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Cargill v. Syngenta: Biotechnology and Trade

Daniel R. Pearson On September 12, Cargill, a major commodity trading and processing firm, filed a lawsuit in a Louisiana state court against Syngenta Seeds for selling genetically engineered MIR 162 (also known as “Agrisure Viptera®”) seed corn to farmers. Show More Summary

Environmental Changes in the Western Interior Seaway Across the Cenomanian/Turonian Cretaceous Boundary

Paleoenvironmental and paleoceanographic changes across the Cenomanian–Turonian Boundary Event (Oceanic Anoxic Event 2) as indicated by foraminiferal assemblages from the eastern margin of the Cretaceous Western Interior SeaAuthors:Elderbak et alAbstract:Two sites near the eastern margin of the Cretaceous Western Interior Sea (WIS) were investigated. Show More Summary

UMN research pinpoints microRNA tied to colon cancer tumor growth

MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL (October 1, 2014) – Researchers at the University of Minnesota have identified microRNAs that may cause colon polyps from turning cancerous. The finding could help physicians provide more specialized, and earlier, treatment before colon cancer develops. The findings are published today in The Journal of Pathology. read more

Hypertension risk rises closer to major roadways

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association reports a significant association between living near a major roadway and the risk of high blood pressure. read more

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles had lower failure-to-rescue rates

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, writes Kyle H. Sheetz, M.D., M.S., of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Ann Arbor, Mich., and colleagues. read more

Opting out of Gun Laws: Ghost Gunner

Wired reports: Wilson’s latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically-controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modeled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminum. Show More Summary

Must-read for Wednesday afternoon

Josef Fruehwald, "America's Ugliest Accent: Something's ugly alright", Val Systems 10/1/2014.  

Recent Marine Fossil Discoveries Provide Insight on Ancient Ocean Inhabitants

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus skull, the first semi-aquatic dinosaur known to exist. (Photo: Didier Descouens / Wikimedia Commons) It’s no surprise that the oceans are home to some of the most fascinating animals, from the massive blue whale, the world’s largest animal, to creatures like octopus and squid that can change their coloration instantly. Show More Summary

Asteroid 2014 OL339: Yet Another Earth Quasi-Moon

Asteroid 2014 OL339: yet another Earth quasi-satelliteAuthors:de la Fuente Marcos et alAbstract:Our planet has one permanently bound satellite -the Moon-, a likely large number of mini-moons or transient irregular natural satellites, and three temporary natural retrograde satellites or quasi-satellites. Show More Summary

New molecule fights oxidative stress; May lead to therapies for cancer and Alzheimer's

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Breathing oxygen helps the body create energy for its cells. As a result of the breathing process, reactive molecules called "free radicals" are produced that often cause damage to proteins and genes found in cells. This damage is known as oxidative stress. Show More Summary

Atlas of Dinosaurs, The Return

Our sole criterion for a book to qualify for the blog's Vintage Dinosaur Art series is that it is 20 years old. (And yes, because of that, I am very guilty of stretching the definition of 'vintage' to breaking point.) Atlas of Dinosaurs is rather newer than that, but as was plainly seen last week, it might as well be straight out of the 1980s. Show More Summary

The Tory Party's 15% Strategy

Thankfully conference speeches don't win general elections. There is no denying that Dave's final performance at the Tory party's annual gathering was masterful. It oozed the prime ministerial, that much exalted but seldom-attained quality. Show More Summary

Climate Craziness of the Week – ‘Mass gathering of 35,000 walruses is latest sign of global warming’

Because -there’s no other possible explanation- global warming must be to blame. Eric Worrall writes: In a sign that the climate alarmist camp has not only jumped the shark, but danced an intricate ballet while taking the leap, we now have the latest sign of the end times – global warming is being blamed for…

Decreased ability to identify odors can predict death

For older adults, being unable to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years, according to a study published October 1, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE. Thirty-nine percent of study subjects who failed a simple smelling...Show More Summary

AAO-HNSF clinical practice guideline: Tinnitus

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has released the first ever mutli-disciplinary, evidence-based clinical practice guideline to improve the diagnosis and management of tinnitus, the perception of sound—often ringing—without an external sound source. Show More Summary

Decreased ability to identify odors may predict 5-year mortality

For older adults, being unable to identify scents may be a predictor of mortality within five years, according to a study published October 1, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE by Jayant Pinto from The University of Chicago and colleagues. read more

Is There Evidence of Paleolithic Domestication of Dogs?

In search of Paleolithic dogs: a quest with mixed resultsAuthor:Morey Abstract:Archaeological evidence has long placed the origins of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) just prior to the beginning of the Holocene Epoch, some 12,000–15,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Little Evidence Supports the FDA's Proposed Food Label Rules

Matthew Feeney In the upcoming issue of Regulation magazine, Robert Scharff, associate professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences at the Ohio State University, and Sherzod Abdukadirov, research fellow in the Regulatory StudiesShow More Summary

Winter X Games Won't Be Coming to Titan --A Massive Cloud: Swirling Vortex of Gas Blankets South Pole

Titan is unique in our solar system because of its dense nitrogen-methane atmosphere, which is very similar to Earth's in some ways, but very different in others. For example, air temperatures are around 200 degrees colder and, in contrast to...

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