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Platelets are important in the formation of blood clots. For this reason, antiplatelet medications are commonly prescribed for people at risk of developing blood clots, or who have already developed one. Many of the medications that are currently on the market to treat blood clots come with a risk for excessive bleeding and reduced platelet numbers.…

A recent study published in Microbiome from researchers at the University of Alberta shows that babies from families with pets had nearly two-fold increases in the amount of two specific microbes in their guts, Ruminococcus and Oscillospira. These particular microbes are associated with reduced risks of developing childhood allergies as well as obesity. According to study author…

There is no free lunch, but you can watch a normally unfree documentary for free on the usual streaming networks for a little while. Click here to get to the NGS site From Hollywood Reporter: Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, says, “Coal affects our lives and planet in important ways, but people often take…

These books are one or two books in kindle form right now, get ’em while they’re still cheap: Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World Blind Ambition: The White House Years The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6

Nature Climate Change has wandered into political science with a study from Stanford University. Seth Werfel’s examination of the “crowding-out” effect — the idea that humans have a tough time pursuing more than one strategy to solve a problem — is worth considering, even if its finding aren’t exactly earth-shattering. The problem is laid out right…

Meh; not to spoil the tension but it is, as you’ve already guessed, just another dull clone of wiki a-la Conservapedia. I found it via Wired via fb; you certainly won’t find it via people referring to it2. Other than me; sorry about that. This one is called “Infogalactic” which seems to hint that it…

This year’s ice

On hot days like these an old man’s thoughts turn to the eternal mysteries of sea ice. Someone – it might have been CR – drew my attention to PIOMAS a week or two back; but I can’t find whatever was said now, so I’ll look for myself. Before looking at the sea ice, I…

Grim trend in fatal injuries to U.S. coal miners

The first six months of the Trump administration nine coal miners have been fatally injured on the job. That’s one more than all of 2016.

With new reports on working conditions in global supply chains coming out every week from the news media and non-governmental organizations – how is possible to keep track of the most important developments in health and safety and other worker rights?  There is a “one-stop shopping” solution to sign up for a weekly update of recent reports and corporate responses, as well as more organizations to track for those with more time and ambition. 

Most of us have heard the phrase: Laughter is contagious. When we hear other people laughing, we often smile even if we have no idea why they are laughing. Dr. Sophie Scott from the University College of London and her colleagues played both positive sounds (like laughter) and negative sounds (like retching or screaming) to subjects and…