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California Teachers Invest in Clean Energy

September 19, 2014 2:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years.

Stress Literally Tears You Apart

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Chronic stress can lead to behavioral problems. A team of researchers has discovered an...

FDA to Tweak Food Safety Rules

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

The government said Friday it will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers...

Science Classes Can Be Dazzling, Not Dangerous

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dan Elliott | News | Comments

A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can...

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Unmown Areas Benefit Nature, Humans

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Sussex | News | Comments

Creating unmown areas in an urban park can significantly increase flowers and pollinating insects while also leading to a greater enjoyment of the space by people, according to a year-long study.

Global Violence Could Be Halved in 30 Years

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Research shows that homicide rates in many countries are falling; leading experts from around the world believe that global rates of homicide and other interpersonal violence— such as child abuse and domestic violence— could be reduced by as much as 50 percent in just 30 years if governments implement the right policies.

Nationwide Shutdown Aims to Slow Ebola

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Clarence Roy-Macaulay | News | Comments

Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

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High Protein Diet May Be Good for Blood Pressure

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Benjamin Plackett | News | Comments

Eating too much meat often makes the headlines, whether the risk of doing so is equated to smoking or cited as the cause of rising diabetes rates. Though some of these articles have already been labeled as sensational journalism, a new study has shown that people who eat more protein— whether from plant or animal sources— tend to have a lower risk of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.

Crowdsourcing Key to Better Water in Rural India

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

headache for public health officials. To help address the challenge, a three-continent research consortium is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique that relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

Studies See Significant Drop in Rooftop, Utility-scale Solar Prices

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The price of solar energy in the U.S. continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports. A third report shows that local permitting and other regulatory procedures can significantly impact residential photovoltaic prices.

CDC: Healthy Adults Need Flu Shots

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter— and this time around, the government wants more of them vaccinated.

Infographic: The Truth About Fast Food Salads

September 18, 2014 12:57 pm | by LabDoor | News | Comments

Have you ever have the burger vs. salad debate at your favorite fast food joint? When it comes to your health, this seems like a simple decision, but a deeper look at the Nutrition Facts from each restaurant could change your mind.                                   

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Activity Linked to White-matter Integrity in Older Brains

September 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Like everything else in the body, the white-matter fibers that allow communication between brain regions also decline with age. In a new study, researchers found a strong association between the structural integrity of these white-matter tracts and an older person’s level of daily activity.

Artificial Sweeteners May Increase Diabetes Risk

September 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Malcolm Ritter | News | Comments

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control.

Skyscrapers Don’t Protect From Car Pollution

September 18, 2014 7:00 am | by King’s College London | News | Comments

People living in Hong Kong’s towering skyscrapers may be away from the hustle and bustle of its notorious traffic-snarled streets, but the effects of traffic emissions should not be ignored, according to researchers who are investigating how much of the toxic exhaust fumes at street level are, in fact, still reaching residents living inside high-rise buildings hundreds of feet above.

California Requires Permits for Self-driving Cars

September 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Justin Pritchard | News | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years— but until now, the DMV wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed this week, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods— with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

U.S. Waistlines Continue to Grow

September 17, 2014 7:00 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

Waist circumference is a simple measure of total and intra-abdominal body fat. The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012.

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Tobacco Farmers Brace for Tough Competition

September 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Tamara Lush, Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They're the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century.

Chinese City Creates Smartphone Sidewalk Lane

September 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Didi Tang | News | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Is the U.S. Doing Enough to Fight Ebola?

September 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. Amid criticism that the world still is not acting fast enough against the surging Ebola epidemic, Pres. Obama travels today to the CDC to discuss the outbreak with health officials who've been there.

Sorry Fitness Buffs: Genes, Not Lifestyle, Control Longevity

September 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Joao Pedro de Magalhaes | News | Comments

Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122, remains the oldest person on record. One might assume that she led a faultless, healthy lifestyle. Not at all. Instead, scientists have discovered that longevity is prevalent in certain families and the focus is now on discovering the genes— or the DNA instructions— that favor a long, healthy life.

Cuba to Send Scores of Docs to Fight Ebola

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Maria Cheng | News | Comments

Cuba's health ministry said today that it is sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much-needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health workers are in short supply. World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said the agency was extremely grateful for the help.

Heated Clothes Burn Up Indiegogo

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Toronto | News | Comments

Two engineering students were so chilled by the polar vortex last winter that they decided to take matters into their own hands by inventing the world's first intelligent, heated base layer. In just six months, the pair founded a company, FuelWear, and created a feather-light, washable and snuggly undershirt they call the Flame Base Layer.

Natural Soundscapes May Become ‘Digital Fossils’

September 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

There is hardly a spot on the planet where manmade noise doesn’t mix with— or intrude on, from another perspective— the sounds of the natural world. Eventually, one professor says, the only way people may be able to hear nature on its own terms is through an artificial digital world, much like “Star Trek.”

Tech Companies Struggle with FDA Regulation

September 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Metthew Perrone | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar— Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

Many Hospitals are too Liberal with Antibiotics

September 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job. Health officials have sounded alarms that overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment.

Few Object to Tax Breaks for Tesla

September 11, 2014 8:51 am | by Associated Press, Scott Sonner | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

More Health Problems Reported Near Fracking Wells

September 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Yale Univ. | News | Comments

Little is known about the environmental and public health impact of certain natural gas extraction techniques— including hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking— that occur near residential areas. Now, a study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms reported among residents living close to natural gas wells, including those drilled by fracking.

Smartphone Apps Help Monitor Diet

September 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

More than half of American adults own a smartphone and almost a third of them “can’t imagine living” without the device. The rapidly evolving landscape of applications has changed the way we socialize, conduct bank transactions, find our way to a friend’s house and track diet and exercise.

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