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  • Why Do Vegetarians Need a Butcher?

    02/13/2016 6:07:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    MNN ^ | February 4, 2016 | ROBIN SHREEVES
    Vegetarians and vegans don't eat meat, but some of them like to eat foods that mimic meat. Enter the plant butchers.When Eataly opened in New York City in 2010, one of the talked-about features of the Italian eating emporium was a vegetable butcher. The vegetable butcher cuts up your fresh vegetables any way you want them so they're recipe-ready for your upcoming meals. When I read that 2016 will be the year of the plant butcher on Medium, I thought the vegetable prep service idea was expanding, but boy, was I wrong. The current crop of plant butchers are artisans...
  • Who the he** are Judge Scalia's doctors?

    02/13/2016 4:36:11 PM PST · by Treeless Branch · 105 replies
    Scalia was in Texas to HUNT. Obviously mentally AND physically fit. In a very real sense, the Republic literally hangs and depends on this man. So how the heck does he die so suddenly? Not even suggesting foul play, just wondering what his doctors were doing/thinking. If this man were seriously ill, he should have been strapped to an I.V. pumping him full of whatever has kept Castro - and for that matter Ginsberg - alive until November 4, 2016.
  • Men face higher risk of cancers linked to oral sex

    02/13/2016 10:14:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 79 replies
    Nearly two out of three of these oral cancers in the United States and most western nations are caused by infection with the HPV 16 strain of the virus, and incidence of cancer is on the rise in recent years, said Gypsyamber D'Souza, who teaches epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Middle aged white men are at particularly high risk compared to other races. ... The reason may be that when women are first exposed to HPV vaginally, they mount an immune response that prevents them from getting an oral HPV infection, she said. But men do not...
  • How I Quit my Smartphone Addiction and Really Started Living

    02/12/2016 1:41:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 11 February 2016 | Jenna Woginrich
    I don't like being bothered or bossed around. I hated that anyone, for any reason, could interrupt my life, and I could interrupt my life just the same The phone rings: it's my friend checking to see if I can pick her up on the way to a dinner party. I ask her where she is and as she explains, I reach as far as I can across the countertop for a pen. I scribble the address in my trusty notebook I keep in my back pocket. I tell her I'll be at her place in about 20 minutes, give...
  • Rabid Bats Kill 12 in Peru’s Amazon

    02/12/2016 1:21:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Peru Reports ^ | Feb 11, 2016 | Colin Post
    Peru’s health ministry has declared a health emergency in two isolated provinces of the Amazon jungle after reporting that rabid bats have killed 12 people since October. Most of the 12 killed were children, according to the health ministry. Nine of them were indigenous members of the Achuar people from the Datem del Marañon province of Peru's Loreto state, while three victims lived in the Oxapampa province, over 300 miles away in the central state of Pasco. Two adults remain in critical condition in Datem del Marañon. The government declared a 90-day health emergency today in the Datem del Marañon...
  • This is real: Alvarado Street introduces a vegan "double double."

    02/11/2016 3:52:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Monterey County Weekly ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | Mark Anderson
    From the ol' Is-That-Even-Possible File: a meat-and-animal-product-free double "cheeseburger." No beef. No pork. No real cheese. And it's real good. Other surprises await: It's much, much harder to acquire the right vegan ingredients that to prepare a patty that looks and tastes like an In N Out original, albeit with a toasted grain earthiness. The details have a lot to do with it: American "cheese" with similar meltiness and stickiness (Follow Your Heart vegan cheese), well-executed grilled onions, the squooshy bun and "secret" animal-sauce knockoff all contribute to something that honors the In N Out obsession and has at least...
  • Woman Tries to Shoot Barber Who Cut Her Hair (Gun Jammed)

    02/11/2016 12:48:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    CBS8 ^ | Feb 10, 2016
    A woman upset about a haircut she'd gotten at a North Park barber shop on Wednesday returned a few hours later and allegedly tried to gun down the barber, who escaped harm only because the weapon jammed. Adrian Blanche Swain, 29, allegedly tried to open fire on the barber with a pistol at the barber shop in the 3900 block of 30th Street shortly before 12:30 p.m. She allegedly pulled the trigger three times to no avail, according to San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick. ``The gun had bullets but malfunctioned,''
  • Now You Can Make Artificial Human Organs With A $40 Cotton Candy Machine

    02/10/2016 8:21:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Tech Times | ^ | February 10, 6:39 PM | J.E. Reich,
    Researchers at Vanderbilt University think they have found the key to creating artificial capillaries, livers and other human organs - and it's all thanks to everyone's favorite state fair treat, cotton candy. The results of the team's research, published in the scientific journal Advanced Healthcare Materials, explains that the scientists, lead by Vanderbilt's assistant professor of mechanical engineering Leon Bellan, were able to "spin" artificial models of both human organs and veins with a simple $40 cotton candy machine. Inspired by the "fine" nature of cotton candy, which acts as a sort of intricate fiber - or, in the case...
  • NJ TEEN INVOLVED IN 'KNOCKOUT GAME' FACEBOOK VIDEO TURNS HIMSELF IN TO POLICE

    02/10/2016 4:50:04 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    6ABC.COM ^ | 10 FEBRUARY 2016 | 6ABC.COM
    PATERSON, N.J. (WPVI) -- A teenager accused of throwing a vicious punch on a Paterson street corner as part of a "Knockout Game" attack made his first court appearance Wednesday, one day after turning himself in to police. The suspect, 18-year-old Kristian Gonzalez, pleaded not guilty. He surrendered around noontime Tuesday and is due back in juvenile court on February 25. His attorney asked for isolation because both he and his client have received a number of threats. The incident occurred in December on Rosa Parks Boulevard and Van Houten Street, but the brutal violence had people living in the...
  • Thanks to science, you can soon wipe out your worst memories

    02/10/2016 10:38:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    nypost.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | 3:29am | By Reed Tucker
    Imagine being able to erase your most traumatic memories. For a soldier, that would mean no longer being haunted by images from the battlefield. For a movie critic, no longer recalling having seen “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” It’s just one of the fascinating peeks into the mystery of the human mind chronicled on “Memory Hackers,” airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS’ “Nova.” “Memory is an inherently interesting thing,” the show’s writer, director and producer, Michael Bicks, tells The Post. “You think you know what it is, but when you think about it, you realize that you don’t.” Many...
  • The Tennessee Waltz

    02/09/2016 10:45:36 AM PST · by Revski · 19 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 2/9/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    "Tennessee Waltz" is a country music song with lyrics by Redd Stewart and music by Pee Wee King written in 1946 and first released in January 1948. The song became a multimillion seller via a 1950 recording – as "The Tennessee Waltz" – by Patti Page. As of 1974, it was the biggest selling song ever in Japan. Mandolin and singing covered by me, o7jimmy.
  • Woman Says McDonald’s Happy Meal Has Not Rotted in 6 Years

    02/09/2016 10:22:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    KFOR ^ | DALLAS FRANKLIN | FEBRUARY 9, 2016
    A woman who bought a Happy Meal from McDonald’s six years ago says the food has not rotted. Jennifer Lovdahl says the meal of chicken nuggets and french fries has been sitting in her office for six years. She bought the meal as an experiment to show her patients how unhealthy the food is. Even after all these years, the food has not decomposed. She posted photos of the food and the box it came in on her Facebook page saying on one of the pictures, “the box will decompose before the food does!” Her Facebook post has gone viral,...
  • Using deodorant and antiperspirants could be DANGEROUS to your health

    02/09/2016 6:48:55 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Oli Smith
    Deodrants and antiperspirants radically change the 'microbial community' residing in people's underarms and allowing dangerous fungi to infest user's armpits. A new study found that antiperspirants destroyed good bacteria and could allow more potentially harmful bacteria to grow back at a faster rate.
  • The Lies of Rachel Carson

    02/09/2016 4:38:50 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 20 replies
    http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com ^ | from the Summer 1992 | by Dr. J. Gordon Edwards
    Dedication: A Lie Dedication. In the front of the book, Carson dedicates Silent Spring as follows: “To Albert Schweitzer who said ‘Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the Earth.’” This appears to indicate that the great man opposed the use of insecticides. However, in his autobiography Schweitzer writes, on page 262: “How much labor and waste of time these wicked insects do cause us ... but a ray of hope, in the use of DDT, is now held out to us.” Upon reading his book, it is clear that Schweitzer was...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 2-8-16)

    02/08/2016 2:00:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-8-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Man dies after running in Krispy Kreme Challenge (NC)

    02/06/2016 4:47:42 PM PST · by RightGeek · 37 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/6/2016 | Janine Bowen
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Krispy Kreme Challenge race officials said Saturday that a man died after running in the annual race. A 58-year old man complained of chest pains during the first mile of the 12th annual race, officials said. The man, who was not identified, was taken to Rex Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. [snip] The run began at 8:30 a.m. at North Carolina State University’s bell tower and runners traveled 2.5 miles to the Krispy Kreme location at the intersection of Peace and person streets. After consuming a dozen donuts, participants ran back to the bell tower.
  • BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

    02/06/2016 3:50:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/04/2016 | amina khan
    Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from UCLA finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy. The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal that employers could potentially saddle people with unfairly high health insurance costs based on a deeply flawed measure of actual health. ... Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. According to the Centers for Disease...
  • Henry VIII’s erratic behavior was likely caused by an NFL-style injury, argue Yale researchers

    02/06/2016 1:17:28 PM PST · by beaversmom · 71 replies
    Phys ^ | February 3, 2016 | Bill Hathaway
    Did Henry VIII suffer same brain injury as some NFL players? February 3, 2016 by Bill Hathaway Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Traumatic brain injury explains the memory problems, explosive anger, inability to control impulses, headaches, insomnia—and maybe even impotence--that afflicted Henry during the decade before his death in 1547, according to a paper published online the week of Feb. 1."It is intriguing to think that modern European history...
  • DEVIOUS OBAMACARE LIES FROM MIT ECONOMIST UNRAVELED IN JUST TWO MINUTES (GruberGate in Two Minutes)

    02/06/2016 1:01:39 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Wedio ^ | 02/06/2016 | SANJAY TOKAS
    MIT economic scientist Jonathan Gruber is a devious liar who got paid millions of taxpayer dollars to help engineer key Obamacare deceptions that got the law passed. The now infamous Gruber helped Obamacare architects exploit "the stupidity of the American voter" to get Obamacare passed, a law which is now causing health insurance rates to skyrocket across the nation. --SNIP-- Up until the day Gruber was caught on video explaining how stupid the American voters were, democrats all but fell over each other in a race to heap praise upon Gruber as an economic genius. This is all part of...
  • Zika: update from Brazil: towering non-evidence

    02/06/2016 10:15:54 AM PST · by SubMareener · 11 replies
    Jon Rappaport's Blog ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jon Rappoport
    It is obvious that no significant connection between microcephaly and the Zika virus has been found. It's not even close. So far, therefore, there is absolutely no reason to trumpet an epidemic of Zika. Doing so is quite insane, by any reasonable standard. Here are the principal facts in the article (after which I'll comment): * As of January 30, 2016, 4,783 suspected cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil. * Of those, 3,670 suspected cases of microcephaly, covering the entire country of Brazil, are being investigated. * Of those 3,670, 404 cases have been confirmed as microcephaly or "other...
  • Joe Montana at 59: 'I can't really run or do much'

    02/05/2016 12:50:13 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    USA Today | February 5, 2016 | Josh Peter
    Link only, per agreement with Gannett
  • Is Your Child Becoming a Psychopath?

    02/04/2016 1:29:50 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Though definitions vary, psychological experts typically agree there are no child psychopaths. Mental health categorization doesn't, generally speaking, even allow for that possibility. "Especially when we're talking about younger people, we don't use the term psychopathy," says psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, CEO of Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. Borenstein served on the editorial advisory board of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders guide for consumers, based on the manual's latest, fifth edition, called "Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5." Instead, Borenstein says, mental health experts speak about an issue called...
  • 'BMI is a waste of time': Measurement is WRONGLY branding millions of fat people unhealthy (tr)…

    02/04/2016 11:33:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:17 EST, 4 February 2016 | Anna Hodgekiss
    The use of Body Mass Index to assess a person's health has led to millions of people incorrectly being labeled overweight or obese, researchers claim. The measurement has been used by doctors for more than 150 years, but has come under increasing criticism for being a flawed marker of health. [...] Now, however, Californian researchers claim their research will be will be 'the final nail in the coffin for BMI'. [...] This revealed almost half of Americans who are labeled 'overweight' by virtue of their BMIs (47.4 percent, or 34.4 million people) are healthy, as are 19.8 million who are...
  • CBO: Obamacare Costs to Increase in 2016 As Millions More Get Subsidized Insurance

    02/03/2016 9:17:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 2, 2016 | 4:40 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Taxpayers will have to shell out an estimated $18 billion more to subsidize Obamacare in 2016 despite lower than expected enrollment in the health care exchanges, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In its latest 10-year economic forecast, CBO predicted that 13 million Americans would purchase health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges in 2016, with 11 million of them receiving government subsidies to help pay for their premiums. But that figure is 40 percent lower than the 21 million enrollees CBO predicted last year would sign up. ...
  • Boosting Life Span By Clearing Out Cellular Clutter

    02/03/2016 5:50:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    kpbs ^ | 02/03/2016 | Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
    Mice were much healthier and lived about 25 percent longer when scientists killed off a certain kind of cell that accumulates in the body with age. What's more, the mice didn't seem to suffer any ill effects from losing their so-called senescent cells. These are cells that have stopped dividing, though not necessarily because the cells themselves are old. "It's a normal cell that experienced an unusual amount of stress, and it decided to stop dividing," says Jan van Deursen, who studies senescent cells at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. Older creatures have a lot more...
  • The Deadly Zika Virus is Available For Sale Online, Courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation

    02/03/2016 2:22:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | February 2, 2016 | John Vibes
    Recent outbreaks of a sickness known as the Zika virus have sparked hysteria across the globe, and many reports have actually indicated that this is likely a man-made disaster, as the origin of Zika itself is somewhat strange. The virus was “discovered” in 1947, however, it was not discovered in the wild nor did it spontaneously arise. In fact, it was discovered by Rockefeller Foundation scientists in a monkey that they had in captivity, leading many to believe that this was the result of some type of experiment. Since then, cases of Zika have been extremely rare, but in the...
  • Is Zika Virus Or The Tdap Vaccine Causing Birth Defects In Brazil?

    02/03/2016 2:04:04 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Your News Wire ^ | 1/28/2016 | Carol Adl
    The Zika virus has been known to infect people in Africa, South and Central America and Asia for more than 70 years without causing any birth defects. The Brazilian government declared an emergency in December after 2,400 babies were found to be born with shrunken heads and brain defects believed to be linked to mosquitoes carrying the Zika Virus. The number of babies born with the defects has been rising significantly since then. But could there be a link between the introduction of the Tdap vaccination that women in Latin America were urged to get before they were 22 weeks...
  • Michael Moore on Flint: 'Don't Send Us Bottles of Water'

    02/03/2016 1:33:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 57 replies
    nbc new york ^ | 2-1-2016 | AP
    "The reason you can't help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint," Moore wrote. "The damage is permanent. There is no medicine you can send, no doctor or scientist who has any way to undo the harm done to thousands of babies, toddlers and children (not to mention their parents). They are ruined for life, and someone needs to tell you the truth about that." Moore also called for the removal and arrest of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, urging fans to sign the #ArrestGovSnyder petition, which as of...
  • Planned Parenthood Staph Member of the Year

    02/03/2016 12:24:16 PM PST · by Morgana
    Destiny Herndon-DeLaRosa youtube ^ | Sep 3, 2015 | Destiny Herndon-DeLaRosa New Wave Feminist
    Planned Parenthood Staph Member of the Year (Planned Parenthood undercover tapes parody. "Staph Member") Video only on link.
  • Zika Virus and Animals

    02/03/2016 12:13:20 PM PST · by ru4liberty · 12 replies
    Worms & Germs Blog ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | Dr. Scott Weese, DVM
    Since the Zika virus has been detected in my area, I was concerned about my dogs. Here's what a quick search revealed. I didn't do an extensive search, but I'd welcome additional info if someone has.
  • Burger King Offering Extra-Long Burger Smothered in Butter

    02/03/2016 11:25:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    KFOR ^ | K. QUERRY | FEBRUARY 3, 2016
    Fast-food chain Burger King has added a new treat to its arsenal. Behold: the Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger. It features two patties covered in a buttery garlic sauce and is served on a toasted hoagie bun. There are veggies on it too, for you health nuts who may be worried the extra long buttery cheeseburger isn’t for you. Mashable reported that Burger King began rolling out the new burger on Monday. The item will reportedly be featured on the restaurant’s 2 for $5 menu. According to Burger King’s website, the sandwich contains 710 calories. So to all those Burger King...
  • Cancer Survivors Train to Run 200-Mile Race as a Team

    02/03/2016 12:28:16 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Feb 2, 2016 | Candice Nguyen
    The 12 San Diegans will be the only team comprised of cancer survivors to run April's Ragnar Relay Series Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Cancer-Survivors-Train-to-Run-200-Mile-Race-as-a-Team-367469541.html#ixzz3z5ke8nzv Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on FacebookA group of 12 San Diegans are planning to collectively run nearly 200 miles from Huntington Beach to San Diego. What makes their feat even more impressive: They are all cancer survivors. Ragnar Relay Series officials confirm for their upcoming Southern California race, the local group will be its first team consisting of only cancer survivors. “They’re living proof this does happen, but we can fight it. We can battle it,...
  • First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex

    02/02/2016 3:20:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    reuters ^ | 02/12/2016 | Jon Herskovitz
    The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency. The virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and WHO officials on Tuesday expressed concern that it could hit Africa and Asia as well. Zika had been thought to be spread by the bite of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, so...
  • New Sunscreen Protects Against Skin Cancer, Allows Body To Produce Vitamin D

    02/01/2016 9:24:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | February 1, 2016 | Dr. Mallika Marshall
    Many people are getting the message loud and clear. That sunscreen helps protect you against skin cancer. But some experts say all that sunscreen is creating another problem. “That is the major cause for the vitamin D epidemic worldwide,” says Dr. Michael F. Holick, an endocrinologist at the BU School of Medicine. “Sunscreen absorbs ultraviolet light and ultraviolet light makes vitamin D in your skin, and if you put a sunscreen on with an SPF of 30 and it absorbs about 97-98% of the UV light, it will reduce the ability to make vitamin D in your skin by 97-98%,”...
  • Mother Hears Late Son’s Heartbeat in Transplant Recipient

    02/01/2016 9:23:03 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 11 replies
    TIME ^ | Sarah Begley
    Heather Clark got a special gift on Friday: The grieving mother was able to listen to her late son's heart beating inside the little girl who received the organ after his death. "The sound was so strong," Clark told People. "I could feel him there with me. He is continuing on through her, no doubt."
  • Exclusive - Brazil says Zika virus outbreak worse than believed

    02/01/2016 5:50:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    rueters ^ | 02/01/2016 | By Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu
    Brazil's top health official said on Monday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most cases show no symptoms, but improved testing should allow the country to get a better grip on the burgeoning public health crisis. Health Minister Marcelo Castro told Reuters that Brazil will start mandatory reporting of cases by local governments next week when most states will have labs equipped to test for Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that has quickly spread through Latin America. The virus has no vaccine or cure at present. On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the...
  • WOMAN WEDS MAN SHE'S NEVER MET AT A CALIFORNIA AIRPORT

    02/01/2016 4:52:08 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    ABC 13 HOUSTON ^ | 01 FEBRUARY 2016 | KTRK
    ONTARIO, CA (KTRK) -- A couple was married this weekend in California just five minutes after meeting each other for the very first time. Erica Harris and Arte Vann say they fell in love with each other last year after a courtship that began on Instagram.
  • How Jaxon, the baby given days to live when he was born with most of his skull missing...[Sep 2015]

    02/01/2016 1:06:37 PM PST · by beaversmom · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 26, 2015 | Tanveep Mann
    Full title: EXCLUSIVE: It's a miracle - How Jaxon, the baby given days to live when he was born with most of his skull missing, has defied the odds - and is celebrating his first birthday Born with most of his brain and skull missing, baby Jaxon Emmett Buell was not expected to live. In fact his parents had been told to abort him when doctors discovered his condition.But he has defied all odds - and now he has just celebrated his first birthday.Baby Jaxon's devout Christian parents, Brandon and Brittany Buell, were told by doctors that he had an...
  • Robot Adjusts Stare, Makes Itself Less Creepy

    02/01/2016 12:38:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Discovery.com ^ | Feb 1, 2016 07:00 AM ET // | by Glenn McDonald
    We don't incessantly stare at other people when we speak to them, and we don't expect them to stare back. Programming companion robots to understand this kind of social protocol is tricky but crucial, according to researcher Sean Andrist, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin's Department of Computer Sciences. An interesting write-up over at IEEE Spectrum details Andrist's research, which involves the "gaze mechanisms" that we humans take for granted when interacting with one another. The goal is to improve the function of both physical humanoid robots and virtual avatars by establishing rules that govern when, why and...
  • In a world first, UK scientists just got approval to edit human embryos

    02/01/2016 10:12:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | 2-1-2016 | Julia Belluz
    Scientists in Britain just got approval to conduct research that involves editing the genetic material of healthy human embryos. This is a big deal: The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the first government agency in the world to endorse research that involves altering the human genome for research -- a move that could signal broader acceptance for a promising (but controversial) new area of science. The research team, led by Dr. Kathy Niakan at the UK's Francis Crick Institute, is trying to better understand which genes allow a healthy human embryo to develop. Niakan's team will use a...
  • Price tag for Biden cancer 'moonshot' at $1B in Obama budget

    02/01/2016 9:57:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2016 12:26 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in his upcoming budget, the White House said Monday, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer "moonshot" to $1 billion. Research into immunotherapy, combination therapy and early detection techniques will be at the center of new programs the administration hopes to create at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines to prevent viruses that cause cancer are another focus, officials said, laying out for the first time how Biden will seek to fulfill his goal of doubling the rate...
  • Mother Sings a Precious Song to Her Dying Daughter

    01/31/2016 2:34:37 PM PST · by BBell · 9 replies
    A precious 18 year-old girl, Lindsey Lourenco, has been battling Leukemia for years. But, after her long battle, she slipped into a coma. Her mother wrote a touching song for her daughter and sings it at her bedside, knowing she is in her final days. This is absolutely tear-jerking... God Bless you, Lindsey. (Find out more about Lindsey's story here.
  • Can a SAD Lamp Really Make You Happy?

    01/30/2016 8:04:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 26, 2016 | Susan Rinkunas
    If you live somewhere that experiences all four seasons, your mood, like your skin, may be taking a beating right now. People love to complain about forced holiday gatherings, but the fact is they provide company and copious amounts of sugar at a time when you’d probably otherwise mope around the house unshowered, eating Cheetos and grumbling about how it’s dark at 5 p.m. Now that Christmas and New Year’s are long gone, we’re faced with the reality that there are two excruciating months to go until the official start of spring, when humans are known to smile just on...
  • GPs criticize ‘nationalization’ of family doctor services [Ireland]

    01/30/2016 5:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 01/30/2016 | Paul Cullen
    Family doctors have criticized the Government for seeking to "nationalize" general practice with plans to extend free GP care to all children. Speakers at the National Association of GPs conference called for a campaign of resistance to plans for a progressive extension of GP medical cards to all children. The Government plans to extend the scheme to children aged under 12 years later this year and to all children shortly after. Limerick GP Charlie Gavin said he signed the contract out of fear. "My fear was my practice would not continue, I had a letter from the Government saying they...
  • Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes to Fight Zika Virus

    01/30/2016 10:26:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Jan 29, 2016 09:45 AM ET | Tracy Staedter
    Transmitted through the sting of an infected mosquito, the virus can cause a birth defect called microcephaly in newborn babies. The rare condition shrinks the brains of unborn babies and could affect as many as 4 million people before a vaccine is developed. But scientists at the biotech firm Oxitec, based in the U.K., have an alternative plan. They want to unleash armies of gene-hacked mosquitoes into Brazilian jungles to seek and destroy the disease-carrying insects. The genetically modified mosquitoes wouldn't fight the Zika carriers in probiscus-to-probiscus combat. In fact, these mosquitoes make love, not war. That's because the mosquitoes,...
  • Bernie Sanders Health Care (Letter to the Editor

    01/30/2016 8:33:43 AM PST · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 30 Jan 2016
    Sanders’ health plan EDITOR: I’m unfazed by Bernie Sanders’ admission that government-administered health care might raise my taxes. Under the current system, my husband and I pay $18,200 in annual premiums for the lowest level of catastrophic health insurance. If we require medical care, that could run us another $13,400 before our coverage kicks in, for a total annual liability of $31,600. I’m confident that by cutting the parasitic health insurers out of the equation, and by containing costs through bargaining and economies of scale, a Sanders administration could provide us all with Medicare-type coverage and put a lot of...
  • More Evidence Emerges for "Transmissible Alzheimer's" Theory

    01/29/2016 5:54:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/26/16 | Alison Abbott
    The disease is not normally infectious, but people who received grafts from cadavers did show telltale markers in their brains For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer's disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments--although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive. The latest autopsies, described in the Swiss Medical Weekly on January 26, were conducted on the brains of seven people who died of the rare, brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Decades before their deaths, the individuals had all received surgical grafts of dura mater--the membrane that...
  • And The Biggest Contributor To U.S. Growth in 2015 Was...

    01/29/2016 9:57:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/29/2016 | Tyler Durden
    By now, not even CNBC's cheerleading permabulls can deny that the US is in a manufacturing recession: in fact, it is so bad that even the staunchest defenders of Keynesian dogma admit what we said in late 2014, namely that crashing oil is bad for the economy. And yet, the "services" part of the US economy continues to hum right along, leading to such surprising outcomes as a stronger than expected print in Personal Consumption Expenditures. How can this be? Simple: one look at the chart below should explain not only how the "services" half of the US economy...
  • The Kidney Project (Freeper Relative Needs Bioartificial Kidney Implant)

    01/27/2016 3:33:39 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    A national research project is under way to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat end stage renal disease (ESRD). The bioartificial kidney will give ESRD patients new hope beyond the short-term solution of renal dialysis and the longer-term, but impermanent, solution of a living kidney transplant for which donor organs are limited. As well, the bioartificial kidney is expected to save national health care dollars. VIDEO
  • How I Lost Nearly 100 Pounds Eating Pizza

    01/27/2016 10:46:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 27, 2016 | Claudine Ko
    When it comes to the never-ending quest to slim down, we’ve all heard about the success of the Atkins diet and eating Paleo. But one New York City chef used a far more revolutionary method to lose an astounding 94 pounds: the Pizza Diet. Naples, Italy, native Pasquale Cozzolino, 38, moved to New York in 2011 to work at Midtown’s PizzArte, and he quickly packed on the pounds. The 6-foot-6-inch chef weighed a healthy 254 pounds when he first got off the plane, but his waistline expanded as he made efforts to familiarize himself with the city’s restaurants and turned...