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'Junk' blood tests may offer life-saving information

Tel Aviv — Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" — they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. read more

Big data approach identifies Europe's most dangerous human and domestic animal pathogens

The pathogens posing the greatest risk to Europe based upon a proxy for impact have been identified by University of Liverpool researchers using a 'big data' approach to scientific research. The researchers from the University's Institute...Show More Summary

Kessler Foundation scientists study impact of cultural diversity in brain injury research

West Orange, NJ. August 27, 2014. Kessler Foundation scientists examined the implications for cultural diversity and cultural competence in brain injury research and rehabilitation. The article by Anthony Lequerica, PhD, and Denise Krch,...Show More Summary

New smartphone app can detect newborn jaundice in minutes

Newborn jaundice: It's one of the last things a parent wants to deal with, but it's unfortunately a common condition in babies less than a week old. Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn't adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin. Show More Summary

Parents, listen next time your baby babbles

Pay attention, mom and dad, especially when your infant looks at you and babbles. Parents may not understand a baby's prattling, but by listening and responding, they let their infants know they can communicate which leads to children...Show More Summary

Lifetime of fitness: A fountain of youth for bone and joint health?

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging, according to a review of the latest research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up) appearing in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). read more

Educated consumers more likely to use potentially unreliable online healthcare information

The last time you experienced worrisome medical symptoms, did you look for advice online before consulting a health-care professional? If so, you're not alone. Consumers are increasingly turning to forums, video-sharing sites, and peer...Show More Summary

The Most Important Molecule in Space -- "Precursor to the Building Blocks of Life"

Today's Most Popular..."Most of the universe consists of hydrogen in various forms," said Ludwik Adamowicz, a professor in the University of Arizona''s department of chemistry and biochemistry, but the H3+ ion is the most prevalent molecular ion in interstellar space....

CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than Three Weeks until Porbeagle Sharks are Protected

A porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). (Photo: NMFS, E. Hoffmayer, S. Iglésias and R. McAuley, via Wikimedia Commons) On September 14, 2014, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will add six sharks and rays to Appendix II, meaning that global trade of these species will be restricted. Show More Summary

Assorted links

1. The benefits of early work experience are declining, especially for men. 2. Interview with Pete Best, who is happy and still alive. 3. 38 maps of the global economy. 4. How the Japanese messed up Pearl Harbor. 5. Very good (and complex) FT Alphaville post on long-term unemployment this time around; “…about 10 per […]

Jurassic Mammals Kuehneotherium, Morganucodon Were Specialist, not Generalist Insectivores

Dietary specializations and diversity in feeding ecology of the earliest stem mammalsAuthors:Gill et alAbstract:The origin and radiation of mammals are key events in the history of life, with fossils placing the origin at 220 million years ago, in the Late Triassic period1. Show More Summary

Hey U.N. – show us your tipping points!

Pathetic handwaving double down from the UN Eric Worrall writes: A number of MSM outlets are carrying news of a “leaked” UN document, which claims that global warming may be causing irreversible damage. According to the Bloomberg version of the leak story; “Global warming already is affecting “all continents and across the oceans,” and further…

Orion rocks! Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation

Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand, or so theories predict. read more

Cleaner air helps pay for reducing carbon emissions

Fighting climate change costs money, but healthcare savings are immense, too.

AGU: Yellowstone supereruption would send ash across North America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los...Show More Summary

Quasars --"Are They the Origin of Light in Our Universe?"

Quasars are the brightest objects in the Universe; their intense light is generated by gas as it falls towards a black hole. These mysterious objects emitting radio waves were first identified in 1963 by radio astronomers who called them quasi-stellar...

Where does outreach funding go?

Over the past 8 years I've been based in Manchester and Cardiff. During my time in those places I was involved with a few public engagement grants from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). These grants are called "Small...Show More Summary

Nixes Nicettes, Nice Nicors.

The always enticing wood s lot sent me to Apollinaire’s “Automne malade” (here‘s a pretty good translation — I didn’t like the one at the s lot), and I was struck not only by Apollinaire’s lush sonic landscape but by a line with two words that I didn’t understand and weren’t in any of my […]

Mandatory Spending Continues to Drive the Budget

Nicole Kaeding This morning, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report, known in Washington, D.C. parlance as the “baseline.” This report details CBO’s projections on federal spending...Show More Summary

Dartmouth isolates environmental influences in genome-wide association studies

(Lebanon, NH 8/27/14)—Dartmouth cancer researchers developed and tested an advanced statistical model to evaluate the genetic and environmental interactions that contribute to disease as published yesterday in Human Genetics. read m...

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