Totality of trials data confirm Tamiflu reduces length of symptoms, complications, and hospital admissions from influenza

The most thorough analysis of oseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) data to date, including all available published and unpublished randomised treatment trials of adults, suggests that the antiviral drug shortens the duration of flu symptoms by about a day, compared to placebo, in adults with laboratory-confirmed influenza. —> Read More Here

‘Locally produced food’ means different things to different people

Eating and producing locally grown food is often presented as a crucial step towards making our consumption more sustainable. A new thesis by Sofie Joosse, researcher in social and economic geography at Uppsala University, shows that there are a number of different interpretations of what locally produced food really is. She also shows what an important role intermediaries such as food bag services have in promoting locally produced food. —> Read More Here

8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Super Bowl, Even If You Watch Every Year


Although you watch it every year, what do you really know about the Super Bowl?

This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks are facing off in Super Bowl XLIX. The Super Bowl has a long history of memorable moments, and, with Marshawn Lynch’s Skittles and the Patriots (maybe) deflated balls alone, even more memorable moments are certainly bound to happen this weekend.

But before everything goes down this time around, here are eight things you can learn about the game and share at your viewing party … even if your favorite part is actually the commercials.

1. Someone has snuck into over 30 Super Bowls including the very first championship.

Dion Rich has gate-crashed many, many big events including the Oscars and Olympics, but he has snuck into the Super Bowl the most. In a 1993 Los Angeles Times profile, Rich explained his motives, “It was my hobby. The guys at home expected me to be on the tube or in the papers every year. I couldn’t let them down. I made it on TV or in some publication in 21 of the first 22 Super Bowls.” In the photo above, you can see rich even hoisting Dallas Cowboys —> Read More Here

Super-Ancient Solar System Sparks New Thinking About Search For Alien Life

kepler 444

Since it was launched in 2009, NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has identified more than 1,000 exoplanets and almost 4,200 exoplanet “candidates.” It’s even found entire solar systems–but never one like the system it just identified some 117 light-years from Earth.

The newfound solar system consists of five rocky, Earth-sized planets circling a star called Kepler-444, which–at 11.2 million years of age–is more than twice as old as the Sun.

Astronomers say the Kepler-444 system may help scientists pinpoint when Earth-like planets first started forming, and may have important implications for the possibility of alien life.

“There are far-reaching implications for this discovery,” Dr. Tiago Campante, a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and one of the astronomers who helped discover the new system, said in a written statement. “We now know that Earth-sized planets have formed throughout most of the Universe’s 13.8-billion-year history, which could provide scope for the existence of ancient life in the Galaxy.”

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Artist’s conception of Kepler-444, which hosts five Earth-sized planets in compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit in front of their parent star, as shown here.

Campante and —> Read More Here

HUFFPOLLSTER: Scientists’ Opinions Are Very Different From Most Americans’


Pew Research finds the public at odds with science on a list of key issues. Desire for a decrease in immigration is lower than it was during the Bush years. And Afghans aren’t comfortable with the shrinking number of U.S. troops in their country. This is HuffPollster for Friday, January 30, 2015.

PEW RESEARCH EXPLORES THE PUBLIC’S VIEWS ON SCIENCE – Cary Funk and Lee Raine: “Science holds an esteemed place among citizens and professionals. Americans recognize the accomplishments of scientists in key fields and, despite considerable dispute about the role of government in other realms, there is broad public support for government investment in scientific research…[For example] 79% of adults say that science has made life easier for most people and a majority is positive about science’s impact on the quality of health care, food and the environment…[and] About seven-in-ten adults say that government investments in engineering and technology (72%) and in basic scientific research (71%) usually pay off in the long run. Some 61% say that government investment is essential for scientific progress, while 34% say private investment is enough to ensure scientific progress is made.” [

Why Pew Research is going deeper on science – Lee Raine: [T]oday’s publication —> Read More Here

Strategies to enhance intelligence analysis

If you’ve ever watched a thriller about undercover agents, you probably have the impression that intelligence officers are models of objectivity, pragmatism and sharp, unbiased thinking. However, in reality even the most well-trained and highly honed intelligence brain is still a human brain. As such it is vulnerable to influences that may steer it towards ill-judged decisions – these are known as ‘cognitive biases’. The RECOBIA project, which held its final conference in Brussels last week, sought to explore and assess these cognitive biases, investigate their affect on the practice of intelligence analysis and develop mitigation strategies to address their impact. —> Read More Here

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