New study maps rate of New Orleans sinking

New study maps rate of New Orleans sinking

Fast Facts: › Highest-resolution study to date of ground sinking in and around New Orleans. › NASA airborne radar was able to detect sinking or deformation even in single structures › Results can help decision makers more effectively address and reverse the effects of sinking and improve public safety. New Orleans and surrounding areas continue […]

The opioid crisis is being felt in hospitals, too

The opioid crisis is being felt in hospitals, too

New research presented this week at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting suggests that the ongoing opioid crisis is making waves across the country’s intensive care units (ICU) every bit as much as it is inside people’s homes. The authors analyzed hospital admissions from 2011 to 2015 for adults over the age of 18 in […]

Life on Mars – The ethical Limits of the ‘Prime Directive’

Life on Mars – The ethical Limits of the ‘Prime Directive’

Kelly C. Smith, Clemson University NASA’s chief scientist recently announced that “…we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” Such a discovery would clearly rank as one of the most important in human history and immediately […]

Why does hair turn gray?

Why does hair turn gray?

Going gray is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any less disheartening. It’s safe to say most people would welcome a way to hold on to their hair color a little longer. Researchers from University College London made strides in the fight against gray hair recently when they discovered a gene that plays a major […]

Cancer drugs may be able to treat autism

Cancer drugs may be able to treat autism

Autism and cancer, two conditions that are becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States, currently have no known cure. But according to a new study, these two very different conditions share more than 40 risk genes with each other, suggesting their treatments may be one and the same. “This striking coincidence of a remarkably large […]

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on standby after weasel gnaws on power cable

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on standby after weasel gnaws on power cable

The world’s largest particle collider at CERN near Geneva was still on temporary standby mode Saturday, a day after a weasel gnawed on a cable and caused a power outage. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, plans to repair the $4.4 billion collider soon, The Associated Press reported. Techworm.net said, however, that the Large […]

Curiosity Mars Rover crosses rugged plateau

Curiosity Mars Rover crosses rugged plateau

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission’s 44 months on Mars. The rover climbed onto the “Naukluft Plateau” of lower Mount Sharp in early March after spending several weeks investigating sand dunes. The plateau’s sandstone bedrock has been carved by eons […]

Got a weak heart? Eat like a Mediterranean

Got a weak heart? Eat like a Mediterranean

The Mediterranean diet includes lots of fish, plenty of fruits and vegetables, portions of whole grains, and very little meat. This classic diet does not exclude a dinnertime glass of wine, however, sugary drinks, fried food, and sweets are not on the menu. Scientists believe this style of eating offers some protection against mental aging, […]

New genome editing technique can target single letters of DNA sequence

New genome editing technique can target single letters of DNA sequence

Building off the powerful gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, researchers have created a new tool that can target and change a single letter in a sequence of DNA. The new technique, known as base editing, can be programmed to turn the DNA base cytosine (known in the DNA alphabet as C) into the base uracil, […]

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