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A Canadian Doctor Explains How Her Country's Single-Payer Health Care System Works

The idea of a single-payer health care system is getting some renewed attention in the United States as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and some Democrats are advocating for it.<p>Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill was co-sponsored by 16 Democrats, including Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, …

A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here

The Data Viz Project has more than 150 types of visualizations.<p>You have one dataset, and countless ways to visualize it. Bar chart? Tree graph? The dreadful pie chart?<p>Now all your options are in one beautifully designed location: the Data Viz Project, which has more than 150 types of data …

Animal, vegetable or mineral? Strange fossil's identity finally confirmed

<i>Dickinsonia</i> was a strange, segmented organism that lived during the Ediacaran period, some 550 million years ago. But just what kind of lifeform it …

Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world

How do you cool 7.5 billion people on a warming planet?<p>When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching …

Curious Kids: What happens if a venomous snake bites another snake of the same species?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer.</i> …

Zoology

Author Simon Sinek Shares The Exact Definition Of A Leader In This Inspiring TED Talk

In today's excessively tough, overtly-competitive times, what is it that an entrepreneur absolutely must have?<p><b>In the words of ace entrepreneur,</b> …

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

Gloomy octopuses—also known as common Sydney octopuses, or <i>octopus tet</i><i>ricus—</i>have long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there’s …

Zoology

Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?

The U.S. delivers roughly three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times as many MRI scans, and a third more C-sections per capita than the average OECD country.<p>Despite the news last week that America's healthcare spending will not be rising at the sky-high rate that was once predicted, the …

Astonishing Nasa footage shows what its like to go on a spacewalk - IBTimes India

Newly released footage from Nasa on Monday, 28 August, shows a spacewalk conducted by astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer at the International …

2017 August 30 - Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails

<b>Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees, TWAN)<p><b>Explanation:</b> What was happening in the sky …

Panoramic Photography

How Can a Cat Survive a High-Rise Fall? Physics!

Sometimes a cat will fall out of a window or balcony—a byproduct, no doubt, of a cat doing cat things. If you have a house cat, your feline's …

18 people rescued from flooded assisted living facility

DICKINSON<p>Fifteen senior citizens were rescued from a Dickinson assisted living community, hours after a viral photo showing them sitting in …

This Robotic Mower Will Cut Your Lawn at Night

What would you give in exchange for a perfectly manicured lawn and get back some time on the weekend? Since robotic lawn mowers have hit the market, …

A first: Drug lowers heart risks by curbing inflammation

For the first time, a drug has helped prevent heart attacks by curbing inflammation, a new and very different approach than lowering cholesterol, the …

Medical Research

Unbreakable Rubber Bands That Are 200 Times Stronger Than Steel Are Coming Soon

Just add graphene.<p>The world's largest manufacturer of rubber bands is making its main product immortal.<p>Alliance Rubber Co., a 94-year-old company …

Bands

Belgian scientists look for biofuel clues in panda poo

BRUGELETTE, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian researchers are examining the excrement of giant pandas to try to understand how they can digest tough bamboo, hoping for clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.<p>Xing Hui, a 6-year-old giant panda born in China, eats bamboo at the Pairi Daiza …

How We'll Get People To Mars In One Piece

NASA's new deputy director explains her plans to send astronauts to Mars by 2030<p>Aerospace engineer Dava Newman has devoted her career to figuring out how we might live in space—suspending subjects from the rafters of her MIT lab to study reduced gravity and designing a flexible, self-mending space …

Space Science

Samsung Wants to Become a Drug Company | Investopedia

Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), the South Korean consumer electronics company is expanding efforts to diversify into the pharmaceutical business, …

Robotic exoskeletons improve mobility for kids with cerebral palsy

Kids with cerebral palsy (CP) can have limited movement (and therefore independence) throughout their lives. Some of them who experience the related set of neurological and movement disorders have what's called "crouch gait," which is characterized by excessive bending at the knee; up to 50 percent …

Palsy

Variation In End-Of-Life Care Is An Open Invitation For Accountable Care Organization Innovation

End-of-life (EOL) care is ripe for transformation by accountable care organizations (ACOs), which have the right incentives to tackle the widespread …

Health Care

Sugar has same effect on brain as powerful drugs like cocaine, medical journal says

Sugar has the same effect on the brain as powerful drugs like cocaine, the British Journal of Sports Medicine has said.<p>Scientists claimed that sugar …

Medical Journals

What's really the point of wasps?

<b>A new citizen science survey aims to shed light on that fixture of summertime in the outdoors: the wasp. Though much maligned, these fascinating creatures perform a vital ecological role, say scientists.</b><p>The only thing more certain to spoil an August Bank Holiday weekend BBQ than a sudden …

It rains solid diamonds on Uranus and Neptune

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>Consider this your daily reminder that the solar system is even more awesomely bonkers than you realized: On Uranus and Neptune, scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds.<p>The gems form in the hydrocarbon-rich oceans of slush that swath the gas giants' solid cores. …

Astronomy

What's Making These Dogs In Mumbai Turn Blue?

Five dogs turned blue in Mumbai.<p>That was a story that journalist Deepak Gharat broke this past week. He was following up on a story in the industrial zone of Taloja, home to about 1,000 pharmaceutical and chemical factories. Every week, there's something going wrong over there, he says. Industrial …

This Robotic Tank Gives Goldfish The Steering Wheel

You go, fish!<p>If Thomas de Wolf gets his way, pet fish will soon navigate terra firma. A co-founder of Netherlands design firm Studio diip, de Wolf built a motorized tank that empowers goldfish to drive around. “We wanted to make something that showcases computer vision technology, but not in such …

Microbes evolved to colonize different parts of the human body: Geology software used to measure relative abundance of bugs

Geology software used to measure relative abundance of bugs<p>Microbes have evolved over millions of years to live in and on all parts of the human …

Try these backyard science projects with your kids this summer

School might be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the science fun needs to stop. There are experiments that kids can try in the backyard all summer long.<p>Liz Heinecke, aka The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, is on a mission to inspire kids and parents to get their hands into some science by making …

Birds Can Sleep On The Wing, Sometimes

In-air naps sprinkle birds’ long flights<p>It has been long known that many species of birds fly non-stop for days, even weeks, but many scientists have wondered how they can withstand the time and distance without rest. Could everything from songbirds to sandpipers be sleeping while they fly?<p>A new …

Birds

CVS just made a move that could help customers save billions on prescription drugs

The sticker shock for newer, innovative medicines can be overwhelming — not to mention price increases for existing drugs are happening all the time.<p>But CVS Health thinks it has the solution to help save customers billions.<p>The company, in addition to being one of the largest drugstores in the US, …

CVS Health