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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Dairy foods are popular among consumers, and sales gross more than $125 billion per year (IDFA, 2017). With dairy product popularity comes new demands from consumers for healthier, low-calorie products that taste the same as their higher calorie coun
The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile is officially under construction with a scheduled date of operation in 2024. The telescope "will have an array of seven enormous mirrors totaling 80 feet in diameter, giving it 10 times the precision o
An MIT team has developed a system that can pinpoint the location of ingestible implants inside the body using low-power wireless signals.
A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok Sunday, two weeks after a quake killed more than 480 people on the island and hours after another tremor triggered landslides, damaged buildings and sent people fleeing.
Ethiopia on Sunday inaugurated a power plant which converts waste into energy, next to a filthy open-air dump in Addis Ababa where a landslide last year killed more than 110 people.
Scientists call for evidence-based approach to approving new insecticides. Enlarge / A foraging bee. (credit: Nunzio_Zotti / Flickr) We need bees to pollinate the plants that feed us. And bees need us to stop inadvertently poisoning them with the ins
The New York Times tells the story of Dr. Michael Holick, a Boston University endocrinologist "who perhaps more than anyone else is responsible for creating a billion-dollar vitamin D sales and testing juggernaut." From the report: Dr. Holick's role
Many small devices require batteries, but they can be expensive and environmentally unfriendly. Paper batteries powered by bacteria may be the solution
A new study provides insights into the degree to which socioeconomic status explains racial and ethnic disparities in childhood cancer survival. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings ma
I happened to come across this post from 2012 and noticed a point I’d like to share again. I was discussing an article by David Cox and Deborah Mayo, in which Cox wrote: [Bayesians’] conceptual theories are trying to do two entire
As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames.
The Ethnic Dot Map of Estonia is an interactive map which shows where different ethnic groups are living in Estonia. The map contains 1.29 million dots, each dot representing a different Estonian. The map was created using data from the 2011 census.O
Arianna Huffington is calling on Elon Musk to adopt a healthier work-life balance, but the Tesla CEO says that's not an option.
You can watch the live action of a putrid piece of our times. Enlarge / The last remaining piece of a monster fatberg that was discovered in Whitechapel sewers last September. (credit: David Parry/PA Wire) You can now feast your eyes on a festering c
August 13 – 17, 2018 Except for Cameron, beginning and ending the week with sweet cheer, LWON seems to have having trouble getting through it all ok. Cameron grows zucchini and like anyone else who does, knows she need friends. And friends
Two months have passed since NASA's Opportunity Mars rover last phoned home. The last time we reported on the rover was on June 12th, when it was trying to survive an intensifying dust storm that was deemed "much worse than a 2007 storm that Opportun
No time to chat? A jacket that literally spells out to colleagues when you are busy is the high-tech office wear you need
The Equal Earth projection is already getting some early traction: it was used by NASA in a surface temperature analysis map posted to Twitter (above) and Ken Field’s using it in a forthcoming presentation. Meanwhile, it now has its own pro
A change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science. A team of scientists found that milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blo
California suffered through its hottest July on record, while August has pushed sea-surface temperatures off the San Diego coast to all-time highs. Are these punishing summer heat waves the consequences of global warming or the result of familiar wea
Chinese police have arrested three suspects alleged to have stolen assets worth 600 million yuan ($87 million) through hacking, state media reported Sunday, as cyber criminals target holders of bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
The wonderful Where the Streetcars Used to Go now includes an interactive map of the historical streetcar network in the East Bay. Where the Streetcars Used to go is a fascinating map visualizing the San Francisco streetcar transit network as it exis
Theres nothing natural about our environment, and these maps offer a glimpse of whats been lost or rather, destroyed by previous generations.Read More
Lets call the thoroughfare I live on Lemon Grove. There are two signs for it, one at each end of our block. Until very recently, one of the signs read, Lemon Grove Avenue. The other said, Lemon Grove Street. When someone asks for my address, I usuall
Russia's top investigative agency says it has detained a deputy head of the nation's top space corporation on fraud charges.
Only two Russian women have flown in space since 1984. Enlarge / Russia's newest class of cosmonauts is all male. (credit: Roscosmos) The Russian space program gets a lot of credit for flying the first woman in space. In fact, the Soviet Union flew t
A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new assay, anchored multiplex PCR (AMP)-based targeted next-generation-sequencing (NGS), with superior diagnostic utility compared to conventional techniques. This includes the ability to a
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: In the study, published in The Lancet Public Health, 15,400 people from the U.S. filled out questionnaires on the food and drink they consumed, along with portion sizes. From this, scientists estimate
Financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to Aus$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) as they endure the driest conditions in half a century, the prime minister said Sunday.
The deal sounded murky from the start: in exchange for bitcoin worth two million euros ($2.3 million), the wealthy buyer would hand over the equivalent sum in cash in a luxury hotel on the French riviera.
Visit surreal objects created from old teaching aids, discover why we've got termites all wrong, and watch an ethical dilemma on blood transfusion play out
Primate habitats overlap with the best regions for new palm oil plantations. Enlarge / The palm nuts satiating the world's hunger for vegetable oil and fueling habitat loss. (credit: flickr user: Carsten ten Brink) Palm oil is ubiquitous and is set t
The Cartography Playground is a new interactive website where you can learn about many different aspects of map design, principles and cartographic algorithms. At the moment the Cartography Playground includes components on Map Design, the Douglas-Pe
Carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere by the California wildfires is drifting across North America in concentrations sufficient to turn up on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. A series of maps showing
It has been called the Mt. Everest of the genome world, and it has just been scaled. This week a consortium of more than 200 scientists from 20 countries published the first fully annotated sequence of the massive wheat genome, a feat they hope will
Inhibitory neurons in the aging brain show reduced growth and plasticity, likely contributing to declines in brain function. In a new study in mice researchers at the Picower Institute at MIT show that treatment with fluoxetine restored substantial g
It's a well-documented, often criticized phenomenon that women's pockets are too small to fit a smartphone, but "there's been very little data to back up a wealth of anecdotal evidence," writes Megan Farokhmanesh via The Verge. Now, The Pudding has u
A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported.
Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision. But these sight-correcting devices don't last foreversome are intended for a single day's useand they are eventually disposed of in various ways. Now, scientists are reporting that throwing
From natural disasters to food and water shortages, women are more affected by climate change than men. An inspiring podcast looks at their fightback starting in court
Wi-Fi analysis reveals metals and liquids in highly artificial conditions. Enlarge / Even in 2018, there's still a wooden sign proudly advertising "Free Wi-Fi." (credit: Cyrus Farivar) One of the least fun jobs when writing a scientific paper is comi
Birds of prey in the UK all share a common enemy - the human race. Every week the RSPB receive reports of raptors being shot, trapped or poisoned. Many other incidents go unreported. This is why the RSPB has decided to release a centralized hub to mo
Landsat observations have charted the erosion of the banks of the ever-changing Padma River, a major distributary of the Ganges in Bangladesh. This is vividly shown in this animation produced by NASA Earth Observatory, which “shows 14 false
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of EpiPen on Thursday, a move that will bring new competition for the lifesaving allergy injection that helped spark public furor over high drug prices. The new drug, from Teva Pharm
An international team of researchers has developed a simple laboratory score that is safer and faster at diagnosing patients who visit the emergency department with heart attack symptoms. The score, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Jou
Last August, 50 employees at Three Square Market got RFID chips in their hands. Now 80 have them. From a report: The idea came about in early 2017, president of Three Square Market Patrick McMullan says, when he was on a business trip to Sweden -- a
They bandy about terms like "co-working" but instead of coding and developing algorithms in open space offices they work out in the open trying to tease tomatoes from the soil.
The life-threatening bacteria called MRSA can cripple a hospital since it spreads quickly and is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics. Instead, they are using light
Analysis of data from 4000 exoplanets reveals that around a third are rich in water and many have more water than Earth
The FDA says this will lower drug costs, but the company has yet to reveal a price. Enlarge / EpiPen two-pack. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle) Mylans life-saving epinephrine auto-injector EpiPen now has a generic rival, the Food and Drug Administration