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  • Siberia's 'doorway to the Underworld' Is Getting So Big It's Uncovering Ancient Forests

    02/25/2017 7:40:58 PM PST · by combat_boots · 25 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 2/25/2017 | FIONA MACDONALD
    A doorway to 200,000 years ago. It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost has been on thin ice lately. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes are appearing out of nowhere, and, in some places, tundra is quite literally bubbling underneath people's feet. But new research has revealed that one of the biggest craters in the region, known by the local Yakutian people as the 'doorway to the underworld', is growing so rapidly that it's uncovering long-buried forests, carcasses, and up to 200,000 years of historical climate records. Known as the Batagaika crater, it's what's officially called a 'megaslump' or...
  • Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'

    02/25/2017 7:21:05 PM PST · by combat_boots · 55 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/22/2017 | Tom Feilden
    Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests. This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon. From his lab at the University of Virginia's Centre for Open Science, immunologist Dr Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies. "The idea here is to take a bunch of experiments and to try and do the exact same thing to see if we can get the same results."...
  • 20 Years After Dolly the Sheep, What Have We Learned About Cloning?

    02/23/2017 9:38:51 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | 2/23/17 | Stephanie Bucklin, Live Science Contributor
    Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the announcement of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her creation left a lasting impact on both the public and the field of developmental biology, experts say. Although Dolly was born in July 1996, Researchers announced Dolly's existence on Feb. 22, 1997. The delay in the announcement was due to the time needed to amass sufficient data on the project, check the data, write and get the manuscript published, said Bruce Whitelaw, the head of the Division of Developmental Biology at the Roslin Institute. Dolly died in February 2003,...
  • Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says

    02/22/2017 9:41:16 AM PST · by fruser1 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | Fox News
    Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says Although you may hold suspicions about your neighbor who feeds the local stray cats, new research has found no link between owning a feline and exhibiting psychotic symptoms. The University College London findings cast doubt on previous research, which suggested that people who grew up with cats are at a higher risk of mental illness. “The message for cat owners is clear: there is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children’s mental health,” Dr. Francesca Solmi, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “In our study,...
  • How the Earth Moves

    02/21/2017 11:13:34 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | June 13, 2016 | VSauce
    This is a really good video describing precession and how the Earth moves through space. How The Earth Moves
  • Tanzania threat to list gay people

    02/20/2017 6:47:31 AM PST · by tekrat · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2017
    The threat to publish the names of suspected homosexuals in Tanzania has been defended by the deputy health minister in a fierce row on Twitter. Homosexual acts are illegal in the East African nation and punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Those who advertised homosexual activities online would also be targeted, the politician warned. Tweeters accused him of homophobia and infringing on the right to freedom of expression online.
  • Ken Ham — Guardian of True Science

    02/12/2017 12:20:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    The Sensuous Curmudgeon ^ | February 11, 2017 | The Curmudgeon
    Creationists don’t like The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 13,000 Christian clergymen. Here’s the Wikipedia article on it: Clergy Letter Project. The Project is exceedingly troublesome for creationists because it flatly contradicts their claim that one can’t be a good Christian and also accept evolution. When we say the Clergy Letter is a strong statement, we’re not exaggerating. Part of it says: We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this...
  • Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

    02/11/2017 9:59:04 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 24 replies
    Neuroscience News ^ | February 10, 2017
    New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease Because our gut bacteria have a major impact on how we feel through the interaction between the immune system, the intestinal mucosa and our diet, the composition of the gut microbiota is of great interest to research on diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Exactly how our gut microbiota composition is composed depends on which bacteria we receive at birth, our...
  • Is the Gateway Arch a Parabola?

    02/09/2017 9:11:59 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 55 replies
    IntMath.com ^ | 06-May-2010 | Murray Bourne
    The Gateway Arch in St Loius, Mo., USA, is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The shape of the arch certainly looks like a parabola, but is it?
  • Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data

    02/05/2017 7:28:01 AM PST · by wastedyears · 33 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 2/4/2017 (updated 2/5/2017) | David Rose
    The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Army researchers work with Marine mechanics on 3-D printing hydraulics

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- For Marine Corps aviators, hydraulics are critical part of performing all the heavy lifting required during aircraft operations. Marine Cpl. Habtamu Sharew and Lance Cpl. Juan Herreragonzalez know that better than anyone. The two are hydraulic mechanics from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. They work specifically on the hydraulics systems. Not long ago, they entered their idea for streamlining hydraulic line maintenance into the 2016 Marine Corps Logistic Innovation Challenge. Out of more than 300 entries, theirs was chosen as one of 18 to move to the next step. That brought...
  • Scientists Can Now 3D Print Transplantable Skin

    01/29/2017 6:51:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | January 29, 2017
    Today we can print human skin. Soon we may be able to print human organs. A new item has just been added to the list of things that can be 3D printed: human skin. This is what researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in Spain have recently demonstrated. With a 3D printer that uses special ink composed of human cells, they were able to create human skin that looks and behaves like real skin — with a dermis and an epidermis, able to produce collagen and react like real skin does to tests done. This artificially created...
  • 314Action.org - a new front for the Democrat party?

    01/28/2017 6:02:43 PM PST · by nickwalker · 4 replies
    The Nick Walker Blog ^ | 1/28/2017 | Nick Walker
    Earlier today, I went over the gun violence page on 314 Action.org and showed that two paragraphs were copied verbatim from other sources. Little did I realize, that was just the tip of the melting iceberg! (Note: while compiling this post, 314 Action took down their Issues page in a desperate attempt to hide their plagiarism. But I saved everything and will discuss the changes below.) Two paragraphs on their climate change page were lifted from a 2007 Climate Change and National Security Report by Joshua W. Busby.
  • Scientists' March on Washington The responsible application of science to government What is the M

    01/28/2017 9:35:15 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Scientists' March on Washington ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2017 | Scientists' March on WashingtonSMW
    Welcome! We want to thank you all for your incredible outpouring of support for this march. We are working to schedule a March for Science on DC and across the United States. We have not settled on a date yet but will do so as quickly as possible and announce it here. Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as...
  • Science Fact Swallows Science Fiction

    01/26/2017 9:48:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/17 | Dr. Robert Owens
    I began working in what I call Writing Mode which is where I go when consumed with the writing of a new book Not too long ago, I began a science fiction novel, which has always been a dream of mine, and since I finally broke through the fiction wall last year with my book, America’s Trojan War, I thought it was time. I even had a plot that had been rattling around in my mind for years. I began working in what I call Writing Mode, which is where I go when consumed with the writing of a new...
  • WASHINGTON POST DISGRACES ITSELF

    01/19/2017 6:32:28 AM PST · by safetysign · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | 01/18/2017 | Stephen Hayward
    Normally I’m able to keep my equanimity in the face of the relentless stupidity of the media and even academia, but once in a while something sets me to full boil. Such as this headline and story in the Washington Post, which is beyond a disgrace even for the worst of the comPosters: David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser By Sarah Kaplan Now let’s pause and note that reporters are not responsible for headlines, so for the moment we should only say that the Post headline writer should be fired first thing tomorrow...
  • Tiny Moth Named for President-Elect Donald Trump

    01/17/2017 7:56:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Mindy Weisberger, Live Science
    A miniscule moth with a wingspan of just 0.4 inches is the first species to be named for the soon-to-be president of the United States, Donald Trump. Yellow and white scales topping the moth's head resemble Trump's signature hairstyle, inspiring the name Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, wrote evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari, a researcher from Ottowa, Canada, in a new study. The moth's habitat extends from Southern California in the U.S. through Baja California in Mexico. The wall that the president-elect has proposed building along the border between the two countries could divide that stretch. Nazari discovered the new species while examining moth...
  • Proteins that reprogram cells can turn back mice’s aging clock

    01/15/2017 7:05:24 AM PST · by combat_boots · 32 replies
    Science News ^ | December 15, 2016 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Treatment increased life spans of prematurely aging rodents Magazine issue: Vol. 191, No. 1, January 21, 2017, p. 6 Four proteins that can transform adult cells into embryonic-like ones can also turn back the aging clock, a new study in mice suggests. Partial reprogramming of cells within prematurely aging mice’s bodies extended the rodents’ average life span from 18 weeks to 24 weeks, researchers report December 15 in Cell. Normal mice saw benefits, too: Muscles and pancreas cells healed better in middle-aged mice that got rejuvenation treatments than in mice that did not. The experiment could be evidence that epigenetic...
  • Russia’s police dog cloning program has run into a few, er… snags

    01/14/2017 5:10:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    In case you thought that everything Vladimir Putin’s boys attempt turns to solid gold these days, we’ve found at least one exception to the rule. This story popped up in one of those “weird news of the week” summaries last year and I didn’t pay too much attention to it. The Telegraph in the UK picked it up, however. The Russians were looking to upgrade their ability to sniff out terrorism (literally) and were receiving a gift of three very special police dogs who were trained to detect drugs and bombs. The reason they were so special is that they...
  • US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

    01/11/2017 7:03:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    .nature.com ^ | 11 January 2017 | Erin Ross
    The plan allows scientists to publicly state their opinions on science and policy, as long as they make clear that they are not speaking for the government. It requires researchers to notify their supervisors if they speak to the media or publish their findings, but does not require them to seek approval for such activities. “It makes it absolutely clear that notification is the only thing required,” says Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “The tenor of the entire policy seems to be full bore about giving scientists and technical people the complete freedom...
  • Shigella in gay men growing more antibiotic resistant

    01/11/2017 6:40:59 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 66 replies
    CIDRAP ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Chris Dall
    Rise of drug resistance in MSM Shigellosis is a common diarrheal disease caused by Shigella bacteria, which is highly contagious and is passed through a fecal-oral route. Shigella infection often occurs from eating food contaminated by people with shigellosis, and is associated with travel to disease-endemic areas, crowding, poverty, and attendance at daycare centers. But Shigella infections can also be spread through oral-anal sex, and research indicates men who have sex with men (MSM) are more likely than the general adult population to acquire shigellosis. Of even greater concern, a recent study from the CDC detailed evidence of rising resistance...
  • An Author's look into the future: Economic models are changing. We must deal with it.

    01/10/2017 7:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Into the future By Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany I just went to the Singularity University summit. Here are the key points I gathered. Rise and Fall: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they were bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras...
  • The Stunning Deceit and Ignorance of the “Champions of Science”

    01/08/2017 7:16:01 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 5 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 1/8/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Time and again the American left—led by the mainstream media, Hollywood elite, and the Democrat Party—lectures us about the ignorance of conservatives, Christians, and anyone else who isn’t devoted to a “progressive” (amazing how regressive is “progressivism”) worldview. With their talk shows, columns, commercials, movies, sitcoms, roundtables, protests, Facebook posts, tweets, and the like, liberals unashamedly, repeatedly, and without hesitation (and often without much thought) denigrate those with whom they disagree. Yet, time and again, as they preach their philosophy and live out their “faith,” it is liberals who are stubbornly hindered by the facts of science and morality. Examples...
  • 100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering

    12/28/2016 11:05:42 AM PST · by Rockitz · 51 replies
    RealClimateScience.com ^ | 28 December 2016 | Tony Heller
    Climate Central just ran this piece, which the Washington Post picked up on. They claimed the US was “overwhelmingly hot” in 2016, and temperatures have risen 1,5°F since the 19th century. The first problem with their analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95°F, compared with the long term average of 4.9%. Climate Central is conflating mild temperatures with hot ones. They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5°F since the 19th century, which is what NOAA...
  • Conversations With An Astrophysicist - Fast Radio Bursts

    12/28/2016 6:25:39 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 54 replies
    KnowTheCosmos ^ | 13 February 2015 | Scott Lewis
    Who doesn't love a good mystery story? What happens when that story is 5 milliseconds long and comes from a place millions of light-years away? This episode of _Conversations with an Astrophysicist_ Dr. +Katie Mack and +Scott Lewis dig into the mysterious *Fast Radio Bursts* that have been observed over the past few years. Astronomers are still seeking out the source of what these seemingly random blasts of radio light, but Katie & Scott are on the case to discuss what we know, and hopefully narrow it down a bit.
  • The Real War on Science

    12/26/2016 5:53:08 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    city journal dot org ^ | 2016 | Tierney
    NOTE: not a duplicate post. The other one sent you to someone's blog instead of to the actual source as was done here. My liberal friends sometimes ask me why I don’t devote more of my science journalism to the sins of the Right. It’s fine to expose pseudoscience on the left, they say, but why aren’t you an equal-opportunity debunker? Why not write about conservatives’ threat to science? My friends don’t like my answer: because there isn’t much to write about. Conservatives just don’t have that much impact on science. I know that sounds strange to Democrats who decry...
  • THE SOLAR WIND CONTINUES TO BLOW: For the third day in a row

    12/24/2016 7:55:41 AM PST · by tired&retired · 27 replies
    spaceweather.com/ ^ | Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 | spaceweather.com
    THE SOLAR WIND CONTINUES TO BLOW: For the third day in a row, Earth is inside a stream of solar wind blowing out of a large hole in the sun's atmosphere. This is causing magnetic unrest and bright auroras around the poles. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Dec. 24th. WHITE AURORAS? Auroras are usually green. Occasionally, other colors appear: red, purple, blue. One color that never shows itself, however, is white--that is, not until last night. "I saw white auroras over Tromsř, Norway!" reports veteran observer Markus Varik.
  • The Warmist thumb on the scale at the Department of Energy

    12/21/2016 7:29:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jack Hellner
    The Obama administration fired a scientist, intimidated staff at the Department of Energy, and allegedly ordered officials to obstruct Congress – all in order to push its climate change agenda, a House committee report asserted. The Washington Free Beacon detailed Tuesday a report released by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, charged senior Obama administration officials retaliated against the scientist, Dr. Noelle Getting, who was manager of a radiation research program, and devised ways to block a congressional inquiry into the radiation research. "Instead of providing the type of scientific...
  • House GOP accuses Energy Dept. of political intimidation

    12/22/2016 8:02:58 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 12/20/2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The administration fired an employee for telling the truth to Congress, GOP lawmakers charged Tuesday, saying political appointees at the Energy Department were upset the woman backed a radiation program popular on Capitol Hill but which the department had planned to ax. Energy officials had hoped to cannibalize the money to fund global warming research... Dr. Metting was fired soon after the Oct. 16, 2014, briefing she delivered, and the House Science Committee says it has obtained documents showing the administration was upset at her for straying from pre-approved talking points. Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said a questionnaire from...
  • Onward marches the Great Pause Global temperature update

    12/18/2016 2:30:55 AM PST · by Candor7 · 23 replies
    Lord Monkton Foundation ^ | recently | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Since October 1996 there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1 ){see at link]. This month’s RSS temperature plot push es up the period without any global warming from 18 years 1 month to 18 years 2 months (indeed, very nearly 18 years 3 months) . Will this devastating chart be display ed anywhere at the Lima conference? Don’t bet on it. Figure 1 . The least - squares linear - regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset shows no globa l warming for 18 years 2 month s since October 1996....
  • 2,000 Year Old Seed Sprouts Into Full-Grown Palm Tree In Israel

    12/16/2016 7:37:46 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 12/16/16 | Gary
    Another incredible sign of the times: Methuselah Tree in 2016 with Dr. Elaine Solowey In the 1960s archaeologists in Israel unearthed ancient pottery from Masada containing 2,000 year old seeds from a date palm - in other words seeds from around the time Christ first walked the earth.  The seeds remained in containment until 2005 when an expert desert agriculturalist successfully germinated one of the seeds, naming the growing palm tree "Methuselah". Here is Methuselah in 2008 at three years of age: Fast-forward to today and Methuselah is now well over ten feet tall, standing proud in southern Israel, and...
  • Three-year-olds can be identified as criminals of the future

    12/13/2016 5:47:05 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies
    The Times UK ^ | 13 Dec 16 | Tom Whipple
    People who will commit most crime can be predicted by looking at deprivation and brain health in childrenA fifth of the population is responsible for four fifths of crime, two fifths of obesity, three quarters of fatherless families and for claiming two thirds of benefits. What’s more, scientists say, you can identify this troublesome group at the age of three. A 45-minute test rating children on IQ and self-control, combined with information about deprivation and maltreatment, allowed researchers to predict “with considerable accuracy” which would go on to be the greatest burden on the state. The 38-year study may be...
  • India-Israel science and innovation pact

    12/06/2016 6:49:25 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16
    Science Minister Ofer Akunis signed a new agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and innovation with India while on a visit there. The agreement calls for each of the two countries to budget a million dollars in 2017 for mutual research projects. There will also be joint initiatives...
  • French school pupils ranked 'worst at maths' in all of EU

    11/29/2016 4:31:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 29 Nov 2016 15:44 GMT+01:00
    French school children have seriously under performed in an international maths and science testing, according to a new report. […] The study, carried out by education research group TIMSS, revealed that French 10-year-olds were bottom of the class in Europe when it comes to maths, and second last to Cyprus in science. In math, the French students finished the test with an average score of 488, below the EU average of 527 (the international average was weighted at 500). Some 13 percent of these French children didn’t reach the score of 400, a fact the Education Minister said showed that...
  • Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul

    11/26/2016 6:19:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    Science News ^ | November 4, 2016 | Tom Siegfried
    Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul by Tom Siegfried 3:37pm, November 4, 2016 Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg says current debates suggest need for new approach to comprehend reality SAN ANTONIO ? Quantum mechanics is science’s equivalent of political polarization. Voters either take sides and argue with each other endlessly, or stay home and accept politics as it is. Physicists either just accept quantum mechanics and do their calculations, or take sides in the never-ending debate over what quantum mechanics is actually saying about reality. Steven Weinberg used to be happy with quantum mechanics as it is and didn’t worry...
  • LIVING ROBOT with 'HUMAN BRAIN' close to creation as super AI computer around the corner

    11/26/2016 10:07:07 AM PST · by DFG · 35 replies
    Express UK ^ | 11/26/2016 | Joey Millar
    Engineers at the University of Massachusetts are developing microprocessors which mimic biological synapses - the nerve cells which pass messages across the human body. The science fiction-style project is being undertaken by Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia, professors of electrical and computer engineering at the US college. Their work focuses heavily on memristors - a computer component which could change science forever, switching the focus from electronics to ionics.
  • Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

    11/25/2016 4:11:06 PM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 17, 2016 | Avery Thompson
    Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect. The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.
  • Blood from human teens rejuvenates body and brains of old mice

    11/24/2016 10:51:35 AM PST · by moose07 · 52 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 15 November 2016 | Jessica Hamzelou
    Blood plasma from young people has been found to rejuvenate old mice, improving their memory, cognition, and physical activity. The method has the potential to be developed into a treatment for people, says Sakura Minami of Alkahest, the company behind the work. Previous research has found that stitching old and young mice together has an interesting effect. While sharing a blood system works out well for the older mouse, the younger one isn’t so lucky. The young animals started to show signs of brain ageing, while the brains of the older mice started to look younger. “We see a rejuvenation...
  • Walgreen's $140 Million Lawsuit Shows Theranos Is Way Worse Than We Thought

    11/23/2016 11:10:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    Thrill List ^ | 11/23/2016, 2:58 PM | By Christina Stiehl
    <p>Theranos, the biotech company started by a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, has another hurdle to cross in its whole "we're totally a legit blood-testing company" campaign. This time, it turns out that tens of thousands of blood tests were voided, making them totally invalid. Whoops!</p>
  • The Real War on Science

    11/23/2016 7:38:54 PM PST · by tbw2 · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn, 2016 | John Tierney
    The Real War on Science: The Left has done far more than the Right to set back progress.
  • Theranos's Insane Campaign To Punish Whistleblower, Who Happened To Be Famous Boardmember's Grandson

    11/21/2016 7:48:00 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | Mon, Nov 21st 2016 5:13pm | by Mike Masnick
    We haven't really written much about the insane Theranos scandal, though we discussed it on our podcast. The whole story is pretty crazy -- involving a heavily hyped up company that appeared to basically be flat out lying to everyone about what it could do. The company still exists, but barely. The company's founder and CEO, who was plastered across magazine covers and compared frequently to Steve Jobs, has been banned from running a lab for two years, and the company is now facing a $140 million lawsuit from its biggest partner, Walgreens, who claims that Theranos repeatedly lied to...
  • Doctor: Treatment Using Maggots Saves Lives, Limbs and Money

    11/19/2016 8:13:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    KHOU ^ | November 11, 2016 | Shern-Min Chow,
    Sometimes ancient remedies are the best, even if they make you a little squeamish. Maggots are being used again but in a new way: to save lives, limbs and money. Some doctors think the larvae could revolutionize wound care, which costs $10 to 15 billion a year in the U.S. It’s a problem that will grow, with our growing diabetes population. On the Ca-Hil farm out in the small town of Wild Peach in Brazoria County, it is another day. Owner Randy Harang is prepping the fields to bale hay, but for the 59-year-old, it is not just business as...
  • Theranos and David Boies Cut Legal Ties

    11/19/2016 12:07:29 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 7:12 p.m. ET | By John Carreyrou
    Litigator David Boies and the law firm he founded, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, have stopped doing legal work for Theranos Inc. after disagreeing about the strategy for handling ongoing government investigations of the blood-testing company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Boies, 75 years old, has been one of the country’s best-known litigators since the late 1990s. He became Theranos’s outside counsel after being approached in 2011 by two investors in the Palo Alto, Calif., startup. He fiercely defended Theranos against questions about its technology and operations. Those efforts included threatening to take legal action against The...
  • Theranos and David Boies Cut Legal Ties

    11/18/2016 11:53:04 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 7:12 p.m. ET | By John Carreyrou
    Litigator David Boies and the law firm he founded, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, have stopped doing legal work for Theranos Inc. after disagreeing about the strategy for handling ongoing government investigations of the blood-testing company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Boies, 75 years old, has been one of the country’s best-known litigators since the late 1990s. He became Theranos’s outside counsel after being approached in 2011 by two investors in the Palo Alto, Calif., startup. He fiercely defended Theranos against questions about its technology and operations. Those efforts included threatening to take legal action against The...
  • Why is Elizabeth Holmes still leading Theranos?

    11/18/2016 11:38:20 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | Nov 18, 2016, 1:40pm PST | Ron Leuty Reporter San Francisco Business Times
    It's worth asking why Elizabeth Holmes is still leading the embattled blood testing company Theranos Inc. But there may be a good reason why she still is in charge, one that has little to do with the scandal-ridden company's performance to date. Forget what venture capitalist Tim Draper — one of the first to invest in the Palo Alto company — implied this week that Holmes is being attacked because she's a young, female entrepreneur. The simple fact is that Theranos has not been able to deliver on its technology from a commercial, scientific or regulatory standpoint, and that falls...
  • Breakthrough for DNA-editing: US team discovers 'holy grail' to fix genes to cure incurable diseases

    11/18/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2016 | Mia De Graaf
    * Salk Institute scientists have used new technique to cure rats' blindness * It is the first time anyone has edited DNA in eyes, heart, brain or liver * These organs' cells rarely divide, making them very difficult to penetrate * So far the most advanced method is called CRISPR, which can edit skin and gut genes - it was tested yesterday by Chinese scientists * But Salk's study has been hailed as biggest leap in DNA research to date Scientists have discovered how to edit DNA to repair 'broken genes' to cure incurable diseases - and potentially extend human...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Tells All On Intimidation And Coercion Tactics Employed To Silence Him

    11/18/2016 12:05:55 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Nov 17, 2016 7:20 PM | by Tyler Durden
    2016 has not been too kind to Elizabeth Holmes, the Steve-Jobs wannabe in charge of fraudulent Theranos. She has thus far been banned for 2 years from operating labs, removed from hosting fundraisers for Hillary and lost her entire net worth. And now, the Wall Street Journal has published the "tell-all" story of the whistle-blower, 26 year old Tyler Shultz, who brought the the whole Theranos farce crashing down. It's a sordid tale complete with all the expected twists and turns of a Jason Bourne thriller including intimidation, coercion and private detectives. Tyler Shultz is the grandson of George Shultz,...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—And His Family

    11/16/2016 6:06:29 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16 2016 | By John Carreyrou
    After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks. The reply was withering. Ms. Holmes forwarded the email to Theranos President Sunny Balwani, who belittled Mr. Shultz’s grasp of basic mathematics and his knowledge of laboratory science, and then took a swipe at his relationship with George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. “The only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this...
  • What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science

    11/10/2016 10:38:39 AM PST · by fishtank · 16 replies
    http://crev.info ^ | 11-9-16 | David Coppedge
    What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science Editorial: a rising tide of economic prosperity could lift science, too, as long as it is honest science serving the citizenry. The morning after Donald Trump’s historic upset, his opponents in Big Science are strangely silent. They may be in shock. Some science news sites, like the BBC News, are panicking, worried what this will mean for global warming treaties. One guy on The Conversation is blaming Twitter bots for the victory. Mike Wall on Space.com is already telling Trump what he needs to do for space science. Science reporters will be...
  • Is Modern Feminism Incompatible with Science?

    10/27/2016 3:30:21 AM PDT · by Az Joe · 6 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 10.26.2016 | Alex Berezow
    Ideology is a double-edged sword. Dedication to a set of beliefs can be admirable, but when it leads to inflexibility and obstinance in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it is a dangerous thing.