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Just Correlation: Don't Fall Prey To NIEHS Weak Association When It Comes To Hair Dye Products

Dec 04 2019 - 18:12
A new paper warns us all that hair dye and other products have been linked to cancer - minority women impacted most.

There is one huge reason not to take it seriously, if you accept chemistry, biology, or toxicology: The senior author is from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which for the last decade has competed with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Ramazinni Institute (Picchiatello) for how best to erode confidence in science and health among the public, by using statistics to undermine scientists.

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Court In France Bans Two Products With Sulfoxaflor After Environmental Lawsuits

Dec 04 2019 - 18:12
Though deemed safe by French science bodies, sales of the Transform and Closer brands were suspended by a French court at the request of environmental groups in 2017 anyway. Now they have made the ban official, siding with claims that sulfoxaflor may be able to harm bees.

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Job Opening: NASA Director of the Earth Science Division

Dec 04 2019 - 14:12
NASA is seeking a new Senior Executive to provide guidance and strategy for missions that study terrestrial issues. The position is Director of the Earth Science Division (ESD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), reporting to the Associate Administrator (AA).

The director leads a division of approximately 75 people, including scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals who help plan and manage NASA's Earth Science Program and is responsible for the implementation of ESD's annual budget of approximately $1.9 billion.

Duties include presenting the ESD program to NASA senior management, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Executive Office stakeholders, and Congress.

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Citizen Scientists Should Be Included As Authors On Journal Papers

Dec 04 2019 - 11:12
Though the largest telescopes are controlled by governments, a large part of the time new discoveries are made by amateur astronomers. "Amateur" is a negative word now but at the turn of the 20th century it wasn't. Sherlock Holmes was an amateur detective because he did not have to do it as a job, he was not a blue collar laborer the way the police force was regarded in the 1800s, he was more educated in detective work by not having that occupation and that is why he was better.

While you won't see a lot of fruit fly studies done by amateurs, in other fields citizen science provides a lot of data, and a new paper argues they should be treated as co-authors in journal articles.

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Your 'Epstein Didn't Kill Himself' Friend - Conspiracy Believers Are Often Not Crackpots About Everything

Dec 04 2019 - 05:12
"Epstein didn't kill himself" is a conspiracy meme that has been everywhere lately. If you are not familiar with the name Jeffrey Epstein, he was a billionaire and convicted sex offender - but as a billionaire he was connected to almost everyone in politics and culture, so when he was found dead in his jail cell, denied bail on a new charge, there began concerns someone had him killed to keep him silent.

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FDA Warns About Hepatitis A Outbreak From Blackberries At Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets

Dec 03 2019 - 13:12
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses potentially linked to blackberries from the grocery store Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

As of today, CDC reports 16 illnesses, with the most recent illness onset date on November 15, 2019.

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5 Common Questions About Why SciComm Writes

Dec 03 2019 - 05:12
I got an email from a young person at a university stating they were working on a research paper, and while many in the science and scicomm community are jaded about such requests - we are doing someone's homework for them, it is said - I always answer. It's a nonprofit, answering is the job.

The questions were rather specific to GMOs so I stuck to that, but of course I write about a lot more than agriculture while the rest of Science 2.0 writes about virtually every area of science.

The 5 questions I answered below and I added some more thoughts for this article:

1. Why did you create Science 2.0?
2. Why did you choose to write about GMOs?
3. What impact do you think the anti-GMO activist have on the scientific community?

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In Flies, NAD+ Supplements Slow Werner Syndrome Early Aging Syndrome

Dec 02 2019 - 18:12
Patients with Werner Syndrome show early signs of aging, including grey hair and wrinkled skin. They live on average about 45 years. It affects around 1 in 200,000 people in the U.S. but in Japan it is 1 in 40,000. 

Why the difference?  That is a mystery, like much of the disease. Since the underlying mechanisms are unknown there is no real treatment or cure, but a new study found that in banana flies and C. elegans worms with the equivalent of the syndrome that the dietary supplement nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) prolonged life and reduced age-related diseases like cancer.

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ASMR - It Isn't As Weird As You Might Think, Unless It Is

Dec 02 2019 - 14:12
We are setting up a live streaming/video channel to do things like reviews of books, interviews, and then eventually we will do staff meetings as well.(1)

But while it was once limited to something like Facebook live, with Restream we can go out to YouTube Live, Mixer, and Twitch, all at once.(2) 

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Arctic Albedo Has No Global Effect - Junk Science Reason In Extinction Rebellion Handbook For Climate Spiralling Out Of Control

Nov 29 2019 - 17:11

You’ll often hear about the “Ice albedo effect” as a supposed tipping point that the IPCC is ignoring. The idea is that as the Arctic ice melts, it absorbs more heat from the sun, and so warms the planet. What they ignore is that as the planet warms there are also more clouds, especially in tropical regions. You need to look at the planet as a whole, and it is actually a cooling rather than a warming effect, helping to offset some of the global warming.

The philospher Rupert Read, frequently the spokesperson for the Extinction Rebellion makes this as one of his two main points when he argues tht the climate will change much more rapidly than the IPCC’s study found in its review of the climate change literature.

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Is Dogor A Dog or Wolf? When It Comes To This 18,000-Year-Old Siberian Critter, Science Can't Tell

Nov 29 2019 - 12:11
Most people know that domesticated dogs and wolves share a common evolutionary tree, and that the branches were entangled for quite some time, but nothing drives that home more than a two-month-old canine puppy found in the permafrost of the Belaya Gora site in Siberia.

Is it a dog or a wolf? It was a male and radiocarbon dating gave the age range but DNA sequencing has been unable to determine the species.

Here is another amazing find from the Belaya Gora site!

Radiocarbon dating says it 18,000 years old.

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Your Local Hospital Is Much More Dangerous Than It Could Be

Nov 29 2019 - 05:11

In late November 1999, a TV producer called me about an alarming report that 44,000 to 98,000 Americans were being killed each year by preventable errors in hospitals and another 1 million were being injured.

Could that be true? Based on my research, I replied, the estimate seemed low.

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Most Tipping Points Unfold Over Centuries - After Decades At Last We Begin To Act Decisively

Nov 28 2019 - 17:11

This is in response to a “Nature comment” Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against which is scaring people. This is a little different from a normal Nature paper - it's a sort of scientific political comment. It argues and persuades rather as debaters do in politics.

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Oldest Crinoid From The Iberian Peninsula

Nov 27 2019 - 14:11
This exceptionally well-preserved crinoid, Delgadocrinus oportovinum, was found on October 11, 1905, by Nery Delgado during his work mapping the geology and paleontology of Portugal. 

Crinoids are marine animals in the class Crinoidea. They are echinoderms related to starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and brittle stars. Adult crinoids have a mouth located on the upper surface surrounded by feeding arms. These have feathery pinnules and are spread wide to gather planktonic particles from the water.

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Relax About Your Diet For Thanksgiving

Nov 27 2019 - 14:11

This week you have likely been deluged with fast-talking influencers on television talking about how to stick to your diet this holiday season. They don't know what they are talking about, next week the same group of thin, hurried, fast-talking, overconfident people will be making gift recommendations.

Calories are a marathon, not a one-day spring. If you are fat, binging for one day didn't cause it, it is the chronic overeating that did. I lived in Manhattan, with some of the best Italian food on earth. Somehow I gained 10 pounds? There was no mystery, it was eating stromboli every day and pretending it was a treat rather than a lifestyle.

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Here All The Certified Organic Foods With Carcinogens You Need To Avoid This Thanksgiving

Nov 27 2019 - 11:11
Let's say your Generation Z child is concerned about chemicals in your Thanksgiving meal and you want to avoid that awkward moment when they don't look up from their phones while saying "OK Boomer" as you try to explain to them that all food has chemicals.

Maybe they just don't want scientific chemicals. Maybe they want the organic kind that are healthier, according to, well, organic industry trade groups and journalists at the Mother Jones.

So you trudge off to Whole Foods or a store you read about on a Facebook page and buy the stuff on your menu. I hate to alarm you but it all has chemicals that are known carcinogens. That's right, they cause cancer.

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UN Emissions Gap Report - How To Get To 1.5°C Path In Graphs - With Paris Pledges In 2020 And 2025

Nov 27 2019 - 01:11

We are headed for the next round of climate pledges in 2020. So, what do we need to do to stay within 1.5 C? This is based mainly on the new UN Emissions Gap Report 2019

Here is a video with me talking about this article:

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3 Key Issues For Incoming FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D.

Nov 25 2019 - 11:11
With endorsements from five previous FDA Commissioners and a Republican Senate deciding his fate, Stephen Hahn, M.D., is certain to become the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He's qualified, but most FDA heads have been(1). He also understands politics, and that is always part of FDA because a Commissioner has to let career scientists do their jobs while navigating demands from both the White House and Congress, which can often be politically motivated. And he s a lung cancer doctor, so he understands better than most what really causes lung cancer (smoking) and what is hype promoted by pharmaceutical companies and other groups who have tremendous influence inside organizations like the American Medical Association.

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If You Want To Bag A Turkey For Thanksgiving, Here Is What You Should Know About Archery Feathers

Nov 25 2019 - 09:11
“The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind,” said Fred Bear.

If you want to get a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving, you don't need to spend $120 for something that calls itself Heritage, you can honor your actual heritage and go get one the way your ancestors did. With a bow and arrow.

Since that time, a lot of has improved about archery. Though guns haven't changed much in the last 100 years, archery has gone through a technological renaissance. Entire science conference presentations are devoted to it, and that happened this weekend at the annual meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics in Seattle.


Credit: INSEP, France.

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At This Cedars-Sinai Laboratory, Stem Cells Get Thanksgiving Too

Nov 25 2019 - 09:11
"Many people have dogs. We have stem cells," says Cedara-Sinai Hospital lab manager Loren Ornelas-Menendez about why they will be working on Thanksgiving, hand-feeding a special formula to their charges and making sure they stay at just the right temperature. Like they do every day, for 52 weeks a year.

This is not just any lab, it houses stem cells derived from hundreds of healthy donors and patients, and a catalog of human ills, including diabetes, breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Crohn's disease.

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