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Asteroid Could Come Within 11K Miles of Earth Next Month

An asteroid could pass very close—cosmically speaking—to the Earth next month. Asteroid 2013 TX68 is scheduled to pass us by on March 5, coming as close as 11,000 miles (or a little more than the distance between Seattle and South Africa), CBS News reports. However it could...

Study: Millions of Obese Americans Are Actually 'Quite Healthy'

More than 50 million "quite healthy" Americans have been mislabeled as obese or overweight thanks to an over-reliance on BMI as a measurement of health, the Los Angeles Times reports. “This should be a final nail in the coffin for BMI,” says A. Janet Tomiyama, lead author of a study...

Record Missouri flooding was humanmade calamity, scientist says

Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but a professor of earth and planetary sciences says analysis of the flood data shows much of the damage was due to recent modifications to the river.

Tackle a Runner Like a Super Bowl Player—With Physics!

What path should you take to catch another football player? Here are three different ways to run the play. The post Tackle a Runner Like a Super Bowl Player—With Physics! appeared first on WIRED.

Climate change's frost harms early plant reproduction

Climate change may harm early-flowering plants not through plant-pollinator mismatch but through frost damage, a new study shows.

Global Warming is Causing Dogs to Become Depressed

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Pet behaviourists have claimed that dogs and horses are becoming bored and depressed, because global warming induced weather is stopping their owners from taking them out for exercise. Leading pet behaviourists say the number of depressed and unsettled dogs they have seen in recent months is unprecedented … And they…

Snake gait: Science observes nature to invent new ways of moving

Snake locomotion is a source of inspiration for technology: graceful, silent, adaptable and efficient, it can be implemented on devices designed for the most diverse applications, from space exploration to medicine. A new study adds to this line of research and proposes a detailed mathematical account of one of the characteristic types of movement adopted by this animal.

Studies link healthy workforces to positive stock market performance

NEW YORK, February 5, 2016 - A new study finds companies with healthy workforces appear to have a competitive edge in the stock market. The study compared the stock market performance of ten of the healthiest companies in South Africa to the market at large. Show More Summary

Pioneering discovery leads to potential preventive treatment for sudden cardiac death

More than 15 years ago, David Warshaw, Ph.D., and coworkers discovered the precise malfunction of a specific protein in the heart that leads to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common culprit in cases of sudden death in young athletes. read more

Online shopping might not be as green as we thought

Logic suggests that online shopping is "greener" than traditional shopping. After all, when people shop from home, they are not jumping into their cars, one by one, to travel to the mall or the big box store. read more

Many white-tailed deer have malaria

By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It's the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.

How Climate Change Unfairly Burdens Poorer Countries

The U.S. emits the second most greenhouse emissions but is largely shielded from the worst effects

Prunetin prolongs lifespan in male fruit flies and enhances overall health

Here's a reason for men to eat their lima beans -- if research in male fruit flies holds up, it might help you live longer. A new research report shows that administering an oral dose of prunetin to male fruit flies extends lifespan, increases fitness levels, and improves their glucose balance.

Graphical display of nutrition information helps keep health-conscious eaters on target

In a time-constrained situation, such as standing in line at a cafeteria or restaurant, it can be difficult for consumers to quickly calculate and use numerical nutrition information -- beyond the amount of calories -- provided for menu items. Show More Summary

Gene family turns cancer cells into aggressive stem cells that keep growing

WASHINGTON (February 5, 2016) -- An examination of 130 gene expression studies in 10 solid cancers has found that when any of four related genes is overexpressed, patients have much worse outcomes, including reduced survival. Researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say their study, published Feb. Show More Summary

NASA's GPM satellite examines violent thunderstorms

Severe weather moved through the southern U.S. on February 2 and 3, and NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite examined the violent thunderstorms. read more

Study evaluates pay-for-performance program for Medicaid children in an ACO

The first pay-for-performance (P4P) evaluation of pediatricians under a full-risk Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) for children shows P4P incentives were partially responsible for higher performance on quality measures across...Show More Summary

Record Missouri flooding was manmade calamity, scientist says

At the end of December 2015, a huge storm named "Goliath" dumped 9-10 inches of rain in a belt across the central United States, centered just southwest of St. Louis, most of it in a three-day downpour. The rain blanketed the Meramec Basin, an area of 4,000 square miles drained by the Meramec River, which enters the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. read more

Discovery: Many white-tailed deer have malaria

Two years ago, Ellen Martinsen, was collecting mosquitoes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, looking for malaria that might infect birds--when she discovered something strange: a DNA profile, from parasites in the mosquitoes, that she couldn't identify. read more

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