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Cambridge Plesiosaur Donated to Oxford Could Be New Species

Potential New Plesiosaur Species A nearly complete plesiosaur skeleton that came to rest in marine sediments now located in northern Cambridgeshire might just prove to be a new species.  The fossilised remains were excavated out of a layer of rock discovered in a fenland quarry in November 2014, by archaeologists from the Oxford Clay Working […]

DHS Lies, State Power Dies

The National Conference of State Legislatures recently held a briefing on REAL ID, the U.S. national ID law, for state legislators that is both fascinating and strange. It is fascinating to see Department of Homeland Security officials prevaricate so openly before state officials about what this national ID law does. Show More Summary

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

Cores, ‘Iowa': The Week In One Song

There’s no better way to mark the start of the American election season in Iowa than with German techno.  

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

More on Chinese telegraph codes

John McVey was rooting around in Language Log for recent posts about telegraphic codes, and stumbled upon this: "Chinese Telegraph Code (CTC)" (5/24/15) What we learned there is that the CTC consists of 10,000 numbers arbitrarily assigned to the same amount of characters, one number per character. John calls our attention to a different kind […]

Stealth Saga #28

PAK-FA:Russia claims it will put the PAK-FA into service by the end of the year and that it will be able to launch cruise missiles. J-20:China remains ahead, so goes the narrative, between the nations in Asia to acquire stealth aircraft. Show More Summary

Feds To Young Women: Don't Even Touch Alcohol Unless You're On Birth Control

With the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933, the United States enacted Repeal and abandoned its failed experiment with Prohibition. And that settled that, right? At least until this week: Women of childbearing age should avoid...Show More Summary

Pessimism in Historical Perspective

Pessimism about potentially life-enhancing technologies is not new. The Twitter account Pessimist’s Archive (a favorite of the internet guru Marc Andreessen) chronicles the unending stream of pessimism with old newspaper excerpts.  Pessimistic...Show More Summary

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