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Billy Kimmel's Rare Heart Condition Explained

Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel put the public spotlight on a rare congenital heart condition Monday with an emotional retelling of the drama surrounding the recent birth of his son, Billy. Just hours after Kimmel’s wife Molly gave birth, doctors diagnosed Billy with a combination of heart defects known as tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia , a condition that occurs ...

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Do We Have a Right to Mental Privacy and Cognitive Liberty?

The idea of the human mind as the ultimate domain of absolute protection from external intrusion has persisted for centuries. In a masque written by John Milton in 1634 a young woman is bounded to an enchanted chair by a debauched man named Comus. Despite being restrained against her will, she claims: “Thou canst not touch the freedom of my ...

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Scientists Surprised to Find No Two Neurons Are Genetically Alike

The past few decades have seen intensive efforts to find the genetic roots of neurological disorders, from schizophrenia to autism. But the genes singled out so far have provided only sketchy clues. Even the most important genetic risk factors identified for autism, for example, may only account for a few percent of all cases. Much frustration stems from the realization ...

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Hot Chilies Cool Down Gut Inflammation in Mice

The ingredient that makes hot chilies hot is called capsaicin —and it can set your mouth on fire. But the spicy compound has a soothing effect too: in your gut, it kicks off a chemical cascade that might calm the immune system and reduce inflammation . Researchers studied that phenomenon in mice. Once inside the gut, the capsaicin molecules plugged ...

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Can India Save the Warming Planet?

A shimmering waterfall beckoned visitors into the India pavilion at the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference. Inside, multimedia exhibits and a parade of panelists proclaimed that the nation’s clean energy future was fast-approaching. Prime Minister Narendra Modi went even further, announcing that his country would lead a new International Solar Alliance to ramp up solar power in 120 countries. Indian officials ...

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6 Ways to Build Your Resilience

Kelly Clarkson reminds us that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, Elton John is still standing, and of course, Gloria Gaynor will survive. What’s the common thread? A little thing glinting in the eye of the tiger called resilience. Resilience: it’s adapting and responding positively to stress and adversity. The adversity you face may be long-term, like having an ...

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Busy shipping lanes could cause 'seal hearing loss'

0SHARESShare Seals may experience hearing loss from underwater vessel noise, researchers at the University of St Andrews have said. The study compares seals inhabiting the UK’s busy shipping lanes to humans living in noisy cities. Lead author Esther Jones said noise could affect how sea mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals find food and communicate with each other. Eleven ...

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Bumblebees: Pesticide 'reduces queen egg development'

0SHARESShare Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, a UK study suggests. The team, who looked at wild bumblebees caught in the English countryside, say the insecticide, thiamethoxam, reduces egg development in queen bees. They say this is likely to reduce bee populations later in the year. ...

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'Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

0SHARESShare One of the UK’s last killer whales was contaminated with “shocking” levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines. But tests now reveal her body contained among the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, ever recorded. The ...

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Antarctic iceberg crack develops fork

0SHARESShare The crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf that looks set to spawn a giant berg has suddenly forked. Satellite imagery of the 180km-long fissure acquired in recent days shows a clear branching behaviour at its tip. Quite what this means for the future evolution of the crack and the putative 5,000-sq-km berg remains to be seen. Larsen C ...

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