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Nov 16
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Diseases Detectable by Canine

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Diseases Detectable by Canine

Long known for their keen sense of smell, dogs are now being investigated and trained as sleuths capable of sniffing out diseases more accurately than can traditional testing methods.

A few advances in this area, courtesy of the Guardian newspaper of London:

  • Prostate cancer: Three years ago, researchers from Italy declared that they had succeeded in training a pair of German shepherds to pick up on chemicals connected to prostate cancer that could be found in urine samples. The mutts turned out to have an accuracy rate of 90 per cent -- when even the usual PSA blood test is lacking in screening reliability.
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Nov 15
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Team Questions Ethics of Genetic Editing

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Team Questions Ethics of Genetic Editing

As scientists across the globe continue to experiment with gene editing, a new article in Science calls for regulation to make sure the risks are clear. With so much uncertainty surrounding the technology, one Yale researcher-led team feels that it’s important that a governing committee evaluate the risks to local communities as a result.

Currently in Burkino Faso, for example, the government is looking at potentially editing the genes of mosquitos and using them to fight the spread of malaria. Although it can help eradicate a serious problem temporarily, researchers believe that altering mosquito genes could change the species permanently, which could have serious long-term repercussions.

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Nov 14
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

A Watch for Every Millionaire

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A Watch for Every Millionaire

Or, more specifically, every Bitcoin millionaire.

Hublot, a luxury makers of watches based in Switzerland, has decided to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper by Satoshi Nakamoto by creating a new chronometer that's about as high tech-looking as they come.

The Big Bang Meca-10 P2P includes a polished and micro blasted ceramic case and a dial that permits the innards of the watch to be viewed at a glance. The automatic movement, says Mashable, has been borrowed from the Hublot HUB 1201, and boasts a power reserve of 10 days.

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Nov 13
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Hot Coffee Better Than Cold for Improved Health, Study Finds

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Hot Coffee Better Than Cold for Improved Health, Study Finds

In recent years, consumers have learned quite a bit about the surprising health benefits of coffee. But as cold-brew coffee has become more popular, it hasn’t been clear whether those benefits applied to the beverage no matter what the temperature. The same basic ingredients are present in both iced and hot coffee, but they each have their own unique health benefits.

A new study suggests that hot coffee is actually better for the body, since it has higher levels of antioxidants than are found in cold brews. The specific ingredients are called titratable acids, which can lose their potency when combined with certain acids. This could explain the higher levels found in hot coffee than in their cooler counterparts.

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Nov 12
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

The End for Campbell’s Soup?

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The End for Campbells Soup?

A battle to control the 149-year-old Campbell Soup Company has spilled into the courtroom from the boardroom. When the dust finally settles, it's hoped that people will still be able to enjoy their favorite canned delight, whether Chicken Noodle or Tomato.

Here's what's behind the fight: Daniel Loeb, described by CNN Business as an "activist investor", and members of the current board currently disagree about the best interests of the company, which has encountered problems ranging from a questionable acquisition to flagging sales to the recent exit of the company's CEO.

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Nov 11
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Does Alkaline Water Really Work?

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Does Alkaline Water Really Work

Celebrities such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and singer Beyoncé proclaim their devotion to the new drink fad. But experts aren't so sure.

The trendy beverage, which contains an elevated pH level when compared to the majority of normal tap and bottled waters, has been credited by its users for everything from intensifying personal focus to curing hangovers to enhancing skin quality. And beverage companies have clearly taken note -- one report indicates that alkaline water has grown to a $400-million-plus business in 2017 from a mere $47-million one in 2014.

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Nov 10
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Treating the Increasing Weight Epidemic

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Treating the Increasing Weight Epidemic

The battle to stay thin is nothing new. In fact, for decades, the diet industry has catered to the many people who want to achieve the societal definition of “thin.” That means something different in the 21st century than it did in the early to mid-1900s, though, leading experts to try to define terms like “overweight” and “obese.”

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