Friday, May 25, 2018
The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs also shaped the evolution of birds

The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs also shaped the evolution of birds

The only birds that survived after an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago (wiping out the dinosaurs) were ones that lived on the ground.
To get smokers to quit, money works better than electronic cigarettes

To get smokers to quit, money works better than electronic cigarettes

When it comes to helping smokers quit, financial rewards are much more effective than electronic cigarettes. But the sad truth is that nothing works all that well, according to the results of a large clinical trial that tested five smoking-cessation strategies in real-world conditions. Out of 6,006...
Soon you can visit this pristine California beach — if you're a nearby landowner, on a guided tour or willing to paddle 2 miles

Soon you can visit this pristine California beach — if you're a nearby landowner,...

One of California’s least tarnished stretches of coastline will be accessible only to wealthy property owners, visitors with guides and those who can boat or paddle two miles under a deal between state officials and landowners in Hollister Ranch, who have for decades fought to keep their beaches...
The U.S. birthrate hits another record low. Even women in their 30s are having fewer babies

The U.S. birthrate hits another record low. Even women in their 30s are having...

America's birth rate hit yet another record low in 2017, as mothers in nearly all age groups give birth to fewer babies last year than they had the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California moves closer to crafting specific water caps for urban districts

California moves closer to crafting specific water caps for urban districts

California cities and towns may find themselves on a water budget in the next decade under a pair of bills approved Thursday by the legislature. The measures follow Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to make water conservation a permanent way of life in a state long accustomed to jewel-green lawns and suburban...
A little extra global warming will mean a lot more habitat loss for plants and animals, study says

A little extra global warming will mean a lot more habitat loss for plants...

What difference does half a degree Celsius of global warming make? To many plants and animals, and especially insects, it could mean the difference between life and death, according to a new study. In a paper published Thursday in Science, researchers report that limiting global warming to 1.5...
Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy tipsheet

Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy...

In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump famously declared that “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.” At the time, he was talking about health insurance. But perhaps he was also thinking about two potentially life-threatening viruses — HIV and HPV. In a video that came...
In a distant galaxy, scientists find oldest oxygen in universe and stars from edge of cosmic dawn

In a distant galaxy, scientists find oldest oxygen in universe and stars from edge...

In a distant galaxy more than 13 billion light-years from Earth, astronomers have discovered traces of the oldest known oxygen in the universe, as well as evidence that ancient stars “turned on” as early as 250 million years after the Big Bang. These findings, published Wednesday in Nature, suggest...
FDA approves Lucemyra to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and help patients overcome addiction

FDA approves Lucemyra to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and help patients overcome addiction

The battle against opioid addiction in the United States got a new weapon Wednesday, in the form of a pill to help patients manage symptoms of withdrawal. The Food and Drug Administration said it gave its seal of approval to Lucemyra, a medication that has been used to treat opioid withdrawal in...
Strange readings from a dead spacecraft reveal new evidence of water on Europa

Strange readings from a dead spacecraft reveal new evidence of water on Europa

A spacecraft wouldn’t recognize evidence of a lunar geyser if that geyser hit it in the face. Luckily, the scientists on the ground did. Researchers using 21-year-old data from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft have found evidence of a plume of material coming from the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa....

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