Cancer causation: Environment, not bad luck, study says

Cancer causation: Environment, not bad luck, study says

By Gil Ross / ACSH A new study published in the journal, Nature, entitled “Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development,” used quantitative measures from several different perspectives to come to the conclusion that the large majority of human cancers are caused by “environmental” factors (or non-genetic), rather than intrinsic gene abnormalities or […]

Journalist called out for ‘irresponsible’ e-cigarette scare story

Journalist called out for ‘irresponsible’ e-cigarette scare story

  Daily Telegraph Science editor Sarah Knapton was sharply criticized Wednesday for a story she wrote touting the claim e-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco. The subject of Knapton’s piece, published Tuesday with the headline “E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn,” was a study conducted by a research team at the […]

The force of meteoroid strikes on the lunar exosphere

The force of meteoroid strikes on the lunar exosphere

The lunar exosphere – the thin layer of gas surrounding the moon that’s one 25-trillionth the density of Earth’s atmosphere – is impacted by many things. Physical processes such as meteoroid stream impacts, the bombardment of helium and hydrogen particles from the sun, thermal absorption, and space weathering constantly modify the moon’s surface as they […]

Cosmic wonders: What spawned the Jellyfish nebula?

Cosmic wonders: What spawned the Jellyfish nebula?

NASA The Jellyfish Nebula (IC 443) is the remnant of a supernova located 5,000 light years from Earth. New Chandra observations show that the explosion that created the Jellyfish Nebula may have also formed a peculiar object located on the southern edge of the remnant, called CXOU J061705.3+222127, or J0617 for short. The object is […]

NIH aims for new Flu and HIV vaccines in new 5-year plan

NIH aims for new Flu and HIV vaccines in new 5-year plan

The National Institutes of Health issued a new five-year plan today to ensure the agency continues to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health was developed after soliciting input from hundreds of stakeholders and scientific advisers in collaboration with its own leaders […]

New Horizons in ‘Great Shape’ for Pluto flyby

New Horizons in ‘Great Shape’ for Pluto flyby

Engineers say the New Horizons spacecraft is in “great shape” for its historic flyby of Pluto this week. In the early hours of Monday (GMT), the American space agency probe moved to within a million miles of the dwarf planet and was closing in rapidly. The mission has one opportunity to gather detailed pictures and […]

NASA asks citizen scientists for help with Juno mission to Jupiter

NASA asks citizen scientists for help with Juno mission to Jupiter

Calling all citizen scientists and amateur astronomers! Help NASA choose and process images of Jupiter for the Juno mission. NASA’s Juno mission is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. Thanks to the spacecraft’s color camera, called JunoCam, we will get new views of the giant planet’s swirling clouds. But here’s the thing, […]

NASA animation shows how Earth breathes

NASA animation shows how Earth breathes

From NASA The breath of Gaia: NASA’s Aqua satellite monitors the amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This time-lapse animation shows the cyclic nature of CO2 airborne levels and the seasonal vegetation that traps it. —

A new way bacteria becomes resistant

A new way bacteria becomes resistant

By Josh Bloom / American Council on Science and Health In terms of resistance, there’s been no shortage of stories about how close to the edge of the cliff we’re getting, at which point antibiotics will stop working entirely and we’ll be heading back to the period in the early 20th century where people died […]

Top nutritionists can’t agree on what is a vegetable

Top nutritionists can’t agree on what is a vegetable

By Hank Campbell / American Council on Science and Health Mediterranean, Low-fat, paleo – if modern diet advice sounds to you like a jumble of special interests competing to advance sales of their diet book rather than inform public health, you are not alone. No one takes diet advice any more seriously than they take […]