Science

Ask Ethan: What was the entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world.” -Brandon Sanderson The universe was born hot, dense, expanding, full of matter, antimatter and radiation… and in a low-entropy state. If entropy is a measure of disorder, although, that sure does sound like an awfully high-entropy state, not a low-entropy 1. So why, when we ...

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Tissue Organization Field Theory [Pharyngula]

It’s been a although considering that I brought everybody up to date on the progress of my Ecological Improvement course, simply because I’ve been busy. So have the students. After our spring break I subjected them to the dreaded oral exam, which really is not so poor. I attempted to engage them much less in an adversarial role and a ...

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St. Jude Medical Played Down Defibrillator Failures for Years, F.D.A. Says

By KATIE THOMAS April 13, 2017 The healthcare device maker St. Jude Health-related played down the failure of some batteries in its defibrillators, shipping them for years ahead of recalling the devices final fall, according to a warning letter the Meals and Drug Administration issued this week. The company, acquired by Abbott Laboratories in January, also failed to inform its own management ...

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The New York Times Bites It With New Climate Denier Columnist [Greg Laden's Blog]

The New York Instances has a history of supporting a certain degree of climate change science denial, although at the very same time supporting some really excellent journalism in this location. Just now, the Instances jumped more than 1 large giant shark by adding Bret Stephens to its opinion page employees. Stephens comes to the Instances from the Wall Street ...

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6 Things I Learned About Ulcers

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS April 13, 2017 Halfway through February, I could no longer sleep by means of the evening. At two a.m., I’d uncover myself chugging milk from the carton to extinguish a fire at the best of my rib cage. The gnawing feeling higher in my stomach alternated with nausea so arresting I kept a bucket subsequent to my laptop and ...

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County Health Rankings: Drug overdoses driving turnaround in premature death rates [The Pump Handle]

To get a clearer sense of just how negative our drug overdose difficulty has gotten, look no further than this year’s County Health Rankings. The annual report found that right after years of declining premature deaths, that rate is on the rise and due mainly to overdose deaths. It signifies we could be seeing the first generation of American youngsters ...

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Another Reprieve for Expert Testimony That Is Anything But

April 11, 2017 About New York By JIM DWYER A tooth professional came to a Staten Island court in 1998 and mentioned the teeth in James O’Donnell’s mouth proved he had bitten a lady who had been sexually assaulted in Clove Lakes Park. Yet another such specialist testified in upstate New York that Roy Brown’s teeth were “entirely consistent” with ...

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House passes bills that will make it harder for EPA to protect public health [The Pump Handle]

The Residence of Representatives has passed two bills that, if they clear the Senate and are signed by President Trump, will make it considerably tougher for EPA to do the essential function of analyzing, warning about, and regulating wellness threats in the environment. The Honest Act, introduced by Residence Committee on Science, Space, and Technologies Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Texas), would ...

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Gut Hack

April 11, 2017 By KATE McLEAN and MARIO FURLONI This quick film is, in a lot of ways, a satisfied accident. It started with a likelihood meeting, as a former NASA scientist running a lab out of his apartment began talking to us about an experiment: Would it be achievable, he wondered, to totally eradicate the ecosystem of bacteria living ...

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