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Hookah Smoke Contains Cancer-Causing Chemical

Hookah Smoke Contains Cancer-Causing Chemical | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
People who smoke a hookah or inhale secondhand hookah smoke may be breathing in the chemical benzene, a substance that previous research has linked with an increased risk of leukemia, according to a new study. They also collected urine samples from 103 people who didn't smoke hookah tobacco but attended events where they'd be exposed to hookah smoke, to test the effect of secondhand hookah smoke on these people's bodies. The researchers found that urine levels of a compound called S-phenylmercapturic acid (SPMA), which forms when benzene is broken down in the body, increased more than fourfold in the hookah smokers who smoked at a hookah lounge, and increased almost twofold in the people who smoked hookah tobacco at home. Moreover, levels of SPMA in the urine of people who were at a hookah lounge but hadn't smoked were 2.6 times higher after they were exposed to the hookah smoke in lounges.
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‘Ebola’ outbreak DECLARED amid Black Death comeback – and this virus is UNTREATABLE

‘Ebola’ outbreak DECLARED amid Black Death comeback – and this virus is UNTREATABLE | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
HEALTH experts are warning a killer virus that has broken out is untreatable – as the plague continues to spread after making a shock comeback.
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Yellowstone Supervolcano May Erupt Sooner Than Anticipated — NOVA Next

Yellowstone Supervolcano May Erupt Sooner Than Anticipated — NOVA Next | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
About 630,000 years ago, a powerful eruption took place in what is now Wyoming. This explosion spewed 240 cubic miles of rock and ash, creating the Yellowstone caldera—a volcanic depression spanning most of the national park. The supervolcano under Yellowstone has been mostly dormant for tens of thousands of years—the last large eruption filled the caldera with ash and lava around 70,000 years ago, well before people had migrated to the continent. New research from Arizona State University shows that the last time the volcano erupted was after two large influxes of magma filled the reservoir under the caldera—and that process may take less time than previously thought. The current theory has
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‘Win for Einstein’: Nobel Prize winners find gravitational waves in space

‘Win for Einstein’: Nobel Prize winners find gravitational waves in space | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Three US-based scientists won the Nobel Physics Prize for detecting faint ripples flying through space, the gravitational waves predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein. The discovery gives astronomers a a new way to view the universe.


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More daytime images of the Larsen C iceberg have come in, and they're amazing

More daytime images of the Larsen C iceberg have come in, and they're amazing | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
In July, one of the largest icebergs ever recorded — measuring in at about the size of Delaware and containing a volume of ice twice the size of Lake Erie — broke off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in northwest Antarctica.  The event, which took place during the frigid blackness of the Antarctic winter, was
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Mount Agung map: Where is the Bali volcano threatening to erupt on the Indonesian island?

Mount Agung map: Where is the Bali volcano threatening to erupt on the Indonesian island? | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Increased seismic activity at the popular tourist destination has prompted authorities to hastily evacuate about 50,000 people from the area. As many as 300 tremors rocked the volcano over a six-hours period on Sunday, sparking fears that it could erupt for the first time in over 50 years. The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) raised the current alert level to 4, the highest on its 1 to 4 scale. Indonesian authorities have also issued a 12 km (7.5 mile) radius excursion zone around the crater.  So far about 50,000 people have evacuated but the number is set to rise because about 62,000 people live in the ‘danger zone’. "Given the possible eruption of Mount
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'If anyone can hear us … help.' Puerto Rico's mayors describe 'horror in the streets'

'If anyone can hear us … help.' Puerto Rico's mayors describe 'horror in the streets' | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - In the northern Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja, the floodwaters reached more than 10 feet. Stranded residents screamed "save me, save me," using the lights in their cellphones to help rescue teams find them in the darkness, the town's mayor said. In Loiza, a north coastal town that already had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma, 90 percent of homes - 3,000 - were destroyed by Hurricane Maria just days later. In communities across the island, bridges collapsed and highways were severely damaged, isolating many residents. In Rio Grande, officials had yet to access a number of families stuck in their homes, three days after the powerful storm made landfall. When speaking about
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A Lucky Escape for a Whistling Duck in South Africa

A Lucky Escape for a Whistling Duck in South Africa | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Glenda Maguire came across a group of white-faced whistling ducks and noticed something strange in Broederstroom, South Africa. As she grabbed her camera to take a closer look she spotted a little duck in distress. The duck had managed to trap it’s head in a plastic ring and couldn’t escape. Glenda and her husband realized that these particular wild ducks scare easily and so assembled a cage trap instead of physically trying to catch the duck. Thankfully they rescued the duck and successfully removed the ring. Credit: The Wildlife at Pecanwood Estate via Storyful
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Ahead of Hurricane Irma, Florida Starts Evacuations

Ahead of Hurricane Irma, Florida Starts Evacuations | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
All of Florida is under a state of emergency as it braces for a “potentially catastrophic” hurricane in Irma, with winds reaching 185 miles per hour.
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Alien-hunting Breakthrough Listen project tracks strange series of 15 radio bursts

Alien-hunting Breakthrough Listen project tracks strange series of 15 radio bursts | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative aimed at stepping up the search for alien signals, says it’s picked up an intriguing series of 15 fast radio bursts emanating from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away. It’s way too early to claim that the signals from the galaxy, which hosts a radio
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Mutant Apes Missing Nostrils And Fingers Discovered In Uganda

Mutant Apes Missing Nostrils And Fingers Discovered In Uganda | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Scientists discovered mutant apes with missing nostrils and cleft lips living in Uganda.
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Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
NASA covers the August 21 solar eclipse live from coast to coast, from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station.
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Fleas in Arizona Test Positive for the Plague–Here’s What You Need to Know About it

Fleas in Arizona Test Positive for the Plague–Here’s What You Need to Know About it | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Scary headlines proclaim the return of the killer bacterial infection. We asked an infectious disease expert to separate the hype from the facts.
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Tracing the History of Horse Evolution and Domestication: Year In Review 2012 | horse

Tracing the History of Horse Evolution and Domestication: Year In Review 2012 | horse | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Tracing the History of Horse Evolution and Domestication: Year In Review 2012: New clues to the origins of the horse and the spread of its domestication were presented in 2012 by a multinational team of scientists led by Vera Warmuth of the University of Cambridge. In their bid to piece together the genetic structure of the wild horse (Equus ferus) and to determin
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A Weed Killer Is Increasingly Showing Up in People's Bodies

A Weed Killer Is Increasingly Showing Up in People's Bodies | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
A study shows an alarming spike in levels of Roundup's chemicals in people’s urine
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Locals warned to stay away as Japanese volcano erupts

Locals warned to stay away as Japanese volcano erupts | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Mount Shinmoedake in southern Japan erupted for the first time in six years Wednesday, shooting a plume of ash several hundred metres into the air and sparking warnings to local residents. People were ordered to stay away from the volcano after it rumbled to life at 5:34 am (2034 GMT Tuesday) as Japan
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Primates on Puerto Rico's 'Monkey Island' research station narrowly survived Maria

Primates on Puerto Rico's 'Monkey Island' research station narrowly survived Maria | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
As Hurricane Maria barreled across the Caribbean last week, one of the first places to get caught in the eye of the storm was Cayo Santiago, a small island off Puerto Rico’s southeastern coast that is populated only by monkeys. The 1,000 free-ranging rhesus macaques that make their homes on Cayo Santiago
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Severed head of eccentric Jeremy Bentham to go on display as scientists test DNA to see if he was autistic

Severed head of eccentric Jeremy Bentham to go on display as scientists test DNA to see if he was autistic | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
The severed head of eccentric philosopher Jeremy Bentham is to go on display for the first time in decades and scientists are using the opportunity to test his DNA to find out if he was autistic. Social reformer Bentham, who died in 1832 insisted that his body be preserved after his death as an ‘auto-icon
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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury.
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New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.
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Panic on the Beach as Hurricane-Force Winds Caused by Microburst Strike Without Warning

Panic on the Beach as Hurricane-Force Winds Caused by Microburst Strike Without Warning | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Anything not tied down went flying as a result of the powerful winds.
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Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record-setting force early Wednesday, shaking people in their homes on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda on a path toward Puerto Rico and possibly Florida by the weekend.
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Grizzly bears go vegetarian due to climate change, choosing berries over salmon

Grizzly bears go vegetarian due to climate change, choosing berries over salmon | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
Grizzly bears have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries after being forced to make a choice due to climate change. Warming temperatures meant that the berries are ripening earlier than usual, at exactly the same time as the freshwater streams on Alaska’s Kodiak Island are overflowing with
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Did toxic algal bloom cause mystery Beachy Head chemical haze?

Did toxic algal bloom cause mystery Beachy Head chemical haze? | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
An algal bloom in The Channel may have been behind the mystery noxious haze that drifted ashore and left around 150 people needing hospital treatment, it has been suggested. Police and scientists are still trying to identify the source of the mystery gas cloud that left people with vomiting, stinging
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Scientists discover 91 volcanoes slumbering beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes slumbering beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet | Eldritch Weird | Scoop.it
In a discovery that sounds like the premise for an environmental disaster movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, researchers say they've identified 91 previously unknown volcanoes sitting underneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.  Yes, that's the same ice sheet that climate scientists are concerned
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Sacrifice of ancient horses gives clues to their domestication

Genetic study reveals what Iron and Bronze Age peoples were selecting for. Learn more: http://scim.ag/2qcADQG Read the paper: http://scim.ag/2pmAA1O
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