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Mortality of surgery vs. targeted radiation in early lung cancer patients

(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Among patients older than 80 years, 3.9 percent receiving surgery passed away within the 30-day post-treatment window, compared with 0.9 percent of patients receiving focused radiatio...

Algorithm increases employment opportunities for refugees

(ETH Zurich) A data-driven approach could help increase employment levels for asylum seekers in Switzerland from 15 to 26 percent. Social scientists from Switzerland and the US, in collaboration with ETH's Public Policy Group, reached this conclusion in the journal Science.

“Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate”

Lynn Vavreck for NYT’s The Upshot: The government dedicates tremendous resources to reminding people to return their census form and even sends people to the doors of households from which no form has been filed. Mostly, it gets results. But … Continue reading ?

Bob Bauer: “The Trump Campaign-Russia Alliance and Campaign Finance; A Response to Skeptics and a Statement of the Case”

Bob Bauer deep dive. I was surprised the First Amendment got only a brief mention in this piece. … Continue reading ?

“The Supreme Court Is Finally Tackling Gerrymandering”

Bloomberg Businessweek, with the subhead: “Academics give SCOTUS cover to rule on extreme cases of redistricting.” … Continue reading ?

7 Signs and Pictures That Helped Define American Protest Movements

When it comes to the history of protest, sassy signs are nothing new — as shown by these posters and signs from history.

Mystery Deepens "About Link Between Supermassive Black Holes and Cosmic Islands We Call Galaxies"

"The Earth, like many planets and stars, has a magnetic field that sprouts out of the North Pole, circles the planet and goes back into the South Pole," says Chris Packham, associate professor of physics and astronomy at The University...        

“A record $107 million was raised for Trump’s inauguration. So where did it all go? No one will say.”

Fredreka Schouten for USA Today: Nearly a year after President Trump’s inauguration, the committee that raised a record $106.7 million for the event has not disclosed how much surplus money it still has or provided a final accounting of its … Continue reading ?

From New Bauer, Ginsberg, Persily Report: “Fewer than 16,000 donors accounted for half the federal campaign contributions in 2016”

WaPo on the new Bauer, Ginsberg, Persily report, with a troubling trend I wrote about in my 2016 book, Plutocrats United: More than 3.2 million Americans contributed to federal candidates in the 2016 elections, but fewer than 16,000 of them provided … Continue reading ?

As Government May Shut Down, President to Headline $100,000-Per-Couple Fundraiser ($250K if you want to be at roundtable) at Mar-a-Lago Resort He Owns, Profiting from the Event Personally

Bloomberg: President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair. That amount, according to the invitation, will pay for dinner … Continue reading ?

Real-world intercontinental quantum communications enabled by the Micius satellite

A joint China-Austria team has performed quantum key distribution between the quantum-science satellite Micius and multiple ground stations located in Xinglong (near Beijing), Nanshan (near Urumqi), and Graz (near Vienna). Such experiments...Show More Summary

A nanophenomenon that triggers the bone-repair process

(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Researchers at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia have resolved one of the great unknowns in bone self-repair: how the cells responsible for forming new bone tissue are called into action. Show More Summary

Thorium reactors may dispose of enormous amounts of weapons-grade plutonium

(Tomsk Polytechnic University) Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a new technology for multipurpose application of large amounts of weapons-grade plutonium accumulated in Russia and across the world. InsteadShow More Summary

Commercial electric pulse fishing should be banned for now

The growing use in Europe of trawl nets that stun fish with electricity has divided opinion. It should be scaled back and properly researched, says Lesley Evans Ogden

HKU chemist Dr Li Xuechen receives Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2018

(The University of Hong Kong) The research of Dr Li lies in the interface of synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biology, spanning from innovative synthetic method development to biological studies and drug discovery, with the ultimate aim to develop novel therapeutics.

NMRCloudQ: A quantum cloud experience on a nuclear magnetic resonance quantum computer

(Science China Press) Cloud-based quantum computing is the most useful form for public users to experience with the power of quantum. Recently, a joint team led by G. Long at Tsinghua University, B. Zeng at University of Guelph and D. Show More Summary

Free online access to millions of documents on chemical toxicity made possible through ToxicDocs

(Springer) Millions of pages of internal corporate and trade association documents relating to the introduction of new products and chemicals into the workplace and commerce have been compiled into a free searchable online database called ToxicDocs. Show More Summary

Researchers disprove one of the most widespread assumptions among geneticists regarding DNA

(University of Córdoba) A study by a Córdoba research team, just published in Proceedings of the USA National Academy of Sciences, shows that spontaneous DNA gaps are not -- as hitherto believed -- equivalent to those produced during DNA repair

“Actions, not words, tell Trump’s political money story”

CPI report, with the subhead, “Rhetorically, he talked a liberal’s game. In reality, he’s like most conservatives.” … Continue reading ?

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