized touching has been in the news quite a bit, but many of us engage in a different form when we disobey the Do Not Touch signs in the museum. 

 
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Unauthorized touching – It is Not What You’re Thinking

Nov 22 2017 - 04:11

Unauthorized touching has been in the news quite a bit, but many of us engage in a different form when we disobey the Do Not Touch signs in the museum. 

 
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The Neo Malthusians Return

Nov 22 2017 - 04:11

CO2 emissions have replaced food resources for the Neo Malthusians who are calling for immediate action before the cataclysm. 

               
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Boy with Cancer, Whose Early Xmas Wish Spurs Worldwide Outpouring, Dies

Nov 21 2017 - 15:11

Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old suffering from cancer, whose request to help him celebrate his last Christmas went viral – and was met with a global outpouring of love – has died. His death was due to neuroblastoma. What exactly is it?

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