Tuesday, May 11

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New Study Shows Promise in Treating Melanoma
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New Study Shows Promise in Treating Melanoma

A new treatment for melanoma shows extraordinary promise, according to a recent medical study. Latinos Health reports that a study conducted by Dr. Julian Kim, the Chief Medical Officer of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (UHSCC) in Cleveland, Ohio, found that T-cells from patients with melanoma can be used against the disease by providing a protective immunity response for the body. The study was published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Immunotherapy. T-cells are a kind of white blood cell that have the ability to "scan" the intracellular composition of a cell, detecting and destroying those cells that have been infected. T-cells can be used against cancerous cells under certain conditions. In the study, Dr. Kim and his team of researchers took active t-cells ...
Airbus and Boeing Come Out on Top During Paris Air Show
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Airbus and Boeing Come Out on Top During Paris Air Show

After watching some of the world's most advanced aircraft take to the Paris skies, two major aircraft manufacturers come out on top by making $100 billion in orders. The National reports that Airbus and Boeing's sales jumped sky-high (no pun intended) during the biennial Paris Air Show. From June 15th to the 21st, aircraft manufacturers from all over the world congregated in the City of Lights to show off their latest models but it was Airbus and Boeing that reaped the most attention, garnering $107 billion over the course of the week. The two companies earned almost as much from their participation in the Farnborough Air Show last year in England. In all, Airbus managed to beat Boeing in terms of sheer numbers. By the 21st, Airbus secured contracts for 421 airplanes worth $57 billion t...
$72 Billion in Debt and a Dwindling Population: The Current State of Puerto Rico
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$72 Billion in Debt and a Dwindling Population: The Current State of Puerto Rico

"The debt is not payable. There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math." Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro García Padilla, said this to the New York Times in a shocking interview just last week where he revealed that the U.S. territory is so far into debt, it may have to default. The island nation, which has a mere 3.6 million people living within its borders, is over $72 billion in debt at the moment, and it's reliance on municipal bonds (which typically fund public projects like road construction and maintenance) has caused government spending to skyrocket. The real problem is that Puerto Rico isn't bringing in enough revenue to pay back its creditors, who happen to be sitting right on Wall Street. According to a report from Busi...
Natural Gas Leaks Could Negate Its Climate Benefits, New Study Shows
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Natural Gas Leaks Could Negate Its Climate Benefits, New Study Shows

Natural gas has long been considered a more environmentally friendly fossil fuel than oil, coal and gasoline. However, a new study shows there is enough natural gas leaking across the globe to completely negate its climate benefits. The report, commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund and carried out by environmental consulting group ICF International, looked at the amount of natural gas leaking from production sites on federal and tribal land throughout the U.S. It also examined phenomena like venting and flaring, processes in which natural gas producers purposely let gas leak into the atmosphere. According to the UK Guardian, the EDF found that a stunning 65 billion cubic feet had leaked into the air throughout 2013 -- amounting to $360 million in lost gas. “That’s a big waste ...
Paris Removes Contemporary Display of Love Across the Seine River
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Paris Removes Contemporary Display of Love Across the Seine River

Colloquially known as the "City of Love," Paris removed a contemporary landmark of sorts that attracted thousands of star-crossed (and other) lovers. The New York Times reports that on June 1st, city workers removed thousands of padlocks attached to the wire mesh panels on the side of the Pont des Arts bridge across the Seine River. For about five years, couples from around the world expressed their affection for each other by attaching a padlock to the side of the Pont des Arts (typically with the couple's initials etched onto it) and then throwing the key down to the river below. Paris's deputy mayor in charge of culture, Bruno Julliard (a Parisian name if there ever was one), insisted that the city will still remain "the capital of love, the capital of romance." Despite the affectiona...
Canadian Legislation Tightens Restrictions on Sales of E-Cigarettes
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Canadian Legislation Tightens Restrictions on Sales of E-Cigarettes

A new law in Ontario now prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19, thereby making e-cig sales just as restricted as regular cigarettes. Additionally, it is now illegal to smoke e-cigarettes in public places where smoking has been prohibited under Canadian federal law. The official legislation is called the Making Healthier Choices Act, and it addressed several health issues, including the concern that more teens have taken up smoking as e-cigarettes have become more accessible. In the U.S., e-cigs have become popular alternatives to smoking regular tobacco -- between 2008 and 2012, sales of e-cigarettes increase from 50,000 to 3.5 million. The trend hasn't caught on quite so quickly in Canada, but Canadian officials have been much quicker to address concerns over whether e-...
Federal Agents Planning to Kill Thousands of Birds
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Federal Agents Planning to Kill Thousands of Birds

Salmon are one of anglers' most sought-after catches. Not only are they delicious to eat, but they can also be quite a challenge to land. King salmon, the largest species in the Pacific salmon genus, have weighed in at up to 100 pounds in Alaska, for example. However, humans aren't the fish's biggest threat. Predatory seabirds have been having a devastating impact on salmon populations. Consequently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services is preparing a plan to hunt thousands of hungry double crested cormorants, to reduce the numbers of baby salmon being preyed upon. Biologists blame double crested cormorants, which are large black birds that have long necks, webbed feet, and hooked bills used to dive below water surfaces and catch small fish, for damaging salmon populati...
Chinese Teachers Observe Pennsylvania Special Education
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Chinese Teachers Observe Pennsylvania Special Education

Teachers from China arrived in Pennsylvania in March to learn strategies for integrating special needs students into the classroom, and have begun observing classes in Pittsburgh public schools. The teachers are also in training at Duquesne University, learning about customizing elementary school programs for autistic students, in addition to classroom integration. A partnership between the Beijing Autism Association and South East Asia Prayer Center (SEAPC) in Oakmont will train families and teachers to address the needs of autistic children over the next 10 years. Each country will host trainers and set up online training resources to establish educational standards for children with autism, as well as to study potential causes. The partnership will also create a database of educational...
Scientists Create Hybrid Supercapacitor — Here’s What That Could Mean for Cars
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Scientists Create Hybrid Supercapacitor — Here’s What That Could Mean for Cars

Technology is always advancing, but one of the hurdles that hybrid and electric car technology faces is creating a longer-lasting, quickly charging battery -- without sacrificing range. A new development from researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute might have the answer. According to Gizmag.com, scientists have created a battery that combines both the energy of a lead-acid battery (think of the traditional battery in a car) and the quick charge and discharge rates of a supercapacitor. Batteries in hybrid cars paved the way for electric cars, but the hybrid supercapacitor could mark a huge development in making them more accessible and better-performing. Professor Richard Kaner and Dr. Maher El-Kady of the Institute say that their new battery can quickly charge and dischar...
The Future of Solar Power in Brazil Just Got a Little Sunnier Thanks to a Severe Water Crisis
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The Future of Solar Power in Brazil Just Got a Little Sunnier Thanks to a Severe Water Crisis

Solar power systems -- both commercial and residential -- have become so popular that by 2016, it's estimated a new solar power system will be installed every 20 seconds. However, although the popularity of solar power has exploded in recent years, Brazil is just now beginning to consider it a viable source of sustainable energy -- and not necessarily by choice. Despite being one of the sunniest countries on Earth due its close proximity to the equator, Brazil has only recently begun turning to solar power to meet its energy needs due to a devastating drought, which is the worst the country has experienced in 80 years. Prior to the drought, solar energy was called "a fantasy" by President Dilma Rousseff. In fact, a mere 400 homes in Brazil are equipped with photovoltaic (PV) panels due t...