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Chernobyl: At site of world's worst nuclear disaster, the animals have returned

In 1986, after a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the air, thousands of people left the area, never to return. Now, researchers have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves.

Phone app allows researchers to conduct concealed food safety observations

Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.

Study examines incidence of serious, highly drug-resistant group of bacteria

The overall incidence in 2012-2013 was relatively low of a serious, highly drug-resistant group of bacteria (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that are an important cause for health-care associated infections, according to a study. Most CRE cases were associated with prior hospitalizations and discharge to long-term care settings.

Sharing of genetic data empowers discovery of new disorders in children

Four new genetic disorders have been identified by the team behind the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) Study, one of the world's largest nationwide rare disease genome-wide sequencing initiatives. They developed a novel computational...Show More Summary

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world's most threatened species

Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species -- more threatened than mammals and birds.

Liquid cooling moves onto the chip for denser electronics

Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array devices, researchers are putting liquid cooling right where it's needed the most -- a few hundred microns away from where the transistors are operating.

Parasite-Busting Drugs Take the Nobel Prize in Medicine

This year's winners discovered their therapies by sifting through huge repositories of bacteria from soil samples and isolating active compounds from herbs. The post Parasite-Busting Drugs Take the Nobel Prize in Medicine appeared first on WIRED.

Patients with flu-associated pneumonia less likely to have received flu vaccine

Among children and adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, those with influenza-associated pneumonia, compared with those with pneumonia not associated with influenza, had lower odds of having received an influenza vaccination, according to a study.

The warmer the higher: Sea-level rise from Filchner-Ronne ice in Antarctica

The more ice is melted of the Antarctic Filchner-Ronne shelf, the more ice flows into the ocean, and the more the region contributes to global sea-level rise. Unlike some some other parts of Antarctica, this region is not characterized...Show More Summary

New Petition and Videos Expose and Oppose the Dangers of Climate Alarmism

Guest essay by E. Calvin Beisner As UN officials and climate alarmists worldwide rush toward a global agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming—an agreement unsupported by sound science and that would harm the poor—the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation announces the release of a petition, Forget ‘Climate Change’, Energy…

Ethnic, racial, socioeconomic disparities in retinoblastoma in children

Ethnic, racial and socioeconomic disparities appear to exist among children with retinoblastoma, a once uniformly fatal but now treatable eye cancer, and those disparities are associated with greater risks for advanced disease and undergoing enucleation (removal of the eye), according to an article.

Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing

A team of engineers has built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time, making calculations between two qubits of information possible -- and thereby clearing the final hurdle to making silicon quantum computers a reality.

Antihypertensive beta-blockers may increase cardiovascular risks in surgical patients

A two-drug antihypertensive treatment that included a beta-blocker was associated with increased risk for major adverse cardiovascular events and death in a study of patients who underwent noncardiac surgery, according to an article...

Disparities in time spent seeking medical care in the United States

Racial/ethnic minorities and unemployed individuals had a longer total time burden (time spent traveling to, waiting for and receiving ambulatory medical care) in a nationally representative study, although patients' face-to-face time with physicians tended not to vary, according to a new article.

Study reveals key structure in telomerase enzyme, a target for cancer drugs

Researchers have determined the structure of a key part of the enzyme telomerase, which is active in most cancers and enables cancer cells to proliferate indefinitely. The new findings reveal how the enzyme carries out a crucial function involved in protecting the ends of chromosomes.

Nanoparticulate carbon black particles tiny culprits that start emphysema

When pathologists perform autopsies on smokers who died with severe emphysema, they find that lungs are black in appearance. Until recently, researchers and physicians could only guess at the composition of the material that gave the black color to the lungs of smokers. Show More Summary

Study examines antibullying policies, bullying in 25 states

Students who lived in states with an antibullying law that includes at least one US Department of Education-recommended legislative component had lower odds of reporting bullying and cyberbullying compared with students in states whose laws had no such provisions, according to an article.

Developing a nanoscale 'clutch'

A model microscopic system to demonstrate the transmission of torque in the presence of thermal fluctuations -- necessary for the creation of a tiny 'clutch' operating at the nanoscale -- has been assembled by an international collaboration.

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