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PLOS Biology Explores Gaps between Environmental Health Science and Policy

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Donald Trump had been president less than a week when he vowed to slash regulations by 75 percent. Within two weeks of taking office he’d ordered agencies to rescind two regulations for every new rule.

New study shows how birds work to sing together

A new paper published in Behavioral Ecology finds that songbirds may coordinate both vocally and visually to enhance their singing partners' responses.

Vermont's moose population struggles despite hunting cutback

Scientists say they fear shifting climate conditions are to blame for Vermont's struggling moose population.

Playing God: should we revive extinct species?

Scientists have sequenced the DNA of the Tasmanian tiger, which died out in the 1930s, bringing them closer to recreating the animal – and there are plans to do the same with the woolly mammoth. But is it ethical to do so? It soundsShow More Summary

New Troodontid Dinosaur Described

Almas ukhaa - Named after the Legendary Asian Bigfoot A team of international scientists, including Dr Mark Norell (Curator of Palaeontology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York) and Professor Xing Xu (Chinese Academy of Sciences), have announced the discovery of a new species of Late Cretaceous troodontid from Mongolia.  This small, carnivorous dinosaur

New Time for BBC T. rex Documentary

BBC - The Real T. rex with Chris Packham (New Time) A television documentary focusing on how our perceptions regarding the most famous dinosaur of all has changed has been rescheduled and will now be broadcast on Tuesday, January 2nd. "The Real T. rex" presented by naturalist Chris Packham was due to be shown in

Has Russia Given up on Developing a Rail Based Nuclear Missile?

A news article published on Russian government daily newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Dec. 2 says Moscow has given up on the development of a rail-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). link.So it seems.But then, this isn't the first time the rail based nuclear weapons have been canceled. And revived.

The European Blackbuck

Horn cores of Gazellospira torticornis hispanica, from here. From one -spira genus to another, somewhat different one. Gazellospira is a genus of spiral-horned gazelles known from the Pliocene and early Pleistocene of Europe and northern Asia (the reference to Miocene on the Wikipedia page for this genus looks like it might be an error). Show More Summary

Stunning gene therapy breakthrough driven by great dedication and graft | Robin McKie

We need more than ever to celebrate advances in medical science – though they may take years to emerge There has been a surprising outbreak of the use of the c-word among medical researchers over the past few days. Normally cautiousShow More Summary

The First Triassic Plesiosaur

The Oldest Plesiosaur in Town - Rhaeticosaurus mertensi Following the end-Permian mass extinction event, the world's ecosystems took several million years to recover.  In marine environments, just as on land, the mass extinction event led to devastating losses, it has been estimated that 57% of marine families died out.  However, as the Triassic progressed, a

What is the best toaster oven?

Here, I depart from reviewing books, educational things, and electronic technology to tell you about a toaster oven. Our toaster oven was aging, toasting more slowly and less evenly, and continued to do one thing it always did well: taking up an inordinate amount of space on the counter. Show More Summary

A History of the Future by Peter Bowler

It is always fun to see a well done academic treatment of a subject of wide general interest. A History of the Future: Prophets of Progress from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov by Peter Bowler is such a thing. This is about what we haveShow More Summary

Surprise Discovered Inside Shaggy, Shimmying Protists [Video]

Microbes contain astounding new organelle of unknown function: the rotatosome -- Read more on

Two rare sea lion attacks shut down cove in San Francisco Bay

Two unusual sea lion attacks in a San Francisco Bay cove led authorities to close the popular area to swimmers Friday as officials try to determine the reason for the aggressive behavior.

Terminator Times #39

Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/UAVs): The US Air Force is incorporating the laser guided small diameter bomb on its Reapers.Two dozen Reapers are being sent to be based in Florida.Niger approved armed US drones in its country. Some think this is a bad idea. Show More Summary

Trump Gives CDC List of Verbotene Wörter

The Trump administration has sent the CDC a list of words that they are verboten … er, sorry, forbidden, not sure why I keep reverting to the language of the FATHERLAND! … anyway, words that the CDC if forbidden to use in describing their budgetary needs. Show More Summary

Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics to become fully open-access journals

(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Two journals published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will become fully open access in January 2019, the society has announced. Both the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics will transition beginning with submissions received as of July 2018.

BIDMC researchers use artificial intelligence to identify bacteria quickly and accurately

(Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) Microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help clinical microbiologists diagnose potentially deadly blood infections and improve patients' odds of survival, according to microbiologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

A new theory to describe widely used material

(Linköping University) LiU researcher Klas Tybrandt has put forward a theoretical model that explains the coupling between ions and electrons in the widely used conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS. The model has profound implications for applications in printed electronics, energy storage in paper, and bioelectronics.

Genetic instructions from mom set the pattern for embryonic development

A new study indicates an essential role for a maternally inherited gene in embryonic development. The study found that zebrafish that failed to inherit specific genetic instructions from mom developed fatal defects earlier in development, even if the fish could make their own version of the gene. Show More Summary

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