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New standards of care from the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is recommending a less stringent diastolic blood pressure target for people with diabetes and that all people with diabetes take either moderate or high doses of statins, in keeping with recent changes to guidelines for cardiovascular risk management enacted by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

New-generation 'thinking' biomimetic robots developed as ocean engineering solutions

Researchers are closer to creating underwater robotic creatures with a brain of their own -- besides behaving like the real thing. In the near future, it would not be too tall an order for the team to produce a swarm of autonomous tiny...Show More Summary

The Paleoenvironment of Oligocene Paleogene Patagonia

Reconstruction of a fossil forest reveals details of the palaeoecology, palaeoenvironments and climatic conditions in the late Oligocene of South AmericaAuthors:Brea et alAbstract:This research focuses on the three-dimensional reconstruction...Show More Summary

NASA's Maven Finds Hints of Martian Atmospheric Loss due to Solar Wind

Early discoveries by NASA's newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet's atmosphere to space over time.The findings are among the first returns from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which entered its science phase on Nov. Show More Summary

Did Archaeologists Find Site Where Jesus Preached?

Israel requires that archaeologists perform a sweep of any historically significant land that's to be constructed on, and what they were surprised to find on a 20-acre parcel of land along the western side of the Sea of Galilee may have ties to Jesus. Haaretz revisits a story that has...

Why do ants show left bias when exploring mazes?

Temnothorax albipennis ants explore nest cavities and negotiate through branching mazes and show bias when doing it, finds a new study. They found that ants were significantly more likely to turn left than right when exploring new nests. Show More Summary

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for adults, unconstitutional. The gist of the complaint...Show More Summary

Bandying "Terrorism"

Jim Harper George Clooney has now joined North Korea’s United Nations ambassador Ja Song Nam in bandying charges of “terrorism” against a foe. North Korea’s emissary in New York complained in July that the production of Sony’s film,Show More Summary

Evidence from Paleolithic (Pleistocene Quaternary) Manot Cave, Israel of Heat Treating Stone Tools

Heating of flint debitage from Upper Palaeolithic contexts at Manot Cave, Israel: changes in atomic organization due to heating using infrared spectroscopyAuthors:Weiner et alAbstract:The heat treatment of flint is known to change its mechanical properties and improve its fracture behaviour during knapping. Show More Summary

Magi, myrrh, and mummies

'Tis the season! We all know the story of the three Magi bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus.  In this post, I'll write about the two "m" words of the story, "magi" and "myrrh", touching briefly on "magi", but going into a bit more detail on "myrrh".  I'll leave it to others […]

NASA looks at some severe holiday weather from space

Severe weather in the form of tornadoes is not something people expect on Christmas week but a storm system on Dec. 23 brought tornadoes to Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana. As the storm moved, NASA’s RapidScat captured data on winds while NOAA’s GOES satellite tracked the movement of the system. NASA’s RapidScat instrument flies aboard the…

Obesity during pregnancy harms stem cells in developing babies

A mouse study finds that a high-fat diet and obesity during pregnancy compromise the blood-forming, or hematopoietic, stem cell system in the fetal liver responsible for creating and sustaining lifelong blood and immune system function. The life-long burden of a western-style diet on the heart and circulatory system have long been appreciated. Show More Summary

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Ocean Lovers!

Red sea stars (Echinaster sepositus) around seagrass in Punta Elena, Almería, Spain. (Photo: Oceana / Sergio Gosálvez) All of us at Oceana would like to wish our readers, ocean activists and Wavemakers a Merry Christmas and happy holiday...Show More Summary

At Social Events, Don’t Ditch Your Date

You’re visiting your spouse’s family. They’re working on a house project with their sibling while you’re inside taking care of your baby. Not only do you already feel awkward but you’re hurt that your partner doesn’t check on you or try to include you. You’re attending your spouse’s work party. They’re outgoing, but you’re shy […]

Two small quakes on Arizona - Utah border

There were two small quakes in northern Arizona in the past few days. A magnitude 2.4 event hit 8 miles south of Colorado City on Dec. 22 at about 4:27 p.m. local time [yellow dot marks epicenter. Credit, USGS]A magnitude 1.3 quake occurred on Dec. 23, at 11:57 a.m. local time, about 6 miles ESE of Colorado City [epicenter marked by orange dot].

Metatherian Mammals Nearly Wiped out by KT/K-Pg Extinction

The origin and early evolution of metatherian mammals: the Cretaceous recordAuthors:Wiliamson et alAbstract:Metatherians, which comprise marsupials and their closest fossil relatives, were one of the most dominant clades of mammals during the Cretaceous and are the most diverse clade of living mammals after Placentalia. Show More Summary

A little grenade for the rest of the week.

I probably won’t be back on much until next week — you know, festive merriment and dealing with large, ugly projects — but I thought I should throw this out, which I think is relevant for anthropology departments as well: How academia’s liberal bias is killing social science Social sciences and humanities cannot be completely divorced [...]

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