Decreased removal of toxic peptides in the brain causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests, rather than overproduction as has previously been assumed. This information can now be used to target specific genes to enhance their function in the brain of elderly or people at risk. —> Read More
People can be conditioned to associate images with particular pain responses – such as improved tolerance to pain – even when they are not consciously aware of the images, research suggests. —> Read More
A new article highlights the widening gap of inequality between the wealthy and the poor of California, specifically in relation to the State’s current drought. The problem, it states, is two fold. First, California’s water systems are described as “antiquated and dysfunctional” due to the State’s reluctance to challenge “historic seniority” of water rights where corporate farmers can water thousands of acres of land at a subsidized federal cost without being required to report their groundwater usage, leaving a number of low-income communities with no water what so ever. Secondly, the authors say that those at the top level of society feel less compelled to change their behaviours when it comes to water conservation. —> Read More
A rainbow-like halo surrounded the sun over Mexico City on Thursday, an optical phenomenon that triggered a social media frenzy. —> Read More
A flooded landscape in Cambodia between the Mekong River (right) and Tonl Sap river (left) is pictured by Japan’s ALOS satellite. The centre of this image is about 30 km north of the centre of the country’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Latest image released by NASA of the white spots in the 57-mile-wide crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. Scientists with the Dawn mission believe they’re highly reflective material, likely ice. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
The latest views of Ceres’ enigmatic white spots are sharper and clearer, but it’s obvious that Dawn will have to descend much lower before we’ll see crucial details hidden in this overexposed splatter of white dots. Still, there are hints of interesting things going on here.(…)
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A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA’s ice mission.
Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.
The first 20-year survey of public housing trends in North America, Europe and Asia has highlighted the decline in Canada’s public-housing investment. Researchers at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) compiled data from governments, housing and non-profit agencies, and academic articles for their report, titled “The Future of Public Housing: Trends in Public Housing Internationally.” —> Read More
European Union and southeast Asian countries are struggling to develop policies on how to deal with large numbers of migrants fleeing unstable states like Syria, Libya, Niger, Bangladesh and Myanmar. —> Read More