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3 Strange Worlds Circling a Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots for Life

A trio of newly discovered Earth-sized planets looks ideally suited to search for signs that these alien worlds might be able to support life. The planets orbit close to an unusually small, reddish star that’s about one-eighth the size of our sun and is far cooler, researchers report in the Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading 3 Strange Worlds Circling a Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots for Life →

How a New CRISPR/Cas9 Technique May Get Us Closer to Curing Genetic Diseases

CRISPR/Cas9 has gotten so much attention lately that even a pop culture hit like “The X-Files” has taken note. The revolutionary DNA-editing tool is appreciably simpler and more versatile than the techniques scientists had previously used to alter unwanted DNA. It’s like instead of correcting a spelling error Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading How a New CRISPR/Cas9 Technique May Get Us Closer to Curing Genetic Diseases →

Should Teens Be Allowed to Buy E-Cigarettes?

Featured Media Resource [VIDEO]: “Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?” (BBC News)As e-cigarettes and vaping grow in popularity among teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to regulate their distribution. Researchers are still determining the health risks associated with the popular product. In Read More … Source:: KQED QUEST

Tiny Central Valley Community Tests California’s Clean-Water Law

Here’s a statistic that, no matter how many times we report about it, still sounds shocking: More than a million Californians lack access to safe, clean drinking water. “When the doctor told me that I had high arsenic contamination in my body, I thought, ‘If this is happening to Read More … Source:: State of … Continue reading Tiny Central Valley Community Tests California’s Clean-Water Law →

How A Birth at Stanford 50 Years Ago Launched Search for Down Syndrome Test

This story comes to us via Only Human, a new podcast from WNYC Studios. Hosted by Mary Harris, Only Human tells stories we all can relate to. Because every body has a story. Subscribe to Only Human on iTunes or wherever you like to get your podcasts. When Read More … Source:: State of Health … Continue reading How A Birth at Stanford 50 Years Ago Launched Search for Down Syndrome Test →

Is Silicon Valley Key to Delta Tunnels Plan?

Santa Clara County depends heavily on water imported through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is why the county’s wholesale water provider is one of a few water districts in Northern California that may participate in an expensive plan to build new water conveyance tunnels under the Delta.