S100B protein in diagnosing intracranial hemorrhage in some patients with mild head injury

Researchers from Vienna examined elderly patients and adult patients receiving antiplatelet therapy who had presented with mild head injury to see if levels of S100B protein could help identify whether intracranial bleeding was present. If there was no indication of intracranial hemorrhage, the patients would not need additional testing or hospitalization. The researchers found that patients whose serum S100B levels were —> Read More

New Horizons Exits Safe Mode, Operating Flawlessly for Upcoming Pluto Encounter

Latest color image of Pluto taken on July 3, 2015. Best yet image of Pluto was taken by the LORRI imager on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 3, 2015 at a distance of 7.8 million mi (12.5 million km, just prior to the July 4 anomaly that sent New Horizons into safe mode. Color data taken from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission.  Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Latest color image of Pluto taken on July 3, 2015 shows 4 mysterious dark spots.
Best yet image of Pluto was taken by the LORRI imager on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 3, 2015 at a distance of 7.8 million mi (12.5 million km, just prior to the July 4 anomaly that sent New Horizons into safe mode. Color data taken from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Despite some hair-raising and unplanned 4th of July fireworks of sorts in deep space which caused NASA’s Pluto bound New Horizons spacecraft to enter “safe mode” due to a computer glitch and temporarily halt all science operations over the weekend, the spacecraft is now fully back on track, “healthy” and working “flawlessly” and set to resume all planned research investigations on Tuesday, July 7, NASA and top mission managers announced at a media briefing held this afternoon, Monday, July 6.

It’s now just exactly one week before the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a fast flyby encounter of the ever intriguing binary planet, And the great news could not come soon enough given the proximity of the flyby.(…)
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Cities are catalysts for better economic growth and climate action, according to new report

The low carbon economy is emerging. Read the report http://newclimateeconomy.report #NCE2015

Better economic growth can help close the greenhouse gas emissions gap, according to a new report released today by the New Climate Economy, the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate identifies 10 key areas of economic opportunity that can achieve as much as 96% of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.

The report calls for the scaling up of city-level partnerships like C40 and initiatives like the Compact of Mayors in order to accelerate low-carbon development in the world’s cities. In addition, it says that multilateral development banks, donors and others should develop an integrated package of at least US$1 billion for technical assistance, capacity building and finance to support commitments by the world’s largest 500 cities. Altogether, low-carbon urban actions available today could save around US$17 trillion globally by 2050, and could reduce annual GHG emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e by 2030.

C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said on the report’s findings:

“Low-carbon cities represent a US$17 trillion economic opportunity. Compact, connected, and coordinated cities can generate stronger growth and increase the health and wellbeing of urban citizens. Cities around the world are already leading the way in implementing sustainable and innovative urban solutions, from better mobility systems that reduce traffic and pollution to enhanced measures to treat waste. By sharing and scaling-up these best practices, cities can accelerate global climate action and help close the emissions gap.”

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate comprises 28 leaders from government business, and finance from 20 countries. C40 Mayors Paes and Annise Parker of Houston are members. In 2014, the Commission released the groundbreaking Better Growth, Better Climate —> Read More

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