Science

What will happen when Betelgeuse explodes? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“Without these supernova explosions, there are no mist-covered swamps, personal computer chips, trilobites, Mozart or the tears of a little girl. Without having exploding stars, possibly there could be a heaven, but there is definitely no Earth.” -Clifford A. Pickover One of the most sobering cosmic truths is that each star in the Universe will someday run out of fuel ...

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Naturopaths use the murder of a quack to promote naturopathic licensure [Respectful Insolence]

Naturopathy is a frequent topic on this blog since it is a veritable cornucopia of quackery, in which not pseudoscience is also out there. Homeopathy, functional medicine, bogus diagnostic tests, traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology, naturopaths embrace it all, and much more. Far more importantly, thanks to “complementary and option medicine” (CAM), recognized far more lately as “integrative medicine,” naturopathy is ...

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9 Deaths Are Linked to Rare Cancer From Breast Implants

By DENISE GRADY March 21, 2017 A uncommon cancer very first linked to breast implants in 2011 has now been connected with nine deaths, the Meals and Drug Administration stated Tuesday. As of Feb. 1, the agency had received a total of 359 reports of the cancer related with the implants. The deaths were not triggered by breast cancer, the agency stated, ...

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Does Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“Dark matter or invisible element?You determine.” -Toba Beta The dark matter wars rage on and on, with both sides — these in favor of modifying gravity and those in favor of adding an added mass element to the Universe — claiming victories for their personal side and defeat for the other. But a single piece of evidence, hitherto elusive, may ...

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Need pest control, get a spider [Life Lines]

A new study shows that globally, spiders consume 400-800 million tons of prey every year. That is roughly far more than double the amount of fish and meat that humans consume. Impressive…yet creepy at the exact same time. I suppose we should thank them for their pest control efforts. [embedded content material] Sources: M Nyffeler, K Birkhofer. An estimated 400–800 million tons of ...

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Popular Prostate Cancer Therapy Is Short, Intense and Unproved

By GINA KOLATA March 20, 2017 Soon after learning he had early stage prostate cancer, Paul Kolnik knew he wanted that cancer destroyed quickly and with as tiny disruption as feasible to his busy life as the New York City Ballet’s photographer. So Mr. Kolnik, 65, chose a sort of radiation therapy that is raising some eyebrows in the prostate cancer field. ...

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Burrowing Under Luminous Ice to Retrieve Mussels

By CRAIG S. SMITH March 17, 2017 KANGIQSUJUAQ, Quebec — For eight months a year, the flat bay about the village of Kangiqsujuaq in far northern Quebec freezes beneath a white expanse of ice and snow, leaving ravens and foxes as uncommon indicators of life, along with Inuit and their dogs. Throughout the winter the Inuit hunt seal and caribou, and they fish ...

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