Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from December 8, 2015

US Life Expectancy Holds Steady; Infant Death Rate Drops

Infant mortality dropped to a record low in the United States in 2014, and mortality rates for several leading causes of death among adults have decreased as well, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When the researchers looked more closely at this drop, analyzing the rates of the 10 leading causes of infant death, they found that the rates remained largely the same from 2013 to 2014. The only significant change was in the rate of deaths from respiratory distress in newborns, which dropped from 13.3 deaths per 100,000 live births to 11.5 infant deaths per 100,000 births, according to the authors of the report.

from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1SNwNlC
via RO Water Filter

Saint West? Kim & Kanye Choose Baby Name That Fits Trend

Though Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West may be trendsetters, in one way, they are swimming with the current. "Kimye," as the couple is often called, have named their newborn son Saint West, who joins older sister North West in the high-profile Kardashian-West clan. "Though some may be scratching their heads at their [Kim and Kanye's] name choice, the name could take off because it actually reflects a growing trend in society," said Laura Wattenberg, the founder of the baby-name website babynamewizard.com and the author of "The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby" (Three Rivers Press, 2013).


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1N9UIKA
via RO Water Filter

KKR wins battle for forensic science firm LGC

By Hannah Brenton LONDON (Reuters) - KKR has won the auction to buy UK forensic sciences group LGC from Bridgepoint, the private equity firm said on Tuesday, after fighting off competition from three other sponsors that also submitted second round bids. KKR fought off bids from rivals EQT, Carlyle Group and CVC. The investment in LGC will be made primarily by the KKR European Fund IV.

from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1XTxHUf
via RO Water Filter

No hiatus in global warming, says IPCC chief

By Nina Chestney PARIS (Reuters) - Global warming has not paused, but more research is needed to understand the level that might cause tipping points, or irreversible damage to the earth's climate system, the chair of the U.N. panel of climate scientists told Reuters on Tuesday. In 2013, the panel reported a slowdown or "hiatus" in warming since about 1998, despite rising man-made emissions of greenhouse gases, heartening skeptics who said the risks of climate change had been exaggerated. However, more recent research by the U.S. ...


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1NEwPfw
via RO Water Filter

Why It's Time to Map the Microbiome (Kavli Roundtable)

Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1Qdf8WN
via RO Water Filter

Friends for Life: How Good Bugs Keep You Healthy (Op-Ed)

Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine Not A Chimp: The Hunt For The Genes That Make Us Human


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1Ngl4Iy
via RO Water Filter

No hiatus in global warming, says IPCC chief

By Nina Chestney PARIS (Reuters) - Global warming has not paused, but more research is needed to understand the level that might cause tipping points, or irreversible damage to the earth's climate system, the chair of the U.N. panel of climate scientists told Reuters on Tuesday. In 2013, the panel reported a slowdown or "hiatus" in warming since about 1998, despite rising man-made emissions of greenhouse gases, heartening sceptics who said the risks of climate change had been exaggerated. "There is no hiatus (in global warming).


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1HSW5OJ
via RO Water Filter

Meet a Hibernating Primate: Vietnam's Slow Loris

Hibernation is well-documented in a number of animal species, and is common across the mammal family tree. Until recently, the only primates known to hibernate were Madagascar lemurs. Researchers conducted the first-ever study of hibernation in pygmy slow lorises (Nycticebus pygmaeus), working with six adult animals at Vietnam's Endangered Primate Rescue Center.


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1QtyoxQ
via RO Water Filter

Laser-Armed Cameras Can 'See' Around Corners

With the help of lasers, cameras can track moving objects hidden around corners, scientists say. Laser scanners are now regularly used to capture 3D images of items. This measurement reveals how far the light pulses have traveled, which can be used to recreate what the objects look like in three dimensions.


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1Qtyq8M
via RO Water Filter

Childhood Allergies Could Signal Heart Disease Risk

Researchers found that kids with such allergies had higher rates of being overweight or obese — risk factors for heart disease — than children who don't have these allergic conditions. The investigators also found that children and teens with asthma or hay fever were twice as likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which are also risk factors for heart disease, according to the study, published today (Dec. 8) in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1XZ3H48
via RO Water Filter

Marijuana Extract May Help Treat Epilepsy, Small Study Suggests

A medicine derived from marijuana may help treat children with severe epilepsy, new studies suggest. In one of the new studies, researchers administered the medicine to 261 people with severe epilepsy for three months. The study included children as young as 4 months and adults as old as 41, but most of the patients in the study were children, whose average age was 11.

from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1PUX4AR
via RO Water Filter

Raytheon's GPS control system is 'a disaster': U.S. Air Force general

General John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, on Tuesday called Raytheon Co's work on a new ground control system for GPS satellites "a disaster," and said the Pentagon would undertake "significant" changes with the company to address the issues. Hyten said he attended a "deep dive" on the program hosted by the Pentagon's chief arms buyer, Frank Kendall, last Friday, and said significant changes were planned to get the program on track.


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1NDL30a
via RO Water Filter

Women in Combat: Physical Differences May Mean Uphill Battle

The Pentagon announced last week that it would open up all positions in the military to women — including combat positions. But in one way, the sex difference is stark: Men are physically stronger than women, on average.


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1NDL5oU
via RO Water Filter

Death by Flatfish: Whales Suffocate After Soles Clog Blowholes

Two long-finned pilot whales died along the Dutch coast last winter after flatfish got stuck in the whales' blowholes and suffocated the giant mammals, a new study finds. Blowhole suffocation due to fish is rare, and the researchers called it a "lose-lose situation," because both the whale and the flatfish, which were common sole (Solea solea), died during the event. It just went wrong," said study lead researcher Lonneke IJsseldijk, a biologist and a faculty member of veterinary medicine at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1NDIMSN
via RO Water Filter

Thunder-Thighed Dinosaurs Arose Quickly from Predecessors

Dinosaurs took less than 5 million years to evolve from their reptile predecessors, the early dinosauromorphs, a new study finds. The finding revamps the time line between the dinosaurs and early dinosauromorphs. Until now, researchers thought that it took at least 10 million to 15 million years for the early dinosauromorphs to evolve into dinosaurs.


from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1lLV3cV
via RO Water Filter

Disease-resistant pigs latest win for gene editing technology

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A British animal genetics firm, working with U.S. scientists, has bred the world's first pigs resistant to a common viral disease, using the hot new technology of gene editing. Genus, which supplies pig and bull semen to farmers worldwide, said on Tuesday it had worked with the University of Missouri to develop pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv). By using precise gene editing, the team from the University of Missouri was able to breed pigs that do not produce a specific protein necessary for the virus to spread in the animals.

from Science News Headlines - Yahoo News http://ift.tt/1lLHIl7
via RO Water Filter