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Chasing Added Sleep Using Zeeq, a High-Tech Pillow

Dec 07 2017 - 07:12

I'm a big believer in sleep. That's because it provides the foundation for being productive and healthy each day. When you get a good night's sleep you wake up refreshed and clear-headed, benefits that are widely known – so I'm not breaking any news here.

I'm also – if I may say – pretty good it. So I feel I have the necessary credentials (in a layman's sort of way) to go down this road.

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Sonic Attack: Cuba Playing Us for Fools

Dec 06 2017 - 19:12

It has been a few months since news broke of a suspected "sonic attack" against American diplomats and their staff at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. Unfortunately, we seem to be nowhere closer to solving the mystery behind what happened.

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Brewing Up A Better Gasoline Additive With Beer?

Dec 06 2017 - 16:12

It takes gasoline additives to ensure that a car engine runs properly. Otherwise, the engine will knock and you'll be knocking on your mechanic's door holding a whole bunch of your favorite dollars. But a group from Bristol University has figured out how to make isobutanol, an excellent gas additive, from beer. Here is the chemistry. 

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DNA Isolation in 30 Seconds is a Dream Come True for Scientists

Dec 06 2017 - 14:12

The ability to extract DNA from cells is a cornerstone of molecular biology. Without the ability to isolate pure DNA, there is no ability to sequence, clone or manipulate that DNA. 

Back when I started at the bench, isolating DNA was a chore. I worked in a neuroscience lab and part of my job was genotyping the mouse colony. In order to know whether a mouse pup had received one or two copies of the gene that we were studying from its parents, I had to analyze it's DNA. First, I had to get it's DNA. 

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What Do Racially Ambivalent Lizards, Amy Winehouse, Canonical Amino Acids and Melanoma Have In Common?

Dec 06 2017 - 10:12

Don't let the title discourage you even though it's pretty bad:

"Design of MC1R Selective γ-MSH Analogues with Canonical Amino Acids Leads to Potency and Pigmentation"


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Judge Orders Nurses Opposing Flu Vaccination to Comply

Dec 06 2017 - 07:12

A Superior Court judge ruled that a large nurses union must adhere to the vaccination policy set forth by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. If not for this decision forcing the Massachusetts Nurses Association to comply, the nurses avoiding a flu shot would have posed a potential threat to patients they tend to each day. 

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Left-Handers Have Advantage in Sports with High Time Pressure

Dec 05 2017 - 19:12

Why are there more left-handed table tennis players than tennis players? One researcher believes he has the answer: Time pressure.

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Did Sex Therapist Break Privilege Speaking About Matt Lauer?

Dec 05 2017 - 11:12

Scandals shouldn't eradicate the basic tenets of doctor-patient privilege.

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Obesity: Diabetes Link Clarified

Dec 05 2017 - 11:12

Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, as well as for the insulin resistance that is a hallmark of the disease. Mouse studies suggest that obesity results in the production of microRNAs by adipose tissue that diminish the ability of tissues to respond to insulin.

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75% of Brits Use Google To Try And Cure Themselves Rather Than Wait For An NHS Appointment

Dec 05 2017 - 08:12

Critics of the United Kingdom's government health plan, the National Health Service, sit on both sides. Doctors say hospitals are understaffed and they are underpaid, the public gripes about long wait times.

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Patient's Tattooed Directive is Stark Reminder to Plan Your Demise

Dec 05 2017 - 07:12

The odd case of a stricken man arriving at a Florida hospital with no ID, no family member – but with a bold tattoo stating that critical, life-saving intervention be withheld – is serving as a bizarre but essential reminder to the rest of us to raise a difficult, yet frequently-skirted, topic.

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Les Miserable Chemists: Will The French Replace Glyphosate With Something 'Worse?'

Dec 05 2017 - 06:12

French President Emmanuel Macron has declared he will ban the American herbicide glyphosate within three years, and sooner if a replacement is ready. Italy has vowed to do the same. Activists have said the replacement is already available, and it has been used in France since 1863 - a fatty acid called pelargonic (a.k.a. nonanoic) acid.

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Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus (First Time in U.S.)

Dec 04 2017 - 17:12

A baby was born from a living-donor’s transplanted uterus for the first time in the United States.

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Do Worms Experience a Placebo Effect?

Dec 04 2017 - 12:12

When a drug or treatment is tested for efficacy, there are two groups (at least) of people involved in the experiment. One group receives the actual drug or treatment (the experimental group). The other group receives a treatment or "medication" that appears indistinguishable from the actual drug or treatment, but has no known effect - the placebo or a sham.

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The Vast Conservative Conspiracy To Be Pro-Science Spreads, We're In WSJ, And More Media Links Last Week

Dec 04 2017 - 06:12

1. In Wall Street Journal, Dr. Alex Berezow talked about how reliant we are on GPS. Technology is a great thing, of course, and I bet we would adjust pretty rapidly without it, but there would be a lot of tourists in Washington, DC looking for the White House and ending up at the other 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that is four miles away. That's how goofy the nation's capitol is laid out.

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Placenta Eating Has No Benefit, Some Risk And Is Ridiculous

Dec 03 2017 - 11:12

Many animals eat their placenta after birth. Zoologists know this is to ward off predators, but when the "natural" birth movement took off in the 1960s, believers stated that if animals do it, it must be for a health reason and humans should also.

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Astronauts' Core Body Temperature Increases on Extended Space Missions

Dec 03 2017 - 05:12

Being an astronaut is a hazardous job. Not only are they exposed to higher levels of radiation and the fury of earth's atmosphere upon re-entry, they must also handle a nearly 2° F increase in core body temperature.

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Breakfast Might Be A Marker For A Healthy Lifestyle, But Could it Prevent Obesity?

Dec 02 2017 - 11:12

It's an ongoing debate — can breakfast help deter obesity? Some research has found no connection, but a recent study of Spanish adults suggests that breakfast eaters have a lower risk of developing abdominal obesity, the most dangerous kind.

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Bacteria Can Live in Ice Cubes, but Not in Whisky

Dec 01 2017 - 13:12

Given microbes' ubiquitous nature, we expect a certain amount of bacteria to be in our kitchens, on items like raw chicken and filthy dish sponges. But, there are certain places where finding bacteria is a bit more surprising, for example, in the freezer.

However, a new paper challenges that assumption and may make us pause before we add that "clink" to our drink. 

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