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Advance directives can benefit patients, families, and health care system

Nearly one out of four older Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The Gerontological Society of America's Public Policy & Aging Report...Show More Summary

where human capital arguments make headway

Higher education has become dependent on human capital arguments to justify its existence. The new gainful employment rule for for-profit colleges, announced yesterday by the Obama administration, reminded me of this. It clarifies what...Show More Summary

A new generation of storage -- ring

A bright synchrotron source that emits over a wide part of the electromagnetic spectrum from the infrared to hard X-rays is currently being built in Lund, Sweden. The MAX IV facility presents a range of technical challenges for the team...Show More Summary

Viewing cancer on the move: New device yields close-up look at metastasis

Johns Hopkins engineers have invented a lab device to give cancer researchers an unprecedented microscopic look at metastasis, the complex way that tumor cells spread through the body, causing more than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths. By shedding light on precisely how tumor cells travel, the device could uncover new ways to keep cancer in check. read more

Lack of oxygen delayed the rise of animals on Earth

New Haven, Conn. – Geologists are letting the air out of a nagging mystery about the development of animal life on Earth. Scientists have long speculated as to why animal species didn't flourish sooner, once sufficient oxygen covered the Earth's surface. Show More Summary

"Unexpected Planet" Discovered by Yale Astronomers

A new planet, called PH3c, located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium has been discovered by Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program. The elusive orb nearly avoided detection. This is because...

Our Salamanders May Be in Trouble

When a fungus that has coexisted with amphibians in Asia for 30 million years recently found its way to the Netherlands, only 10 fire salamanders managed to escape death there. The fungus eats the skin, and that tends to prove fatal because amphibians perform much of their respiration through their...

Died This Day: Johann Friedrich Meckel

Shark Family Tree © Ray Troll Meckel (Oct 17, 1781 - Oct 31, 1833) was a German anatomist who first described the embryonic cartilage (now called Meckel's cartilage) that ossifies to form part of the lower jaw in fishes, amphibians, and birds. He also described a pouch (Meckel's diverticulum) of the small intestine.

The Great Lakes—a Billion Miles From Earth

A new picture from the Cassini spacecraft reveals a dazzling vista on Saturn's moon Titan

Scientists trigger self-destruct switch in lung cancer cells

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells - paving the way for new treatments, according to research that will be presented at the National Cancer Research...Show More Summary

Tropical Depression Nuri now haunting the western Pacific Ocean

Tropical Depression Nuri formed on Halloween morning, October 31, and is haunting the waters of the western North Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a ghostly-white image of the storm. read more

The World Misery Index: 109 Countries

Steve H. Hanke Every country aims to lower inflation, unemployment, and lending rates, while increasing gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. Through a simple sum of the former three rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth,...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Nations Fail to Reach Agreement on Antarctic Marine Reserve, Norway Planning Large Whale Meat Shipment, and More

Killer whales swimming in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Nations failed to reach an agreement to protect the Ross Sea in the world’s largest marine reserve. (Photo by Donald LeRo / NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center National ScienceShow More Summary

Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan

WCS study confirms that endangered musk deer still live in Nuristan Province – some 60 years after last sighting Species targeted by poachers: Musk deer scent glands are more valuable than gold Study appears in the October issue of the journal Oryx read more


It’s Halloween; let’s light the cauldron. Shakespeare’s weird sisters, when making their hell-broth, tossed in “Eye of newt and toe of frog, / Wool of bat and tongue of dog”—and, as my young daughter likes to say, “Hey, that rhymes.”… Continue reading ?

"Moment of Awe" --The Ghostly Light from 200 Billion Outcast Stars in Pandora's Galaxy Cluster

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500...

Friday Cephalopod: Happy Halloween!

6 hours agoAcademics : Pharyngula

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering a selection of Halloween e-cards…and you can guess which one I’m sending to you!

RepiTitiationes ~ 10/30/14

Around the Classical Blogo/Twittersphere yesterday: #clsblgs ~ Épigrammes grecs des terres bulgares. | Spartokos a lu — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) October 30, 2014 Ancient Greek heroine has modern relevance...Show More Summary

Tweet much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy

The imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient. Show More Summary

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