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10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of University of California medical workers began a three-day strike Tuesday against hospitals, clinics and campuses that prompted the rescheduling of thousands of surgeries and outpatient appointments. Picket lines were called for the five UC medical centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Irvine and Davis. The walkout involved more than 15,000 patient care technical workers, including radiology technicians, respiratory therapists, pharmacy workers, laboratory workers and others but not nurses. ......
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Passing a joint is becoming increasingly passe. Pax Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that makes marijuana vaporisers, is now valued at $5bn. ......
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Guidance on how to apply for a conformity assessment certificate can be found in the document 'Application Instructions' below and in the Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Medical Devices (ARGMD) part 1 section 1 'Process to supply a medical device in Australia'. As part of the conformity assessment application...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
The ARGMD is currently under review. Some components have been superseded by new guidance or regulatory amendments - the following information is designed to help you identify the most current information available. This page will be updated periodically to reflect the introduction of new information as it...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
HUBweek in Kendall Square - it's become a pretty good bet. And the festivities on Oct. 9 didn't disappoint. Now in its fourth year, HUBweek is a 'festival of the future' that celebrates science, art, and technology. MIT is a founding sponsor, along with Harvard University, The Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital. This year's theme was 'We the Future.' The Kendall Square/MIT Innovation Playground and 314 Main Street Ground-breaking showcased the Institute's innovative spirit right in the historic heart and future hub of MIT and Kendall Square. The day began with a sold-out MIT Club of Boston event called 'Inside the Dome: MIT and the Future of Kendall Square.' Israel Ruiz, MIT's...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
This consultation closes on 4 December 2018. The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties, including clinicians, patients and industry, on the potential impacts of the proposals outlined in the consultation paper. The feedback received will assist in developing a proposed framework for Ministerial approval. Consultation documents How to access a pdf or Word document Documents released for consultation on Tuesday, 23 October 2018. Interested parties should respond by close of business Tuesday, 4 December 2018. Feedback will be released following consideration of submissions. (see 'What will happen'). About the consultation The TGA is seeking feedback from clinicians,...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Accessing Marvel’s Spider-Man ’s The Heist story DLC isn’t as elaborate as having to find an NPC in New York City, or as simple...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
A new study suggests that smoking cannabis may boost your risk of having a stroke. Experts analysed hospitalisations of more than two million cannabis users between 2010 and 2014 and found that rates of stroke among non-cannabis users didn't change. However, rates among recreational users jumped by 15 per cent. The...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
In the battle to understand Alzheimer’s disease, advancements in the testing and development of new technologies aim to provide stronger support for treatment. In collaboration with a number of other researchers and the Alzheimer’s Association, Professor of Neurology Stephen Salloway has been developing new criteria for the use of lumbar punctures, also known as spinal taps, to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Helping patients clarify whether they should undergo this procedure may allow them to detect the disease sooner and begin treatment as early as 10...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Families who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use fewer discount coupons and allot more money for spending on food than they would without assistance, according to a forthcoming paper in the American Economic Review by Justine Hastings and Jesse Shapiro, professors of economics. In 2017, the SNAP program served about one in six families, Hastings explained. Recipients can access their benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer card and can use the money to purchase pre-approved food products at specific retail stores, according to Benefits.gov. The study found that “every $100 in SNAP...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
JAIPUR: A new insecticide was launched in Zika-affected areas for fogging as five more persons tested positive for Zika on Monday taking total cases to 125. The health department is using fogging to terminate mosquitoes in the entire city. Earlier, it was using pyrethrum but a new chemical has replaced pyrethrum for fogging. “We have used new chemical for fogging from today (Monday),” said Veenu Gupta, additional chief secretary, health. Centre team which reached Jaipur for helping the state health department in preventing spread of Zika virus disease had recommended new insecticides. It had recommended alpha-cypermethrin for residual spray and cyphenothrin for fogging in Zika-affected...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Washington: A prized caterpillar fungus that is more valuable than gold and is nicknamed "Himalayan Viagra" in Asia, where it is seen as a wonder drug, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, researchers said Monday. People in China and Nepal have been killed in clashes over the years over the elusive fungus "yarchagumba," known formally as Ophiocordyceps sinensis. Although it has no scientifically proven benefits, people who boil yarchagumba in water to make tea or add it to soups and stews believe it cures everything from impotence to cancer. It is "one of the world's most valuable biological commodities, providing a crucial...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
PARIS: A new treatment for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure more than 90 percent of sufferers, according to a trial hailed Monday as a "game changer" in the fight against the global killer. Doctors in Belarus — a country with one of the highest rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the world — spent months treating patients with a new drug, bedaquiline, alongside other antibiotics. The results, seen exclusively by AFP, were startling: Of the 181 patients given the new drug, 168 were totally cured. The World Health Organization says currently only 55 per cent of people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are successfully treated. The Belarus trial...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
TORONTO: Heart patients should interrupt sedentary time every 20 minutes with a seven minute bout of light physical activity to prolong life, according to a study. Previous...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Ian Hawes has spent 40 years diving in Antarctica to gain an understanding of how inland and coastal aquatic ecosystems work. Now, he is sharing his knowledge with Korea’s Antarctic programme. University of Waikato Ecologist Professor Ian Hawes, ... ......
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
Contact Info About Oracle The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com. About Oracle Code One Oracle Code One is the industry's most inclusive developer conference, featuring a collection of international and local experts and speakers to explore the latest in...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
The development of in-house marketing tools and the rise of direct consumer brands are recent advertising industry disruptions that threaten to squeeze income at ad agencies that have thrived in the middle ground between companies and their customers. Masaki Mikami, Senior Corporate Officer of Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc., is, however, optimistic about the future of Japanese agencies helping Japanese corporations re-invent their businesses in a world rocked by technological change. 'Rather than thinking about what the future of agencies is, perhaps it is better to consider whether Japanese companies can grow and innovate again and whether we can be their partners in doing that,' Mikami...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
The 18th China International Rubber Technology Exhibition was held from September 19th to 21st at the new Shanghai International Expo Center. NGC's Rubber & Plastics Business Department took part in this exhibition, demonstrating the company's new rubber and plastics gearbox products to customers. The China International Exhibition on Rubber Technology is a leading international-scale professional...
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
If you own a chocolate-coloured labrador, chances are it will not live as long as its yellow and black cousins, a new study based on data from thousands of dogs shows. ......
10/22/2018   WorldNews Science
According to new scientific experiments radiotherapy could be bolstered by a 150-year-old drug. Experts believe that papaverine could make common cancer treatment more effective by controlling how much energy cells need. Currently, radiotherapy is hampered when human tissue...
10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

'Dinosaur country': fossil hunters' S. African paradiseThe sun rises over the South African bush as scientists laden with backpacks climb a hillside. Jonah Choiniere and his team from Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University had tracked the reptile from another age for three years. The search brought them to a stretch of farmland in the central town of Rosendal, where they are surrounded by cattle and impalas.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Brazil's Amazon at risk if Bolsonaro wins presidency: ecologistsPromises by Brazil´s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro and his entourage bode badly for the future of the Amazon -- called the "lungs of the planet" -- if he wins, environmentalists warn. "If he's elected, that will be the beginning of the end for the Amazon," his leftist rival in Sunday´s run-off, Fernando Haddad, said last week. Bolsonaro has also several times evoked studies to build hydroelectric power stations in the Amazon, which implies the construction of massive dams that would greatly impact water courses and require communities to be moved.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Judge slashes award but upholds verdict in Monsanto cancer trialA San Francisco judge on Monday upheld a jury verdict that found Monsanto liable for not warning a groundskeeper that its weed killer product Roundup might cause cancer, but slashed the damages award. Judge Suzanne Bolanos denied Monsanto's request for a new trial but cut the $289 million damages award to $78 million to comply with the law regarding how punitive damages awards must be calculated. Jurors in August unanimously found that Monsanto acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Museum of the Bible Says 5 Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Are FakeTesting found that five fragments are "inconsistent with ancient origin"


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trialSEATTLE (AP) — Young activists who are suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should be fully evaluated at trial next week.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

NASA’s incredible water system dumps 450,000 gallons in about a minute

Once a rocket leaves the launch pad, all eyes turn skyward, but the technology that keeps launch sites working at their peak efficiency is pretty darn interesting in its own right. In a new video posted to YouTube, NASA shows off its insanely powerful water system that will keep things cool during the upcoming launches of the Boeing-built Space Launch System.

What you're seeing is roughly 450,000 gallons of water being pumped out in about a minute. It's called the Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression system, and NASA uses it to keep the launch pad at a manageable temperature even as its being blasted by a rocket.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNkmwrTjKuo

As NASA notes in the video's description, the test was performed at Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. The water was pushed around 100 feet in the air before spilling back into a large trench where it travels back to holding ponds.

In this case, the water spewed upward because the rest of the hardware isn't fully connected yet. When the launcher is in place, the water will actually flow through a network of pipes and nozzles rather than spewing out like a geyser. Along with helping to dissipate the heat generated during the rocket firing, the water also helps absorb some of the intense noise that the rocket will generate.

NASA says that this latest test is yet another big step towards the eventual launch of the Space Launch System on its first major test, Exploration Mission-1, which is expected to take place sometime around mid-2020. That's still a long way off, but getting into space takes time, especially when a new launch vehicle is part of the deal.


10/22/2018   Wired Science
A new study suggests that microplastics routinely show up in our food—and our digestive tracts.
10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage scienceThirty-five Nobel and top mathematics prize winners have warned British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker that scientific research will suffer a serious setback without a good Brexit deal. The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and six recipients of the Fields Medal -- one of the most prestigious awards in maths -- said open European borders had helped the continent make up ground lost to US researchers in the wake of World War II.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

New Study Reveals Chocolate Labs Have Shorter Lifespan Than Their Yellow and Black CounterpartsStudy Says Chocolate Labs Have Shorter Lifespans Than Other Labs


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Donald Trump’s election was a 'traumatic experience' for many college studentsTo say that the 2016 presidential election had a profound impact on the American psyche might be an understatement.  In fact, new research suggests that for many, the experience was actually traumatic.  In a survey of roughly 800 college students, 25 percent reported such high levels of stress after the election that researchers likened it to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study published in the Journal of American College Health.  Throughout the election, researchers noticed some pretty strong reactions in young adults. But the day after the election, lead researcher Melissa Hagan taught two classes where she saw that students were visibly upset — some were even crying.  Anti-Trump buttons are for sale at a protest against Donald Trump's presidency in 2016.Image: Getty ImagesThat, in combination with some polls in circulation discussing politically-caused “stress” drove her and her colleagues to look into how exactly the election affected certain people, Hagan said via email.  Hagan and her team administered a psychological assessment called the Impact of Event Scale, which is a standard quick measure to gauge how a person responded to trauma, and they tailored the questions to the presidential election.  They found that some college students were reporting that they were impacted by the election “in such a way that it might lead to diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder,” Hagan said in a statement.  Some common symptoms of that kind of stress are chronic fatigue, physical illness, stomach or chest pain, and feeling overwhelmed. Results of the survey found that certain groups scored higher on the assessment than others.  For example, Black and Hispanic students reported higher levels of stress than their white peers. Women scored about 45 percent higher than men. And Democrats scored two and a half times higher on the assessment. Non-Christians also reported feeling strongly affected by the election results. However Hagan said it's important to note that the presidential election itself does not technically constitute a traumatic event.  Protesters gather outside of the military recruitment center in Time Square to protest Trump's policies.Image: Getty ImagesAccording to the American Psychological Association, in order for an event to be considered traumatic, “it is required that the person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence,” Hagan said.  That said, media coverage of the new administration's potential policies, some which have already been enacted, were perceived as life-threatening to some Americans. Moreover, many didn’t believe Donald Trump would be elected — especially not after the Access Hollywood tape was released, which might have been triggering for women and men who are survivors of sexual assault. Psychotherapist and author Jonathan Alpert, who is unaffiliated with the study, said the study’s results do not come as a shock to him.  “It wasn’t politics as usual," Alpert, who wasn't involved in the new study, said in an interview.  An officer watches on as protesters in Phoenix, Arizona gather.Image: Getty ImagesIn the months following the election, Alpert — like many other psychologists — noticed widespread young adult upheaval on both sides of the political spectrum.  It's possible that the shared outrage of college students could reinforce their levels of stress, Alpert said. "It’s almost like a contagion effect. You could almost catch stress from one another — like empathy," he said. Barbara Nosal, Chief Clinical Officer at the mental health facility Newport Academy who is also unaffiliated with the study, said in an interview that the degree of impact also might have to do with where young adults are in their lives. The competitive college environment, technology, and an undefined sense of independence already affects young adult development — plus, the election was an additional stressor.  Then presidential-candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Rochester, New York.Image: Getty Images“Their reaction to the election may have just compounded negativity on top of all of the other pieces of their of identity,” Nosal said.  Nosal said the depth of a reaction is also dependent on the individual person or their most salient demographic, not necessarily the stressor itself.  “Maybe a comment or something that occurs afterwards in their personal life brings the trauma up — plus ongoing discussions in the media may also trigger a traumatic response," Nosal said.  And while the survey couldn’t reveal any long-term impacts since the assessment was only administered once — if these symptoms are left unresolved, Nosal said anxiety disorders and depression may follow.  As to whether or not the clinical levels of stress vary based on the overarching political ideology of the school, Hagan thinks "it may be that symptoms are higher in states more 'left-leaning,'" but more research would have to be done to know for sure.  WATCH: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It's an inflatable Trump baby flying around London


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Man Dies After Falling From Cruise Ship Headed to the BahamasA man has was killed after falling on board a ship headed from Florida to the Bahamas, authorities confirm.


10/22/2018   Wired Science
Algorithms design robot legs tailored to walk on specific surfaces. The results are at once logical, counterintuitive, and bizarre.
10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Trump Is Hitting the Midterm Campaign Trail Hard. History Shows That Doesn't Always Make a Difference"His intervention in the primaries was the most dramatic since the 1938 purge campaign," one expert in presidential history says of President Trump's midterm season


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

UNAM launches electronic catalog of academic servicesMexico, Oct. 22 (Notimex).- The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) has launched an electronic platform to promote and publicize its products and services in the academic world. In this platform, interested parties can contract a service or consult a project of researchers from more than 70 entities of the university, as well as search by keyword or through different sections. Clara Lopez Guzman, Director of Special Projects of the Coordination of Innovation and Development, explained that it is COGNOS-UNAM www.cognos.unam.mx, an electronic catalog with access to developments developed in the maximum house of studies. That is, technical and clinical services, as well as training, and adds laboratories, technologies and publications that may be susceptible to transfer, especially patents and software, which contribute to the country's development. "Through a simple search engine, those interested in hiring a service or consult some knowledge of our researchers and their projects, can do a search by keyword or through different sections," she said. COGNOS exists since 2015, but had worked only internally. Now, within the framework of the first decade of the existence of the Coordination of Innovation and Development (CID, for its acronym in Spanish), this platform opens up to the productive, public, private and social sectors. Starting this month, the CID begins its relationship with industry chambers and industries so that they know about it. The system puts the user in contact with a linker, who will attend directly, and then personalized, the initial request that was made online. This network has periodic meetings, workshops and courses where they receive training to meet a profile that allows them to sign agreements, provide services and make economic proposals and advice on how to charge and bid. Lopez Guzman indicated that the linkers have the task of putting in contact and encouraging, where appropriate, new lines of research, and perhaps the creation of a patent, and a company with that patent. "That would be a great success story, where COGNOS would be the seed," she concluded. NTX/ERM/DAP/BBF


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Giant mice threaten rare seabirds on remote British islandMice brought to a remote South Atlantic island by sailors in the 19th century are threatening seabirds including the critically endangered Tristan albatross, a British charity said on Monday. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said the rodents have proliferated on uninhabited Gough Island, part of a British overseas territory, and are killing two million birds every year. "We knew there were large numbers of chicks and eggs being beaten each year but the actual number being taken by the mice is just staggering," Alex Bond, a researcher from the Natural History Museum in London, said in a statement released by the RSPB.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker diesMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world's largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Leaked Surveillance Footage Shows Man Walking in Jamal Khashoggi's ClothesNewly leaked surveillance footage from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi appears to show a man walking around in the writer's clothes in Istanbul after his killing.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Prince Harry Wants Meghan Markle to Have a Baby Girl and People Couldn't Be More ExcitedThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

From 'problem child' to 'prodigy'? LSD turns 75Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image. The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz. The book, in which Hofmann sought to reassert LSD's potential medical benefits, is featured in an exhibition at the Swiss National Library in the capital, Bern, to mark 75 years since the discovery.


10/22/2018   Wired Science
It’s still too expensive and unproven, but it has the potential to prevent antibiotic overuse and keep people healthy.
10/22/2018   Wired Science
Jim Allison is an iconoclastic scientist who toiled in obscurity for years. Then he helped crack a mystery that may save millions of lives: Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer?
10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Germany Stops Exporting Arms to Saudi Arabia After Killing of Jamal KhashoggiGermany announced plans to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Lebanese seek to save landmark concrete park from crumblingClose to the seafront in Lebanon's Tripoli, giant curves of concrete stand testimony to dreams before the civil war, etchings of an exhibition park never finished but already cracking. This month, a rare exhibition is being held at the site designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in a desperate call to save it from ruin. Inside the vast grey grounds of the Tripoli International Fair in northern Lebanon, a palm tree throws its dark silhouette onto a giant concrete dome.


10/22/2018   Yahoo! Science

Taiwan's President Calls for Investigation After the Worst Train Crash in DecadesTaiwan's president pressed for a quick, transparent probe into the cause of the island's worst train crash in nearly three decades


10/21/2018   Wired Science
Last year's brief interstellar visit from a cigar-shaped thing named 'Oumuamua is confounding astronomers in new ways.
10/19/2018   Wired Science
Arty versions of science classics are mostly a gift for your midcentury modern coffee table—but crack them open, and you might learn a thing or two about science too.
10/19/2018   Wired Science
Jill Tarter and Maggie Turnbull discuss Trappist-1, the Fermi paradox, and Fast Radio Bursts at WIRED25
10/18/2018   Wired Science
Crowdsource Rescue, a kind of "Uber for emergencies," has become the leading tool to coordinate volunteer rescuers, helping them check on hundreds of vulnerable individuals.
10/18/2018   Wired Science
The legendary crustacean uses a hammer-like appendage made of ceramic and polymer to deliver its punishing blow.
10/18/2018   Wired Science
If we ever move off-planet, we'll have to get more serious about distinguishing between 'mass' and 'weight.'
10/17/2018   Wired Science
We'll soon find it hard to know with our own eyes if a video is real or generated by AI, but new algorithms are staying one or two steps ahead of the fakers.
10/16/2018   Wired Science
Nick Hague, the NASA astronaut onboard the Soyuz rocket that failed after takeoff last week, recounts his experience inside the capsule.
10/16/2018   Wired Science
Researchers used people's Facebook data and their medical records to detect early symptoms of a mental health problem.
10/15/2018   Wired Science
It’s a lot easier for regulators to understand the need for new frameworks that allow innovations like drones, when every flight could potentially save a life.
10/15/2018   Wired Science
Onstage at WIRED25, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki and bioengineer Stephen Quake focused on unlocking the secrets hidden in blood and spit.
10/15/2018   Wired Science
“Where we are now with biotech feels quite a bit like where we were with information technology in the late 1990s,” said Napster co-founder Sean Parker on stage at WIRED25
10/15/2018   Wired Science
More extreme droughts and heat waves will hit barley especially hard, so growers are trying to hack the grain to make it more resistant.
10/14/2018   Wired Science
Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert doesn't know exactly how people will use robots like the SpotMini. But at least it can do the running man.
10/14/2018   Wired Science
Urmila Mahadev became obsessed with a basic question in quantum computing: how do you know when the computer is cheating?
10/12/2018   Wired Science
A new video of SpotMini, a quadruped robot, shows the mechanical pup looking more businesslike than usual.

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