The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig’s K-Cups. But they aren’t recyclable, and critics say that’s making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.
Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn’t end there.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity.
The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine but acknowledges that more research needs to be done to determine the immediate and long-term health effects. “E-cigarettes are not as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but e-cigarettes are not harmless” said California Health Officer Ron Chapman. “They are not safe.”
New generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated, Chapman said. Last year, 17 percent of high school seniors reported using e-cigarettes, known as vaping, according to the report.
“Without action, it is likely that California’s more than two decades of progress to prevent and reduce traditional tobacco use will erode as e-cigarettes re-normalize smoking behavior,” the report says.
E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into inhalable vapor without the tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. A cartridge of nicotine can cost anywhere from $5 to $20 dollars and can be reused over extended period of times.
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A team of scientists from Australia has discovered that a species of blind water beetle called Limbodessus palmulaoides – living underground for millions of years – expresses a vision gene (opsin) that is usually only found in beetle species with eyes. The researchers say their discovery challenges the classic Darwinian view of evolution. “Opsin proteins [...] —> Read More Here
The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries, and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.
PHOENIX (AP) — A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California’s Disney parks is at risk of dramatically increasing in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people in the state’s most populous areas.
The number includes nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area urgent care center. Those who weren’t vaccinated have been confined to their homes for 21 days, a standard health practice. Some adults have been asked to wear masks if going out in public.
State Health Services director Will Humble says it’s possible but unlikely that the outbreak in Arizona can be contained. Arizona has seven confirmed cases.
Maricopa County officials say an Arizona woman who unknowingly had measles visited an urgent care center last week, possibly exposing nearly 200 children. —> Read More Here
Six 3D-printed cups are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in February after Portland researchers perfected the design. —> Read More Here
The devastating fire was caused by an unusual power surge in the Mars Research Society habitat, which is four miles the small town of Hanksville in Utah. —> Read More Here
Lethargic mice unexpectedly perk up when injected with immune cells from bullied mice, a discovery which could point to new depression treatments
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study. —> Read More Here