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Doctors: Remove Dr. Oz from Columbia Univ.’s Faculty

April 17, 2015 | by Associated Press, Verena Dobnik | Comments

Columbia Univ. has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded. They have cited his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments." The doctors allege Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.


A Mushroom a Day…

April 17, 2015 4:58 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Next cold and flu season, a mushroom a day could help keep the doctor away, a nutritional study found last week.


Sea, Wastewater Purified in 2.5 Min

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

A group of Mexican engineers have created technology to recover and purify, either seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in, incredibly, just 2.5 minutes.


Coating May Get More Cherries to Your Table

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | Comments

A tissue-thin, food-grade film acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop. The coating is a mix of natural chemicals similar to those found in the outer skins of cherries and blueberries.


Treadmill Desks Impact Work Slightly

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Brigham Young Univ. | Comments

Research showing the adverse effects of sedentary office work has given standing desks and treadmill desks new attention. If you happen to be interested in using a treadmill desk, your greatest challenge may be convincing your boss. A new study shows people on treadmill desks perform cognitive tasks nearly as well as those at sitting desks, despite the fact that they’re walking.


Research Discovers Function of Obesity Gene

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | Comments

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mechanism behind how the fat mass and obesity associated gene promotes corpulence. Their find may have important implications for future therapeutic strategies to combat weight problems.


Verizon to Change in Shifting Market

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Large cable bundles laden with dozens of channels and big price tags have pushed more people into cheaper streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Verizon is giving its customers more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV.


Would Passenger Planes Sans Pilots Be Safer?

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Scott Mayerowitz | Comments

To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing.


E-cigs Hinder Quitting

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | Comments

The rapid increase in use of e-cigarettes has led to heated debates between opponents who question the safety of these devices and proponents who claim the battery-operated products are a useful cessation tool. A new study suggests proponents are in error.


Yeast’s Reaction to Heat Key to Better Beer

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Aberystwyth Univ. | Comments

Beer brewers face a tricky problem. The high level of activity in the yeast used to produce beer generates a lot of heat during the brewing process, raising the temperature at the bottom of brewing vats. Unfortunately, yeast often suffers damage to their structure at these high temperatures, and this damage gives the beer a bad taste.


Infographic: BPA Exposure Has Impact Three Generations Later

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | Comments

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success.  


Today in Lab History: Woman Flies Solo Around the World

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to fly around the Earth solo when she landed in Columbus, Ohio on April 17, 1964 after taking off, from the same city, 29 days before. For her achievement, she was awarded the Louis Blériot medal from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.


Bubbles Can Keep Rivers Moving

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Comments

Researchers have shown how air bubbles could keep sediments from obstructing bends in river waterways such as the Rhine River, which has to be dredged regularly to stay open for freight ships.


Sensor Spots Spoiled Meat, Enables ‘Smart Packaging’

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton | Comments

Chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat.


Researchers Discover New Stem Cells

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Missouri | Comments

Researchers, in an effort to grow placenta cells to better study the causes of pre-eclampsia, serendipitously discovered a previously unknown form of human embryonic stem cell. They say these new stem cells can help advance research on pre-eclampsia and a number of other areas of the human reproductive process.


Pencils Let Doctors 'Draw' Their Own Conclusions

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Mark Lorch | Comments

If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test. Thanks to new work, chemicals formed into pencils can be made to react with one another by simply drawing with them on paper.



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