Emelie is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she's often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.
Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.Read more »
If your 12-year-old downloads Skrillex instead of The Biebs, you’re likely to be living with a difficult teenager in four years, new research finds. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, is the first to draw a direct line between a preference for loud, noisy, rebellious music in youngsters and minor delinquency at age 16. “We were stunned ourselves,” said Dr. Tom ter Bogt of Utrecht University in the Netherlands told the Toronto Star on Monday. “We checked it over and over again.” The study followed 149 boys and 160 girls from age 12 for four years.Read more »
Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday. The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel - seen as a cleaner alternative to oil and coal - released a chemical into the air that, when mixed with other pollutants, could also reduce farmers' crop yields.Read more »
This is the guy Sam keeps referencing for his theories... "Patrick Geryl's ideas are not scientific theories. He indulges in pseudo-science (specifically pseudo-astronomy and pseudo-archeology) and his conclusions are incorrect. We show that his claimed mechanism for physically flipping the earth's core is impossible, and that his claimed results (earthquakes, tsunamis, etc) are incorrect." Here is him being demolished on Penn & Teller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h_ON96FIuv8Read more »
One day in the not-too-distant future — probably sooner than many expect — some parts of the world will have power grids that are completely powered by renewables. Eventually, the entire world could be powered by renewables.Read more »
Just thought I'd point out that according to the government goons in Canada, Earthquakes of magnitude 7 occur about 20 times per year (or about one every 2.5 weeks) somewhere in the world. So by chance alone, any prediction of a magnitude 7 quake would likely be accurate to within a few weeks whether it was based on a correct model or not.
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Some scientists are claiming that homosexuality and heterosexuality may not necessarily be regulated by our genes, but regulated by other “switches” that determine how our genes “decide” whom we become. So, yes, you were born that way, and any parent who has a “problem” with their child’s non-heterosexuality has only themselves, or, rather, their biology, to blame.Read more »
A record loss of Arctic sea ice and faster-than-expected melting of Greenland’s ice cap made worldwide headlines in 2012, but research published in major science journals in the fall suggest warming in the North doesn’t have to continue. We could refreeze the Arctic, proposed a paper in Nature Climate Change. It wouldn’t even cost that much, said an affiliated study in Environmental Research Letters. The question is should we?Read more »
Stoners aren’t known for their memory prowess but a new review suggests that drugs similar to marijuana’s active ingredients may hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer‘s and other degenerative brain diseases.Read more »
A new study by University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers indicates that large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in national food supplies across the world may be one explanation for the rising global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and resulting higher health care costs.Read more »
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