April 2, 2013
A group of leading scientists has urged President Obama’s advisers to investigate the ethical issues raised by a decision to create a highly infectious strain of bird-flu virus that could be transmitted easily between people.
The scientists, who include a former UK Government chief scientist and a Nobel laureate, said that it is “morally and ethically wrong” to create a new type of influenza virus in the laboratory [...]
I just started reading After America by Mark Steyn which I highly recommend to anyone. It is probably the most humorous book on the economic apocalypse you’ll ever read. Anyway, Mark Steyn refers to a paper called “Financing US Debt: Is There Enough Money in the World – and At What Cost?” by US Treasury official (and former Chief Economist of the Office of Management & Budget) John Kitchen and Menzie Chinn of the [...]
Worries about a link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook or other social media sites are probably unfounded, a US study said this week.
The University of Wisconsin School study found no basis to support the theory outlined in a study last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics that suggested exposure to Facebook could lead to depression among adolescents.
“Our study is the first to present scientific [...]
Snoring and other types of ‘sleep disordered breathing’, as it is known, can deprive the body of enough oxygen for hours at a time.
Scientists now believe having low blood oxygen levels can trigger the development of cancerous tumours, by promoting the growth of the vessels that feed them.
They say in future doctors could help people fight the disease by stopping them snoring.
Researchers in the US looked at cancer rates [...]
Why some species died out and others didn’t during the Earth’s second largest mass extinction has been revealed in a new study.
It coincided with a short but intense ice age and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers believe that species died out if large portions of their habitat were lost to ice sheets and falling sea levels.
Those that had always been confined to warm tropical waters were also most likely [...]
A Wisconsin college fraternity is on suspension while school officials investigate allegations that some of its members yelled racial slurs at two black students.
Two black female students walked onto the property of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on March 16 before fraternity members allegedly yelled ‘racial and class orientated slurs’ at them.
The women were walking away when one fraternity member reportedly threw a glass bottle in their direction.
Wisconsin budget committee approves $123 million in cuts
By Scott Bauer – Associated Press
Updated: 02/15/2012 06:08:31 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. – The Legislature’s budget-writing committee approved slashing about $123 million across state government on Wednesday, with more than a third of those cuts falling to the University of Wisconsin System.
The $64 million cut to the university is on top of $250 million in budget cuts the system took in the two-year budget [...]
The Boston Globe
January 22, 2012
Scientists who created easier-to-spread versions of the deadly bird flu said yesterday that they are temporarily halting more research, as international specialists debate what should happen next.
Researchers from leading flu laboratories around the world signed onto the voluntary moratorium, published yesterday in the journals Science and Nature.
What the scientists called a “pause’’ comes amid fierce controversy over how to handle research that is high-risk but [...]