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ADHD In Childhood May Feed Obesity In Adults

Men who were diagnosed with ADHD as children are more likely to be obese in adulthood, according to a new study.<p>The men who had ADHD weighed 19 pounds more at age 41 than otherwise similar men who hadn't had ADHD as boys, the researchers found.<p>"It makes sense, because they're self-medicating with …

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …

Google's Schmidt: The Internet needs a delete button

NEW YORK--The Internet needs a delete button, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Monday.<p>Actions someone takes when young can haunt the person forever, Schmidt said, because the information will always be on the Internet. He used the example of a young person who committed a crime that …

Colleges Soak Poor U.S. Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to …

Los Alamos Scientists Build A Prototype Quantum Network

In an era where every other day seems to bring to light a new cyber-attack, secure communications are a premium. And one key ingredient to the future of cybersecurity is quantum cryptography.<p>The way quantum cryptography works is not at all simple, but here’s the basic idea: in quantum mechanics, …

Associated Press News

Sallie Mae Profit Boosts College Endowments And Pension Funds As Students Pay More

University endowments and teachers’ pension funds are among big investors in Sallie Mae, the private lender that has been generating enormous profits thanks to soaring student debt and the climbing cost of education, a Huffington Post review of financial documents has revealed.<p>The previously …

When should millennials start saving for retirement? How about now

For as long as she can remember, Madeline Hannan-Leith has wanted to be a therapist. The Vancouver resident is nearing that goal: She's working on her master degree in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.<p>Not one to shirk hard work, she's held down several jobs …

Mexico sets shelters as volcano shakes, spews ash

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seismic activity has increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City, leading authorities to alert towns in two central states and the capital.<p>Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says the white-capped volcano spewed a plume of steam more than a half mile into the …

Facebook makes break-ups harder to take, study says

It hurts when your lover casts you aside.<p>Especially when you know that he or she is acting out of self-loathing, personal inadequacy, or a complete lack of appreciation for your hidden joys.<p>And yet, in this world where everything is recorded by a social network (and/or a government), there are …

Saudi Death Toll Reaches 15 Since Coronavirus Outbreak in 2012

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said the number of deaths from the coronavirus infection has reached 15, with 24 confirmed cases since September …

Older bankers are sticking around longer, making it harder for younger colleagues to get promoted

It used to be when an investment banker hit the age of 55 or so, he would take his millions and retire. But with deferred compensation and other cuts in pay in recent years, older bankers are staying on the job longer, according to a handful of senior bankers at major US and European banks who …

Compensation

Green Roofs As A Haven For Native Plants

Green roofs have been touted as a means of saving energy, improving water management and expanding natural space within urban environments. Can they …

Traffic Pollution Linked to Birth Defects

Children and cars do not mix well. What comes out of tailpipes has been linked to stroke, heart attacks, and increased hospital admissions in adults, but children seem to be particularly vulnerable traffic pollution, possibly because their organs are still developing and are therefore more …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Motors has long worked towards producing the car of the future, and the Model S may well be the perfect electric vehicle for the middle class. …

(Nearly) Unlimited Water

<b>By Ramez Naam</b><p><i>This is Part Three of a five-part series by Ramez Naam, Singularity University Adjunct Faculty, exploring the power of innovation to boost our access to energy, food, water, raw materials, and human population. All are based on his new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on</i> …

California seems likely to ban fracking

Have environmentalists already won the war over fracking in California?<p>It’s starting to look that way. A trio of bills swiftly moving through the state’s legislature would ban hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, until the practice is deemed safe.<p>The bills are among nine pieces of …

Oil & Gas Industry

Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology

SEATTLE — U.S. physicians and hospitals are in the digital dark ages when it comes to using the latest mobile devices and Internet services to deliver patient care.<p>As a result, U.S. hospitals are absorbing an estimated $8.3 billion annual hit in lost productivity and increased patient discharge …

America is one bad winter away from a food disaster, thanks to dying bees

Forget the plight of the polar bear for a moment and consider the coming collapse of the $30 billion honey bee economy in the US.<p>Since 2006 honey bees responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops—from apples to zucchini—have been dying by the tens of millions. As a new report from the US …

Insects

As China prospers, residents increasingly demand more rights, freedoms

<i>Editor's Note: This story is part of a series from PRI's The World, China Past Due.</i><p>When the workday is over and the sun is slung low in the sky, people drift over to the Chengdu People’s Park, and dance away the stress of the day.<p>They waltz and chacha under willow trees — couples, old women, a …

Shots fired from world's first 3D-printed handgun

The world's first gun made almost entirely by a 3D plastic printer has been successfully fired in Texas.<p>The successful test of the plastic handgun, …

Nasa chief Bolden says agency can go where no man has gone before: Mars

If the prospect of spending a thousand days up to 140 million miles away from the Earth was not enough of a deterrent, killer radiation levels and …

Fungus Found In Capri Sun: Scientists Find 5 Kinds Of Mold In Popular Drink

Capri Sun is full of sugar -- and fungus.<p>That's what a research project at Indiana State University discovered when two scientists found five kinds …

Roel de Boer's English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s New English Roofing Tile is a new green building product that could transform urban roofs into vibrant gardens. The plastic tiles are …

A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Mutations on a single gene appear to increase the risk for both an unusual sleep disorder and migraines, a team reports in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i>.<p>The finding could help explain the links between sleep problems and migraines. It also should make it easier to find new drugs to treat migraines, …

If MBAs are useless, we’re all in big trouble

<i>Quartz Debate: The author of this piece debated the merits of an MBA with Quartz contributor Jay Bhatti.</i><p>MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture …