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Dec 7, 2023

British Columbia’s carbon pricing has led to cleaner air: study

Posted by in category: health

As Canadian politicians continue an intense debate over emissions policies, a new study has found that the country’s carbon pricing scheme in British Columbia has a health benefit: Air in the Pacific province is now cleaner to breathe.

British Columbia (BC) introduced a carbon tax in 2008.

Dec 7, 2023

PFAS exposure linked to decreased bone health in adolescents and young adults

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, food, health

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), manufactured chemicals used in products such as food packaging and cosmetics, can lead to reproductive problems, increased cancer risk and other health issues. A growing body of research has also linked the chemicals to lower bone mineral density, which can lead to osteoporosis and other bone diseases. But most of those studies have focused on older, non-Hispanic white participants and only collected data at a single point in time.

Now, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC have replicated those results in a of two groups of young participants, primarily Hispanics, a group that faces a heightened risk of disease in adulthood.

“This is a population completely understudied in this area of research, despite having an increased risk for bone disease and osteoporosis,” said Vaia Lida Chatzi, MD, Ph.D., a professor of population and public health sciences at the Keck School of Medicine and the study’s senior author.

Dec 7, 2023

#BuildFor2030: Empowering an inclusive and accessible world

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

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Dec 7, 2023

Coming Into the Fold: DNA Origami

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, nanotechnology

In 2006, Paul Rothemund transformed the field of DNA nanotechnology when he unveiled an innovative approach for making shapes and patterns from genetic material.

Dec 7, 2023

Consciousness: Not just a problem for philosophers

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Consciousness isn’t just a problem for philosophers. On this episode of Dispatches, Kmele sat down with scientists, a mathematician, a spiritual leader, and an entrepreneur, all trying to get to the heart of “the feeling of life itself.”

Dec 7, 2023

Gigantic ‘hole’ in the sun wider than 60 Earths is spewing superfast solar wind right at us

Posted by in category: futurism

An enormous dark hole has opened up in the sun’s surface and is spewing powerful streams of unusually fast radiation, known as solar wind, right at Earth. The size and orientation of the temporary gap, which is wider than 60 Earths, is unprecedented at this stage of the solar cycle, scientists say.

The giant dark patch on the sun, known as a coronal hole, took shape near the sun’s equator on Dec. 2 and reached its maximum width of around 497,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) within 24 hours, reported. Since Dec. 4, the solar void has been pointing directly at Earth.

Experts initially predicted this most recent hole could spark a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm, which could trigger radio blackouts and strong auroral displays for the next few days. However, the solar wind has been less intense than expected, so the resulting storm has only been weak (G1) so far, according to But auroras are still possible at high latitudes.

Dec 6, 2023

Oops! 23andMe Admits Hackers Stole 7 Million Customers’ Genetic Data

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

On the internet, nothing is safe — not even your DNA, apparently.

That’s the dystopian lesson from the commercial genetic testing company 23andMe, which disclosed on Friday in a regulatory filing that hackers managed to access information on about 14,000 users or 0.1 percent of its customer user base.

But the problem goes beyond this relatively small number of people. Because the website allows users to share DNA information with other users in order to find relatives, the true number impacted is orders of magnitude larger — with about 6.9 million customers having their personal information compromised, according to TechCrunch. Big yikes on that figure, because it affects something like half of the 14 million users at 23andMe.

Dec 6, 2023

Tiny brain structure’s huge role in a human’s of physical self

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers find the brain structure is crucial for informing us where are bodies are and what they’re doing.

Dec 6, 2023

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Dec 6, 2023

Elon Musk Never Considered That Dangerous AI On Earth Could Follow Him To Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space travel

Elon was left “speechless” when confronted with the possibility that AI could follow humans to another planet.

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