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Mike Huckabee’s attack on the Supreme Court could work. Here’s how.

For many, the national debate over same-sex marriage culminated on Friday with the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in favor. However, some conservatives, such as Mike Huckabee, haven’t admitted defeat. Instead, they have attacked the Supreme Court itself, encouraging people and future presidents to rebuff the Court’s decision. Show More Summary

HUDs are duds: Augmented reality on windshields is a danger, finds study

Augmented-reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs) that present digital images on windshields to alert drivers to everything from possible collisions to smart phone activity, are meant to make driving safer. But University of Toronto researchers say they are a threat to safety. read more

Prisons’ Dangerous Liaisons

  They say that some people look for love in all the wrong places. For Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell, one of those places may have been prison. When inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, it was later revealed that Mitchell, supervisor of the prison tailor shop, had provided […]

Opinion: Ocean acidification is an indisputable problem

Oceans are like giant vacuum cleaners. They absorb carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels and help clean the air. This has a beneficial effect on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate. But the effects on the oceans and on the species that inhabit them are far less positive because, in the process, oceans are becoming more acidic. As a result, […]

Conservatives worry that Obamacare is a ‘super-statute.’ It isn’t quite one yet.

The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell is an enormous victory for the Obama administration and the Affordable Care Act. By upholding the provision of subsidies in the 34 states that rely on the federal insurance exchange, the court ensured that 6.4 million Americans would not lose access to affordable coverage. Instead of dealing […]

A court with no Protestants

I saw here that Antonin Scalia is bummed that the Supreme Court has no Protestants, evangelical or otherwise, thus violating the fundamental principle of “no social transformation without representation.” Scalia’s point is interesting, although I don’t quite know what to do with it. Scalia also points out another dimension of the court’s unrepresentativeness — that […]

Yosemite forest fire example of possible things to come

Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western US, according to physical geographers who also see that the long history of fire exclusion on federal lands leads to uncharacteristically severe burns and potentially changes the dynamics of forests and their recovery.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy significantly improves low back pain in postpartum women

Osteopathic manipulative therapy decreased postpartum low back pain by over 70 percent in women who had given birth at least three months before beginning treatment, according to a new study.

Major midwest flood risk underestimated by as much as five feet, study finds

As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the midwestern United States, a new study suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five feet, a miscalculation that has serious implications for future flood risks, flood insurance and business development in an expanding floodplain.

High-fat diet may alleviate mitochondrial disease

Mice that have a genetic version of mitochondrial disease can easily be mistaken for much older animals by the time they are nine months old: they have thinning grey hair, osteoporosis, poor hearing, infertility, heart problems and have lost weight. Dietary fat, coupled with a natural hormone, can relieve symptoms in these mice, researchers have found.

New cardiac arrest recommendations: Increased CPR/AED training will improve survival rates

In response to a new Institute of Medicine report on improving cardiac arrest survival rates, the Red Cross is taking a key first step in convening those who can make a significant difference in strengthening the entire system of response to cardiac arrest. Show More Summary

Which is more taboo: the Confederate flag or the rainbow flag?

What did the American public think about the Confederate flag before the shootings in South Carolina? In November 2014, the respondents of The American Panel Survey (TAPS) were asked how offended they would be by witnessing each of a variety of potentially controversial behaviors in American society. One was the public display of the Confederate […]

Comprehensive international study on folate underway

An international paper on folate biomarkers is part of an initiative to provide evidence-based guidance for the global nutrition and public health community. The comprehensive study on folate, an essential B vitamin required for DNA synthesis and normal growth and development, represents a consensus of the top folate scientists globally.

Targeting mistreatment of women during childbirth

Scientists have synthesized qualitative and quantitative evidence to form a clearer picture of the extent and types of mistreatment that occurs during childbirth in health facilities. Such initiatives are key to developing policies to reduce and ultimately eliminate this inhumane and degrading phenomenon.

Innovative imaging study shows that the spinal cord learns on its own

The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an innovative imaging study. The results of the study may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation after spinal cord injury.

Mapping ocean noise on a round-the-world sailing trip

20,000 Sounds under the Sea is a project that aims to study ocean sounds. The Swiss ship Fleur de Passion will go around the world in four years with the aim of measuring human impact on oceans and contributing to the debate surrounding the role of humankind at sea.

US Visitors Ignorant about Slavery in their Country's Past

For more than six years, Margaret Biser gave educational tours and presentations at an historical site in the South of the USA which included an old house and a nearby plantation (I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. by Margaret Biser June 29, 2015 ).

What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

The beach's poetic smell comes, in part, from a not-so-poetically-named sulfur compound called dimethyl sulfide, or DMS. The post What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae appeared first on WIRED.

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