Vegetarian diets don’t mean longer life, study finds

Vegetarian diets don’t mean longer life, study finds

By Ruth Kava / ACSH One reason often cited for becoming a vegetarian of some sort is that such a lifestyle is somehow “healthier.” And indeed, there have been studies linking vegetarianism to a lower risk of some types of breast cancer. Conversely, some studies have linked high consumption of meat to an increased risk […]

Princeton grad who ‘killed Pluto’ says there may be a new planet

Princeton grad who ‘killed Pluto’ says there may be a new planet

The man who “killed Pluto” now says there’s new ninth planet that could make the cut in our solar system. Astronomers Michael E. Brown, a Princeton University graduate, and Konstantin Batygin reported Wednesday that they believe there is another planet beyond Neptune, which could be up to 10 times the size of Earth — although […]

3 reasons beer is good for your health

3 reasons beer is good for your health

By Hank Campbell / ACSH “Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war.” — Frederick the Great, 1777 If there was ever a truly great endorsement of beer over coffee […]

Obama’s cancer ‘moonshot’: A shot in the dark

Obama’s cancer ‘moonshot’: A shot in the dark

By Gil Ross / ASCH Early on in his final State of the Union address, President Obama advocated for a “moonshot” campaign to “cure cancer once and for all.” And now while this is an admirable and lofty goal, the plain, unadulterated truth is that completely eradicating this disease is simply unachievable. “Last year, Vice […]

Atomic bomb fallout in sea turtle shells serves as a biological ‘clock’

Atomic bomb fallout in sea turtle shells serves as a biological ‘clock’

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Researchers have found that they can reliably estimate the ages, growth rates and reproductive maturity of sea turtle populations by performing radiocarbon dating of atomic bomb fallout found in their shells. While it may sound strange, the researchers say their technique provides more accurate estimates than other methods currently in use […]

NASA CORAL Mission to Raise Reef Studies to New Level

NASA CORAL Mission to Raise Reef Studies to New Level

A new three-year NASA field expedition gets underway this year that will use advanced instruments on airplanes and in the water to survey more of the world’s coral reefs, and in far greater detail, than ever before. The COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) will measure the condition of these threatened ecosystems and create a unique […]

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 […]