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New metric mapping top 10 European heat waves predicts strong increase in next 2 decades

Scientists have developed a new method to model heat wave magnitude that takes both the duration and the intensity of the heat wave into account. The new metric--the Heat Wave Magnitude Index daily (HWMId)--indicates that a little-studied...Show More Summary

New from CollectA 2016 (Part 4)

New Prehistoric Animal Models from CollectA (Part 4) Today we complete Everything Dinosaur’s round up of the new releases from CollectA with the fourth part of our series on the new for 2016 prehistoric animal models.  CollectA have left a couple of very impressive models for us to reveal today, it most certainly is a […]

'Alien Megastructure' May Be Comet Family

KIC 8462852 is an odd and fascinating star, astronomers say—but it probably isn't host to an "alien megastructure," as some researchers suggested as a longshot possibility when the star and its highly unusual dimming pattern first came to attention. Instead, Iowa State University researchers who studied infrared light emitted...

More than 1 in 4 older Indians on low and middling incomes have midriff bulge

More than one in four middle-aged Indians on low and middling incomes now has an unhealthy midriff bulge, with women most likely to carry a spare tyre, reveal the results of a nationally representative survey, published in the online...Show More Summary

Recent Western blood pressure guidelines may boost stroke risk in Asian patients

European and North American blood pressure guidelines, issued last year, may actually boost the stroke risk if used for Asian patients, particularly the elderly, suggests an expert opinion published online in the journal Heart Asia. High...Show More Summary

Top priorities named in hearing loss research

Experts have published a list of the most urgent priorities for researching a debilitating condition that affects more than 10 million people in the UK. Published in The Lancet, the top 10 research priorities for tackling mild to moderate...Show More Summary

Spain Planning on Arming its Reaper UAVs

Spain has confirmed that it will eventually try to weaponise its future fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles, although the immediate priority is to bring the surveillance-only variant into operation.Madrid's...Show More Summary


During Thanksgiving dinner (and I wish a happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers who celebrate it today), it somehow came up that three of the people at the table differentiated between the pronunciations of niche, using “nitch” for a recess in a wall and “neesh” for (in the words of Merriam-Webster) “a place, employment, […]

Personally tailored diabetes care reduces mortality in women but not men

A follow-up study to assess the effects of personally tailored diabetes care in general practice has revealed that such care reduces mortality (both all-cause and diabetes-related), in women, but not men. The study is by Dr Marlene Krag,...Show More Summary

Some gifts from the sea are intangible. Thanks, Ocean, for the...

Some gifts from the sea are intangible. Thanks, Ocean, for the beauty and inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Getting the Most out of Imago Couples Therapy: Reframe, Remember, Resolve

Couples therapy is a time for learning and growing as a couple. It’s a time to take a moment to sit down in this fast-paced world and really listen to what your partner is saying. Whether you’ve been going to couples therapy for years or […]

087/366: Happy Thanksgiving

We’re at my parents’ house in Scenic Whitney Point, NY, for Thanksgiving, so of course there’s only one appropriate subject for the photo of the day: That’s our traditional turkey dinner, from my seat at the table. We ate very, very well, as always, and the kids have been generally very good (with a few…

The Genetic Impact of the Agricultural Revolution

The agricultural revolution 8,500 years ago in Eurasia, changed the way people lived right down to their DNA, as outlined … Continue reading ?

Chinese Su-35 Purchase Suggests Lack of Confidence in Local Defense Industry

The announcement on 19 November that China would buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 combat aircraft is being viewed as a clear signal that Beijing is still dependent on Russian-made hardware for its primary defence requirements.The contract came after...Show More Summary

“Shelby challenger John Martin accuses fellow rival Jonathan McConnell of urging him to drop out, reimbursing him if he did” One of the candidates looking to unseat U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., in the Republican primary is claiming fellow GOP challenger Jonathan McConnell urged him to drop out of the race and promise to reimburse his expenses if he did … Continue reading ?

Mao, McDonnell, and Mirth

As a general rule, quoting from anyone at the dispatch box is a risky business. There are lines that can be fluffed, contexts to be aware of, and a chance the audience in the chamber (and at home) haven't the foggiest about which you speak. Show More Summary

What really happened on Thanksgiving

(This is the second annual posting of a short, edited snippet of pages 55-66 of Charles Mann’s   1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. In it Mann describes the history of Indian-European relations that existed before...Show More Summary

Petition Congress to Investigate USGS Polar Bear Research Methods

More Research Finds Polar Bears’ Condition Unaffected by Reduced Summer Sea Ice. Guest essay by Jim Steele Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s...Show More Summary

Died This Day: Sven Ander Hedin

Hedin (Feb. 19,1865 - Nov. 26, 1952) was a Swedish explorer and geographer, born in Stockholm, who led four multi-year expeditions into Central Asia between 1897 and 1935. Although not as well known as Roy Chapman Andrews his work in...Show More Summary

Russia's Naval Capabilities Developed Since the Fall of the Soviet Union

When the Russian armed forces were officially established on 7 May 1992, the RFN was in quantitative terms a navy of rank II (see “Notes: Classification of the capabilities of marine power” further below). The economic problems of Russia,...Show More Summary

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