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Claim: 30,000 Lives Could Be Saved By Making The World's Cleanest Air Even Cleaner - But The Data Don't Show It

Jul 24 2019 - 14:07
With air pollution a distant memory outside some pockets in the United States (or during wildfires), the U.S. EPA oddly embraced one paper, which they had not seen any data for(1), claiming that particles so small they could only be detected with an electron microscope, 2.5 microns in size, were killing people.

Data didn't show it, but it doesn't matter and that is the great thing about modern epidemiology. In this decade, epidemiologists only need to show a statistical correlation and then they get media coverage and hand it off to scientists and tell them to show it. It's sort of like theoretical physicists claiming they can show time travel or a multiverse and the incompetent noobs in experimental physics need to drop everything and prove them right. 

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Physicians Aren't Great Patients - For Themselves

Jul 23 2019 - 15:07

Despite believing that self-care is a vitally important part of health and overall well-being, many physicians overlook their own self-care, according to a new survey released today, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Lack of time, job demands, family demands, being too tired and burnout are the most common reasons for not practicing their desired amount of self-care.

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Aromatherapy Against Pests: Essential Oils Work Ato Protect Broccoli, If The Oil Is Garlic

Jul 23 2019 - 13:07
Aromatherapy, essential oils, and such, have no medical benefit in humans, but they do work against some pests, if you don't want to use something better.

The process is simple enough for simpler creatures; insects are attracted to some smells and repelled by others. So use the repellent on plants you want to keep. 

Like garlic on broccoli.

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White Cops Aren't More Likely To Kill Minority Suspects Than Black Or Hispanic Officers

Jul 23 2019 - 13:07
There is a belief that white police officers are trigger happy when it comes to minority crime suspects but analysis of shootings in the comprehensive database of fatal officer-involved shootings (FOIS) shows that is not true.

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Mount Zion Archaeological Evidence Confirms First Crusade Attack

Jul 23 2019 - 13:07
In 637, a few years after the founder of Islam, Muhammad, died, one of his military commanders completed the Arab conquest of Jerusalem, prior to that a holy city for Jews and Christians. It was over 400 years before Christians were able to take it back.

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Sacred Hype: Militant Hawaiians Urged On By Mainland Activists Continue To Protest Astronomy

Jul 23 2019 - 12:07
If I have a choice between an emissions-belching factory near my home or clean, high-paying jobs from a diverse group of educated people 13,000 feet above where citizens live, I am siding with science.

This is why while I was a successful environmental fundraiser, many of their positions made no sense to me, even when I was young and naïve. Many of the positions I was supposed to believe in weren't about the environment, they were about manufacturing hype to raise money. Hawaiʻi's Thirty Meter Telescope is another example where it is not about the environment - 13 observatories and telescopes have been there for over 40 years - and it is also not about the next tactic after the environmental argument failed - religion. 

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First Time Users Try Recreational Drugs During Recreational Summers

Jul 23 2019 - 08:07
There are only four seasons so one of them is going to win when it comes to drug use, and it's little surprise that season for teenagers is summer,when kids are not in school.

A recent analysis of survey results found that 34 percent of new LSD initiates first used the drug in the summer. In addition, 30 percent of marijuana, 30 percent of ecstasy (MDMA/Molly), and 28 percent of cocaine use was found to begin in summer months. Since summer is 25 percent of the seasons this is not really compelling insight, but if epidemiologists want to get National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funding, they need to find things to hype up.

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Sexual Dimorphism: Pliensbachian Apodoceras

Jul 22 2019 - 00:07
This stunning specimen with her regal ridges (and small anomaly) is an Apoderoceras ammonite, an extinct genus of cephalopod and active predatory mollusk belonging to the subclass Ammonoidea.

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McAbee Fossil Beds Re-Open To The Public

Jul 22 2019 - 00:07
A rare fossil feather from the Eocene fossil beds at McAbee near Cache Creek, British Columbia. The McAbee beds are known worldwide for their incredible abundance and diversity of plant, insect and fish fossils.

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Horseshoe Crabs: Xiphosura Arthropods

Jul 21 2019 - 23:07
Horseshoe crabs are classic living fossils. These marine and brackish water arthropods of the order Xiphosura are slowly evolving, conservative taxa.

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First Nation Middens: History In The Bones

Jul 20 2019 - 10:07
Many First Nations sites were inhabited continually for centuries. These sites were both home, providing continuity and community and also formed a spiritual connection to the landscape. The day to day activities of each of these communities would much like our own. Babies were born, meals were served and life followed a natural cycle.

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Restoring Electrical Conductivity In Pancreatic Islet Cells: A Cure For Type 2 Diabetes

Jul 20 2019 - 09:07

We've known for some time that the islet is sensitive to a glucose demand in secreting insulin and uses gap junctions as a tuning parameter in this adaptation. Thus restoring natural cellular function through the use of microcurrents or electrical connectivity holds much promise for the future of diabetes treatment and pancreatic islet cell repair.

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The Plot Of The Week - CMS Searches For Higgs Decays To Charm Quarks

Jul 20 2019 - 09:07
While you and I may have been lagging behind a bit as of late, excused by a particularly hot July, the CMS collaboration has kept grinding its data, producing exquisite new results from the large amounts of proton-proton collisions that the experiment has collecting during Run 2, i.e. until last year. 
Of course, the process of going from subatomic collisions to submitted papers is a long and complex one. The first part of the journey involves triggering, storage, and reconstruction of the acquired datasets, , and reduction of the data into an analysis-friendly format. While this is might sound like a partly automatic and painless procedure, it involves the expense of liters of sweat by conscentious collaborators who oversee the data acquisition and its processing.

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Number Of Women Using Marijuana During Pregnancy Nearly Doubles

Jul 19 2019 - 15:07
Claims about marijuana being medical have never been shown in clinical trials, they have instead been a joke among users, but it opened the doorway to recreational legalization. Yet the myth of benefit, or at least lack of harm, persist, and new survey results show more women are smoking it daily. Even pregnant ones. At least in California.

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Cigarette Butt Litter Hurts Plant Growth

Jul 19 2019 - 10:07
The most disgusting thing about cigarette smoking for most isn't the smoke, nor is it the prospect of toxic carcinogens causing cancer in smokers the rest of us will end up subsidizing, it is that smokers often throw their garbage on the ground afterward and expect someone else to pick it up.(1) 

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Music May Be Able To Replace Anxiety Medication Before Anesthesia

Jul 19 2019 - 10:07
There is no substitute for medication; not food, not meditation, not music, not supplements, not anything, except in instances where the issue is not medical. And for some, anxiety is a non-specific symptom for a disease they don't have, it is just concern about an event, and in those instances something like music may work as well as medication, finds a study using music before an anesthesia procedure.

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Exercise Helps Astronauts In Space Prevent Fainting

Jul 19 2019 - 09:07
For nearly as long as man has traveled into space, it has been known that it brings a greater risk of fainting upon return; and the longer the time in a gravity-free environment like space, the greater the risk appeared.

Orthostatic hypotension is the technical term for a temporary drop in blood pressure when a person stands up after sitting or lying down because blood rushes to the feet, away from the brain. Dizziness or fainting due to changes in blood flow can occur after lengthy bed rest, among people with certain health disorders or, in the case of astronauts, being in a low-gravity environment.

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Colon, Pancreatic And Lung Are The Deadliest Cancers But Get Little Funding

Jul 18 2019 - 17:07
Breast cancer, leukemia, and lymphoma get outsized funding compared to their mortality while pancreatic cancer, colon, liver, and others far deadlier get shorted, at least by government agencies. The private sector obviously wants to make products to save everyone, even if it's only 1,000 people a year.

Why? In the case of lung cancer, it may be because over half of lung cancers are caused by smoking and even more are statistically linked to smokers (second-hand smoke) but it still carries a stigma. Liver cancer may be associated with alcoholics. Both of those are lifestyle diseases and not genetic bad luck.

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Teamscience.net Hopes To Get Scientists To Collaborate Better - And It Seems To Work

Jul 18 2019 - 14:07
As government control of science funding increased, and government spent billions convincing young scholars that only government-funded academia was a fulfilling science career, competition grew at a rapid pace. And collaboration declined.

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Smoking Continues To Decline While Attempts To Quit Among Those Still Doing It Remain Steady

Jul 18 2019 - 13:07
In 1965, 42.4% of U.S. adults admitted to smoking on surveys. By 2017 that has dropped to 14% and that is due in large part to awareness efforts and to modern smoking cessation efforts. In 1965, quitting meant going "cold turkey" and sucking on candy to mimic the behavioral aspects of smoking addiction. Then came gums and patches created by Big Pharma to replace the nicotine cravings. Finally, a grassroots consumer effort took hold in the form of nicotine vaping.

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