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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

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Scientists say climate change is threatening the lifeblood of Canada’s native people

4 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In barely three decades, a new study warns, Canada’s indigenous peoples will face a catastrophic loss in the fisheries that are the lifeblood of their communities and have helped sustain them for more than a millennium.Read full article >>

Astronomy’s snowballing sexual harassment scandal picks up even more cases

4 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Sexual harassment is everywhere — especially in the sciences. But astronomers are pushing back against the systemic problems in their field. On Tuesday, two new cases of sexual harassment in the academic world of astronomy came to light, making for three high-profile outings in as many months.Read full article >>

Tainted medical scopes have sickened hundreds in U.S., Europe, Senate investigation finds

4 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The number of patients harmed by contaminated medical scopes in recent years far exceeds previous estimates from federal regulators, according to findings in a Senate health committee report published Wednesday.Read full article >>

Stunning new photos of the dwarf planet Ceres released by NASA

4 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Remember Ceres, the other big dwarf planet of 2015? The tiny world, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, teased scientists for months with glimpses of strange bright spots. It wasn't until December that the mission team felt confident enough to suggest that salts were probably the cause of the white flashes.Read full article >>

In fecal matter transplants, frozen is as good as fresh

4 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Fecal matter transplants (FMT) might elicit a giggle from the uninitiated. But for many, these donations are life-changing, if not outright life-saving. A new study helps confirm that frozen fecal donations work as well as fresh ones, which could help make the treatments cheaper and more widely available. Show More Summary

FDA nominee sails through Senate committee, but could a fish stand in his way?

4 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A Senate health committee on Tuesday easily advanced the nomination of former Duke University researcher and cardiologist Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. But Califf, while widely expected to...Show More Summary

Some insurance offers a lump sum if you get cancer or other serious illness

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Insurance policies that pay a lump sum if workers get cancer or another serious illness are being offered by employers in growing numbers. Companies say they want to help protect their workers against the financial pain of increasingly high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. But it’s important to understand the limitations of these plans.Read full article >>

As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Much of California’s rain washed awayMuch of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California last week flowed right into the ocean, just as downpours did before the state’s epic drought.That approach once seemed like a good idea, as storm drains provided a defense against flooding. Show More Summary

‘I could move my fingers but within days, I’d probably be totally paralyzed.’

last monthHealth : The Checkup

In mid-February of 1979, I started experiencing tingling sensations in my feet and fingers. I told myself I was only feeling some residual effects from a bout with the flu several weeks before, and I caught the afternoon plane to Minneapolis to join my new boss, U.S. Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.), for several days of political meetings.Read full article >>

Map of the Milky Way reveals our galaxy’s growth strategy

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Researchers have created a map that charts the ages of stars across the Milky Way, confirming that our galaxy grew from the inside out. The map, which includes the ages of more than 70,000 red giant stars, was presented by Melissa Ness of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at last week's annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society.Read full article >>

Vegetarian diets are healthy, but they don’t help you live longer

last monthHealth : The Checkup

VegetariansA plant-based diet may not lead to a longer life than one that includes meatTHE QUESTION It’s no secret that a diet focused on plant-based foods can be good for your health. Might a vegetarian diet also help you live longer?Read full article >>

Scientists are making a last-ditch attempt to contact the Philae comet lander

last monthHealth : The Checkup

It's been a bumpy ride for the European Space Agency's Philae lander. The little robot made history in November 2014, making the first controlled landing onto the surface of a comet. An unstable touch-down threw the lander into shade, preventing it from fully charging its batteries. Just days later, the mission team lost contact.Read full article >>

Dear Tila Tequila: Here’s why the Earth isn’t flat (even when it looks like it is)

last monthHealth : The Checkup

It may surprise you to learn that "Flat Earth" conspiracies are still around. In fact, it seems like a lot of anti-science conspiracies have gotten a second wind in the age of the Internet: It's so easy to share "evidence" that it's no wonder people keep tweeting at me about the space station being fake.Read full article >>

NASA’s Kepler telescope has discovered hundreds of new planets after breaking

last monthHealth : The Checkup

NASA's Kepler space telescope just keeps raking in the exoplanets, 1,930 of which have now been confirmed (and 4,696 that haven't). These include an impressive 234 new exoplanet candidates discovered by Kepler in 2014, which were announced at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week.Read full article >>

In China, pandas have reasons to perk up. And it’s not just for bamboo.

last monthHealth : The Checkup

From the land of pandas, some new numbers on the crushingly cute animals swathed in black and white.China says it now has 422 giant pandas living in captivity. Contrast that to 1989, when just 92 pandas lived this way.Read full article >>

How Roman toilets (and fish sauce) may have helped spread parasites across Europe

last monthHealth : The Checkup

When the Roman Empire spread across Europe 2,000 years ago, it brought some of the first real sanitation efforts with it. Romanization meant bathing, using toilets and keeping feces out of the streets. But it might not have been the boon to public health that you'd expect.Read full article >>

Medtronic, IBM team up on diabetes app to predict possibly dangerous events hours earlier

last monthHealth : The Checkup

LAS VEGAS -- One of the most agonizing aspects of having diabetes is the uncertainty. While you can try to manage your blood-sugar levels as best as you can through food, sleep, activity, insulin and constant monitoring, there's always a fear that it might plummet unexpectedly, leading to a medical emergency.Read full article >>

I know about concussion risks. Here’s why I let my 8-year-old play tackle football anyway.

last monthHealth : The Checkup

“You’re killing my dream!” my almost 9-year-old son wailed after I told him I wasn’t sure if he would be allowed to play football in the fall.“Killing your dream?” I asked.“Don’t you know the only thing I want to do is play football in the NFL, someday?” he moaned.Read full article >>

Who is smart enough to decide how to improve the human species?

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Which technology promises to most dramatically change our lives? A plausible answer is artificial intelligence -- see part 2 of our series "The Resistance." But a lot of smart people would say biotechnology. Or maybe both -- in a glorious scientific tango.Read full article >>

‘It’s the Wild West out there.’ E-cigarette advertising reaches 70 percent of middle and high schoolers, CDC says.

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The ads have popped up everywhere in recent years, from TV commercials featuring celebrities to model-adorned magazine spreads to banners splashed across websites. E-cigarette marketing has become so ubiquitous that it now reaches more than two-thirds of U.S. Show More Summary

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