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For the Left, Excess Hospital Beds Were “Too Many Deoderants” … Until This Month

For years, a significant critique (mostly from the Left) of health care costs has been that over-investment by private hospitals in premium facilities (e.g. ICU beds, MRI scanners, etc) is part of the reason health care costs have been rising…

East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years

(University of California – Irvine) East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned that the shape of the ground surface beneath the ice sheet could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse.

Observing phytoplankton via satellite

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) Thanks to a new algorithm, researchers at the AWI can now use satellite data to determine in which parts of the ocean certain types of phytoplankton are dominant. In addition, they can identify toxic algal blooms and assess the effects of global warming on marine plankton, allowing them to draw conclusions regarding water quality and the ramifications for the fishing industry.

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Microplastics found in a quarter of San Diego estuary fish

Nearly a quarter of fish collected from a San Diego stream contain microplastics. The study, which examined plastics in coastal sediments and three species of fish, showed that the frequency and types of plastic ingested varied with fish species and, in some cases, size or age of fish.

Ancient mantis-man petroglyph discovered in Iran

(Pensoft Publishers) A rare rock carving of an insect found in the Teymareh site of Central Iran has been jointly described by a team of entomologists and archaeologists in a paper now published in the open access Journal of Orthoptera Research. The petroglyph shows a six-limbed creature with the head and arms of a praying mantis, but with two circles at its sides, similarly to the famous “squatter man” petroglyph found at several locations around the world.

The force is strong in neutron stars

Physicists at MIT analyzed data from earlier experiments in particle accelerators, in order to probe the workings of the strong nuclear force that operates inside atoms. Their work sheds light on this force – one of the 4 fundamental forces of nature – and also illuminates the structure of a neutron star’s core.

AGRICULTURE: ‘Climatic events’: How farm groups skirt global warming – E&E News

Major farm groups have hit on a new way to tiptoe around climate change affected by human activity: Call it “climatic events.” That’s the catchphrase in a new initiative by the American Farm Bureau Federation and 20 other farm groups…

Sugar-poor diets wreak havoc on bumblebee queens’ health

(University of California – Riverside) UC Riverside study shows that without adequate sugar, a bumblebee queen’s fat body, which functions like a human liver, does not correctly produce enzymes required for healthy metabolism and detoxification from pesticides.