What Seinfeld can teach us about science

From micro pigs to the doping dangers of a poppy seed bagel, life may be imitating the US sitcom When Jerry Seinfeld UK 1981 HBO debut, he said of weather forecasts: And then my favourite part, the satellite photo. This is really helpful. A photograph of the Earth from 10,000 miles away. Can you tell if you should take a sweater or not from that shot? His eponymous 90s sitcom is also packed with nuanced references to science, with the storylines of some of the most famous episodes centred on it: George Costanza pretends to be a scientist in The Marine Biologist, while in The Abstinence he becomes a boffin after swearing off sex. In The Non-Fat Yogurt, Kramer has …

Mum ‘left in dark’ over son’s hospital treatment

He has been receiving his treatment at the hospital’s current home in the Sciennes area of Edinburgh until now. The Sick Children’s Hospital had been due to move to its new £150m building in Little France, on the outskirts of the city, on Tuesday. But last week Health Secretary Jeane Freeman told NHS Lothian not to go ahead with the opening after inspectors found problems with the ventilation system. The announcement was made on Thursday. The following day, Danielle, from Balerno, received a letter which said that Teddy was to have blood tests in the new building at the beginning of August. Related Topics NHS Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Migrant children held in Texas facility need access to doctors, says attorney

Inhumane conditions for detained children amount to emergency public health crisis, says attorney who visited center Hundreds of children at a migrant detention center in Texas are being held in inhumane conditions that amount to an emergency public health crisis and should be allowed immediate access to doctors, according to an attorney who gained rare access to the facility. Elora Mukherjee, the director of Columbia Law Schools immigrant rights clinic, was one of six attorneys to visit the detention center in Clint approach the media. Mukherjee noted that seven children have died in federal immigration custody or shortly after being released, compared to no such deaths in the 10 previous years. We were extremely concerned that more children might die …

Blindfolded goats airlifted into national park as part of relocation effort

Derrick Halsey, a wildlife capture specialist known as a “mugger,” hands off a kid mountain goat to Olympic National Park Wildlife Branch Chief Patti Happe Tuesday, July 9, 2019, after airlifting the goat and two others to Hurricane Ridge in the park near Port Angeles, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) COLORADO OFFICIALS WARN HUMANS TO NOT FEED WILDLIFE AFTER MOUNTAIN GOATS ENGAGING IN ‘UNNATURAL BEHAVIORS’  There are six designated goat sites that the animals will be released to. “Mountain goat relocation will allow these animals to reoccupy historical range areas in the Cascades,” Jesse Plumage, a U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist, said in a news release.

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem’

CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK. “Car use is a massive blind spot on government policy,” Prof Jillian Anable, one of the authors of the report, said. She added: “For many years ministers have adopted the principle of trying to meet demand by increasing road space. “They need to reduce demand instead.” What’s your diet’s carbon footprint? What is a climate emergency? How can I help? But what about people who depend on their cars? The authors say there will always be people who depend on cars, especially in the countryside or suburbs. But, they point out that many young people in cities are choosing not to buy cars. Instead they are using …

Donald Trump’s five most dangerous attacks on the environment

Trumps administration has pursued cuts in environmental protections that are critical to the health of all Americans Donald Trump is set to hail his administrations environmental leadership on Monday in a speech in which he is expected to declare the US a world leader on the issue. But since taking office two and a half years ago, the US president has been at the helm of an administration that has pursued numerous cuts in rise in greenhouse gases of 3.4% the biggest rise in emissions since 2010. He has also regularly publicly aired his doubts over the existence of climate change previously calling it a hoax, suggesting that the climate could change back again and falsely claiming it was a …

‘Amazing’ gene-silencing drugs reach NHS

“My mum had five siblings and they all died of it. There are five of us, three of us have it and one has died.” The disease is passed down through families and there is a fifty-fifty chance that children of affected people will develop the disease. The first signs of Vincent’s disease were pins and needles in his hands and feet. Vincent’s brother Neil, a talented musician, said: “It affects the autonomic nervous system so it’s things like eating, sweating, sexual function. “You lose that very gradually and then suddenly it all goes. “My legs are numb from my knee down and it was going to my hands as well.” Eventually patients end up needing a wheel chair. It …

Nighttime Exposure To Blue Light Could Encourage Sugary Snack Consumption (In Rats)

In our screen-addled age, blue light is an unavoidable part of daily life. It radiates from your work desktop, your smartphone, and even the energy-saving LED lights you installed in the kitchen. While research into the negative health effects of blue light is not fully conclusive, it has been linked to various ailments from cancer and diabetes to heart disease, obesity, and poorer sleep. To add to that list, scientists presenting at this year’s conference of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) say that blue light can trigger excessive sugary snack consumption – at least in rats. The study found an hour of blue light exposure at night (aka: just enough time to watch an episode of …

Which would-be prime minister wears unusual socks?

Two men – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – are competing to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and the UK’s next prime minister. They’ve been out and about trying to win the votes of party members who will decide on the winner. With less than three weeks to go until the result, what’s been happening over the past seven days of campaigning? Event of the week To try to put a fiendishly complicated issue in the simplest terms possible… EU rules say there must be checks at its borders with non-EU countries. But, with the shadow of decades of violent conflict around the Irish border at the forefront of their minds, all sides agree that no visible …

A New Diet Didn’t Make Us Human, The Change Came Later

Two theories about how changes in diet enabled humanity’s evolution have run into trouble in quick succession. Around 2.1 million years ago, a species appeared in eastern Africa that was so different from its ancestors anthropologists class it as part of the genus Homo, to which we belong, not Australopithecus, from which it evolved. The question of what made these first humans so unlike those that went before is crucial to understanding our evolution, but the popular theory diet made the difference has bitten the dust. Although chimpanzees and bonobos supplement their diet with meat, they eat a lot less of it than most humans. This observation has inspired some to jump to the conclusion – greatly encouraged by the …

Migrant Children Draw Chilling Reality Of Life Inside A Federal Facility

The drawings were done by three kids (two 10-year-olds and an 11-year-old) who were recently released from “The fact that the drawings are so realistic and horrific gives us a view into what these children have experienced,” The children drew the pictures after arriving at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, Two of the children were from Guatemala. It’s not clear where the other child was from. It’s also unclear in which federal facilities they had been held. Anger has risen this week over the conditions that migrants, including children, are being forced to endure in federal centers. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) living far better now than where they came from.” Julián Castro: Trump's Border Policy Comes From 'Dark …

Delaware activist could become first ever transgender state senator

Washington (CNN)Transgender activist Sarah McBride announced Tuesday that she’s running for a Senate seat in her home state of Delaware. McBride said the experience of caring for her late husband through a battle with cancer shaped her focus on health care, particularly her charge to increase access to paid family medical leave. “I don’t want anyone to go through that experience, but I also know that thousands of people are going through it every day,” McBride said. The incumbent for the 1st District, Democratic state Sen. Harris McDowell, announced on July 1 that he will retire at the end of his term in 2020. “I’ve long looked to the Delaware state legislature as a place where real change is possible,” …

I Changed Jobs While Pregnant, And It Exposed A Huge Issue With Family Leave

“We’d like to offer you the job.” I held my breath. “And because I’m sure you’re wondering, I want to say now that we are also going to offer you paid leave time after the baby is born.” I let the air out in a whoosh of relief and excitedly accepted, agreeing to a future call to hash out the details. I hung up the phone and rested my hands on top of my seven-months-pregnant mound of a belly, dumbstruck at how lucky I was. I had been trying to break into the reproductive rights field for nearly three years, doing freelance writing about reproductive rights issues and freelance research about reproductive rights laws and the legal landscape, as well …

Mick Jagger Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of singer, songwriter and Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger. Father: Basil “Joe” Jagger, a teacher Mother: Eva (Scutts) Jagger Marriages: Jerry Hall (November 21, 1990-August 13, 1999, annulled); Bianca (Pérez Morena De Macías) Jagger (May 21, 1971-November 2, 1979, divorced) Children: with Melanie Hamrick: a son, 2016;with Luciana Gimenez Morad: Lucas, 1999; with Jerry Hall: Gabriel, 1997; Georgia, 1992; James, 1985; Elizabeth, 1984; with Bianca (Pérez Morena De Macías) Jagger: Jade, 1971; with Marsha Hunt: Karis, 1970 Education: Attended the London School of Economics Other Facts:Plays the harmonica, tambourine, guitar and piano. Childhood friends with bandmate Keith Richards. Nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, solo and with The Rolling Stones, and won three. Once …