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California Drought Triggers Massive Mudslide
Miles of slick mud poured down the parched throat of California's Mount Shasta on Sunday (Sept. 21) in one of volcano's largest mudslides in two decades, the Forest Service said.
LiveScience.com, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Keep Your Pants, and Your Dignity, at the Hospital
The open-backed, pantless hospital gowns could be dehumanizing for patients and contribute to a traumatizing hospital experience, some doctors argue.
LiveScience.com, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Robotic 'Exosuit' Does the Heavy Lifting
Carrying 100 pounds of stuff on your back is hard for a human. But for a robot? Not so much.
LiveScience.com, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

We drink more alcohol on gym days
A new Northwestern Medicine study finds that on days when people exercise more—typically Thursdays to Sundays—they drink more alcohol, too.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:34:34 GMT

Think the system for paying US doctors is rigged to favor surgeons? Study may surprise you
A surprising new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment and income between physicians who perform operations, procedures or tests, and those who don't.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:34:34 GMT

Reversing the effects of pulmonary fibrosis
Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:34:34 GMT

Cosmic study 'underestimated' dust
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang underestimated a key confounding factor in their research, according to a new analysis.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Scientists debate sea-ice trends
Researchers meet in London to discuss sea-ice trends, as the Arctic reaches its summer low extent and the Antarctic pushes on to another record high.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Molten metal batteries for the grid
Engineers have invented a battery made of three liquefied metals, which they say is efficient and cheap enough to store power on the electric grid.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids' playtime
While public health authorities focus on the physical activity benefits of active play, a new study reveals that for children, playing has no goal -- it is an end in itself, an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents "an opportunity to experience excitement or pleasure, but also to combat boredom, sadness, fear, or loneliness."'By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people's emotional and social health,' says a professor.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Fear of failure from a young age affects attitude to learning
An early established fear of failure at school can influence students’ motivation to learn and negatively affect their attitude to learning. The analysis found that irrespective of the goal students adopt those who had developed a fear of failure at an early age were more likely to adopt the goal to validate their ego rather than for their own personal interest and development, and were less likely to use effective learning strategies but more likely to cheat.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads
For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin 'diamond nanothreads' that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. The threads have a structure that has never been seen before.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:57 GMT

Anomaly in spacecraft flybys puzzles scientists
The laws of gravity don't seem to be working exactly as they should around Earth.
World Science, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:14:55 GMT

Study: population won't stabilize this century
New projections contradict past predictions of a peak near 2050.
World Science, Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:14:55 GMT

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