More than 100 missing Saudi MERS cases come to light

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in International News, News, Science News | No Comments

via New Scientist   Talk about keeping things quiet. The disease-tracking world was rocked today by an announcement from Saudi Arabia’s health ministry. Apparently the country has had 691 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) since January 2013, not the 575 it had reported until yesterday. Worse, 41 per cent of the total cases […]

Liver cancer vaccine effective in mice

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in News, Science News | No Comments

via Science Daily Tweaking a protein expressed by most liver cancer cells has enabled scientists to make a vaccine that is exceedingly effective at preventing the disease in mice. Liver cancer is among the fastest-growing and deadliest cancers in the United States with a 17 percent three-year survival rate. Vaccines help direct the immune system […]

US must play nice with China to put astronauts on Mars

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in International News, News, Science News | No Comments

via New Scientist Securing the survival of humanity is just one of several reasons why NASA should focus on sending people to Mars. The trouble is, the space agency will find it tough to afford the trip. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping review of the value of the US human space flight programme released […]

Violence threatens bid to eradicate guinea worm

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in News, Science News | No Comments

via New Scientist So near – and yet so far. Health workers in South Sudan are close to making the parasitic guinea worm only the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Just 11 cases have been seen this year in the country, the worm’s last major stronghold, compared to 55 at this time last […]

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient upheaval: Rate may be ten times faster

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in News, Science News | No Comments

via Science Daily   Scientists estimate that surface ocean acidity increased by about 100 percent during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in a few thousand years or more, and stayed that way for the next 70,000 years. Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification caused the crisis — similar to today, as humanmade CO2 combines with seawater […]

Nearly one in eight American children are maltreated before age 18

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in News, Science News | No Comments

via Science Daily By the time they reach age 18, about 12 percent of American children experience a confirmed case of maltreatment in the form of neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, according to a new study. “Maltreatment is on the scale of other major public health concerns that affect child health and well-being,” one researcher […]

Astronomers find a new type of planet: The 'mega-Earth'

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Science News | No Comments

via Science Daily Astronomers have discovered a new type of planet — a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth. Theorists believed such a world couldn’t form because anything so hefty would grab hydrogen gas as it grew and become a Jupiter-like gas giant. This planet, though, is all solids and much bigger than […]

Even In Red States, Majority Back Carbon Emission Limits

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Politics, Science News | No Comments

via TPM News AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin CAITLIN MACNEAL – JUNE 2, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT Immediately following the announcement of new rules that would limit carbon emissions from power plants, Republicans slammed the Obama administration’s effort as a job-killer and vulnerable red state Democrats distanced themselves from the President. But a new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday found that the majority of Americans […]

EPA: New power plant rules could result in up to $90 billion in climate and health benefits

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Politics, Science News | No Comments

via Salon There’s plenty to delve into in the EPA’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 — the full proposal runs 645 pages. But right off the bat, this initial data point is worth paying attention to: by 2030, the EPA is predicting that the net health […]

Report: EPA To Seek 30 Percent Carbon Emissions Cut By 2030

via TPM News by Caitlin MacNeal The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will propose a draft rule that would seek to cut power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The rule would give flexibility to states on how to meet that goal and percentage cut will […]

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