Editor’s Update (Nov. 27): Comet ISON is just one day away from its close encounter with the sun on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). The comet will be just 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from the sun’s surface when it makes its close approach. It is still uncertain if the comet will survive the encounter. If it does survive, the comet could once more be visible to the unaided eye in early December. Latest Story: Comet ISON’s Thursday Sun Encounter a Thanksgiving Feast for NASA Named after the International Scientific Optical Network, Comet ISON — officially designated “C/2012 S1 (ISON) — … Continue reading Comet of the Century? Sun-Grazing Comet ISON Explained (Infographic)
The data, the number of fishing weirs along the coast, shows that countries in the Persian Gulf may have vastly underreported their catch numbers. Large fish traps could be catching up to six times more fish than they are officially reporting, according to a study which used Google Earth’s satellite images to estimate fish catches. Researchers from the University of British Columbia used the images to estimate the presence of 1900 fishing weirs along the Persian Coast during 2005. Using this data they approximated that would relate to 31,000 tons of fish caught that year, though the official figure reported … Continue reading Google Earth helps researchers estimate fishing rates
To understand the human brain, scientists must start small, and what better place than the mind of a worm? The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is one of biology’s most widely studied organisms, and it’s the first to have the complete wiring diagram, or connectome, of its nervous system mapped out. Knowing the structure of the animal’s connectome will help explain its behavior, and could lead to insights about the brains of other organisms, scientists say. “You can’t understand the brain without understanding the connectome,” Scott Emmons, a molecular geneticist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, … Continue reading Wormy Mind May Be First Step to Understanding Human Brain
The health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes (and thus in red wine), have long been known. Studies have indicated that it serves as an antioxidant, that it has anti-tumor properties, that it can help you live longer, and that it may be responsible for the “French paradox” (the French have a high-fat diet and yet low instances of health disease). A new study examined resveratrol’s effects on melanoma, and found that it has anti-cancer properties. Cool! But, well, ignore. First question: has resveratrol been proven to fight cancer? First answer, to that first question: … Continue reading Can Red Wine Really Heal Cancer And Prolong Your Life?
A new study raises concerns of a possible association between cell phone radiation exposure and breast cancer in young women. The research team, led by Dr. Lisa Bailey, a former president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division and one of California’s top breast surgeons, studied four young women – aged from 21 to 39 years old – with multifocal invasive breast cancer. The researchers observed that all the patients developed tumors in areas of their breasts next to where they carried their cell phones, often for up to 10 hours per day, for several years. None of the patients … Continue reading Cell phone radiation breast cancer link – New study raises grave concerns
As the social stigmas and taboos about marijuana that largely emerged during the “Reefer Madness” generation continue to be stripped away from the public consciousness, an increasing number of people are beginning to look at this all natural herb with fresh eyes, recognizing its incredible potential for healing. This includes a growing number of pet owners who are now using the plant and its essential oils to safely and effectively treat their ailing pets. CBS New York reports that veterinary cannabis use is on the rise across all segments of society, and particularly among pet owners whose pets have severe … Continue reading Pet owners increasingly using medical marijuana to help their pets feel better
An outstanding ban on artificial water fluoridation has been upheld in the Australian coastal town of Byron Bay, located in New South Wales, following a heated encounter among local residents, scientists, dentists and city officials. The Fluoride Action Network reports that the Byron Shire Council ultimately ended up voting five-to-three to uphold the fluoride ban, relying on modern science which shows that fluoridation is both harmful and ineffective. A group of fluoride-truth activists showed up to the recent meeting, which threatened to undo the ban, and made their voices heard about the outdated practice. Reports indicate that a large crowd, … Continue reading 30,000 more people freed from water fluoridation after Australian town rejects poison
Endangered North Atlantic right whales are disappearing from customary feeding grounds off the U.S. and Canadian coasts and appearing in large numbers in other locations, leaving scientists to wonder if shifts in climate may be behind the changes. by rebecca kessler Every summer and fall, endangered North Atlantic right whales congregate in the Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to gorge on zooplankton. Researchers have documented the annual feast since 1980, and well over 100 whales typically attend, a significant portion of the entire species. Only this year, they didn’t. Just a dozen right whales trickled in … Continue reading A North Atlantic Mystery:
By Dr. Mercola Spritzing on perfume or cologne is a daily ritual for many, not to mention that the vast majority of personal care products – shampoo, lotion, deodorant – contain fragrances of their own. There’s a dirty little secret the fragrance industry would rather you not know about, however, which is the extreme toxicity of many of these products. Hidden behind their pleasant scents are typically chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and even cancer. Many perfumes sold at department stores, big-box retailers, and virtually everywhere else can aptly be described as poison – and this means that … Continue reading Is Your Perfume Poison?
One in four Americans over the age of 45 currently take a statin drug, despite the fact that there are over 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to increased cancer risk. Now, new treatment guidelines for high cholesterol will likely DOUBLE the number of Americans being prescribed these dangerous drugs, bringing the total to an estimated—and staggering—72 million people! The new guidelines, laid out in the report 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults1,2 were issued by the American Heart Association and the American … Continue reading New Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines Could Double the Number of People on Dangerous Statins—Including Perfectly Healthy People