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Precision Medicine: Little Benefit So Far, But Lots of Hope

There was one boy, eight years old, who Olena Morozova thinks about still. He was being treated for sarcoma, a rare cancer found in bones or connective tissue. A genetic mutation was found that might partly explain his illness, but there was no therapy to fix it. ‘I think of all the Read More … … Continue reading Precision Medicine: Little Benefit So Far, But Lots of Hope →

Arson Arrest Announced in Devastating Lake County Fire

LOWER LAKE — A Lake County man was arrested Monday on arson charges for allegedly starting a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, businesses and other structures here, authorities said. Authorities announced Monday night that Damin Pashilk, 40, of Clearlake, faces 17 counts of arson in Read More …Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Arson Arrest Announced in Devastating Lake County Fire →

Fishing And Foraging: How To Catch Your Seafood, Ethically

Now, you can love your seafood and eat it, too. But first, you’ll have to catch it. Fisherman Kirk Lombard’s new book, The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, teaches the art, science, ethics and wisdom of fishing for your next meal in the ocean. Through wit, Read More … Source:: Food Science

IBM Watson Replaces Experts’ Brainpower for Cancer Treatment

A computer may soon be able to offer highly personalized treatment suggestions for cancer patients based on the specifics of their cases and the full sweep of the most relevant scientific research. Time is of the essence in formulating precision treatment plans for cancer patients. ‘By the time we got through Read More …Source:: Future … Continue reading IBM Watson Replaces Experts’ Brainpower for Cancer Treatment →

How a Sheep Farmer Saves Water Using Shipping Containers

On Golden Valley Farm north of Madera, Mario Daccarett’s employees are milking 500 sheep in rounds of 12. As they hook up long clear suction cups to each animal’s teats, milk drains down tubes into a cold tank. This creamy milk eventually is turned into cheese and sold at places Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading How a Sheep Farmer Saves Water Using Shipping Containers →

Unglamorous ‘Mop-Up’ Duty Keeps Fires Extinguished

As firefighters increase control around the Pilot Fire near Hesperia, their work shifts from putting out live flames to the painstaking, lung-busting tasks that ensure the fire stays extinguished. It’s less dramatic than the initial fire attack jobs of cutting fire lines by hand or bulldozer and dropping water and fire Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Unglamorous ‘Mop-Up’ Duty Keeps Fires Extinguished →

California Wheezing: Spike In Ozone Levels Causing Breathing Problems

LOS ANGELES — Southern California sunshine means sparkling beach weather, but this summer it’s contributing to a return of a traditional nemesis: smog. The enormous region that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Mojave Desert is having its worst summer air quality since 2009, regulators said Thursday. Huge wildfires have Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Wheezing: Spike In Ozone Levels Causing Breathing Problems →

Scientists Build Implantable Bio-Sensor Size of Sand Grain (Video)

Scientists at UC Berkeley have built a tiny, wireless sensor that might someday be able to monitor muscles or organs in real time, stimulate nerves to treat diseases, or allow people to control prosthetics with their minds. The sensor is a 1-millimeter cube, about the size of Read More … Source:: Future of You – … Continue reading Scientists Build Implantable Bio-Sensor Size of Sand Grain (Video) →

DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg said Thursday the decision is rooted Read More … Source:: … Continue reading DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana →

PG&E Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice in Deadly San Bruno Blast

A federal jury found PG&E guilty on 6 of 12 criminal charges, including obstruction of justice, for their role in the deadly pipeline blast almost six years ago that killed eight people, injured dozens more and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno. The company was fined $3 million. A Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading PG&E Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice in Deadly San Bruno Blast →