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'Most Famous' Great White Shark Back in Florida

A 2,300-pound shark with her own Twitter account (bio: "Misunderstood girl just tryin' to get some fish") has reappeared a few miles off the coast of Florida, marking a winter homecoming. UPI calls Katharine "maybe the most famous shark on the Internet": She was tagged as a juvenile in...

More than half of ICU patients on ventilators have the ability to communicate

More than half of patients in intensive care units (ICU) using ventilators to help them breathe could benefit from assistive communication tools, a new study has concluded. "Our findings challenge the commonly held assumption of many clinicians and researchers that these patients are unable to communicate or participate in their care," said a co-author of the study.

Care eliminates racial disparity in colon cancer survival rates, study finds

More equitable delivery of evidence-based care can close a persistent racial disparity in colon cancer survival rates in the United States. African-American patients have consistently had lower survival rates when compared with white patients, despite a nationwide decline in colon cancer deaths overall.

Lung cancer predicted to overtake breast cancer as leading cause of cancer death among European women in 2015

Death rates from lung cancer will exceed those for breast cancer for the first time among European women in 2015, according to the latest predictions. The study by researchers in Italy and Switzerland predicts that although the actual...Show More Summary

Sagebrush ecosystem recovery hobbled by loss of soil complexity at development sites

In big sagebrush country, re-establishing the ecosystem’s namesake shrub may jump-start the recovery process more successfully after oil and gas development than sowing grass-dominated reclamation seed mixes typically used to quickly re-vegetate bare soil on well pads, report two Colorado scientists. Show More Summary

Popper's experiment realized again—but what does it mean?

(—Like Einstein, the philosopher Karl Popper was a realist who was deeply bothered by some of the odd implications of quantum mechanics. Both Popper and Einstein disliked the idea in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, for instance,...Show More Summary

New model better predicts breast cancer risk in African American women

A breast cancer risk prediction model for African American women has been developed by scientists that found greater accuracy in predicting risk for the disease. The use of this model could result in increased eligibility of African Americans in breast cancer prevention trials.

Protein-based therapy shows promise against resistant leukemia

The efficacy and safety of the new fusion protein has been demonstrated in mouse models of aggressive human leukemia using leukemia cells taken directly from patients with ALL. Resistance of leukemia cells to contemporary chemotherapy is one of the most formidable obstacles to treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.

Study: Siberian permafrost has been warming for 7000 years

Winters in Siberian permafrost regions have warmed since millenia For the first time, researchers have reconstructed the development of winter temperatures in Russia’s Lena River Delta based on old ground ice data From the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research For the first time, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have…

Climate models disagree on why temperature 'wiggles' occur

A new Duke University-led study finds that most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms. The models also provide inconsistent explanations...Show More Summary

Staircase fractures in microbialites and travertines

In the new GSA BULLETIN, Matteo Maggi and colleagues from Italy and Brazil present a new model of the development of fractures showing a stairway trajectory, commonly occurring in finely laminated rock, such microbialites and travertines. These...Show More Summary

What’s Up With That: The Gross Chemistry Behind That Funky Wet-Dog Smell

The science behind how water releases the funk from all the yeasts and bacteria hiding in your dog's fur. The post What’s Up With That: The Gross Chemistry Behind That Funky Wet-Dog Smell appeared first on WIRED.

Why We’re Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets

Think “moon” and you probably envision a desolate, cratered landscape, maybe with an American flag and some old astronaut footprints. Earth’s moon is no place for living things. But that isn’t necessarily true for every moon. Whirling around Saturn, Enceladus spits out geysers of water from an underground ocean. Show More Summary

Methane deceptions

Deception, agenda and folly drive latest Obama EPA anti-hydrocarbon rules. Are farmers next?   Guest essay by Paul Driessen First they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s war…

Tracking the Blizzard of 2015

National Weather Service forecasters have been tracking a low pressure area that moved from the Midwest into the Atlantic Ocean today, and is expected to become a strong nor’easter that will bring blizzard conditions to the northeastern U.S. The path of the system was captured in a NASA movie of NOAA’s GOES-East satellite imagery. An…

IPCC Climate Science As A Gestalt Theory Problem

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball The proverb that “they can’t see the forest for the trees” means, they are so consumed with detail, they don’t understand the larger situation. This is true of society in general and climatology in particular. One book that at least addresses part of the problem as it relates to climate,…

Researchers use oxides to flip graphene conductivity

A team of researchers has demonstrated a new way to change the amount of electrons that reside in a given region within a piece of graphene, they have a proof-of-principle in making the fundamental building blocks of semiconductor devices using the 2-D material.

Good bedtime habits equal better sleep for kids

Children obtain better and more age-appropriate sleep in the presence of household rules and regular sleep-wake routines, according to sleep researchers.

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