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Scientists discover the 'most massive neutron star ever detected'
News ImageAstronomers have discovered the "most massive neutron star ever measured," amassing to more than two times the mass of our sun, that they dub "almost too massive to exist," according to a statement from researchers at the Green Bank Observatory. "A neutron star is what remains when a very massive star goes supernova and dies, it is an extremely dense dead stellar core," Thankful Cromartie, 27, a graduate student at the University of Virginia and Grote Reber pre-doctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as well as lead author on the study published Monday in Nature Astronomy, explained to ABC News. Cromartie and her colleagues at the NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Centered measured the neutron star, dubbed J0740+6620, as 2.17 times the mass of our sun but packed into a sphere only 30 kilometers (approximately 18 miles) wide.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:48:00 -0400
Teen activist to lawmakers: Forget praise, work on climate
News ImageMembers of Congress hailed Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg as a "superpower" for her work to spark a worldwide, youth-driven push to fight climate change. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the 16-year-old Thunberg and other young activists bring "moral clarity" to the fight against global warming. Thunberg was not impressed.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:47:43 -0400
Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers' Hair
News ImageThose fortunate enough to have a head of hair generally leave 50 to 100 strands behind on any given day. Those hairs are hardy, capable of withstanding years or even centuries of rain, heat and wind.The trouble for detectives, or anyone else seeking to figure out who a strand of hair belonged to, is that unless it contains a root, which only a tiny percentage do, it's about as helpful as a nearby rock.These limitations emerge at trials, where forensic scientists have to explain to juries why, contrary to what's seen on TV, they can't get sufficient DNA out of a hair plucked from a sweater, and when amateur family historians stumble upon a deceased relative's hairbrush. Without a root, labs will tell them, there's no hope of generating a DNA profile for a genealogy site.Until now. Ed Green, a paleogeneticist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, known in the scientific community for his work on the Neanderthal genome, has developed a technique that makes it possible to recover and sequence DNA from hair without the root.And during the past 18 months, he has been quietly cooperating with several law enforcement agencies, using this method to extract genetic profiles from the hairs of killers and victims in long unsolved crimes."It was kind of written in stone that you can't do it, and now he's doing it," said Deputy Pete Headley of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in California, who was involved in a case in New Hampshire that Green's technique helped crack.Justin Loe, the chief executive of Full Genomes, a genetics services company, called the technique "a game-changer.""Criminals think of wearing gloves or wiping down blood," he said, "but fewer think to shave their head."Though he's already begun directing some clients to Green, Loe, whose company often works with law enforcement, cautioned that as the technique becomes more widely known, it will create new possibilities for surveillance operatives. It would make real a sci-fi future in which evading detection requires carefully sweeping up hair from a room.The hair sent to Green is usually hand-delivered by law enforcement to his lab on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz.Some packages contain a single lock, shorter than a thumbnail; others hold long clumps, twisted like spaghetti. Some belong to serial killers who have evaded detectives for decades; others to murder victims.Once the DNA is extracted it is kept in a liquid, in a rack just across the room from the cold storage refrigerator containing mammoth bones, several dodo birds and an extinct American cheetah, among other treasures.Green is not at liberty to share details of the investigations he's involved in, beyond the one case in New Hampshire. Neither can he say with whom he is collaborating, beyond that his point people are often Steve Kramer, a lawyer in the FBI's Los Angeles office, and Barbara Rae-Venter, a genetic genealogist.In April of 2018, the duo cracked the Golden State Killer case by finding relatives of the suspect in a genealogy database, spawning a new approach to solving crimes. (The FBI declined to comment on Kramer's collaboration with Green.)"I discovered him," said Rae-Venter of Green. In 2017, she was recovering from heart surgery and "bored out of my mind."While reading a newspaper, she stumbled across something that excited her. It was the word "hair" in an article about a tiny coffin found in a San Francisco couple's yard. While renovating, they had unearthed the remains of a mystery child in a white embroidered dress, who had likely died in the early 1900s. Volunteers had identified likely family. And using her hair, Green had confirmed that they were related.At that time, Rae-Venter was working with authorities in New Hampshire to identify a woman and three girls found in barrels in a state park. The bodies had been exposed to decades of sunlight and water, degrading the DNA, even in their bones."Suddenly here was the solution," she said.Since then, many articles and a podcast series have been dedicated to the case, known as the Bear Brook murders. But when the hair first arrived at his lab, Green knew little beyond the fact that another lab had failed to get what was needed.Once Green had the locks in hand, his team rinsed them in a bleach solution. The novel part came next. Traditional forensic labs do work with old and rootless hair. They have a technique to obtain mitochondrial DNA -- which is passed from mother to child. At most it could tell them, whether the source of one hair is related to the source of another.In order to identify a person, nuclear DNA is required. Traditional methods can get it out of hair with a root, though if it fell out more than a week ago it could be a problem, said Suzanna Ryan, a forensic consultant and lab director. "Hairs need to be in a growth stage in order to obtain nuclear DNA," she said.Through his previous work, Green knew that was not necessarily true.In 2005, Green was part of a team at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, which developed an advanced genetic sequencing technology to read DNA extracted from fossilized bones. In 2010, he was involved in sequencing the entire Neanderthal genome from a shards of bone that were at least 38,000 years old.Carlos Bustamante, a geneticist at Stanford University, credited Green with creating a series of technologies that enabled extracting more from less. The technique transformed scientists' ability to track the evolutionary history of human populations."We went from zero reliable ancient genomes to thousands and thousands of ancient genomes," he said.Green called hair an "interesting little organ." But it was not a focus of his, until Rae-Venter called him."For really old things it's hard to find hair," he said. "It blows away."Fine-tuning the process a took about a year.To test if he was on the right track, he took a genotype file created from his own hair and uploaded it to GEDmatch, a DNA database of around 1 million people. "That was the Eureka moment," he said. He generated the same relatives as he had with a file created the traditional way using saliva.By the time he finished with the mystery hairs from New Hampshire, he was confident that he had given Rae-Venter what she needed, but he did not feel the effect until June.That is when the authorities announced that after decades without names, three of the four murder victims had been identified as Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch and her two daughters, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters."It's like someone invents the rocket to go to the moon," he said. "And then they see the moon landing on TV."Many novel methods played a role in solving the case -- DNA was ultimately extracted from one girl's liver -- but Green's technique was central to the breakthrough, said Jeffery Strelzin, New Hampshire's associate attorney general.From there the requests just flowed in. Green's discovery came at a crucial -- and contentious -- moment for genetic identification.It used to be that DNA could only solve a case if it matched someone in a criminal database or an existing suspect. But with the rise of genetic genealogy, which enables identifying DNA through cousins in genealogy databases, DNA's value to investigators has skyrocketed.Nearly half the time, genetic genealogists will tell you, they can turn a DNA profile into a suspect's name.But the willingness of so many private citizens to help law enforcement use genealogy databases to solve crimes, before the field has been regulated, is causing alarm.Natalie Ram, a law professor focused on genetic privacy at the University of Maryland, said that though she sees enormous potential, this could amplify a trend toward overcollection of DNA from the public.It is also unclear how reliable the technique is. If it fails with a given hair, it would not point to the wrong person -- it would not hit to anyone, Green and Bustamante both said. But a larger study examining success rates is still underway.Green recently submitted a paper to scientific journal. Once published, he is aware that the technique could be used for trivial crimes, corporate espionage or harassment and said that "there need to be rules or how that power is wielded," he said.But he is hopeful it will be used for good. Ryan, who recently forwarded him a case involving a woman's embalmed head, shares this wish.There are 200,000 to 250,000 cold cases in the United States, she said, and even if hair was collected in just 10%, that's 20,000 cases that could benefit.Still, neither she nor Green thinks the technique is likely to be widely embraced any time soon. Forensic labs are not set up to implement it and it is expensive. Each hair costs several thousand dollars to sequence, and that's before hiring a genetic genealogist to try to identify its source.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:10:05 -0400
A lost 8th continent is hidden nearly 1,000 miles under Europe, new research shows. Scientists named it 'Greater Adria.'
News ImageMillions of years ago, the supercontinent Pangea broke up into land masses that became modern-day continents. One continent was buried under Europe.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:37:42 -0400
One in 16 American women forced into first sexual encounter: study
News ImageOne in 16 American women were either forced or coerced into their first sexual encounter, according to a study investigating the long-term negative impacts of such "trauma" on women's health. In the US, "the #MeToo movement has highlighted how frequently women experience sexual violence," the researchers wrote in the introduction. Published Monday in the American Medical Association's peer-reviewed journal (JAMA Internal Medicine), the study is based on a sample of more than 13,000 women aged 18 to 44, who were interviewed as part of a survey conducted between 2011 and 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:50:24 -0400
Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study
News ImageBlack carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday. The concentration of particles was highest in the placentas of women most exposed to airborn pollutants in their daily life, according to a study in Nature Communications. "Our study provides compelling evidence for the presence of black carbon particles originating from air pollution in human placenta," the authors said.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:49:33 -0400
Space Talent puts jobs at Blue Origin, SpaceX and elsewhere in one big database
News ImageJeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture and Elon Musk's SpaceX are often at odds, but there's at least one place where those two space-industry rivals are on the same page: the newly unveiled Space Talent job database. The search engine for careers in the space industry is a project of Space Angels, a nationwide network designed to link angel investors with space entrepreneurs. "If you've ever considered working in space, this jobs board has 3,000 reasons to make the leap," Space Angels CEO Chad Anderson said in a tweet. The database aggregates job postings from Blue Origin and SpaceX as Read More
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:43:48 -0400
For 1 in 16 US women, first sexual intercourse experience was rape, study says
News ImageThe first experience withsexual intercourse for more than3million U.S. women was forced in their early teens, according to a new study.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:45:06 -0400
Kanye West tried to build 'Star Wars'-inspired domes for the homeless, but LA officials just forced him to tear them down
News ImageKanye West reportedly did not secure the necessary permits for the futuristic housing project he constructed on his property in Calabasas, California.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:40:00 -0400
A gas explosion ripped through a Russian lab storing deadly diseases like smallpox, anthrax, and Ebola
News ImageA gas cylinder at a major Russian research lab known as Vector exploded in a sanitary inspection room and caused a fire on Monday.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:58:42 -0400
New study finds that a vegan diet could boost gut microbes related to body weight and blood sugar control
News ImageA new small-scale study has found evidence to suggest that following a vegan diet could boost levels of the microbes in our gut, which are related to improvements in body weight, body composition and blood sugar control. The participants were randomly placed into two groups, with 73 told to follow a low-fat vegan diet for 16 weeks, while the remaining 74 were told to make no changes to their diet. At the beginning of the study and at the end of the 16 weeks, the researchers assessed the gut microbiota composition, body composition, and insulin sensitivity.
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:53:22 -0400
Scientists slash the upper limit for the neutrinos mysterious mass in half
News ImageScientists from the University of Washington and other institutions around the world say they've reduced the upper limit for the mass of the neutrino by half. Thanks to findings from the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment, or KATRIN, physicists now know to a 90% confidence level that the neutrino has a rest mass no greater than 1.1 electron volts, or 1.1 eV. The previous upper limit was 2 eV. Nailing down the neutrino's mass could solidify scientists' grasp on the Standard Model, which describes the subatomic world in fine detail. It could also open a path to the mysterious realm beyond Read More
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:10:21 -0400
SpaceX wants to rearrange its Starlink satellites for faster broadband ramp-up
News ImageSpaceX is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission for changes in the spacing of its Starlink broadband satellites, in order to extend internet services to a wider swath of the United States on a faster timetable. "This adjustment will accelerate coverage to southern states and U.S. territories, potentially expediting coverage to the southern continental United States by the end of the next hurricane season and reaching other U.S. territories by the following hurricane season," SpaceX said in an application filed on Aug. 30 and accepted last week. If SpaceX follows that schedule, Starlink coverage could be available throughout the Read More
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:21:19 -0400
Haunting photos reveal what nuclear-disaster ghost towns look like years after being abandoned
News ImagePhotos of abandoned nuclear ghost towns, like Namie, Japan, reveal abandoned cars and dilapidated buildings.
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:14:00 -0400
A new image of a mysterious object careening toward our solar system strongly suggests it's the first comet from another star system
News ImageC/2019 Q4 is likely the first comet ever detected that came from another star system. Our clearest image of it shows its dust cloud and gas tail.
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:25:00 -0400
Brad Pitt coaxes a thumbs-up for his Ad Astra movie in hookup with space station
News ImageImagine the taglines in the movie ads: "Really good" portrayal of zero-gravity! "Absolutely" better than George Clooney! There'd be some justification for Brad Pitt's space movie, "Ad Astra," to use those lines after today's Earth-to-space video call between the A-list Hollywood star and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who's finishing up a six-month tour of duty on the International Space Station. Pitt said the linkup, arranged through NASA, was a "real treat." And he didn't waste any time getting a film review from Hague, who watched an advance screening of "Ad Astra" with his crewmates on the station. "Now that I Read More
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:53:36 -0400
Study: Drug Dealers Slinging Steroids on Social Media
News ImageFacebook, Twitter, and YouTube are all hotspots for the illegal drug.
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:52:00 -0400
Ocean heatwave known as 'The Blob' is warming up the West Coast and endangering animals
News Image'The Blob'covers an area of 4 million square miles, or three times the size of Alaska. It could result in the death of sea lions and salmon
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:14:29 -0400
SESAME synchrotron sheds new light on Middle Eastern science, history and politics
News ImageGeekWire's Alan Boyle reports on a $90 million science project with a diplomatic twist in Jordan, one of the stops on this summer's Middle East science tour. ALLAN, Jordan For Israeli researchers, SESAME could open up a path for finding out exactly what the frankincense mentioned in the Bible was made of. For Arab researchers, SESAME could reveal how the awe-inspiring structures built thousands of years ago at Jordan's Petra archaeological site were decorated. And what's nearly as awesome as the potential discoveries is the fact that Israelis and Arabs are working together at SESAME to make them. So Read More
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:30:46 -0400
How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: Getting the Atomic Bomb First?
News ImageBut it never happened. This is the reason why.
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:00:00 -0400
In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction
News ImageHuman survivors of an apocalyptic catastrophe could start a new food system with mushrooms. The other food options might not be as appetizing.
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:34:00 -0400
The Most Influential Scientist You May Never Have Heard Of
News ImageThroughout his life, Alexander von Humboldt sought out the worlds interconnections.
Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:30:00 -0400
Is Juul Making It Easy for Kids to Vape in School? New Study Suggests Yes
News ImageYoung people may be vaping during school, a study of Twitter posts suggests.
Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:04:00 -0400
Speaking four or more languages could reduce the risk of dementia finds new study
News ImageNew Canadian research has found that having a strong ability for learning languages may help to reduce an individual's risk of developing dementia. Carried out by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the new study looked at 325 Roman Catholic nuns in the United States who were taking part in the larger, internationally recognized Nun Study, which is a longitudinal study of religious sisters aged 75 and over. The findings, published in theJournal of Alzheimer's Disease, showed that just six percent of the nuns who spoke four or more languages developed dementia, compared to 31 percent of those who only spoke one language.
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:02:13 -0400
One fifth of injured US cyclists were not wearing a helmet finds new study
News ImageA new large-scale US study has found that around one in five cyclists who are injured while on their bike are not wearing a helmet, with men and ethnic minorities the least likely to wear a cycle helmet to protect themselves. Led by researchers at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the new study looked at data from the 2002-2012 National Trauma Data Bank, which included information on 76,032 bicyclists (81.1 percent of whom were male and 18.9 percent female) with head or neck injury. The researchers found that of these cyclists, only 22 percent of adults wore a helmet.
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:45:42 -0400
America Might Soon Have a New Way To Kill Russian or North Korean ICBMs
News ImageAI could be a game-changer.
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 06:02:00 -0400
Could drinking tea boost brain health?
News ImageNew research has found, for the first time, evidence to suggest that drinking tea could have a positive effect on the structure of the brain, possibly helping to protect against cognitive decline as we age. The participants were classified into two groups according to how much they drank green tea, oolong tea, and black tea around age 45 and now. All participants underwent neuropsychological tests and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure their cognitive functioning and look at their brain structure.
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:48:47 -0400
Bigelow Aerospace and NASA test earthly mockup of interplanetary space station
News ImageBigelow Aerospace opened up its ground-based prototype for a space station module or perhaps even a Mars transport habitat for inspection today at its headquarters in North Las Vegas. The open house centered on the Mars Transporter Testing Unit, an all-steel mockup of the company's expandable, fabric-covered B330 space module. For two weeks, a NASA-Bigelow team will be testing the suitability of the B330 concept for crewed deep-space missions. Bigelow's prototype is one of six ground-based demonstration projects funded as part of NASA's NextSTEP-2 program. The other companies building full-sized NextSTEP-2 prototypes for space habitats include Boeing, Lockheed Read More
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:48:00 -0400
Officials just confirmed 6 deaths and 380 cases of serious lung disease tied to vaping. Here are all the health risks you should know about.
News ImageInvestigators don't know the cause and haven't identified a single common brand or drug across all of the cases. Here's what you need to know.
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:34:00 -0400
NASA says a new comet is likely an 'interstellar visitor' from another star system the second ever detected
News ImageIf the comet-like object has interstellar origins, "it's the next best thing to sending a probe to a different solar system," one astronomer said.
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:10:00 -0400
Preparing for a Space War, the Air Force Hardens Its Satellites
News ImageRussia and China are doing it too.
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:00:00 -0400
Help wanted: U.S. government is seeking advice from quantum computing experts
News ImageThe U.S. Department of Energy is looking for experts to guide the White House and federal agencies through the weird world of quantum information science. Today's solicitation seeks nominations to the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee, a panel that gets its mandate from legislation that President Donald Trump signed into law last December. In addition to calling for the establishment of the advisory committee, the National Quantum Initiative Act sets aside $1.2 billion over five years to support research, development and workforce training relating to quantum information science. Quantum approaches to information processing are expected to bring dramatic changes to Read More
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 22:41:58 -0400
How Nine Days Underwater Helps Scientists Understand What Life on a Moon Base Will Be Like
News ImageThese data should help NASA find ways that astronauts and aquanauts can improve physical and mental performance, while protecting the brain, in both genders during future undersea and deep space exploration missions.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:30:00 -0400
For the first time, a timeline reveals what happened in the minutes and hours after the asteroid crash that killed the dinosaurs
News ImageThe dinosaurs' extinction was spurred by an asteroid that struck Earth. By studying the crater, scientists now know what happened after the impact.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 17:18:36 -0400
The mysterious spate of vape-related deaths and illnesses continues to grow, confounding experts. Here's what officials knew and when.
News ImageThe CDC said there were 380 confirmed and probable cases of vape-related illnesses in 26 US states on Thursday. The illnesses have led to 6 deaths.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:15:00 -0400
More than 40,000 years ago, giant kangaroos roamed Australia. Their jaws were surprisingly similar to those of pandas, a new study found.
News ImageExtinct Australian kangaroos weighed more than 250 pounds and had powerful jaws to crunch through tough vegetation, much like today's giant pandas.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:36:00 -0400
After leading Mars rover missions, Steve Squyres joins Blue Origin as chief scientist
News ImageJust months after closing out the 15-year-long Opportunity rover mission on Mars, Cornell University astronomer Steve Squyres is taking advantage of a new opportunity: the post of chief scientist at Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture. Today Blue Origin confirmed that Squyres, 63, will be joining the company, which is headquartered in Kent, Wash. Squyres has been involved in NASA space missions including Voyager's trip past the solar system's giant planets and Magellan's voyage to Venus. But his main claim to fame is his stint as principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers. The twin rovers, Spirit and Read More
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:58:02 -0400
A Swedish scientist suggested the climate crisis could lead people to consider eating human flesh. It's not the first time a scientist has suggested the idea.
News ImageAs our food supply faces more stress, behavioral scientist Magnus Sderlund said, humans might consider eating corpses.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:34:00 -0400
The most common cancer for men is still a mystery to science but 9/11 first responders are giving researchers fresh clues
News ImageProstate cancer is one of the deadliest that men in the US get. A new study of 9/11 first responders with prostate cancers shows how it may evolve.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:31:00 -0400
This 9/11 first responder had his familys DNA tattooed into his skin so that he's never alone while undergoing chemotherapy
News ImageFormer NYPD officer Johnny Walker is dealing with stage 4 colon cancer after responding to the call on September 11, 2001.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:09:00 -0400
A newly identified electric eel species has the strongest shock of any living creature, study says
News ImageA study published Tuesday identifies a total of three unique electric eel species that descended from one common ancestormillions of years ago.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:59:47 -0400
The safest bet for space settlers? Would you believe its inside Mars moon Deimos?
News ImageThe smaller of Mars' two moons, Deimos, was named after the Greek god of terror but the way former NASA flight surgeon Jim Logan sees it, Deimos could be a comfort zone for space settlers. "The Mars-facing side of Deimos is probably the most valuable real estate in the solar system," Logan, co-founder of the Space Enterprise Institute, said today at Seattle's Museum of Flight. Logan laid out his case for Deimos during a conference on space settlement, presented this week by the Space Studies Institute to highlight the late Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill's vision for humanity's expansion into Read More
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 02:28:05 -0400
Indian Moon Probes Failure Wont Stop an Asian Space Race that Threatens Regional Security
News ImageIndias launch vehicle carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifted off from Sriharikota, India, in late July 2019.
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 01:30:00 -0400
Surveying Archaeologists Across the Globe Reveals Deeper and More Widespread Roots of the Human Age, the Anthropocene
News ImagePeople have been modifying Earth as in these rice terraces near Pokhara, Nepal for millennia.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 22:30:00 -0400
Foot artists have finely-tuned 'toe-maps' in their brains
News ImageArtists who paint with their feet because they were born without arms have individualized areas of the brain assigned to each of their toes, a trait not found in handed people, scientists have reported. "We're trying to find the relationship between behavior and how that shapes representations in our brain," co-author Daan Wesselink told AFP, specifically the somatosensory cortex.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:15:46 -0400
Carrying too much belly fat is strongly linked to diabetes and heart disease especially for women: study
News ImageA new large-scale European study has found that carrying visceral fat, which is the fat stored around the organs in the belly and around the intestines, appears to be a major risk factor for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, especially among women. Carried out by researchers from Uppsala University, the new study looked at over 325,000 participants taking part in UK Biobank, a large long-term study which includes genomic data on more than half a million UK residents. The researchers found more than 200 different genes which affect the amount of visceral fat.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 11:19:59 -0400
Treating high blood pressure could also slow down cognitive decline suggests new study
News ImageA preliminary new study has found that having high blood pressure later in life may speed up cognitive decline, but treating the condition may also help slow it down. The researchers interviewed each of the study participants about their high blood pressure treatment and asked them to perform cognitive tests, such as recalling words as part of a memory quiz. High blood pressure was defined as having a systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or higher and a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or higher, and/or taking antihypertensive treatment.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 08:50:26 -0400
This Was Russia's Sad Attempt to Build a Space Shuttle
News ImageIt was a good attempt that was sabotaged due to really bad timing.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 06:13:00 -0400
After 50 years, space settlement experts update their vision for off-planet outposts
News ImageFifty years ago, a Princeton physicist named Gerard O'Neill asked his students to help him come up with a plan for setting up settlements in space. Just a few years later, O'Neill published the resulting vision for freestanding space colonies as a book titled "The High Frontier" a book that helped inspire Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' vision of having millions of people living and working in space. Now the keepers of the "High Frontier" flame at the California-based Space Studies Institute are revisiting O'Neill's original vision, with an eye toward updating it for the 21st century. "The fact is, Read More
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:52:25 -0400
Shorter people run higher risk of diabetes: study
News ImageThe greater health risk in shorter individuals is likely linked to higher liver fat content, and a larger number of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, the authors speculated. It has also been reported that insulin sensitivity and the functioning of special cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormone are better in taller people. People with diabetes have excessively high blood glucose, or blood sugar, which comes from food.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 01:07:09 -0400
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