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FDA Suggests Regulations for E-cigarettes

April 24, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the FDA.

County Halts Medical Waste-based Energy Production

April 24, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press, Steven DuBois | News | Comments

An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to...

Vermont Leads GMO Labeling Campaign

April 24, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press, Dave Gram | News | Comments

Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified...

Archaeologists, Tribe Clash Over Remains

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were...

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Featured Report: Oil Spill Cleanup in Arctic Requires Increased Infrastructure

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by National Research Council | News | Comments

A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development and tourism. That’s raising concerns about the risk of oil spills. Now, a report says a full suite of proven oil response tools is needed to address potential oil spills in U.S. Arctic waters, but not all of them are readily available.

Google Sets Challenge for Nonprofits

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Brett Zongker | News | Comments

Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. The tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work.

Predicting Your Behavior Makes You Greener

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Concordia Univ. | News | Comments

Just asking ourselves whether we will engage in sustainable shopping behavior can increase the likelihood of following through— especially when there's an audience.


LED Light May Aid Skin

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Stony Brook Univ. | News | Comments

LEDs have the potential to be used for both indoor lighting applications and in wound healing therapy, taking the place of lasers, according to research.

Study Says Vitamin D Doesn’t Affect Weight Loss

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by ScienceNetwork WA | News | Comments

A study has cast doubt on claims vitamin D helps with fat loss after a meta-analysis of 12 high-quality vitamin D randomized control trials showed it had little impact on adiposity or obesity measures.

Wild, Domesticated Animals Interbred Until Recently

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Washington Univ. in St. Louis | News | Comments

We inherit the idea that animal domestication involved isolation of captive animals from wild species and total human control over breeding and animal care from Darwin. However, recent research on the domestication of donkeys, camelids pigs, cattle, sheep and goats suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant to the process as traditionally thought.

Hawaii is Flash Point of Debate on GE Crops

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Audrey McAvoy | News | Comments

Hawaii is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms there, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits, like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.

Healthcare Site Vulnerable to Heartbleed

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Julie Pace | News | Comments

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.


TSA Improvements Stem from Behavior Studies

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

A recent study offers insight into how a federal transportation security officer’s thought process can influence decisions made during airport baggage screening. These findings are helping the TSA improve the performance of its security officers.

Mitochondrial Problem Saps Muscle Strength in Alcoholism, Disease

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Thomas Jefferson Univ. | News | Comments

Muscle weakness is a common symptom of both long-time alcoholics and patients with mitochondrial disease. Now, researchers have found a common link: mitochondria that are unable to self-repair.

NY Agency Sponsors Weeklong Earth Day Events

April 21, 2014 8:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Department of Environmental Conservation of New York is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) | News | Comments

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is taking place April 20-26, 2014. MLPW provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.

How the Calif. Drought Will Hit Your Wallet

April 17, 2014 1:06 pm | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores, and to pay higher prices for those items. A professor has recently completed research on which crops will likely be most affected and what the price boosts might be.


Bionic Ankle Mimics Biology

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

An associate professor of media arts and sciences gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. He designs— and wears— bionic leg prostheses that he says, “emulate nature,” by mimicking the functions and power of biological knees, ankles and calves.

Reservoir to Flush Millions of Gallons Because of Urine

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Steven DuBois | News | Comments

Portland officials say they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water, for the second time in less than three years, because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

Diabetic Heart Attacks, Strokes on the Decline

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Ants Inspire Help for Human Evacuees

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An escape route mapping system, based on the behavior of ant colonies, could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The system builds a map showing the shortest routes to shelters, and provides regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via smartphones.

Obesity Amplifies Bone, Muscle Loss

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Florida State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a new syndrome called "osteosarcopenic obesity" that links the deterioration of bone density and muscle mass with obesity.

Trials of the Cherokee Evident in Skulls

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have found that environmental stressors– from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War– led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

Research Finds Brain Changes in Pot Smokers

April 16, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press, Malcolm Ritter | News | Comments

A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

Coffee is Getting Less Green

April 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Univ. of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996. Researchers say the global shift toward a more intensive style of coffee farming is probably having a negative effect on the environment, communities and individual farmers.

EPA Recommends Too Much Bleach for Water Purification

April 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The EPA’s recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing pathogens and are often impractical to carry out, a new study has found.

Food Texture Impacts Perceived Calories

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Chicago Press Journals | News | Comments

Food is a personal thing; we savor some tastes and despise others. But how does the way we chew and eat our food impact our overall consumption? According to a new study, people perceive foods that are either hard, or have a rough texture, as having fewer calories.

Stadium Acoustics Can Damage Hearing

April 15, 2014 12:17 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Brian Owens | News | Comments

Exposure to noise levels equivalent to 85 dBA— a decibel scale that accounts for how sensitive the human hearing system is to different sound frequencies— for eight hours could lead to permanent damage over time. For every 3 dB above that, the safe exposure time is cut in half. The noise in the stands during a football or soccer game can easily hover around 80 to 90 dBA.

Coke’s Soda Sales Down for First Time in 10 Years

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Candice Choi | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker says that its global sales volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks, such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.

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