Cheap Drug Greatly Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival

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via TPM News CHICAGO (AP) — A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday. Men who received docetaxel, sold as Taxotere and in generic form, lived nearly 58 months versus 44 months for those […]

SpaceX unveils "future of space travel" capsule

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via Euronews Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has unveiled a new craft it hopes NASA will use to for resupply runs to the International Space Station. The capsule, an upgraded passenger version of the Dragon cargo ship, is fitted with souped up motors and landing legs. The firm’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, believes it […]

Global warming may quintuple summer downpours in UK

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via New Scientist By 2100 southern England will be drenched by five times as many sudden summer deluges as it is today, probably causing more flash floods, according to an advanced climate model. Other parts of the world are likely to experience similar increases in downpours, and global warming will be to blame.   Sudden […]

'Free choice' in primates altered through brain stimulation

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via ScienceDaily When electrical pulses are applied to the ventral tegmental area of their brain, macaques presented with two images change their preference from one image to the other. The study is the first to confirm a causal link between activity in the ventral tegmental area and choice behavior in primates. The ventral tegmental area […]

Stress degrades sperm quality, study shows

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via ScienceDaily   Psychological stress is harmful to sperm and semen quality, affecting its concentration, appearance, and ability to fertilize an egg, according to a study. It is not fully understood how stress affects semen quality. It may trigger the release of steroid hormones called glucocorticoids, which in turn could blunt levels of testosterone and […]

We are killing species at 1000 times the natural rate

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via New Scientist First the bad news. Humans are driving species to extinction at around 1000 times the natural rate, at the top of the range of an earlier estimate. We also don’t know how many species we can afford to lose. Now the good news. Armed with your smartphone, you can help conservationists save […]

Obesity rates climbing worldwide, most comprehensive global study to date shows

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via ScienceDaily Worldwide, there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28% increase) and children (up by 47%) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013, according to a major new analysis […]

Melting Arctic opens new passages for invasive species

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via ScienceDaily For the first time in roughly 2 million years, melting Arctic sea ice is connecting the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans. The newly opened passages leave both coasts and Arctic waters vulnerable to a large wave of invasive species, biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center assert in a commentary published May […]

Cynical? You may be hurting your brain health

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via ScienceDaily People with high levels of cynical distrust may be more likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the May 28, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Cynical distrust, which is defined as the belief that others are mainly motivated by selfish concerns, […]

Traffic fumes cost rich countries $0.8 trillion a year

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via New Scientist Cars are pricey enough, but they take another toll. Smog from road transport drains $0.8 trillion yearly from a group of 34 wealthy nations. A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that air pollution costs OECD countries $1.7 trillion a year in healthcare and premature deaths. Road transport […]

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