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California sails toward biggest salmon harvest in years

2 hours 46 min ago

Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial troller based in San Francisco. It's a sharp reversal for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, an iconic species that helps sustain many Pacific Coast fishing communities.


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Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds

6 hours 11 min ago

A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries. The pills contained two blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol medicine and aspirin. Many people can't afford or don't stick with taking so many medicines separately, so doctors think a polypill might help.


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Fake News Can Give Us False Memories, Study Finds

6 hours 22 min ago

A new study proves just how easy it is to manipulate people into believing propaganda and misinformation


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Striking photos show the devastation wreaked by record-breaking fires in the Amazon rainforest

6 hours 25 min ago

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate due to deforestation and hot, dry conditions exacerbated by climate change.


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UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

6 hours 43 min ago

France and the United Nations called Thursday for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president blamed NGOs for promoting an "environmental psychosis" to damage the country's interests. UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by the fires in the Amazon. "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity," he said on Twitter.


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New images from asteroid probe yield clues on planet formation

6 hours 51 min ago

Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu offer new clues about its composition, insights that are expected to help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) was dropped off by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft on October 3, 2018, free-falling from a height of 41 meters (135 feet) for six minutes before it hit the surface. Ryugu is just 900 meters wide and so its gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's. Had MASCOT been equipped with wheels, its forward motion would have launched it back into space.


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Jay Inslee’s failed presidential run shows that it’s tough to make voters care about climate change

7 hours 24 min ago

Jay Inslee may be out of the presidential race, but he's not out of the minds of climate policy campaigners. The two-term Washington state governor won high praise from his Democratic rivals as well as experts on global climate change after he acknowledged on Wednesday night that he would not be "carrying the ball" in the presidential campaign, largely due to his failure to attract sufficient support in political polls. One of Inslee's problems on the campaign trail was that he didn't have a "unique selling proposition" for his climate policy initiatives, said Aseem Prakash, founding director of the University… Read More


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Return of the king: Salmon rebounds after California drought

7 hours 25 min ago

Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial troller based in San Francisco. It's a sharp reversal for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, an iconic species that helps sustain many Pacific Coast fishing communities.


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60 Years Ago We Saw Earth From Space for the First Time — Here’s How We See It Now

7 hours 46 min ago

From “Earthrise” to “Blue Marble,” here are some of the finest out-of-this-world photographs of Earth.


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There’s Nothing Crazy About Cat Ladies, New Study Suggests

7 hours 54 min ago

Finally, justice for cat lovers!


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Bolsonaro rejects 'Captain Nero' tag over Amazon fires

8 hours 25 min ago

Unfortunately, this has always happened in the Amazon," Bolsonaro said, referring to dry season, land-clearing fires. It is campaigning against Brazil," the president told reporters outside his Brasilia residence. The reference to Captain Nero appeared to be to the Roman emperor who fiddled while Rome burned.


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Reddit's mysterious influence on tether's market cap

8 hours 30 min ago

Redditors appear to influence shifts in Tether’s market cap—often suspiciously far in advance.


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Amazon fires stir bitter dispute over who is to blame

8 hours 42 min ago

As fires raged in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government on Thursday denounced international critics who say President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb massive deforestation. The growing threat to what some call "the lungs of the planet" has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame during the tenure of a leader who described Brazil's rainforest protections as an obstacle to economic development. On Thursday, Bolsonaro said there was a "very strong" indication that some non-governmental groups could be setting blazes in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration.


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Giraffes move closer to endangered species protection

8 hours 44 min ago

Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for the measure's likely approval by its plenary next week. The plan would regulate world trade in giraffe parts, including hides, bone carvings and meat, while stopping short of a full ban.


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UN chief Guterres says 'deeply concerned' by Amazon fires

8 hours 47 min ago

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he was "deeply concerned" by wildfires that have devoured large sections of the Amazon rainforest, blanketing several Brazilian cities in thick smoke. "I'm deeply concerned by the fires in the Amazon rainforest. In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity," he said on Twitter.


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New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation

9 hours 9 min ago

Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan's Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose orbit lies mostly between Earth and Mars, on October 3, 2018. Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.


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Democratic National Committee Votes To Reject Climate Debate

9 hours 14 min ago

The vote came a day after the 2020 climate candidate Jay Inslee, who had been pushing for the debate, dropped out of the race.


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New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation

9 hours 24 min ago

Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan's Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose orbit lies mostly between Earth and Mars, on October 3, 2018. Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.


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The Government Wants Your DNA. Don’t Run Away

11 hours 3 min ago

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- One of the U.S. government’s most intriguing health programs is going to start bearing fruit soon. And the more people who join, the better.The National Institutes of Health’s “All of Us” project, launched last year, aims to collect genetic information from at least 1 million Americans and make it broadly available to researchers looking for medical breakthroughs. At least 230,000 people have enrolled in the free program, and 175,000 have contributed biologic samples.It’s not just about blood and spit. The program collects health questionnaires, electronic records, Fitbit data, and physical measurements from people who opt in. And unlike other similar efforts, it’s committed to giving data back to recruits in a useful way. On Wednesday, the NIH announced a partnership with San Francisco Bay area startup Color, which will provide genetic counseling services for participants. Color will help people understand how genetic test results might affect their health, adding a tangible benefit on top of the initiative’s more abstract goals. The NIH plans to incorporate health claims and even air-quality data, and will follow participants for at least a decade, making the program one of the most ambitious research projects ever attempted – some might even say intrusive. Yes, such a large-scale initiative raises significant privacy issues that will require strict safeguards. But the program’s long-term potential to improve health across a wide swath of the population, particularly those in marginalized groups and under-served areas, makes it an initiative worth rallying around.The falling cost of genetic testing is already changing health care. Researchers have developed gene therapies that can alter the course of deadly diseases with a single treatment, as well as effective cancer drugs targeted at specific mutations. Consumer-oriented testing companies are offering genetic insights (of varying quality) into everything from dietary issues to vulnerability to disease. So-called precision medicine that is informed by genetic data is still the exception rather than the rule, however, and there are considerable gaps in our knowledge. Like just about everything in health care, the benefits of these advances disproportionately flow to wealthy and well-insured Americans. The limited data that is broadly available to researchers isn’t diverse and is often divorced from crucial information on the many environmental and lifestyle factors that impact health. The NIH program is a promising step forward. Underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, make up 80% of participants so far. The program will continue to target those groups, which will help make future research findings significantly more reliable and easier to generalize. And the more expansive genetic dataset, especially when connected to the variety of other information collected by the study, will help scientists ask and answer a wider range of questions.  While there are real privacy concerns related to the collection of genetic information, data security and privacy protection are a priority, and the data available to approved researchers will have identifying information removed. The scientists at the NIH are also likely to be better stewards than the various for-profit companies that are already selling the genetic data they are collecting. The program will provide useful data and support to participants as soon as next year, when genetic testing of samples starts. Genetic counseling will be broadly available though the partnership with Color, and will be targeted at people with genetic variations that link to serious diseases. Counselors will  help participants decipher results and determine possible next steps. The potentially lifesaving benefits of the service extend beyond participating individuals to family members who might have the same genetic variation.The NIH estimates that 30,000 people will get actionable information about a serious condition and that more than 90% of participants will get useful facts on how well they might respond to certain medicines. The available insights are likely to become more valuable over time as we learn more, possibly as a result of this effort. This program isn’t going to result in novel public health interventions or new drugs overnight. It may, however, make a difference in individual lives as soon as next year and will help many more in time. That’s why it deserves support – and yes, by that I mean with a vial of your blood.To contact the author of this story: Max Nisen at mnisen@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Max Nisen is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering biotech, pharma and health care. He previously wrote about management and corporate strategy for Quartz and Business Insider.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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MyoKardia Begins Dosing in Phase I Study on Heart Candidate

11 hours 31 min ago

MyoKardia (MYOK) doses the first patient in phase I study on MYK-224, which is being evaluated for treating patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease.


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