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Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules: After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming.
NBER paper: Experiment shoots 3D Virtual Reality videos of court trials, and assigns law students and lawyers to watch the videos. For some viewers, the race of the defendant has been altered to Middle Eastern. Experiment finds an overall racial bias in conviction decisions against minorities.
Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder - internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public.
Astronomers say a nearby supernova may have blasted Earth with high-energy muons some 2.6 million years ago, potentially causing the mass extinction that killed off the Megalodon (a shark up to 20 times as heavy as the Great White) and increased the cancer rate in human-sized animals by about 50%.
China introduces ‘social’ punishments for scientific misconduct - Offending researchers could face restrictions on jobs, loans and business opportunities under a system tied to the controversial social credit policy.
‘Transmissible’ Alzheimer’s theory gains traction Mouse tests confirm that sticky proteins associated with degenerative brain diseases can be transferred — but researchers say risks for humans are likely to be minimal.
EPA adviser casts doubt on science linking pollution to health problems - Comments by science review board chairman add weight to fears that Trump administration is aiming to discredit research to justify scrapping regulations
MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA.
After 30 Years Studying Climate, Scientist Declares: "I've Never Been as Worried as I Am Today". And colleague says "global warming" no longer strong enough term. "Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet."
Rice embryogenic trigger redirected for asexual propagation: Hybrid crops provide increased yields that cannot be maintained [due] to genetic segregation. This work establishes the feasibility of asexual reproduction in crops, and could enable the maintenance of hybrids clonally
Satellite images of penguin poop-stains in Antarctica have uncovered a massive, previously unknown population of Adélie penguins (1.5 million of them) living on the Danger Islands, which are located at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and are surrounded by treacherous seas.
Trump team advocates burning fossil fuels, even as U.S. scientists sound alarm on melting Arctic: “The Arctic is shouting that something needs to be done," said Rafe Pomerance, chairman of Arctic 21.
$125 million gift from Microsoft co-founder launches new institute to probe immune system - With the recent explosion in immune-based therapies such as checkpoint inhibitors for treating cancer, it might seem that scientists have the immune system figured out. But these drugs aren’t the norm.
Large restaurant portions a global problem - "Examination of popular meals in full service and fast food restaurants in five countries reveals large number of highly caloric options, possible contributor to global obesity"
Physical activity in the evening does not cause sleep problems - "Contrary to popular belief, there is no reason to avoid exercising in the evening, an analysis of the scientific literature has revealed."
A devastating report details a 'monumental' assault on science at the Department of the Interior - Among the up-is-down practices of the Trump administration, one of the most dangerous and disturbing is its habit of turning America’s leading science agencies into hives of anti-science policymaking.
Increased Motor Activity Linked to Improved Mood - "Study suggests that increasing motor activity during the day is associated with improved spirits for healthy people, and even more so for people with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder."
P.J. Capelotti from Penn State University Abington talks about his new book, Adventures in Archaeology, on the curious and peculiar ways humankind has marked the archaeological landscape in recent times.
What social stress in monkeys can tell us about human health - "A University of Washington-led study found that social status in rhesus macaques affected how the animals responded to stress."
The "Organs on a Chip" experiment just sent a few dozen tissue chips (networks of cells that mimic human organs) to the space station to study bone loss, muscle deterioration, and the blood-brain barrier.
Review Confirms Food Cravings Can Be Reduced - "An examination of 28 current peer-reviewed scientific studies largely substantiates findings that changes in diet, prescription medications, physical activity and bariatric surgery reduce craving"