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Journalism by Press Release

Nov 30 2017 - 10:11

Journalism by press release. Why bother reading or reporting the original article when the story elements are laid out in front of you?

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A War Criminal Commits Suicide By Poison In Court. What Killed Him?

Nov 30 2017 - 08:11

Slobodan Praljak, a convicted war criminal was appealing his conviction in court at the Hague. Unexpectedly he stood us, proclaimed his innocence and drank a small volume liquid from a vial or jar. He died later in a hospital. There is no information about what the poison was, or even his symptoms after he took it. I guess what might have been in there. 

 
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Inside the Clever Chemistry of Cranberry Harvesting

Nov 30 2017 - 07:11

It's not an uncommon situation faced by farmers: using additives to boost crop production, which then generates an unwanted problem down the line.

Solutions vary, depending on the specific dilemma. But in the case of cranberries, and how they are harvested in southeastern Massachusetts and the environmental issues the process can create, the answer in this instance is both sensible and straightforward.

The answer is chemistry.

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Many Things Can be Done at Home. Editing Your Genes is Not One of Them.

Nov 29 2017 - 18:11

From CAR-T cancer therapy to the power of CRISPR-Cas9, the recent advancements in gene therapy are astounding. For a particularly impressive example, please read the story of how scientists created a new skin for a dying boy.

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'Undark' Joins the Dark Side on GMOs

Nov 29 2017 - 16:11

A website purportedly about rigorous science journalism has published a conspiratorial anti-glyphosate rant, written by an environmental activist with no relevant academic credentials.

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Thanks Bravo TV's Andy Cohen For Your Support, Now Let's Do More

Nov 29 2017 - 15:11

Bravo and Andy Cohen have a wonderful opportunity to start an overdue conversation on misuse of medications and the dangers of polypharmacy.

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Algorithm Could Reduce Radiation from Medical X-Rays by Thousands-Fold

Nov 29 2017 - 12:11

A new computer algorithm may reduce the radiation we receive from medical imaging by a lot - 100 fold or more. But should we worry about the harmful effects of radiation we receive during medical testing?

     
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Google In the Doctor's Office? !!

Nov 29 2017 - 05:11

Automating speech recognition could allow information to automatically be placed in medical records and let the doctors get back to providing care, not data entry. 

 
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The Most Important Question in Science

Nov 28 2017 - 19:11

From a young age, we teach science to students all wrong.

Like history textbooks, science textbooks are filled almost exclusively with facts. Facts are fine -- and they are necessary to learn new facts -- but having a head full of facts does not make somebody a scientist. Arguably, in the age of Wikipedia, memorizing information is not an efficient use of time; instead, we can outsource our memory to the cloud and use our precious neurons for other things.

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News Flash: Nuts Are Still Good For You

Nov 28 2017 - 12:11

Using data from three large prospective epidemiological studies, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that consumption of peanuts and tree nuts, especially walnuts, is associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. That conclusion isn't surprising since a number of the same authors reached it several years ago.

                     
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The Rampant Misbranding Of The Flu

Nov 28 2017 - 11:11

How often do you hear a friend or colleague even stranger say, “I was sick with the flu?” It’s a refrain likely to occur each winter. Are they lying? No. Mistaken is more accurate.

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You Got The Fever

Nov 28 2017 - 11:11

Everyone knows you get a fever when you have an infection, but why? And while we are on the topic, what causes our temperature to rise?

       
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Pot's Secondhand Smoke Gets a Free Pass

Nov 28 2017 - 10:11

If marijuana is now a 'recreational drug,' then what about its second-hand smoke? Does it get ignored, is there science to apply in making an informed decision?

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E-Cigarettes: A 3.5-Year Study Shows No Negative Health Impact, With Caveats

Nov 28 2017 - 08:11

New research finds no significant health differences between vapers and non-vapers. However, the sample size was very small, so the results should be considered preliminary.

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China's Obesity Problem Linked to Single Child Policy

Nov 28 2017 - 07:11

Government policies often have unintended consequences — especially those that affect large swaths of a population. Thus, the over 30-year (1980-2016) single child policy in China has been linked to increased levels of childhood overweight and obesity — particularly in boys who have no siblings.

 
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3 to 4 Cups of Coffee Daily Provide Most Health Benefits

Nov 28 2017 - 07:11

Here's news of a study that's worth reading. And you might want to pour yourself a hot cup of coffee while doing so.

Working off data collected from more than 200 meta-analyses, researchers found that moderate coffee drinking provided many health benefits and that any shortcomings from consumption were outweighed by the positive effects. The findings were published recently in the journal The BMJ, stating the optimal amount of coffee consumption being roughly three to four cups per day.

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Drool Maybe Concussion's Best Diagnostic Tool

Nov 27 2017 - 17:11

Concussion research is hampered by only having subjective diagnostic criteria. Without an evidence-based diagnosis, there can be no evidence-based treatment. Saliva may hold a key objective measure. 

   
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The Wrong Way To Collect Coins: In Your Stomach

Nov 27 2017 - 16:11

Don't ever make the mistake of thinking that you've heard it all. Because every now and then something like this will come up to prove you wrong. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the metric system, 7 kilograms is 15.4 pounds. That's a lot. Here is a partial list of various items that weigh about 15 pounds:

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Insect Outsources Key Metabolism to Bacterium with a Tiny Genome

Nov 27 2017 - 13:11

If you are ever in need of an impressive biological story, look no further than the examples of mutualism (also known as reciprocal altruism) when two totally unrelated species coexist and both benefit from the relationship. One recently discovered example of this is particularly impressive.

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Despite their Tiny Genome, a Beetle's Bacteria Pack a Big Punch

Nov 27 2017 - 13:11

If you are ever in need of an impressive biological story, look no further than the examples of mutualism (also known as reciprocal altruism) when two totally unrelated species coexist and both benefit from the relationship. One recently discovered example of this is particularly impressive.

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