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NYU research: Majority of high school seniors favor more liberal marijuana policies

The United States is undergoing a drastic change in marijuana policy. Two states legalized recreational use for adults in 2012, and next week, citizens of Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will vote for or against legalization in their area. Show More Summary

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Connectivity cost calculations for conservation corridors Where are conservation dollars best invested to connect fragmented habitats? Sara Torrubia and colleagues test their model balancing restoration costs with connection qualityShow More Summary

Sexual fantasies: Are you normal?

This news release is available in French. read more

2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Holds Steady

From NASA: The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The size of this year’s hole was 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) — an area roughly the size of North America. This image shows ozone…

Independent safety investigation needed in the NHS

The NHS should follow the lead of aviation and other safety-critical industries and establish an independent safety investigation agency, according to a paper published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The authors...Show More Summary

Doubt cast over air pollution link between childhood leukemia and power lines

Researchers from the UK have called into question a theory suggesting that a previously reported risk of leukaemia among children born close to overhead power lines could be caused by an alteration to surrounding air pollution. read more

New Paper on Sea Level Rise – Purkey et al (2014) – Examines the Sea Level Rise by Basin

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The paper Purkey et al. (2014) Relative contributions of ocean mass and deep steric changes to sea level rise between 1993 and 2013 was recently accepted for publication at the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  The abstract reads (my boldface): Regional and global trends of Sea Level Rise (SLR) owing…

Cortana still doing well in NFL predictions

Cortana once again picked 10 out of 15 NFL games in week eight of this 2014 NFL season. Mobile cortana ai nfl NFL predictions Microsoft Raiders

Removal of heart medications by dialysis may increase risk of premature death

Highlights Among kidney failure patients on dialysis, beta blockers that are easily removed from the circulation through dialysis were linked with a higher risk of premature death than beta blockers that are not easily removed through dialysis. Beta blockers are the most commonly prescribed cardiovascular medications among dialysis patients. read more

Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health

Highlights Every one-point increase in a Mediterranean diet score was associated with a 17% decreased likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease. Dietary patterns that closely resembled the Mediterranean diet were linked with aShow More Summary

Reaction to Gross Pictures Can Predict Political Leaning

What can pictures of maggot infestations, mutilated animals, dirty toilets, and rotting corpses tell you about a person's political affiliation? A lot, apparently. Researchers led by Virginia Tech studied the reactions of people's brains as the subjects looked at disgusting images, and they found that the strength of the brain...

New Frog Species Has Croak Unlike Any Other

A few years ago, researcher Jeremy Feinberg was looking into why the New York City area's southern leopard frog had disappeared when he stumbled onto a strange call between a bunch of frogs on Staten Island. The chuck, chuck, chuck sound his team heard was definitely different from the sounds...

2014 Antarctic ozone hole holds steady

The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) — an area roughly the size of North America. read more

Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster," also known as Abell 2744. read more

Unlocking the secrets of pulmonary hypertension

A UAlberta team has discovered that a protein that plays a critical role in metabolism, the process by which the cell generates energy from foods, is important for the development of pulmonary hypertension, a deadly disease. Pulmonary...Show More Summary

Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain

Seizures and migraines have always been considered separate physiological events in the brain, but now a team of engineers and neuroscientists looking at the brain from a physics viewpoint discovered a link between these and related phenomena. read more

Researchers probe link between newborn health and vitamin A

The impact vitamin A has on newborns is virtually unknown, but Penn State nutrition researchers have published two papers that may provide a framework for future investigations of the vitamin and neonatal health. After supplementingShow More Summary

Self-reported cognitive difficulties better for patients with tinnitus in clinical trial

Using the medication D-cycloserine in conjunction with a computer-assisted cognitive training (CT) program to try to improve the bother of tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ears) and its related cognitive difficulties was no more effective...Show More Summary

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