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Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between

October 23rd, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: The U.S. retirement age is rising, as the government pushes it higher and workers stay in careers longer. But lifespans aren’t necessarily extending to offer equal time on the beach. Data released last week suggest Americans’ health is declining and millions of middle-age workers face the prospect of shorter, and less active, retirements […]

Insect Ecosystem Collapse

October 22nd, 2017

Via: Guardian: They are multitudinous almost beyond our imagining. They thrive in soil, water, and air; they have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every continent bar Antarctica, in every habitat but the ocean. And it is their success – staggering, unparalleled and seemingly endless – which makes all the more alarming the […]

Global Pollution Is the World’s Biggest Killer and a Threat to Survival of Mankind, Study Finds

October 21st, 2017

Via: USA Today: Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world, accounting for three times more deaths in 2015 than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to a sweeping global study published Friday in The Lancet medical journal. The report by the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health blames […]

Catalonia Crisis: Spain Moves to Suspend Autonomy

October 19th, 2017

Via: BBC: Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued “repression”. […]

Over 30,000 Published Studies Could Be Wrong Due to Contaminated Cells

October 18th, 2017

Via: Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades. A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating […]

Our Minds Can Be Hijacked: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia

October 6th, 2017

Via: Guardian: There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein […]

Fukushima Operator Can Restart Reactors at World’s Biggest Nuclear Power Plant

October 5th, 2017

Via: Guardian: The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been given initial approval to restart reactors at another atomic facility, marking the first step towards the firm’s return to nuclear power generation more than six years after the March 2011 triple meltdown. Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application from […]

Spanish PM Faces Crisis After Violent Secession Vote in Catalonia

October 2nd, 2017

Via: Reuters: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades after Sunday’s violence-marred independence referendum in Catalonia opened the door for its wealthiest region to move for secession as early as this week. The streets of Barcelona, the Catalan capital, were quiet on Monday, but newspaper editorials said the banned referendum, in […]

With Widespread Power Failures, Puerto Rico Is Cash Only

October 1st, 2017

Via: New York Times: Juan Jimenez squinted into the dark lobby of his bank early Friday, thinking about the paycheck sitting in his account, just behind the locked doors. If only he could get to it. With power failures and communications outages still widespread nine days after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico has become […]

Too Many Drug Victims to Autopsy

September 27th, 2017

Via: Daily Mail: The number of people dying from opioid overdoses is skyrocketing so quickly that medical examiners’ offices across the country cannot autopsy them all. These offices are being forced to neglect suspected opioid overdose victims by giving them a watered-down version of an autopsy that provides a minimal amount of information on their […]

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