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Is vegetable oil really as good as a statin?

After decades of scientific squabbles over the role of saturated fat in the development of heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) claimed last week to have put the debate behind us in a news release that began this way: “Replacing saturated fats with healthier ones found in some vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels […]

Corn: The crop that ate America

Bloomberg News has an interactive infographic on U.S. corn production.  Corn now accounts for 68 percent of US grain-and-oilseed production. The USDA gives a bit of background on the corn economy. Scientific American explains why growing all that corn is not such a great idea. It’s mostly for feeding animals, not people 40% of it […]

Native Americans call for rethink of Bering Strait theory

last weekNews : The Raw Story

It’s one of the most contentious debates in anthropology today: Where did America’s first peoples come from — and when? The general scientific consensus is that a single wave of people crossed a long-vanished land bridge from Siberia into Alaska around 13,000 years ago. But some Native Americans...

US is still first in science, but China rose fast as funding stalled here & elsewhere

American scientific teams still publish significantly more biomedical research discoveries than teams from any other country, a new study shows, and the U.S. still leads the world in research and development expenditures.

US is still first in science, but China rose fast as funding stalled here & elsewhere

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) American scientific teams still publish significantly more biomedical research discoveries than teams from any other country, a new study shows, and the US still leads the world in research and development expenditures. Show More Summary

In defense of science: Making facts great again

From across the Atlantic, the European scientific community is watching warily as our American colleagues endure increasingly politicised attacks on their work and on the very foundation of evidence-based science. President Donald Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change – a decision condemned by [...]Show More Summary

The Koch Brothers & Trump: The Men Who Sold The World

When he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific American. The Washington Post‘s “FactShow More Summary

Tweet Revenge: Twitter Erupts As Diabetes Forum Tries To Lock Down Photo Sharing

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Attendees at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego this year — many of them young researchers who are active on social media — were surprised to be greeted with the foll...

69th moon discovered orbiting Jupiter

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Jupiter has at least 69 natural moons, reports Scientific American, with the latest distant dots of joy uncovered via images taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. Until recently the cataloged satellites totaled 67 in number. But only the innermost 15 of these orbit Jupiter in a prograde sense (in the direction of the planet's spin). Show More Summary

Fasting glucose as a marker for greater weight loss on a high-fiber, low-glycemic diet

(Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus) Preliminary study data presented at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions finds that study participants with high fasting plasma glucose lost more weight than those with low fasting plasma glucose when following a high-fiber, low-glycemic load diet. Show More Summary

Fasting plasma glucose and insulin are determinants of dietary weight loss success

(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Differentiated findings for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes presented at the American Diabetes Association® 77th Scientific Sessions: For prediabetes, a fiber-rich diet; For type 2 diabetes, a diet rich in healthy fats.

If you’ve noticed many seeming human traits in animals, you’ll want to read this

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientific American collector’s edition delves into ‘Secret Lives of Animals.’

Washington State Named the “Least Pro-Life State” in the United States

“Washington State has just been named the ‘worst pro-life state’ in ratings issued by Americans United for Life. However, we are hopeful that with more education about the scientific evidence that abortion hurts women, Washington residents and elected officials can and will reverse this rating,” said Esther Hurni-Ripplinger, executive director, Human Life of Washington, the […]

Development of a novel vaccine for Zika

(American Society for Microbiology) Research presented by Farshad Guirakhoo, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GeoVax, Inc., at the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting showed a new Zika virus vaccine that gives 100 percent protection in mice. The...Show More Summary

New Research Claims Women Don’t Get Promotions Because We Don’t Want Them. Yeah, We have Some Thoughts on That - Surprise, surprise

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Hey women, good news! A recent article in Scientific American has figured out why you don't see yourself rising through the professional ranks in the same way your male colleagues seem to be able to: It's because you don't want to. Yup, apparently, we should all stop hitting our head on that glass ceiling and just admit we wanted to plaster over it all along.

Penn Medicine's Carl June, MD, to receive ASCO's Highest Scientific Honor

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The American Society of Clinical Oncology has named University of Pennsylvania cancer and HIV gene therapy pioneer Carl June, MD, as the 2017 winner of the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award. Show More Summary

Press registration opens for 2017 fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society

(American Chemical Society) Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the American Chemical Society's 254th National Meeting & Exposition, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. It will be held Aug. 20-24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Alzheimer's Association calls for new strategies against dementia in Scientific American

(Alzheimer's Association) The time has come for advancing combination therapies against Alzheimer's disease, explains James A. Hendrix, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association director of global science initiatives, in a new post appearing this week on Scientific American's 'Observations' blog.

The perils of publishing location data for endangered species

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) While the increasing accessibility of data from scientific studies creates many benefits -- and represents a process that should be broadly embraced -- in the context of conserving endangered species it can actually be problematic, write David Lindenmayer and Ben Scheele in this Essay.

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