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Rains and resilience

The arrival of the monsoon season in Asia has brought the first heavy rains to India and China. With those ...

STORY URL: Re thinking | Swiss Re - Leading Global Reinsurer

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A new definition for cancer?

Laura Esserman is a breast cancer specialist at the university of California, San Francisco. She is the co-author of new ...

STORY URL: If it isn't life-threatening, don't call it cancer - opinion - 12 August 2013 - New Scientist
Cancer screening too often leads to scare diagnoses and unnecessary treatments. It's time to rethink our approach, says cancer specialist Laura Esserman

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11 trillion reasons

The New York Times reports on a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (accessible through the story), which ...

STORY URL: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/11-trillion-reasons/?hp&_r=0

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New diagnostic panty liner test

A new device that detects the cause of unexplained vaginal wetness in pregnancy could help pregnant women avoid receiving unnecessary ...

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The methane time bomb

I don't know what the probabilities are for this to happen but given the potential risk and scale some precautionary ...

STORY URL: Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb
Nafeez Ahmed: Dismissals of catastrophic methane danger ignore robust science in favour of outdated mythology of climate safety

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Rethinking the right to build

In this interview clip architect Michael Sorkin says "This global warming thing is real. Storms are getting more frequent and ...

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Shall we blame U.S. Health Care?

Peter A. Muenning, assistant professor of Columbia University, wrote an article about the reasons for U.S. relatively lower improvement ...

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People are living healthier for longer

We all know that we live longer than the previous generations. Issues around longevity have been in the center of ...

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Climate change and conflict

Scientists from lots of disciplines looking at lots of cases find 'remarkable' support for the view that human conflict increases ...

STORY URL: Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/07/31/science.1235367

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After penicillin

Alexander Fleming's discovery of Penicillin in 1928 has helped drive longer, better lives for all of us. In the past ...

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As glaciers retreat - what can be done?

Christoph Bissig is a ski patroller on Mount Titlis, a glacier location in central Switzerland that sees skiing year round ...

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Mountain biking longevity

While mountain biking this morning at 6:15am along "the ridge" single track trail, which is both ...

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The silent disaster

I just stumbled over this article on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23346370 "The Alaskan village set ...

STORY URL: The American village set to disappear
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23346370

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The vitamin myth

It is one of the most modern myths, that vitamin supplements help to prevent certain diseases. I just stumbled over ...

STORY URL: The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements - Paul Offit - The Atlantic
Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we nee...

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Height and Cancer

New research published in the journal of Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention presents a surprising correlation between height and cancer ...

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