Science

2:10pm

Mon August 3, 2015
The Two-Way

President Obama Unveils New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 4:03 pm

President Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House on Monday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions — some two years in the making — calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change."

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1:22pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Shots - Health News

Calls To Cut Off Planned Parenthood Are Nothing New

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 7:00 pm

Protesters rally on the steps of the Texas state capitol on July 28 to condemn the use of fetal tissue for medical research.
Eric Gay AP

Updated at 6:52 p.m. ET

Republican calls to defund Planned Parenthood over its alleged handling of fetal tissue for research are louder than ever. But they are just the latest in a decades-long drive to halt federal support for the group.

This round aims squarely at the collection of fetal tissue, an issue that had been mostly settled — with broad bipartisan support — in the early 1990s. Among those who voted then to allow federal funding for fetal tissue research was now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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12:33pm

Mon August 3, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

In Science Headlines, Should Nuance Trump Sensation?

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 3:46 pm

Zoran Ivanovich iStockphoto

A new paper, just published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, provides insights into the risks and benefits of coffee consumption.

It's the latest scientific study to hit the media. But different headlines give a very different picture of what the study found.

Some headlines depict good news:

"Here's More Evidence That Coffee Is Good For Your Brain" (Forbes.com)

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6:08am

Mon August 3, 2015
Environment

Obama Aims To Tighten Restrictions On Plants' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 6:28 am

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5:31am

Mon August 3, 2015
Children's Health

When A Child's Picky Eating Becomes More Than A Nuisance

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 7:59 am

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4:57am

Mon August 3, 2015
Shots - Health News

How A Scientist's Slick Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 9:05 pm

Researcher John Clements in the early 1980s, after he figured out that lungs need surfactants to breathe.
David Powers/Courtesy of UCSF

In 1953, Dr. John Clements realized something fundamental about the way the lung functions — an insight that would ultimately save the lives of millions of premature babies.

The story begins in 1950, when the U.S. Army sent Clements, a newly graduated physician, to the medical division of what was then called the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Md. Clements was interested in doing research in biochemistry. His commanding officer was of a different mind.

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7:27am

Sun August 2, 2015
Food

Scientists Make The Case For A 6th Taste — But It's Less Than Tasty

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:47 am

Olive oil gets filtered in an oil mill in a Portuguese oil farm near Evora. Rick Mattes says that if an olive oil's concentration of fatty acid rises above 3.3 percent, it's no longer considered edible. And it'll be brimming with oleogustus.
Francisco Seco AP

To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers say they are ready to add a sixth taste — and its name is, well, a mouthful: "oleogustus."

Announced in the journal Chemical Senses last month, oleogustus is Latin for "a taste for fat."

"It is a sensation one would get from eating oxidized oil," explains Rick Mattes, a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University and one of the study authors.

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9:30am

Sat August 1, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 10:40 am

Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been fighting the ban for "hyperandrogenism," or the presence of high levels of testosterone in the body, that has made her ineligible to compete as a sprinter.
Rafiq Maqbool AP

This week, Switzerland's Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the Indian sprinter Dutee Chand may race as a woman in international competition.

This decision is significant because, just last year, Chand was denied by track and field's governing body (the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF) the right to compete against women because her natural levels of testosterone were considered too high for a female athlete.

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7:44am

Sat August 1, 2015
Energy

Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:31 am

The first foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind in the nation's first offshore wind farm construction project is seen next to a construction crane on Monday, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Block Island, R.I.
Stephan Savoia AP

Aboard a ferry off the coast of Rhode Island, state and federal officials take a close look at a steel structure poking out of the ocean. It's the first foundation affixed to the seafloor for a five-turbine wind farm off the state's coast.

It's a contrast to what's happening off the coast of Massachusetts. Developer Cape Wind has spent more than 10 years and millions of dollars there on a massive wind farm that it may never build.

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6:11pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Goats and Soda

Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

A woman receives the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine at a clinical trial in Conakry, Guinea. The vaccine appears effective after only one shot.
Cellou Binani AFP/Getty Images

Doctors Without Borders is calling it a "champagne moment." The World Health Organization says it's a "game changer."

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of participants who were at high risk for the virus. Although the results are preliminary, they offer new hope of finally stamping out the virus in West Africa — and preventing the next epidemic.

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