Sep 19

5 common worries when fracking comes to town

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://www.futurity.org/fracking-public-health-765362/

Communities in parts of the country suitable for what’s commonly called “fracking” may face a number of potential health-related issues. Interviews with community leaders in three states reveal common public health concerns about the practice.

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Sep 19

Polar bears: Threatened species or political pawn?

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Technology+and+Science/ID/2505129180/

Which of the following statements do you think is true? A) Polar bear populations have been in decline for some time; or B) Polar bear populations are healthy. The answer is not as straight forward as it may appear on the surface. For some time now the suggestion has been that polar bears are in trouble and that many sub-populations of Ursus maritimus are decreasing, making them an iconic symbol in the fight against global climate change. But there remains an ongoing debate within the scientific community that studies polar bears and their populations about whether the narrative of declining numbers is a stark reality or convenient myth.

 

Sep 19

Weak wells not fracking caused US gas leaks into water

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29206704Workers on a natural gas site are pictured. | AP Photo

 A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.

Researchers in the US analyzed the gas content in 130 water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas.

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Sep 19

Climate scientists challenge ‘wet gets wetter’ trend

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://www.futurity.org/climate-scientists-challenge-wet-gets-wetter-trend/

Scientists have devised a simplified formula to describe one of the consequences of climate change: dry gets drier; wet gets wetter.

Sarah Watts is one of thousands of Calgarians cleaning up after devastating floods in southern Alberta. Sarah Watts is one of thousands of Calgarians cleaning up after devastating floods in southern Alberta. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

However, new research challenges assumptions about how universally the formula, known as DDWW, should be applied.

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Sep 19

CMU Developing Smart Headlight Technology (Video)

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://cbsloc.al/1oJO2Va

You know the feeling. You’re driving along and all of a sudden, you’re blinded by another driver’s headlights. That may someday be a thing of the past, thanks to new technology being developed at Carnegie Mellon University. It’s new technology that has the potential to help every single driver on the roads. The light senses and tracks virtually any number of oncoming drivers, blacking out only the small parts of the headlight beam that would otherwise shine into their eyes. This technology would also be especially helpful in difficult weather like rain or snow. The light would reduce the visibility of the drops or snowflakes.

 

Sep 19

Recharge with Reflexology: Health Smart

Posted by: Administrator in News |

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With a touch on your hand you can cure ailments from the knee to the liver with practice of reflexology and pressure points.  Reflexology is the study, art, and science of applying specific touch techniques to the feet, hands, and outer ears where theory suggests there is a pressure map resembling a shape of the Human Body. By applying nurturing touch in specific ways, a wide range of health benefits have been reported. Reflexologists use specific touch techniques nurturingly applied to the outer ear, to help the different parts of the body relax so that all parts function better, thus helping the body to better heal itself.

 

Sep 18

New test could predict heart attacks

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http://bit.ly/1uNkp9e

Heart attacks are unpredictable. Even though doctors know that obesity, genetic makeup, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle can be factors in developing heart disease, cardiologists still can’t tell who will suffer from a heart attack and when. Dr. Stephen Epstein from the Medstar Heart Institute says, “The big problem is, how do you distinguish the patient who’s at risk of a heart attack, versus the patient who has stable coronary disease.” Now researchers at Medstar Heart Institute in Washington D.C. say they may have the answer.

 

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Sep 18

How to give your fridge a quick makeover to keep food fresh

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http://globalnews.ca/video/1561240/fridge-makeover-keep-food-fresh-longer

Keeping your fridge organized is one of the keys to keeping your food fresh. Here are a few tips to take full advantage of the modern miracle of refrigeration. 1. Doors – the warmest part of the fridge. Eggs and dairy should not be kept here (too many temperature fluctuations). Ideal spot for condiments and pickles. Orange juice can be stored on the door as long as it’s pasteurized (place freshly squeezed OJ on the bottom shelf). 2. Lower shelves – raw meat, fish and poultry. Storing them here decreases the risk of dripping below. It’s also the coldest area of your fridge. Eggs should be stored here. Watch the video for several more.

 

Sep 18

New life for the extinct?

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/new-life-for-the-extinct/

Through a process called de-extinction, genetic scientists hope to bring back long-gone species, such as the Pyrenean Ibex, the Tasmanian Tiger, the Woolly Mammoth and the Passenger Pigeon. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore wonders, “Should we be doing this at all?”  In a scene somewhat out of "Jurassic Park," scientists today are actually trying to resurrect these vanished species. Starting with DNA from preserved museum specimens, with the hope of creating something that looks, sounds and perhaps even acts like the real thing.

 

Sep 18

It’s Not Simply Getting Your ‘Bell Rung’

Posted by: Administrator in Sports |

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/12/its-not-simply-getting-your-bell-rung/

Here’s what you should know about the new thinking about concussions — it’s quite a bit different than what we all used to believe.

brain-concussion

For example, there are no such things as “mild, moderate, or severe” concussions. Those classifications are out. There is no predicting how bad the injury is, and how long it will take to get better.

A seemingly light blow to the head can cause a worse brain injury than a tremendously hard hit. You don’t even have to get knocked out.

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