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Scientists have discovered the alarming possibility that rising ocean temperatures may not be the reason coral around the world are dieing off. It could be people's usage of sunscreen.
Reduced social interaction and ultrasonic communication in a mouse model of monogenic heritable autism. WHHAAaaaa? That is the title of the paper that describes how scientists have been able to induce autism in mice. Using the same techniques, they can reverse it. Why would anyone want to induce austism?
Think of autism like Ritalin on crack. Autistic symptoms include hyperfocusing on mundane tasks and not interacting with others (like cats grooming themselves...or doing anything). Being able to induce and then undo autism could increase personal productivity and allow employers to rid their employees of annoying family obligations since they would alienate themselves from everyone.
Papua New Guinean coastal communities are being terrorized by horny crocodiles.
Apparently "the South" stops somewhere around Ocala, FL. While trying to draft the new statewide curriculum for science, several northern Florida counties have protested the teaching of evolution with the EXCLUSION of "other theories". Here's a quote from Ken Hall, a school board member of Madison County:
"I'm a Christian. And I believe I was created by God, and that I didn't come from an amoeba or a monkey."
Pastafarians are expected to support their fundamentalist Christian brethren and insist that along with the inclusion of creationism, Florida include the teaching of the Flying Spagetti Monster.
A new study shows that when people lack connection with other people, they create (in their heads) a human-to-human connection with objects like their pets, car and god. Anthropomorphism. I was almost going to put a pick of Will Smith and his dog from I am Legend, but I would have cried then.
Johns Hopkins had a study/program that had all participating doctors perform a simple 5-step procedure when working with Intravenous stuff. The hypothesis is that by doing these simple procedures, it would reduce the number of infections. The results so far? Infections reduced by 66% resulting in $200 MILLION saved.
So naturally the sponsoring government agency, Office for Human Research Protection, decided to kill the program: "the data gathered in testing it could put not only the patients but also the doctors at risk — by exposing how POORLY some of them follow basic infection-prevention procedures."
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