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Study links drinking pattern to alcohol’s effect on heart health

New research shows that patterns of alcohol consumption - a drink or two every night, or several cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights only - may be more important in determining alcohol's influence on heart health than the total amount consumed. Scientists found that daily moderate drinking - the equivalent of two drinks per day, seven days a week - decreased atherosclerosis in mice, while...

UMass Amherst entomologists begin to control winter moth infestation in eastern Massachusetts

A six-year campaign to control invasive winter moths with a natural parasite led by entomologist Joe Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts Amherst now has concrete evidence that a parasitic fly, Cyzenis albicans, has been established and is attacking the pest at four sites in Seekonk, Hingham, Falmouth and Wellesley. It's the beginning of the end for the decade-long defoliation of eastern...

When that shoulder aches too much to move

Adhesive capsulitis, sometimes described as "frozen shoulder," is a condition where the connective tissue around the shoulder joint becomes chronically inflamed, causing thickening and tightening in the affected joint. Diagnosing adhesive capsulitis can be difficult because its symptoms—restricted movement and considerable pain—are similar to a variety of shoulder-related musculoskeletal...

Where does all the gold come from?

Ultra high precision analyses of some of the oldest rock samples on Earth by researchers at the University of Bristol provides clear evidence that the planet's accessible reserves of precious metals are the result of a bombardment of meteorites more than 200 million years after the Earth was formed. The research is published today in Nature.

White favoritism by Major League home plate umps lowers minority pitcher performance, pay

Racial/ethnic bias by home plate umpires lowers the performance of Major League's minority pitchers, diminishing their pay compared to white pitchers, a new study finds. Economist Johan Sulaeman, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, says analysis of 3.5 million pitches found minorities responded to racial bias by sacrificing performance and throwing safer balls to limit umpires' subjective...

Young stars take a turn in the spotlight

ESO's New Technology Telescope (NTT) has captured a striking image of the open cluster NGC 2100. This brilliant star cluster is around 15 million years old, and located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The cluster is surrounded by glowing gas from the nearby Tarantula Nebula.

GRAIL and the Mystery of the Missing Moon

Did our planet once have two moons? Some researchers say so. Moreover, the missing satellite might still be up there--splattered against the far side of the Moon. NASA's GRAIL mission, due to launch on Sept. 8th, could help confirm or refute the "two moon" hypothesis.

Calif. lawmakers pass bill banning shark-fin trade (AP)

AP - California's Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins on Tuesday, over the objections of two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a delicacy in some Asian...

Texas Wildfires Skewed by Politics (ContributorNetwork)

ContributorNetwork - COMMENTARY | While the rest of the country is drowning, Texas is burning. Many prayed that Tropical Storm Lee would bring some relief in the form of rain to the area that has suffered a yearlong drought. Instead, it brought strong winds that made matters worse in what was already the height of wildfire weather in Texas.