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Will Britain vote to leave the E.U.? We looked at the polls for you.

While the date of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is still up in the air, the vote promises to be the country’s biggest political event for some time. Some polls suggest a clear lead for remaining in the E.U.; others suggest a tight race. It’s certainly advisable to take isolated polls with […]

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #43

The airstrikes in Raqqa by Russians. Note the accuracy of the guided weapons. Also note they seem to have hit the same parking lot twice. The second time you can see some sort of damage from the first strike or remnants thereof based on discolorations. Show More Summary

Turkey and the Syrian Opposition

Allegations from Tehran, 'Turkey arms Daesh in exchange for oil, antiquities' Press TV Nov 29th, 2015. The question is to what degree Turkish aid sent to Turkmen rebels in northeastern Syria is taking place and to what degree these supplies are reaching ISIL.

As Pope Francis calls for compassion toward the poor in Africa, what are African churches doing?

This week, Pope Francis is on a three-country tour of Africa, with stops in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. His public addresses in Kenya have focused on, among other themes, his well-known support for redistribution and compassion toward the poor. He has called for Kenyans to ”show genuine concern for the needs of […]

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #42

The Russians are, like they were in Ukraine, denying using ground forces in Syria, but really are. Speigel has an article about German. Run through Google Translate. The Kurdish 'YPG' apparently has aligned itself with Russia.The Russians did not, despite their claims to the contrary, give their flight plan for the downed Su-24 to the US. Show More Summary

Trends of pH decrease in the Mediterranean Sea through high frequency observational data: indication of ocean acidification in the basin

A significant fraction of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) released to the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans, leading to a range of chemical changes and causing ocean acidification (OA). Assessing the impact of OA on marine ecosystems requires the accurate detection of the rate of seawater pH change. This work reports the results of nearly […]

Hofstadter’s FIGURE-FIGURE Sequences

I had too much Thanksgiving; more specifically, the stuffing went bad, and I’ve felt poorly the last few days. In between trips to the bathroom, I picked up my copy of Hofstadter’s GEB and looked again at the FIGURE-FIGURE sequences of Chapter III: 1, 3, 7, 12, 18, 26, 35, 45, 56, 69, … and […]

How did they get there?

30 minutes agoAcademics / Astronomy : Systemic

There are of order 500 million hot Jupiters in the Milky Way. Swollen and massive, with blisteringly short periods, they crowd the tables and the diagrams showing extrasolar planets. The first of their number were career-cementing front page news, trophies of planet roving planet hunters. Two decades on, they slip into the census with little […]

Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies

That is the new book by Claire Adida, David Laitin, and Marie-Anne Valfort.  Some parts are interesting, especially those showing both statistical and taste-based discrimination against Muslims in France.  But most of the book — above all the title — makes claims which are far too strong.  A better description would have “Why France Has […]

Encircling Empire: Report #26 — Reviewing Force Multipliers

This and previous issues have been archived on a dedicated site—please see: ENCIRCLING EMPIRE. For frequent updates, please “like” our Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter. Over the period of a month, from October to November of this year, an experiment was attempted: to deliver an extended “lecture” via Zero Anthropology and its Twitter and […]

We have a duty to use my gene-editing technology responsibly

CRISPR gene editing is a cheap, fast and accurate way of doing genetics. Society must now decide how to use it, says co-discoverer Emmanuelle Charpentier

A welcome blow to the myth of distinct male and female brains

A major study that undermines the damaging idea that male and female brains are fundamentally different could be a game-changer, says Gina Rippon

Trap-jaw ants exhibit previously unseen jumping behavior

A species of trap-jaw ant has been found to exhibit a previously unseen jumping behavior, using its legs rather than its powerful jaws. The discovery makes this species, Odontomachus rixosus, the only species of ant that can jump with either its legs or its mandibles. read more

Gastric artery embolization shows promise in treating obesity

CHICAGO - An interventional radiology technique shows promise for helping morbidly obese patients lose weight, according to the preliminary results of a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of...Show More Summary

Ultrasound reveals knuckle-cracking fireworks

CHICAGO - Research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) tackles one of life's great mysteries: what causes a knuckle to "crack" out loud? "It's extremely common for joints to crack, pop and snap," said Robert D. Show More Summary

Researchers use gaming technology to create better X-rays

CHICAGO - Researchers have developed software for the Microsoft Kinect gaming console that measures body part thickness and checks for motion, positioning and beam adjustment immediately before X-ray imaging, according to a feasibility study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). read more

MRI reveals heart changes during apnea in elite divers

CHICAGO - Athletes who engage in the extreme sport of free diving, descending hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean while holding their breath, undergo significant cardiovascular changes, according to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Show More Summary

Why some people would pay for a drug they probably won't ever need

How about someone who didn't have the disease -- would they pay anything? And what if that person smoked? A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but a Johns Hopkins University economist and his collaborators find that healthy people are potentially a much broader, if largely overlooked, market for medical innovations. read more

Survey finds 90 percent overlook key to weight loss

Orlando, Florida - Tens of millions of Americans vow each year to lose weight in the New Year, and while their intentions are good, most of the time their results are not. It's estimated that only 8 percent of those who make New Year's resolutions actually keep them. Even if weight is lost initially, it usually returns. Show More Summary

Chemotherapy can cause tumor evolution

Russian scientists have found that neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer can stimulate evolution of the tumor. The results of the research conducted by Nicholay Litvyakov, D.Sc. at Cancer Research Institute, Head of...Show More Summary

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