In patients with chronic ischemic heart disease, a small left ventricle with thick walls, is the strongest predictor of morphologic remodelling, which is generally considered a first step towards heart failure, according to unexpected findings. —> Read More
Patients arriving at the emergency department with chest pain suggestive of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) can be triaged more quickly and more safely using a new rapid assay with refined cut-offs, research suggests. —> Read More
In patients with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) despite standard treatment, additional electrical isolation of an area called the left atrial appendage (LAA) can improve freedom from AF without increasing complications, results of the BELIEF study show. —> Read More
Mismanagement of discarded electronics within Europe involves a volume 10 times that of e-waste shipped to foreign shores in undocumented exports, according to a comprehensive two-year investigation into the functioning of the used and waste electronics market. —> Read More
A major multi-national study of suicides has identified the behavior patterns which precede many suicide attempts. This may lead to changes in clinical practice in the care of patients affected with depression, as it shows the clinical factors which confer major risk of suicide attempts. —> Read More
Investigative journalist Bryan Christy set out on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he concealed a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and dropped it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitored its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.
In this outtake from the National Geographic Explorer show “Warlords of Ivory,” Bryan Christy visits the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Kenya and marvels at the accepting nature of the juvenile elephants, which escort him as they are released into the wild and join adult elephants.
More About the Investigation
- NG Explorer: Warlords of Ivory Trailer
- Episode Clip: Under Arrest at the Airport
- National Geographic Magazine: Tracking Ivory
- Map: Illegal Tusk Trade
Bryan Christy: Five Things You Need To Know About the Ivory Trade
Studies show insects as effective or better than chemicals in controlling some crop pests —> Read More
An Australian bay has gotten a bit too crowded for the local octopuses, who have been fighting and bullying each other. They now appear to be hurling shells as weapons — and there’s video evidence.
Over the past month, I posted on this blog a pair of short reviews of the new book The Oyster War by Summer Brennan, focusing on whether she told the true story in defending the government’s misrepresentations of science to support the ideological decision to remove the 80-year old oyster farm from Drakes Estero.
Three people have written posts trying to defend Brennan. One apparently was Brennan’s mother (whose points I addressed in my previous column). Another is a person calling himself “Adam Turner” (likely a pseudonym for a well-known anti-oyster farm advocate who has been in frequent contact with Brennan). In between his rants and name-calling, “Turner” also disputes my conclusion that the National Park Service falsified the findings of its own independent harbor seal expert, Dr. Brent Stewart. The third person is Brennan herself, who has now posted a lengthy blog accusing me of “libel,” and again defending the Park Service’s use of science. I’ll respond to “Turner” and Brennan here. This response, in turn, further shows that officials in the Department of the Interior committed scientific misconduct, and that Interior still needs to implement a meaningful scientific integrity policy.
In my review, I reported that the Park Service falsified the findings of its own harbor seal expert, Dr. Brent Stewart, by transforming his finding that there was “no evidence” that the oyster farm disturbed harbor seals into the false conclusion, in the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), that the farm was causing serious harm to harbor seals.
“Turner” defends the Park Service by asserting that Stewart did not work alone in analyzing the Park Service photos, but rather was part of a team. That is misleading. Stewart was contracted by Interior and was the sole author on a May 2012 Report, concluding that there was “no —> Read More
Efforts to change the mountain’s name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back “recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives.”