Floating Egg - Sick Science! #167

50 Years Ago Next in birth control The pill is a sledgehammer approach to contraception.... A second-generation of [drugs] is being designed to do the job without upsetting a woman’s normal cycle of ovulation and menstruation.... A contraceptive administered to the man can be given only for a short time without actually affecting the development of sperm … and, therefore, is not being considered for... 04/06/2017 - 07:00 Health, Biomedicine, Science & Society Growth Curve The way babies learn to speak is nothing short of breathtaking. Their brains are learning the differences between sounds, rehearsing mouth movements and mastering vocabulary by putting words into meaningful context. It’s a lot to fit in between naps and diaper changes. A recent study shows just how durable this early language learning is. Dutch-speaking adults who were adopted from South... 04/05/2017 - 14:00 Human Development, Health News A hefty red, dead galaxy in the early universe appears to have bulked up a bit too fast. The galaxy, seen as it was when the universe was only 1.65 billion years old, weighs at least three times as much as the Milky Way, but has stopped making stars. Other galaxies at the time tend to be much smaller and continue to churn out stars. How such a monster was made in less than a billion... 04/05/2017 - 13:00 Astronomy Editor's Note One evening last month at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., 40 high school seniors dressed in formal wear and nibbling hors d’oeuvres showed off their scientific research to a crowd of more than 500 people. Positioned at their posters, the students enthusiastically described their efforts to improve quadcopter flight control, study implicit bias and gender stereotypes, and... 04/05/2017 - 10:40 Science & Society Letters to the Editor New normal People who stay mentally healthy throughout life are exceptions to the rule, a small study suggests. Only 17 percent of study participants experienced no bouts of anxiety, depression or other mental ailments from late childhood to middle age, Bruce Bower reported in “Lasting mental health may be unusual” (SN: 3/4/17, p. 7). Reader Lou Floyd found the article disturbing and the... 04/05/2017 - 10:39 Mental Health, Animals, Physics Feature It is the dazzling star of the biotech world: a powerful new tool that can deftly and precisely alter the structure of DNA. It promises cures for diseases, sturdier crops, malaria-resistant mosquitoes and more. Frenzy over the technique — known as CRISPR/Cas9 — is in full swing. Every week, new CRISPR findings are unfurled in scientific journals. In the courts, universities fight over patents... 04/05/2017 - 09:00 Cells, Microbiology, Molecular Evolution Science Ticker The Milky Way’s black hole may finally get its close-up. Beginning on April 5, scientists with the Event Horizon Telescope will attempt to zoom in on a never-before-imaged realm: a black hole’s event horizon. That’s the boundary at which gravity’s pull becomes so strong that nothing can escape. In the telescope’s cross hairs are two supermassive black holes, one at the center of... 04/05/2017 - 05:00 Astronomy, Physics News in Brief WASHINGTON — Immune cells engineered to hunt and destroy cancer cells may help some people with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) live much longer. Outcomes depended upon disease severity before treatment, oncologist Jae Park reported April 3 at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. In ALL — expected to strike 5,970 people and kill 1,440 in the United States... 04/04/2017 - 15:30 Cancer, Biomedicine Science & the Public Where I grew up in Tennessee, a coal-fired power plant perches by the river, just down from the bridge that my wild brothers and their friends would jump off in the summer. Despite the proximity, I never thought too much about the power plant and the energy it was churning out. But then I read an April 3 Nature Energy paper on coal-fired energy production that used my town — and others... 04/04/2017 - 14:30 Pollution, Health

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