Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture. —> Read More Here
This NASA satellite image is of the Egyptian River Delta. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. Each hot spot, which appears as a red mark, is an area where the thermal detectors on the MODIS instrument recognized temperatures higher than background.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — NASA’s Mars orbiters and rovers are apparently unscathed after a comet passed worryingly close to small, reddish planet over the weekend. —> Read More Here
This month the American Journal of Public Health published an article with surprising new findings: People who inject prescription opioid analgesics (pain pills) are 5 times more likely to be hepatitis C infected than people who inject other drugs like heroin or cocaine.
The study also reports that people who share injection equipment, such as cookers, cottons and water are 4 times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C than people who do not share injection equipment. Last week I spoke with Jon Zibbell, researcher with the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and lead author on the report, to ask about the science behind these extraordinary findings.
TC: Why would injecting prescription opioids tablets put people at greater risk for hepatitis C than injecting heroin or other drugs?
JZ: That is the million dollar question. Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure, meaning there are no agreed-upon reasons in the literature, but I have a few hypotheses. One possibility is that when people crush pills and add water, the inert ingredients absorb most of the added water, leaving almost no available solution to draw into the syringe. So folks often add more and more water to the —> Read More Here
Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.
Using DNA in guano, researchers create a non-invasive method to aid in preservation of endangered species. —> Read More Here
The Senate Commerce science and space committee’s top Democratic staffer is stepping down Nov. 7 to take a government affairs position with Lockheed Martin.
A plan to exempt NIH from budget caps could also have a big downside for researchers trying to close “innovation deficit” —> Read More Here
CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The White House has temporarily stopped funding new research involving the flu and other pathogens in which scientists deliberately make them more transmissible or more deadly.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the government is assessing the potential risks and benefits of so-called “gain-of-function” studies.
The U.S. government said it will pause funding for any new studies that include gain-of-function experiments involving flu, SARS and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS viruses, the White House said in a statement posted on Friday.
It is also asking that those conducting this type of work, whether federally funded or not, to “voluntarily pause” their research while risks and benefits are being reassessed.
Studies involving naturally occurring flu, MERS, and SARS —> Read More Here
This isn’t quite like Luke’s trench run in the Battle of Yavin, but it’s waaay more awesome in that this is real.
Go grab your red–green or red–blue 3-D glasses (you always have a pair right by your desk, right?) and enjoy this great flyover video from ESA showcasing some very interesting landforms on Mars that planetary geologists refer to as ‘chaotic terrain.’ There’s nothing quite like this on Earth, and scattered throughout a large area to both the west and east of Valles Marineris are hundreds of isolated mountains up to 2,000 meters high. “Seen from orbit, they form a bizarre, chaotic pattern,” say scientists from the Mars Express orbiter.
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