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Mortal Kombat E. Coli Edition

Feb 06 2018 - 10:02

Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw

These words of Alfred Lord Tennyson have come to represent Darwinian "survival of the fittest." But how do you survive when you have neither tooth or claw? Bacteria use chemical weapons, and using E. Coli as a model; researchers sought to understand how simple regulators might produce multiple combat strategies. The investigation also asked whether strategy would provide a survival advantage.

E. Coli’s chemical defenses

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Breast Cancer Treatments Vary on Whether Others Close Have Died from Disease

Feb 06 2018 - 07:02

A new study says that among high-risk women, how they approached treatment and prevention was clearly related to whether they personally knew of family members or friends who died of breast cancer. Those who did were more likely to take aggressive measures to battle the disease; those who didn't took a more conservative approach.

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‘Social Justice Warrior’ Vandana Shiva Is A Poor Advocate for the Poor

Feb 06 2018 - 06:02

The recently-published “Social Justice Warrior Handbook,” which satirizes people who promote liberal, multicultural, anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, politically correct views, could have had Indian activist and mountebank Vandana Shiva on the cover.  She opposes the tools and practices of modern agriculture and science--and well, modernity in general—and advocates retrogressive policies that will cause widespread malnourishment, deprivation and death to the very people she claims to champion.

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NPR Is Seeking a Science Editor. Science Education Not Required

Feb 05 2018 - 21:02

Why hire a PhD or a person with a bachelor's degree in science when it's cheaper and easier to hire a social media intern who has spent the last few years copying-and-pasting press releases about scary toxins and miracle vegetables?

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How do Thunderstorms Make Asthma Worse for Some?

Feb 05 2018 - 13:02

In 2016, on one spring day in Australia (around November), which is also thunderstorm season there, thousands of people began to have trouble breathing, all at the same time.

It was a national asthma attack that ended up killing ten people. The culprit was something called thunderstorm asthma which was first identified in the 1980s. 

Why does thunderstorm asthma happen? 

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Seoul Virus — A Rat Double-Cross

Feb 05 2018 - 11:02

James Cagney might call these "dirty double-crossing rats" but they're likely not dirty, and they don't mean to do it. But pet rats can carry and pass along a type of hantavirus, the Seoul virus, that can make their owners pretty sick, says the CDC.

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Want Your Partner To Slim Down? Start Losing Weight Yourself

Feb 05 2018 - 09:02

Partner getting a little junk in the trunk? How can you get him/her to slim down? Start dieting yourself. Trust us, your partner will follow. 

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Hot Tea Does Not Cause Cancer - Despite IARC's Belief, It Never Did

Feb 05 2018 - 08:02

http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/With much fanfare, the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that hot beverages are carcinogenic. But a new study shows that tea is not a culprit. 

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Dr. Wells Interviews POTUS' Doctor, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, At The White House

Feb 05 2018 - 07:02

As the first physician to serve three administrations AND be the appointed Physician to the President for two presidents, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is a historical figure. Find out here: Are presidents difficult patients? Can his team operate on Air Force One? How does he feel about his recent press conference over President Trump's physical or the politicizing of a candidate's health, in general? And more...

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Machines Learn to Mimic Physician's Thought - Kicking It Old School

Feb 05 2018 - 05:02

Researchers have found a way to model the thinking of experts that could allow machines to explain their "thinking." That would be a great step forward in the deep learning of medical diagnosis by computers.

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