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How To Reduce Gadolinium Heavy Metal Contrast Agent In MRI Using AI

Nov 26 2018 - 10:11
In 2017, action star Chuck Norris and his wife Gena sued 11 companies for $10 million over gadolinium used in her MRIs, stating she was poisoned by the contrast agent.

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Watch Insight Lander Live As It Lands On Mars

Nov 26 2018 - 06:11

Coverage begins at 2 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. UTC). Landing starts about 40 minutes later and it is about an hour later, 3.01 p.m. EST that you get confirmation that it landed successfully, just a beep. First image from the surface several minutes later at 3.04 pm EST, but it could be delayed to the next day. See the timeline here NASA Landing on Mars milestones

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Handshake Chain Through History

Nov 24 2018 - 21:11
Years ago I enjoyed the wandering of James Burke in his Connections and Dya the Universe Changed books and documentaries. There seemed to be a chain of people involved with development of the many historical scientific and technological discoveries. This prompted me to is investigate whether there might be connections throughout history between myself and and these figures. This would be somewhat similar to the Kevin Bacon parlor game to identify an actor's connection to Kevin Bacon by a string of their movies. There is also a mathematical genealogical website listing the advisers and students through modern history in mathematics doctoral studies. But what would be considered a connection.

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Black Friday Is The Day Of The Division Bio-Terrorist Attack: Here's How It Could Happen

Nov 23 2018 - 08:11

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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A Video Of The Fantastic CEPC Project

Nov 23 2018 - 06:11
What machine will replace the Large Hadron Collider to further our knowledge of fundamental physics at the high-energy frontier, in the forthcoming decades? 

The question is not at all a far-fetched one: these large machines require two decades to be built - and can then typically be operated for two further decades, amassing collision data that slowly but steadily improve the precision of our estimates of the parameters of nature.

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What The IPCC Report Actually Said - Seeing Behind The Journalistic Exaggerations And Fake News

Nov 22 2018 - 18:11

Many journalists have penned exaggerated, click baity but inaccurate articles about the IPCC report on climate change. One of the worst is the one published in the NY Times. It doesn’t have that many out and out mistakes, but it is a highly respected source, and so its mistakes, particularly the confusion of carbon costs and carbon pricing, and not being clear about what happens in 2040, in 2075 or 2100, confused many people and got reposted in many articles.

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Nothing To Worry About - ‘Dark Matter Hurricane’ - If Exists, Has Blown Through Earth For All Human History & We Don't Notice

Nov 22 2018 - 18:11

This is running as a scary story in the more sensationalist science outlets. Dark matter barely interacts with matter and if they are right we are right in the middle of it already. It can’t do any harm. It’s been doing this for all of human history and more.

It's not even like a wind. Not even like the pressure of light. It's like nothing at all.

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Nothing To Worry About - ‘Dark Matter Hurricane’ - If Exists, Has Blown Through Earth For All Human History & We Don't Notice

Nov 22 2018 - 18:11

This is running as a scary story in the more sensationalist science outlets. Dark matter barely interacts with matter and if they are right we are right in the middle of it already. It can’t do any harm. It’s been doing this for all of human history and more.

It's not even like a wind. Not even like the pressure of light. It's like nothing at all.

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Why You Don’t Need To Be Scared Of The Apep Potential Gamma Ray Burst Star - Not Pointed Our Way

Nov 22 2018 - 18:11

Nothing to worry about for us. It's pointing in the wrong direction to ever harm us with the gamma ray burst jet. Their best fit model is that it is angled at 30 degrees to the line of sight.

It is too far away from us anyway at 8,000 light years. And there are no gamma ray burst candidates close enough to harm us. I go into that in detail in my article:

But this would be seriously bad news for any living beings that are on stars right close by within a few light years especially, along the line of the jet. Up to 50 light years away, it would cause significant effects on a planet like ours.

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No, The World Is Not Going To Explode Because Of Sea Water Sinking Into Subduction Zones - What Does The Research Say?

Nov 22 2018 - 18:11

This is a very bizarre click bait title from the NY Post that is scaring people. There is nothing here to worry anyone. It is not true at all,even the article itself says nothing about the planet exploding. Just some journalists inventive idea about a way to get people to click on the title?? Fake news. But the research is interesting, an interesting puzzle

Fake click bait title from the NY Post:

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No, The World Is Not Going To Explode Because Of Sea Water Sinking Into Subduction Zones - What Does The Research Say?

Nov 22 2018 - 18:11
This is a very bizarre click bait title from the NY Post that is scaring people. There is nothing here to worry anyone. It is not true at all,even the article itself says nothing about the planet exploding. Just some journalists inventive idea about a way to get people to click on the title?? Fake news.

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Vaping Replaced Cigarettes, And That Is A Public Health Win

Nov 21 2018 - 11:11
Early this year, I testified at FDA in support of approval for a new smoking cessation tool called iQOS. While it may have seemed odd for the president of the American Council on Science and Health, which has campaigned against smoking for 40 years, to endorse a product made by a tobacco company, the reason was simple data.

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Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce, Warns CDC Two Weeks Late

Nov 20 2018 - 16:11
After 32 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 in 11 states between October 8th to October 31st, the CDC is now warning people about Romaine lettuce.  All of it, whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad, because no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

If you keep lettuce that long, anyway. The CDC is great about food warnings that are weeks too late, the same thing happened last year, only then they warned people about the November outbreak in January so this is an improvement.

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Ropadoxuridine-A New Cancer Prodrug To Safely Boost The Efficacy Of Radiation

Nov 20 2018 - 14:11
Radiation is one of the most common treatments used in fighting cancer with roughly 60% of cancer patients benefiting from it alone or in combination with chemotherapy. Radiation is used to either destroy tumors completely or to shrink them prior to surgical removal. Previous research had led to a promising compound called Idoxuridine (IUdR) which had been shown to significantly improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy. The drug however, could only be given intravenously (IV) and had many side effects for patients. As a result of more recent research, a prodrug called IPdR has been developed. It is called a prodrug because by itself it has little or no pharmacological efficacy.

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Paola Mayfield Bleaching Her Hair While Pregnant Is Perfectly Safe

Nov 20 2018 - 14:11
Mommy shaming and chemophobia have long found common cause when it comes to the cosmetics industry.

Though mercenary, it is understandable why companies that make labels "certifying" something safe, and activists raising money touting our doom, prey on expectant parents; they are easy targets. Being a new parent is scary. Books are basically useless and 'better safe than sorry' is a well-worn cliché.

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Gender Ideology In Science: The New Dogma And The New Witch Hunt

Nov 19 2018 - 15:11

Because its spirit seeks truth objectively rather than by imposition, science must enjoy academic freedom to be useful.The spirit of science is dialectic, in perpetual open discussion and debate about the nature of things. It is the opposite of religion, the opposite of fundamentalist positions and dogma, the opposite of politics or diplomacy.

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Why Some Deer Have Fangs Instead Of Antlers Like Most Other Cloven-Hoofed Animals

Nov 16 2018 - 11:11

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science -- When do you need a broadsword, and when would you be better off with a dagger? That's the question that faced artiodactyls, the group of mammals that includes deer, antelope, goats, giraffes, pigs, buffalo and cows, during their evolution.

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Experiment: EpiPen Still Works After Being Frozen

Nov 16 2018 - 09:11
Though anaphylaxis is rare, you are more likely to be murdered this Thanksgiving than die from a food allergy, companies and schools are increasingly buying epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens), which has led to shortages (government approval policies make it difficult for competitors to enter the market) and thus high costs. Though rare, the consequences of anaphylaxis are high, much more severe than using it when it might not be necessary.

If you are one of the millions of people in the U.S. who now carries an epinephrine auto injector (EAI) you probably wondered if it will still work if it freezes this winter. It will, according to new research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Machine Learning For Jet Physics: New, Or Just Cool, Ideas

Nov 15 2018 - 15:11
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there is a workshop going on this week at Fermilab, where 110 attendees - mostly particle physicists, but some computer scientists are also present - discuss how to push for more effective use of machine learning tools in the extraction of information on particle collisions. 

Also one goal is to understand what new ideas from the world of machine learning could find ideal applications in the typical use cases of research in fundamental physics. Here I wish to mention a few interesting things that I heard at the workshop so far, in random order. I will rarely make direct reference to the talks, to encourage you to dig into the pdf files available here.

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California Fires: Where There's Smoke There's PM 2.5 Junk Science

Nov 15 2018 - 15:11
As I write this, our local school is closed due to concern about smoke inhalation. Other parts of the nation may not realize it but two severe wildfires broke out recently, in northern and southern California. If this had happened anywhere near New York City or Washington, D.C. it would be called Smokemageddon, or a Particulate Vortex, or something else clever, but because it's California we won't get Lester Holt in a facemask and 24 hour coverage on CNN.

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