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Brazil's Economic Peril Could Increase Avoidable Child Deaths

Science 2.0 - 4 hours 47 min ago
Tax and spend politicians and their supporters have begun framing austerity in a negative way. Austerity - spending what you make, or even less so you have a reserve - is now regarded as a negative by people that believe taxes and more government lead to growth, even if those beliefs are what led to their economic collapse.

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USA 29th In Healthcare Access From 2000-2016

Science 2.0 - 5 hours 28 min ago
Worldwide healthcare access and quality improved remarkably from 2000-2016 but there are unsurprising disparities between wealthy and poor countries - and countries like the United States which showed high quality but varying levels of access before the federal government took control of medical access with the controversial Obamacare law passed by Democrats.

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Overexposed: Poison Control Centers Get 29 Calls Per Day About ADHD Medications

Science 2.0 - May 21 2018 - 16:05
Diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) skyrocketed in the 1990s, leading to concern that teachers wanted all kids to be automatons in classrooms and too many older parents were concerned about kids just being kids.

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Nominations For 2018 Sartorius & Science Prize In Regenerative Medicine And Cell Therapy

Science 2.0 - May 21 2018 - 13:05
If you are a scientist who received their PhD/MD within the past 10 years you can apply for the 2018 Sartorius&Science Prize in Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy by October 1, 2018. The Sartorius Group is a pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment provider. The grand prize is $25,000 and a publication of your essay in Science while the Grand Prize essay and three runners-up will be published in Science Online.

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70 Years Ago, The Polaroid Camera Came To Market - And A Science Boom Followed

Science 2.0 - May 20 2018 - 09:05

It probably happens every minute of the day: A little girl demands to see the photo her parent has just taken of her. Today, thanks to smartphones and other digital cameras, we can see snapshots immediately, whether we want to or not.

But in 1944 when 3-year-old Jennifer Land asked to see the family vacation photo that her dad had just taken, the technology didn’t exist.

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The Globalization Paradox

Science 2.0 - May 19 2018 - 20:05

Though it would seem that only global cooperation can solve global environmental problems, globalization in its current form works against sustainability. WTO-style capital liberalization causes investment to shift quickly to the site of highest returns, irrespective of national borders. To a far greater extent than in the past, fear of disinvestment causes CEOs to strive for maximum short-term profits.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that corporate short-termism is incompatible with long-term sustainability.

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Piero Martin At TedX: An Eulogy Of The Error

Science 2.0 - May 19 2018 - 11:05
Living in Padova has its merits. I moved here since January 1st and am enjoying every bit of it. I used to live in Venice, my home town, and commute with Padova during weekdays, but a number of factors led me to decide on this move (not last the fact that I could afford to buy a spacious place close to my office in Padova, while in Venice I was confined to a rented apartment).

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3 Recommendations For Elisabete Weiderpass, The New IARC Director

Science 2.0 - May 17 2018 - 17:05
To the relief of the real science community everywhere, the era of Chris Wild is almost over at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). That means maybe they can get back to finding carcinogens rather than manufacturing them.

Or not. The concern about Dr. Elisabete Weiderpass was never about credentials, all of the short-listed candidates have excellent credentials except Dr. Chris Portier, who is clearly too unethical. The concern was instead about perception. Being married to Harri Vainio, clearly a huge part of the credibility problem IARC has, means she will be dismissed as a poitical choice. That is a deep hole. 

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Science Triumphs At The EPA. For Now.

Science 2.0 - May 17 2018 - 10:05
In The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law, I described the many elements of corruption that led to Europe’s recently announced ban on neonic insecticides (“neonics”) which is based on the fallacy that they are responsible for a supposed collapse in bee populations.

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EPA IRIS Program Is Hardly The “Gold Standard”

Science 2.0 - May 16 2018 - 07:05
Don’t be fooled by those who say the U.S.

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JAMA Links Doctor Payments To Opioid Prescriptions

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 18:05

Pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioid products to physicians through non-research payments, which can include speaking fees and meals, was associated with greater opioid prescribing in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article.

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IMP-1088: Finally, Progress Toward A Cure For The Common Cold?

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 17:05
There is no existing cure for the common cold. The reason is simple: it is caused by a family of viruses with hundreds of variants, making it nearly impossible to become immune to or vaccinate against all of them. On top of that, the viruses evolve rapidly, meaning they can quickly gain resistance to drugs.

But there may be some new hope. A paper in Nature Chemistry discusses a new molecule, IMP-1088, that dual inhibits human N-myristoyltransferases NMT1 and NMT2 protein. Viruses 'hijack' NMT from human cells to construct the protein 'shell', or capsid, which protects the virus genome.

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The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 14:05

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S.

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Environmental Trial Lawyer Groups Go To Court To Preserve Obama EPA Regulations

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 14:05
The litigation group Earthjustice, the sue-and-settle arm of Sierra Club, has joined other controversial environmental trial lawyer groups, such as Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Union of Concerned Scientists, in a lawsuit to try and force EPA to keep Obama-era standards that environmental lawyers helped write. The now discarded additional regulations would have further limited carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks for the model years 2022-25.

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Webinar: How Modern Technology Can Enable More Earth-Friendly Agriculture

Science 2.0 - May 15 2018 - 11:05
The $100 billion per year organic food industry and their $2 billion political allies in environmentalism have created an either/or world of food for their customers. Either you embrace older food processes (oddly, up to and including mutagenesis and pesticides like copper sulfate) or you are ruining the planet.

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Ending Tuberculosis In Humans By Learning To Tolerate It

Science 2.0 - May 14 2018 - 12:05
American government-funded science likes to declare wars. War on cancer, war on obesity, during the Obama administration there were seven different "Manhattan Projects" related to science and health. It connotes action, it makes the public feel like something important is happening with taxpayer money, revolutionary, instead of being iterative and slow.

Plants are more practical. They developed an evolutionary strategy to "tolerate" rather than "resist" infection to maintain health.  And that may be the roadmap for tuberculosis. 

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Twitter Is The Place To Go For Fake News

Science 2.0 - May 14 2018 - 11:05
If you want to spread fake news, and rarely have it corrected, Twitter is the best way to go, according to a new analysis. Experience does not help. Instead, the social media platform’s most active users are complicit in detecting and spreading falsehoods, even during public emergencies. 

An analysis in Natural Hazards, looked at four false rumors — two each from the Boston Marathon and Hurricane Sandy, including an infamous falsehood about the New York Stock Exchange flooding. The authors looked at whether Twitter users spread the false news, sought to confirm it, or cast doubt upon it:

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Is Dark Matter Lurking In Anomalous Neutron Decays ?

Science 2.0 - May 13 2018 - 10:05
A paper by B. Fornal and B. Grinstein published last week in Physical Review Letters is drawing a lot of interest to one of the most well-known pieces of subnuclear physics since the days of Enrico Fermi: beta decay.

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NASA Is Sending A Helicopter To Mars. That Is Not A Typo.

Science 2.0 - May 11 2018 - 16:05

What started as a technology development project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in August 2013, has become The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft which will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020

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Stephen Hawking Final Theory On Many Worlds Theory Breakthrough Is Like Sex

Science 2.0 - May 09 2018 - 20:05

Like sex, Stephen Hawking was and is mainly a cheap way to obtain publicity. They still publish posthumously now to keep it going. The media feast on the occasion of his parting was not enough, sadly also here at Science2.0 by the usual suspects. I refused participation, because there is just nothing good to say, but the “he just dead, you can’t say that”-period has passed now, too. Let’s be scientific: Hawking’s main contribution was sitting in a wheelchair!

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