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Missed for Decades, 1.5 Million Penguins Found in Antarctica

Mar 02 2018 - 15:03

Biologists studying animal life on Antarctica believed that a particular species of penguin was in peril, undergoing a precipitous population decline since the 1970s.

New findings, however, show a massive discovery of the black-and-white seabirds – mainly because researchers missed looking on one group of islands on the tip of the continental peninsula. 

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BPA Safety-Deniers' Last Gasp (And It's Really Lame)

Mar 02 2018 - 15:03

As astounding amount of time and money have wasted studying bisphenol A, a plastic component, which has been used for 60 years. Now the FDA has issued a report confirming what we already know - the stuff is not hazardous. But some academics cannot let it go and their reasoning for further studies just doesn't cut it.  Enough already.

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Is There A Magic Formula for Scientific Innovation?

Mar 02 2018 - 08:03

Using data on scientific citations and impact, a group of scientists reflect on what makes for innovative science hoping to craft a formula.

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An Unexpected Gene Important in Brain Infection

Mar 02 2018 - 07:03

For most children, an infection with a virus like herpes simplex or influenza (the flu) will cause the typical symptoms and run its course.  

But, for about one out in every 10,000 people who are exposed to these common viruses, a potentially deadly disease, encephalitis, develops. Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, is caused by the viruses ability to invade the brainstem. But, why does this happen to a small subset of otherwise healthy children? 

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Eating Raw Meat Is Flunking IQ Test

Mar 01 2018 - 21:03

Pigs have their noses constantly in the mud, and they eat just about anything. It's not a surprise, therefore, that they carry potentially dangerous infections. Raising the pig yourself and naming it Oinker doesn't mean the pig will be more hygienic than any other pig.

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Can’t Get To Your Doctor’s Visit? Uber Wants In

Mar 01 2018 - 15:03

Newly launched Uber Health hopes to make a dent in access to health care for the 3.6 million Americans who delay or miss medical appointments due to transportation problems resulting in $150 billion losses annually.

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If Johnny Can't Read It Could Be His Eyes: Even If He Has 20/20 Vision

Mar 01 2018 - 11:03

An elementary school child who has difficulty reading is likely to have his or her eyesight checked and if the results come back as 20/20, it might be assumed that the eyes aren't the problem. But recent research suggests even kids who make that particular grade may still have an eye-related problem, and different testing procedures are in order.

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The Top Four Killer Animals Amongst us

Mar 01 2018 - 11:03

A recent article highlighted the animals responsible for human deaths in the United States. It is time they are exposed for the natural born killers they can be. 

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Antabuse - A Very Good Pill To Stop Drinking, But Don't Cheat

Mar 01 2018 - 08:03

There are good prescription drugs, bad ones, and then there is Antabuse (generic name disulfiram). It is both. It works, but you'd better give it plenty of respect. 

As the name implies, Antabuse is used to prevent alcoholics from drinking. It sure works for that, but so does killing a mosquito by sitting in a room with it, and pulling the pin on a hand grenade. Effective? Yes. Subtle? Not so much. Yet, when subtlety doesn't work you might need the hand grenade. Alcoholism sometimes needs the grenade.

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Chemicals Are Life; How Is NYT's Nicholas Kristof Avoiding Them?

Mar 01 2018 - 07:03

NYT's Nicholas Kristof sure knows how to live harder, not smarter. He's been avoiding chemicals and living clean — as he puts it — for several years. And yet, the results from an at-home detox kit that tested his urine for chemical exposure came back less than stellar. 

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Live In Dubai? Prepare to be Sequenced

Feb 28 2018 - 23:02

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is taking the label "human genome project" to the next level by undertaking a project known as the Dubai 10X initiative. The ambitious project will sequence the DNA of all of the residents of Dubai - 3 million people - with the first phase focusing on UAE nationals.

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Animate Objects In Orifices: The Airway

Feb 28 2018 - 22:02

Due to the popularity of the Inanimate Objects in Orifices series that discussed the consequence of foreign bodies in the body (broken down by location), it was time to feature those creepy crawlers like leeches and fish and how they wreak havoc when accidentally inhaled.

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A Closer Look at (Mostly Useless) Supplements

Feb 28 2018 - 11:02

We've been discussing the uselessness of healthy people taking vitamin/mineral supplements for lo, these many years. But if you don't believe us, just see what some doctors from Harvard are advising their colleagues about who really needs vitamins and when.

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Doctors Advise Doctors About Supplements

Feb 28 2018 - 11:02

We've been discussing the uselessness of healthy people taking vitamin/mineral supplements for lo, these many years. But if you don't believe us, just see what some doctors from Harvard are advising their colleagues about who really needs vitamins and when.

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