Science

Researchers discover genes that protect water bears when they dry out [Life Lines]

Water bears, aka tardigrades, are resilient small creatures. These microscopic animals can survive each freezing and boiling temperatures, radiation, higher pressure, starvation, the vacuum of space and even desiccation. This final capacity caught the focus of a team of researchers interested in how they are in a position to survive for years in spite of being fully dried out, an ability known as ...

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Saunas and longevity: Another example of putting the preclinical cart before the horse [Respectful Insolence]

Amongst quacks, epigenetics is the new quantum theory. I know I’ve mentioned that before, but it is worth saying once more in response to a new quack I’ve just found, courtesy of an article in The Daily Mail Fail by one particular Dr. Sara Gottfried pimping her books and health empire, From taking a sauna to drinking pinot noir, a ...

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With E.P.A. Cuts, States Would Lose Help in Emergencies

By CORAL DAVENPORT March 16, 2017 WASHINGTON — Late one Friday evening in 2014, Ohio’s environmental agency received word of a frightening test result from Toledo’s water supply: A toxic greenish substance had rendered the drinking water of half a million Toledo residents unsafe to drink. “Immediately we reached out to the Environmental Protection Agency,” stated Craig Butler, the director of Ohio’s ...

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Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes

By DENISE GRADY March 15, 2017 3 females suffered severe, permanent eye damage right after stem cells had been injected into their eyes, in an unproven remedy at a loosely regulated clinic in Florida, doctors reported in an write-up published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. One particular, 72, went fully blind from the injections, and the others, 78 and ...

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Insurance losses under proposed ACA replacement a matter of life and death [The Pump Handle]

As the Republicans push forward their abysmal Inexpensive Care Act replacement, a lot of the speak surrounding its impact focuses on insurance coverage numbers and premium hikes. These issues are surely crucial. But this is far more important: The Republican strategy will lead to unnecessary suffering and preventable death. How do we know this? Let’s start with the Congressional Price ...

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Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

By DAMIEN CAVE and JUSTIN GILLIS March 15, 2017 SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has lengthy been 1 of the world’s most magnificent organic wonders, so huge it can be observed from space, so beautiful it can move guests to tears. But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living close to it, are in profound trouble. Enormous sections ...

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Swimming With a Brand New Leg

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS March 14, 2017 East Meadow, N.Y. — Dan Lasko, a broad-shouldered former Marine wearing green-trimmed blue swim goggles, emerged from the locker room at Nassau County Aquatic Center, prepared to hit the pool with a brand new leg. It was the initial time in years that he would be capable to stride from the pool deck into the water ...

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Friday Fun: Celebrating Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 20 [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

OK, I admit, Friday Entertaining a handful of days late… In any case, final Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, March 10, 1997 marked the extremely very first episode of one particular of the greatest Tv shows of all time, and definitely my individual favourite. Although I didn’t start watching until the ...

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In the era of Donald Trump, will the states save us from antivaxers? [Respectful Insolence]

It appears tough to believe that the Disneyland measles outbreak occurred much more than two years ago. It was in the course of the Christmas vacation of 2014 that an measles outbreak occurred centered at—of course—Disneyland, thanks mostly to unvaccinated children facilitating the spread of the highly contagious illness at the “Happiest Location on Earth.” What created this distinct outbreak ...

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