Science

The Great March Storm of 2017 [Greg Laden's Blog]

Donald Trump’s FEMA is not ready for this storm. The entire federal government is understaffed, and there are funding issues, and this applies to FEMA as nicely. So, if you are anyplace in the area to be impacted by this storm (the weather channel calls it Stella, I contact it Trump’s Storm A single due to the fact it is ...

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Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

By MATT RICHTEL March 13, 2017 Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious vibrant spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing significantly less likely to attempt or regularly use drugs, like alcohol. With minor fits and starts, the trend has been constructing for a decade, with ...

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Improved cognition in male turtles exposed to BPA during development [Life Lines]

Image of a painted turtle by Victor Young, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. (via Wikimedia commons) Bisphenol A (BPA) has earned a undesirable reputation as a potential endocrine disrupting chemical in numerous studies of building animals. Some studies even report correlations of BPA levels with certain illnesses in humans. Thus it is not surprising there are a plethora of BPA-free meals containers, ...

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In Armenia, ‘What Do You Want to Be?’ Is Asked in Infancy

By BRYANT ROUSSEAU March 12, 2017 Kids in Armenia start thinking about their careers at a extremely young age — about six months or so. When an infant’s very first tooth arrives, typically in 4 to seven months, a celebration takes place known variously as the “agra hadig” or “atam hatik.” As part of the ritual, objects symbolizing various professions are arrayed ...

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Improving Medicine With Art

By MICHAEL HOINSKI March 11, 2017 AUSTIN, Tex. — Some physicians are so inundated with the company of medicine that very good bedside manner has grow to be a lost art. As a preventive measure, the new Dell Medical College, portion of the University of Texas at Austin, is challenging students in its inaugural class to embrace their feelings by examining the ...

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Ask Ethan: If the Universe is expanding, why aren’t we? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“The Universe is expanding the way your mind is expanding. It’s not expanding into anything you are just receiving less dense.” -Katie Mack It’s a point of scientific beauty that we’ve not only been in a position to decide that the Universe is expanding, but that we’ve been able to measure the price of expansion so extremely properly. To greater ...

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How to Get the Brain to Like Art

By JESS BIDGOOD March 11, 2017 SALEM, Mass. — A couple of years ago, Bevil Conway, then a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, got an intriguing request: Could he give a lecture to the curators and other staff at the Peabody Essex Museum, the art and culture museum here? So Mr. Conway gathered his slides and started from the starting, teaching the fundamentals ...

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How Healthy Are You? G.O.P. Bill Would Help Employers Find Out

By REED ABELSON March 10, 2017 A bill in Congress could make it harder for workers to hold employers from obtaining access to their individual medical and genetic details and raise the economic penalties for these who opt out of workplace wellness programs. Residence Republicans are proposing legislation aimed at making it easier for businesses to collect genetic information from workers and ...

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Flecks of Extraterrestrial Dust, All Over the Roof

By WILLIAM J. BROAD March 10, 2017 After decades of failures and misunderstandings, scientists have solved a cosmic riddle — what occurs to the tons of dust particles that hit the Earth each and every day but seldom if ever get found in the locations that humans know very best, like buildings and parking lots, sidewalks and park benches. The answer? Absolutely nothing. ...

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Tanning Industry, Taxed Under Obama, Cheers G.O.P. Health Bill

By ABBY GOODNOUGH March 9, 2017 WASHINGTON — The tanning sector identified small to celebrate throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, but it is starting to cheer up. Mr. Obama’s signature well being law, the Cost-effective Care Act, place a 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning solutions, and for the duration of his two terms, the federal government and states sought to deter ...

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