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Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:26:00 -0500

Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.

U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:16:00 -0500

The British Parliament is considering a 34-cent tax on to-go cups to encourage diners to bring their own reusable containers. The goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags.

Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:15:38 -0500

Health insurer Aetna has reached a settlement with people whose privacy was compromised when their HIV status was visible through the clear address windows on envelopes sent to them.

Review Of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Paints A Picture Of A More Dangerous Nuclear World

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

The Trump administration appears close to finalizing a review of the nation's nuclear posture. It calls for the U.S. to develop new nuclear systems and capabilities at a time of heightened tensions between America and other world powers.

Night Became Day In Detroit As Meteor Lit Up Sky

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

A meteor streaked over southeast Michigan Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom so loud it shook houses. After seeing the spectacle in the night sky, thousands of people took to social media to share what they witnessed.

Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:51:22 -0500

Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.

Black Holes: Where Reality Beats Fiction

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:07:00 -0500

We know that at the heart of pretty much every galaxy, there is a giant black hole. There is a lot that we know about black holes — and a lot that we don't know, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Bright Light, Sonic Boom As Meteor Streaks Across Southern Michigan

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:23:00 -0500

The space rock punched through the clouds near Detroit just after 8 p.m. with a boom that shook houses and registered magnitude 2.0 on U.S. Geological Survey instruments.

Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns, Citing Administration Indifference

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:42:00 -0500

The chairman of the board, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, said in a letter that the Department of the Interior showed no interest in engaging with board members.

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:22 -0500

Home health firms sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay for their services, say advocates for patients.

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:43:00 -0500

The law that requires America to turn some of its soybeans into diesel fuel for trucks has created a new industry. But it's costing American consumers about $5 billion each year.

Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

A federally funded experimental program is partnering with a Latino grocery chain to reward people who use their food stamps to put more fresh produce on their tables.

Altering A Species: Darwin's Shopping List

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:28:00 -0500

Few scientific discoveries have caused as much excitement as that of editing our genes; yet we owe some of the most stunning wonders around us to old-fashioned breeding practices, says Jimena Canales.

Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:01:21 -0500

The 16th century epidemic, likely set off or exacerbated by European invaders, was one of the most deadly in human history. New evidence traces it to a type of salmonella that causes a deadly fever.

Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:01:20 -0500

Christopher Marley only uses specimens that have died from natural causes or been caught as fishing bycatch. Then he freeze-dries them, which is why they seem so alive in his artwork.