A new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences takes stock of 20 years of travel data from Major League Baseball teams with an intriguing conclusion: Jet lag effects were largely evident after eastward travel with very limited effects after westward travel. The study considered 46,535 games, from 1992 to 2011, narrowing it down to games in which instances of east-west jet lag of at least two hours would be present for one of the teamsso about 5,000 games qualified. While we can only guess as to how normal humans stack up against baseball players in prime athletic shape in our resilience to jet lag, this is one more piece of scientific evidence in favor of the understanding that west-east travel goes against the grain of human circadian rhythms.
As jobs-versus-environment clashes go, few issues have been as hard fought and generated as much passion in New Jersey as a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods atop some of the nation's purest drinking water. On Tuesday, a public hearing on building the pipeline was held in Pemberton. With a new Republican administration in power in Washington that is more receptive to fossil-fuel energy projects, the fate of the Pinelands pipeline is sure to be closely watched by national energy and environmental groups.
A virus rarely seen in the United States recently infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois who were working in facilities where pet rats are bred, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Authorities first became aware of the infections when two people in Wisconsin who operated a rat-breeding facility fell ill in December 2016, with one going to the hospital. Both breeders tested positive for Seoul virus, which is part of the Hantavirus family, a group of viruses that typically infect rodents, the CDC said.
If your job is to help humankind explore a new planet, you're probably intelligent and hardworking. And according to Adam Steltzner, who was a lead NASA engineer for the Mars Exploration Curiosity Rover mission, you probably benefit from being a bit ignorant, too. It may be counterintuitive, but a healthy dose of ignorance is crucial when trying to come up with disruptive ideas, the rocket scientist tells Todd Henry on the podcast "The Accidental Creative." Here's why: Experienced professionals "can get stuck in the rut of the past, or the way it worked before," Steltzner says. "However, if you're at the edge of your field, how it's been done before may be a poor indicator of how it should be
Until now, doctors had thought the racial gap was narrowing, given that cervical cancer death rates for black women were dropping. "This is a preventable disease, and women should not be getting it, let alone dying from it," Anne Rositch, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a statement.
A month after retaking control of Palmyra, the Islamic State group (also called ISIS or Daesh) has allegedly committed new destruction and executions in the ancient Syrian city. Two of Palmyra's iconic monuments, the Tetrapylon and the Roman theater, have experienced "significant damage," according to the Cultural Heritage Initiatives (CHI) of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), which obtained new satellite images of the site from DigitalGlobe.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is bolstering its scientific credentials with the acquisition of AI-assisted academic search engine, Meta. On Monday, Mark and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg’s philanthrocpaitalism project announced that it will allow researchers to access the tool for free. Both Zuckerberg and his wife, Chan, previously pledged to donate $3 billion to medical research in order to make their goal a reality.
Detailed images taken by New Horizons spacecraft revealed in new NASA video, showing surface and potential landing on the dwarf planet Pluto
The so-called "high peak power laser" has a 1,000-watt average power output, a benchmark of sustained, high-energy pulses. The device was developed by Britain's Central Laser Facility (CLF) and HiLASE (High average power pulsed laser), a Czech state research and development project. "It is a world record which is important," CLF director John Collier told AFP.
TUCSON, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / January 24, 2017 / WEED, Inc. (BUDZ:OTC Pink) (the "Company" or "WEED"), fka United Mines, Inc., a current non-SEC reporting company, announces its goals for 2017. WEED intends to become a vertically integrated holding company in the "seed to sale" cannabis business through mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture collaborations.
What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today's era of global warming? A group of scientists and academics with the University of Massachusetts and other institutions made that assessment while conducting research about a long-ago calamity in New England that was caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora half a world away in 1815. A cooled climate led to deaths of livestock and changed fish patterns in New England, leaving many people dependent on the mackerel, an edible fish that was less affected than many animals.
The Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines will get a second shot under the Trump administration. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive action that may revive the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Former President Barack Obama rejected the U.S.-to-Canada project in late 2015 on the grounds that it would hurt U.S. efforts to tackle climate change.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is looking to tap the expertise of aerospace experts as it works on developing the high speed transport system known as the hyperloop. HTT says it will set up a research and development center in Toulouse, France which is home to aviation giant Airbus (). The area is great because you have all the suppliers very close to you and talented people, it's a great opportunity," Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT, told CNBC by phone.
Bird flu has been found in a flock of pheasants at a farm in Lancashire, the UK's chief veterinary officer has said. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed on Tuesday (24 January) that the H5N8 strain of avian flu has been discovered in a flock of breeding pheasants in Preston. Defra have said that "a number" of the 10,000 birds in the flock had died due to the disease with the rest of the birds "humanely culled".
People who eat hot red chili peppers may be more likely to live longer, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers found that eating these peppers was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of death, particularly from heart problems or stroke, over the 19-year study period. It's unclear "if actually eating chili peppers is what caused the results, or if simply people who eat chili peppers are more likely to engage in overall healthier lifestyle behaviors," said Keith Ayoob, a nutritionist and associate clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, who was not affiliated with the study.
Bangladesh has begun planting one million palm trees nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by lightning strikes every year, a top official said Tuesday. Experts say the real number was actually much higher, with one independent monitor saying 349 people were killed by lightning strikes in 2016. Many people living in rural areas do not report deaths to the police.
The satellite formerly known as GOES-R (so Prince, right?) has transmitted its first images back to Earth, and they are flooring. From the details on the face of the moon to the incredible resolution of cumulus over the Caribbean, these first pixels portend a sunny future for NOAA’s new GOES-16 satellite. Meteorologists are drooling. This release coincides with the first day of the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting. There are thousands of weather geeks in Seattle this week, and — at least on Monday — they’re all looking at this next-gen satellite imagery. As we’ve written before, GOES-R satellite has six instruments, two of which are weather-related. The Advanced Baseline Imager,
Having apparently taken note of Elon Musk’s plan for a super-fast “Hyperloop” transportation system, engineers in South Korea are now working on their own remarkably similar technology. The Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) recently revealed plans for a near-supersonic “train” that’d be capable of whisking passengers between Seoul and the southern Korean city of Busan 200 miles away in just half an hour.
Jenex would like to report that the development of the working prototype for the patent pending TherOZap™ is progressing well and expected to be completed in 4 to 6 weeks. On December 8 2016, the Company announced the development of its TherOZap™ device utilizing proprietary features would be tested against both the Zika and West Nile Virus. Jenex is now in the final stages of design work which includes technical advances such as the selection of optimal components and form factor.
Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Tuesday that is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China's increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea's missile threat. The Kirameki-2 (kee-RAH-meh-kee 2) satellite was on an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima (tah-neh-GAH-shee-mah) Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite separated from the rocket and entered a designated orbit, the Defense Ministry said.
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have created the most precise timeline of Mayan civilization, offering new insights into the ancient people's downfall. As part of a new survey of Mayan archeological data, researchers analyzed 154 radiocarbon dates at a single site, the Royal Palace of Ceibal, which was burned during the Classic Maya collapse in the 9th century. The newly analyzed dates yielded a more precise chronology, revealing ebbs and flows leading up to the 9th-century collapse. The survey -- soon to be published in the journal PNAS -- also revealed the presence of an earlier, smaller collapse. As shown by the radiocarbon data, the patterns of population size and building construction before
Looking for a little hideaway beneath the waves? Until you find an octopus’s garden, maybe you can make do with a garden tended by a worm. Hediste diversicolor, also known as the common ragworm, is a leggy marine critter about four inches long. It spends
We all occupy a world in which particular places remain important to individuals and societies for thousands of years. The world around these places may alter beyond all recognition, but certain places seem to demand both our attention and physical return for generations. In research we recently published, we suggest that this cultural phenomenon is not unique to modern humans. From at least a quarter of a million years ago, Neanderthal populations can be seen to have persistently and deliberately returned to particular places over tens of thousands of years. This is despite radical climate-driven changes in environment and landscapes. Our study focused on one such site: La Cotte de St Brelade
Of all the treatments that patients use, the ones that benefit patients the least include unneeded antibiotics and dietary supplements, according to a recent survey of U.S. doctors. It is the second of two surveys on high-value care, which is defined as providing treatments to patients that have benefits that outweigh their potential harms and avoid unnecessary costs. "The bottom line: the health care costs are rising," and they're increasing at an unsustainable rate, Dr. Amir Qaseem, the lead author of the paper and chair of ACP’s High Value Care Task Force, told Live Science.
It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time and sent them soaring to the wrong place. The throngs of white birds splashed down in a 50 billion-gallon toxic stew in a former copper mine that is part of the nation's largest Superfund site. The Anaconda Copper Co. mined thousands of miles of tunnels under Butte over a century, finding gold, silver, lead, zinc, manganese and especially copper, and earning the city of 30,000 the nickname "The Richest Hill on Earth." The old mine shafts started flooding when mining there ended in 1982, sending tainted water into the Berkeley Pit.