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Earliest sunset of the year is today - more than a week before the solstice - Telegraph

Earliest sunset of the year is today - more than a week before the solstice - Telegraph | About Science | Scoop.it
The solstice is not until December 21 but, bafflingly, the earliest sunset of the year will occur today (Earliest sunset of the year is today - more than a week before the solstice: The solstice is not until Decembe...
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When dangerous vaccines get approved by governments, we need to ask how and why? Are such vaccines even needed?

The prevnar vaccine is one of the most dangerous vaccines of all time. How did it get approved? Does it really help children? What are the alternatives?

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Lawsuit Launched as Testing Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Hair Care and Personal Care Products - Center for Environmental Health

Lawsuit Launched as Testing Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Hair Care and Personal Care Products - Center for Environmental Health | About Science | Scoop.it
August 27, 2013 Testing finds dozens of shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, and other products sold by Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other national retailers in violation of California law Oakland, CA-Today, the Center for Environmental Health...

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Industrial natural product chemistry for drug discovery and development

Industrial natural product chemistry for drug discovery and development | About Science | Scoop.it

In addition to their prominent role in basic biological and chemical research, natural products are a rich source of commercial products for the pharmaceutical and other industries. Industrial natural product chemistry is of fundamental importance for successful product development, as the vast majority (ca. 80%) of commercial drugs derived from natural products require synthetic efforts, either to enable economical access to bulk material, and/or to optimize drug properties through structural modifications. This review aims to illustrate issues on the pathway from lead to product, and how they have been successfully addressed by modern natural product chemistry. It is focused on natural products of current relevance that are, or are intended to be, used as pharmaceuticals.

 

Armin Bauer*a and   Mark Brö Nat. Prod. Rep., 2014, Advance Article


DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70058E


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93 Scientists Declare: No Consensus on GMO Safety

93 Scientists Declare: No Consensus on GMO Safety | About Science | Scoop.it

A group of 93 scientists from all over the world deplore the disinformation over the safety of GMOs and expose the lack of empirical and scientific evidence on which the false claims of “consensus” on safety are being made 

 

"Whether to continue and expand the introduction of GM crops and foods into the human food and animal feed supply, and whether the identified risks are acceptable or not, are decisions that involve socioeconomic considerations beyond the scope of a narrow scientific debate and the currently unresolved biosafety research agendas.

 

These decisions must therefore involve the broader society. They should, however, be supported by strong scientific evidence on the long-term safety of GM crops and foods for human and animal health and the environment, obtained in a manner that is honest, ethical, rigorous, independent, transparent, and sufficiently diversified to compensate for bias.

 

Decisions on the future of our food and agriculture should not be based on misleading and misrepresentative claims that a “scientific consensus” exists on GMO safety."


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:24 PM

Yes - let's have serious debate around GMOs. 

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:28 PM

Technology races ahead as usual; by the time there is consensus, it most likely will be outdated....

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25 Animal Experimentation Statistics and Facts

25 Animal Experimentation Statistics and Facts | About Science | Scoop.it
Statistics for Animal Experimentation and Testing
More than 100 million animals are used in experimentation and tested each year.

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Alfonso Barrios Sanz's curator insight, November 11, 2014 9:44 AM

First of all, is true that we have to reduce the number of animals in the experiments, but animal testing has contributed to many life-saving cures and treatments. It is concerning the numbers and percentage that we can see in this report. So, we can use alternative testing methods to reduce or replace the use of the animals.
We should only use animals do it for their benefit. 

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Building-in biosafety for synthetic biology. [Microbiology. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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The incrementing amount of products of synthetic biology and biotechnology besides the amazing progress to our modern life styles have brought also a new wide range of new risks which must be taken into account. Several  biological measures are being considered and taken in order to face these risks but it is interesting how this risks and how this counter-measures are regulated in order to take care of public health.

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Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering a Plenoptic Imaging System for iDevices and Conventional Cameras and More

Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering a Plenoptic Imaging System for iDevices and Conventional Cameras and More | About Science | Scoop.it
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 28, 2013 12:16 PM

Silicon War Report:  Patents (when effectively employed) are used to defend strategic positions, important to see where these 43 patents are and how they are going to be a direction for Apple

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Q&A: Do patents help or hinder innovation?

Q&A: Do patents help or hinder innovation? | About Science | Scoop.it
In the run up to our Summit on the Global Agenda, we asked you to put your questions to David Kappos, from our Global Agenda Council on Intellectual Property System. Do patents help or hinder innovation?

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Patents are normally one of the main goals of research as well as publications. But patents mean to monopolyze certain knowledge for a perior of it. This blog show some questions and answers regarding the question shown in the title. But should patents be for longer or shorter periods? how should they be given? should they be different when concerning differents areas of knowledge? These are just some of the questions that should be solved in order to understant a topic as complex as patents.

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Institute for Responsible Technology - Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?

Institute for Responsible Technology - Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity? | About Science | Scoop.it
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Can genetically engineered foofs trigger gluten sensitivity? Well according to this interview they do!!! And while the articles they quote should be examined exhaustively to determine whether they are reliable or not. Some serious studies must be done to be sure that the actual laws and politics do protect us enough from GMO and that those that reach the market do not supose any threat to people. 

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La Fiscalía citó el lunes a versión libre a Manuel Elkin Patarroyo - Archivo - Archivo Digital de Noticias de Colombia y el Mundo desde 1.990 - eltiempo.com

La Fiscalía citó el lunes a versión libre a Manuel Elkin Patarroyo - Archivo - Archivo Digital de Noticias de Colombia y el Mundo desde 1.990 - eltiempo.com | About Science | Scoop.it
Se le acusa de no seguir el régimen de obligaciones y prohibicione (...) - Artículo del archivo de noticias eltiempo.com. Encuentre las noticias más importantes de Colombia y el mundo desde 1990 totalmente gratis para usted.
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The Nuclear Fusion Arms Race Is Underway

The Nuclear Fusion Arms Race Is Underway | About Science | Scoop.it
Private investors are already betting tens of millions of dollars on nuclear fusion—here's the inside story of where the money is going.
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High hopes

High hopes | About Science | Scoop.it
Care must be taken not to raise unrealistic expectations for RTS,S malaria vaccine.
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We are close to a malaria vaccine!!! ... or are we?

A massive clinical trial is taking place in Africa where across 7 coutries more than 15.000 children are given a malaria vaccine candidate. But the results recently published are not quite satisfactory and may not be as effective as the WHO has stated they should be. Probably this trial is worth it for the houndreds of children that do not have another option, but there is always the risk of getting hopes higher than they should be and this must definitely be avoided, specially with those kids. Said this, lets us hope and expect for satisfying results!!!

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An Honest Look at the Historical Evidence that Vaccines Eliminated Diseases | Health Impact News

An Honest Look at the Historical Evidence that Vaccines Eliminated Diseases | Health Impact News | About Science | Scoop.it

Medical history books, almost uniformly extol the virtues of vaccination.

 

Upon reading these books, one is left with the impression that during the 1800s and into the 1900s, there were rampant plagues that killed countless scores of people and that, because of vaccines, this is no longer the case.

 

This is certainly what we believed growing up, and most people we talk to have a similar impression. It generally permeates society as an established fact.


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:17 PM

The propaganda that vaccines are lifesavers has really entered our culture at a deep level. 

It's time to get the actual facts of the matter out in the open and start asking some serious questions about the practice of universal (and state imposed) vaccination... 

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Study Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps

Study Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps | About Science | Scoop.it
Tuesday, the Center for Environmental Health revealed independent testing finding a cancer-causing chemical in 98 shampoos, soaps and other personal care products ...

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Several different kinds of chemical products are produced daily nowadays for many different purposes, mostly for the use of every person that is willing to do so. Also, it is everytime more frequent to find out that a determined compound is cancer-causing, the problem is that many of this cancer-causing compounds are part of the chemical products that are avaible to the general public and many times little regulation is taking care considering that those chemicals werent known to cause that effect.

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Walking in the woods with quantum chemistry – applications of quantum chemical calculations in natural products research

Walking in the woods with quantum chemistry – applications of quantum chemical calculations in natural products research | About Science | Scoop.it

This Highlight describes applications of quantum chemical calculations to problems in natural products chemistry, including the elucidation of natural product structures (distinguishing between constitutional isomers, distinguishing between diastereomers, and assigning absolute configuration) and determination of reasonable mechanisms for their formation.

 

Dean J. Tantillo

Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, Advance Article


DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70028C


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Shoppers Beware: Toxic Chemicals Found in 150 Consumer Products

Shoppers Beware: Toxic Chemicals Found in 150 Consumer Products | About Science | Scoop.it
Products with chemical hazards are still scattered throughout the economy in a wide variety of items.

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Can technology help us put an end to animal experimentation?

Can technology help us put an end to animal experimentation? | About Science | Scoop.it

Nobody likes the idea of experimenting on animals. It seems like the definition of inhumanity, especially when you consider the growing evidence that animals have awareness just like us.


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Leire Tapia's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:14 AM

La experimentación con animales ha sido y es una necesidad para obtener avances en la ciencia. Sin embargo, los animales son seres sensibles  que tienen que recibir un trato ético correcto basado en el respeto que se merecen y en el valor que tienen. Por esta razón la regulación de la experimentación con animales se basa en las 3 erres: reducir, refinar y reemplazar. Además con ayuda de la tecnología se está encontrando otros métodos alternativos con el que otener el mismo nivel de información que el que se obtiene con la experimentación animal. Con esto se busca evitar los abusos y prácticas injustificadas que en la historia se han hecho sobre los animales. Según el trato que  una persona de a los animales esta se perfecciona o degrada. Encuentro injustificable el abuso que se puede realizar sobre ellos en cuanto a la investigación con el objetivo de conseguir beneficios propios porque me parece egoísta.  Es importante que tratemos con respeto a los animales ya que somos responsables de ellos como de la naturaleza en sí. 

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New compound excels at killing persistent and drug-resistant tuberculosis : BreakThrough Digest Medical News

An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Albert Einstein ...
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No seeds, no independent research

No seeds, no independent research | About Science | Scoop.it
Soybeans, corn, cotton and canola -- most of the acres planted in these crops in the United States are genetically altered. "Transgenic" seeds reduce the use of some insecticides. But herbicide use...
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The Small Biz Guide to Patents, Copyright and Trademarks

The Small Biz Guide to Patents, Copyright and Trademarks | About Science | Scoop.it
From copyrights to trademarks to patents, you need to protect your product.

 

Your company’s intellectual property -– from your logo to trade secrets -– can be just as valuable as physical assets. This is particularly true for digital startups. Yet, taking the necessary legal steps to protect your intellectual property can be costly and time-consuming, often burdening a young startup before it gets off the ground. It’s a delicate balance to determine what actions to take and when, but the following is a primer on the various types of intellectual property.

 

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Stuart Gibson's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:54 PM

Fantastic article.

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Improved Non-GMO Corn Performing Better Than GMO Crops

Improved Non-GMO Corn Performing Better Than GMO Crops | About Science | Scoop.it
Heather Callaghan
Despite genetically modified corn comprising up to 90% of corn crops in the United States, non GMO hybrid corn (often called conventional) has managed to hang on. There appears to be a steady rising market for non-GMO corn.

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Doctors Take A Long Shot And Inject HIV Into Dying Girl. The Reason Why Will Amaze You.

Doctors Take A Long Shot And Inject HIV Into Dying Girl. The Reason Why Will Amaze You. | About Science | Scoop.it
Subscribe to the GE Channel: http://full.sc/12xcByI Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another... inside the body of an six-year-old patient? The results will shatter all expectations. GE works on things that matter.
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The Big Bang Theory 7x05 Sheldon the Monkey

Sheldon responds the same as the test monkey Amy is researching"

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As hilarious as it may be to see Sheldon reacting as a capuchin monkey (or the monkey reacting as a human?) it is necessary to remember the remarkable resemblance between our especies and that extreme cautions must be taken to ensure that the researchs that are carried out using animals, actually need to use them and that the animals involved do receive the proper care.

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Researchers Rewrite Genome Of E. Coli, Improve Its Ability To Resist Viruses - Science News - redOrbit

Researchers Rewrite Genome Of E. Coli, Improve Its Ability To Resist Viruses - Science News - redOrbit | About Science | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from Harvard and Yale have recorded the entire genome of the bacteria E.
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