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Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

SEATTLE (AP) — Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss. The study tracked about 20,000 severely...

 

Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition

SHANGHAI (AP) — It's now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes...

 

NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The NASA astronaut who survived last week's failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm. Air Force Col. Nick Hague on Tuesday described the closest call of his career: His space capsule violently ripp...

 

New Pompeii discovery shifts date of Mount Vesuvius eruption

ROME (AP) — New excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded a truly historic find: a charcoal inscription apparently dating the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to October of A.D. 79, two months later than originally thought. Culture...

 

Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Humans aren’t the only people in society – at least according to the law. In the U.S., corporations have been...

 

2018 Nobel Prize for chemistry goes to scientists who learned to 'hack' evolution in the lab

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The three 2018 Nobel Prize winners for chemistry were recognized for inventing fast and reliable methods for...

 

Guatemala volcano spews ash months after deadly eruption

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Volcano of Fire is spewing ash just months after an eruption killed at least 110 people. The country's seismology and volcanology institute said Saturday that hot lava is spilling from the crater and flowing toward a...

 

Scientists to study red tide impact on humans

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Scientists are studying whether red tide exposure impacts human health. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are taking take nasal swabs, blood and urine looking for traces of...

 

Earth lessons: SEED garden helps kids 'grow' smarter

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — If you've never caught sight of a garden fairy, some of the children at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville might tell you what they look like. They can have carrot legs, arms made of sugar snap pea pods, a cauliflower...

 

How vaccination is helping to prevent another flu pandemic

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Researchers believe that over 50 million people worldwide died in the 1918 flu pandemic, making it possibly worse...

 

How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Gerardo Chowell, Georgia State University; Cecile Viboud, National Institutes of Health, and Lone Simonsen, Roskilde University (THE...

 

Influenza's wild origins in the animals around us

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In the early 20th century, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. Epidemics erupted with little warning,...

 

You (and most of the millions of holiday travelers you encounter) are washing your hands wrong

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) For my fourth-grade science fair project, I tested different soaps to see which ones were the most effective at keepi...

 

Why it's your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Seasonal influenza is a major global health concern. Worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in three to five mi...

 

What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Every year, from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the United States will become infected with influenza virus. An...

 

Flu lasts for more than an hour in air and on surfaces – why cleaning can really help

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Seema Lakdawala, University of Pittsburgh and Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech (THE CONVERSATION) Influenza, or flu, viruses cause about...

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. His death was...

 

Report: Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, look after cat

LONDON (AP) — Ecuador has formally ordered Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests if he wants to be reconnected to the internet, according to a memo published in a local media outlet Monday. The nine-page...

 

Trump may not know what's behind warming, but scientists do

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite what President Donald Trump says, scientists have long known that what's warming the planet isn't natural. It's us. They even have the energy balance sheets accounting for changes in the climate to prove it. President...

 

Meet the trillions of viruses that make up your virome

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David Pride, University of California San Diego and Chandrabali Ghose, The Rockefeller University (THE CONVERSATION) Leer en español....

 

NASA X-ray Space Telescope back online after brief shutdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — One of NASA's space telescopes is back in business after a two-day shutdown. NASA said Monday that the Chandra X-ray Observatory came back online Friday. Chandra's trouble occurred less than a week after the Hubble...

 

In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world. The words of the scientist, who died in March at 76, were broadcast at a London launch event for his...

 

Study: DNA websites cast broad net for identifying people

NEW YORK (AP) — About 60 percent of the U.S. population with European heritage may be identifiable from their DNA by searching consumer websites, even if they've never made their own genetic information available, a study estimates. And that...

 

There are many types of obesity – which one matters to your health

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Our society seems to have accepted that gaining weight is an inevitable consequence of growing up in a place with eas...

 

Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14...

 

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