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U.S. Pilots Expose Major Holes In Mental Health Screening Process

AP | Anna Almendrala | March 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
WASHINGTON (AP) — There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain,...

Mix Of Cat Litter, Salts Caused Nuclear-Dump Mishap, Report Finds

AP | James Gerken | March 27, 2015 | Green
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country. The...

NASA One-Year Mission Astronauts Blast Off On 350-Day Space Mission

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | March 27, 2015 | Science
How does the human body respond to long-duration spaceflight? Does radiation present a problem? How about long periods of weightlessness? And what about the isolation? We're about to find out. NASA's "One-Year Mission" has officially begun, with American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko...

Monsanto Advocate Says Roundup Is Safe Enough To Drink, Then Refuses To Drink It

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | March 27, 2015 | Green
Roundup is a highly effective weed-killer that can be used during home garden maintenance, or on a massive soybean field to boost productivity. It's also been called a probable carcinogen. But according to Dr. Patrick Moore, that may not be true because "you can drink a whole quart"...

James Inhofe Makes Questionable Claims On Fracking, Water Contamination

FactCheck.org | Paige Lavender | March 27, 2015 | Politics
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been “an instance of ground water contamination” caused by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for oil and natural gas. Inhofe’s office told us he is referring only to “the physical act of...

Earth Tectonic Plate Simulation Reveals Our Planet Has Changed A LOT In 200 Million Years

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | March 27, 2015 | Science
Just how much has Earth changed since its Pangea days? You might be surprised. Of course, our planet hasn't always had seven continents. Deep in our planet's geological past, Earth's crust was just one giant supercontinent called Pangea, which broke apart into separate land masses around...

Astronaut Will Return From A Year In Space Both Older And Younger Than His Twin Brother

Quartz | Jacqueline Howard | March 27, 2015 | Science
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Today NASA’s Scott Kelly, along with two Russian cosmonauts, blasts off for the International Space Station (ISS), where they plan to spend 342 days. Kelly’s identical twin brother Mark, also a (retired) astronaut, will stay on Earth to serve as the other half of an unprecedented experiment. Researchers at a...

There's A Growing, Deadly Superbug Problem In The U.S., And The White House Is Taking It On

Reuters | Reuters | March 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
* Report tackles antibiotic prescribing, use in livestock * CDC tasked with reducing "superbug" infections by 2020 * Some doctors required to report antibiotic prescriptions (Adds White House comment) By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Lisa Baertlein NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, March 26 (Reuters) - The White House is due to issue an...

No, Ebola Is Not Mutating Into A 'Supervirus'

Anna Almendrala | March 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
The Ebola virus that is causing the current outbreak in West Africa is not mutating as quickly as earlier reports had suggested, a new study finds. This finding helps allay fears that the virus could change into a more infectious or deadly form, the researchers said....

Experts Weigh In On The Ethics Of Using Brain-Enhancing Drugs

Anna Almendrala | March 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
By: Tanya Lewis Published: March 26, 2015 08:00am ET Boosting a person's smarts through drugs or electrical or magnetic stimulation of the brain is becoming an increasingly widespread practice. Now, bioethicists are weighing in, saying that while such cognitive enhancement is neither bad nor good, it...

Holy Haystacks! Researchers Have Officially Discovered A New Monet

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | March 27, 2015 | Arts
You know what they say: Looks like a Monet, feels like a Monet, has Monet's authentic signature in the corner as determined by a hyperspectral camera with an XRF device... Then it probably definitely is a Monet! "A Haystack in the Evening Sun," 1891,...

Spike In California Air Pollution Brings Reminder Of Bad Old Days

Reuters | James Gerken | March 27, 2015 | Green
By Sharon Bernstein KINGS COUNTY, Calif., March 27 (Reuters) - The brown haze over California's San Joaquin Valley breadbasket on some winter days has been an unwelcome reminder of the bad old days, when pollution hung so thickly that people were warned to stay inside. Years of tight environmental rules...

Needle Exchanges Are Vital, But There's A Major Stigma Around Them. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | March 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
To combat an outbreak of new HIV transmissions linked to injectable prescription drug abuse, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order today allowing local officials to establish a short-term needle exchange program. Needle-exchange programs, which give people who abuse an injectable drug the opportunity to exchange dirty needles...

Laughter Can Make People Feel More Comfortable And Reveal Their Secrets

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | March 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
They say laughter is the best medicine, but new research suggests it could also make people more likely to reveal their secrets. A study published in Human Nature found that cracking up is a catalyst for opening up: It makes people more likely to share personal...

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Overrides State Law To Authorize Needle-Exchange Program

AP | Anna Almendrala | March 26, 2015 | Healthy Living
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Pence...

No, The Asteroid Passing Earth On Friday Is Not On A 'Near-Collision Course'

Ryan Grenoble | March 26, 2015 | Science
On Friday, an asteroid traveling 23,000 mph will pass by Earth at a distance of 0.03 astronomical units (AU). If that sounds ominously close, it's not really. Despite the breathless hyperbole from some about the asteroid "skimming past" Earth on a "near-collision course," 0.03...

Feds May Spend Nearly $70 Million On Marijuana For Research

Matt Ferner | March 26, 2015 | Politics
The federal government announced Monday that it is prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars on marijuana research through the University of Mississippi, which houses the only federally legal cannabis garden in the United States. The new contract, worth a maximum of $68.7 million over five years, was awarded...

What Magicians Can Teach Us About The Art Of Manipulation

Carolyn Gregoire | March 27, 2015 | Science
When Jay Olson was a 5-year-old living in Vancouver, British Columbia, a magician pulled a coin from his ear and sparked a lifelong fascination with magic. Now a 28-year-old professional magician and a psychiatry graduate student at McGill University, Olson has recently conducted experiments using magic tricks to...

Britain's Religious Leaders Give Richard III A Burial Fit For A King (PHOTOS)

Carol Kuruvilla | March 26, 2015 | Religion
LEICESTER, England (AP) — A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance. Royalty, religious leaders and actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined archaeologists, Richard's distant relatives and curious Britons for...

Do Men Grow Beards To Show Dominance? Here's What The Science Says

Jacqueline Howard | March 26, 2015 | Science
Scientists have long known that beards can make a man seem more dominant and masculine. Now provocative new research involving primates shows that male facial hair is more elaborate in social groups involving intense competition for rank, dominance and attractiveness (see video above). Is the same...