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Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery
Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery

Researchers examined outcomes after "Mohs reconstruction," a procedure to remove a skin cancer lesion. Once the cancer is removed, often from the head or neck, surgeons may close the site using a flap made from surrounding tissue or a graft of skin taken from another area of the body. For the study, researchers examined outcomes for 1,008 patients who had Mohs reconstruction with flaps or grafts, including 128 current smokers and 385 former smokers.

Apollo 11
Apollo 11's Achievement Still Dazzles

Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O'Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O'Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Said Kennedy, "They had no choice but to follow them. This nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space." Kennedy said this on Nov. 21, 1963, in San Antonio. The next day: Dallas.To understand America's euphoria about the moon landing 50 years ago, remember 51 years ago: 1968 was one of America's worst years -- the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy assassinated,...

Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia
Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

A two-headed baby turtle has been born in Malaysia, captivating conversationists, but it only survived a few days after being discovered. It was found Monday on Mabul island, off the Malaysian part of Borneo, in a nest alongside more than 90 other recently hatched green turtles. David McCann, marine biologist and conservation manager for group SJ SEAS -- which oversees the nesting site -- said the creature was "utterly fascinating".

Chinese scientists
Chinese scientists' new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases

Scientists have wiped out the entire population of mosquitoes on two islands in southern China using radical techniques to render the males infertile, according to a new study that could transform the fight against a range of deadly diseases.Over nearly two years, scientists released more than 200 million specially bred male Asian tiger mosquitoes on Shazai and Dadaosha islands in the delta to the south of Guangzhou city, the area with the highest number of dengue fever cases in China.The study, published in the latest edition of the journal Nature, said the mosquitoes, also known as Aedes albopictus, had been exposed to short bursts of gamma radiation and received three artificially...

Memories of watching Apollo 11:
Memories of watching Apollo 11: 'You could hear a pin drop'

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969, the world was watching. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum , NASA and others have gathered their stories for this week's golden anniversary. Here are five of the Smithsonian's submissions.

Bleating the traffic: sheep dodge cars in tour around Paris
Bleating the traffic: sheep dodge cars in tour around Paris

A flock of sheep that has taken a 140-kilometre (87-mile) tour around Paris, nibbling on grass at historic monuments and housing blocks along the way, ended their 12-day journey on the banks of the river Seine on Wednesday. The trip began in the low-income Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis on July 6 and ended on Wednesday with the 25-strong flock on the left bank of the Seine near the Trocadero gardens in central Paris. It was organised by local authorities to highlight the advantages of urban farming, in collaboration with a group called Urban Shepherds based in Aubervilliers, just north of Paris.

Joshua Trees Will Be All-But-Extinct by 2070 Without Climate Action, Study Warns
Joshua Trees Will Be All-But-Extinct by 2070 Without Climate Action, Study Warns

Joshua trees -- some of the most unusual and iconic plants of the American Southwest -- have survived as a species for some 2.5 million years in the inhospitable Mojave Desert. Now, they may face imminent extinction due to climate change.In a new study published June 3 in the journal Ecosphere, researchers and volunteer scientists surveyed nearly 4,000 trees in southern California's Joshua Tree National Park to figure out where the oldest trees tended to thrive during historic periods of extreme heat and drought. (A single Joshua tree can live up to 300 years.) Then, the researchers estimated how much of these Joshua safe zones (or "refugia") would survive to the end of the...

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings
Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island. When seafaring Vikings set off from Norway and conquered the uninhabited North Atlantic island at the end of the ninth century, forests, made up mostly of birch trees, covered more than a quarter of the island. Within a century, the settlers had cut down 97 percent of the original forests to serve as building material for houses and to make way for grazing pastures.

Jeff Bezos and Caroline Kennedy on the future of space exploration
Jeff Bezos and Caroline Kennedy on the future of space exploration

Bezos and Kennedy sat down with "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell ahead of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad where first humans lifted off for the moon
Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad where first humans lifted off for the moon

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin."Wonderful feeling to be back at launch pad 39A," Collins, the command module pilot for Apollo 11, said in an interview on the pad with Kennedy Space Centre Director Bob Cabana, himself a veteran of four space shuttle launches and a former shuttle commander.In the iconic 1969 moon mission, Collins, 88, stayed in lunar orbit while his crew mates Armstrong and Aldrin stepped foot on the lunar surface, an event that enraptured Americans and marked a preeminent chapter in human spaceflight....

THE DIGITAL HEALTH COMPETITIVE EDGE REPORT: How the big four US insurers rank on digital feature awareness - and what it means for customer satisfaction (AET, ANTM, CI, UHC)
THE DIGITAL HEALTH COMPETITIVE EDGE REPORT: How the big four US insurers rank on digital feature awareness - and what it means for customer satisfaction (AET, ANTM, CI, UHC)

BI Intelligence ranks Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare on awareness of their digital features among US Tech Early Adopters.

Arctic Discovers More Kimberlites, by Excavator, Timanti Project, Finland
Arctic Discovers More Kimberlites, by Excavator, Timanti Project, Finland

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - July 16, 2019) - - Arctic Star Exploration Corp. (TSXV: ADD) (OTC PINK: ASDZF) (FSE: 82A1) ("Arctic Star" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that recent trenching work by excavator on its Timantti project, Finland, has resulted

A NASA official says the explosion of SpaceX
A NASA official says the explosion of SpaceX's ship during a test 'was a huge gift' for making the vehicle safe to fly

A lead SpaceX engineer said an anomaly that destroyed its Crew Dragon capsule, which is designed to fly NASA astronauts, was caused by a small valve.

NASA put a man on the moon. Now, the Smithsonian is putting a rocket on the Mall
NASA put a man on the moon. Now, the Smithsonian is putting a rocket on the Mall

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, thousands of Americans will have a chance to experience the rocket launch.

'Forever chemicals' have been found in bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods and CVS, and it's part of a larger contamination problem

Massachusetts recommended that pregnant women and bottle-fed infants avoid drinking the bottled water "out of an abundance of caution."

Yes, You Can Get Acne Near Your Vagina
Yes, You Can Get Acne Near Your Vagina

Well that's fun.

Trump administration erects another barrier to immigrants seeking U.S. asylum
Trump administration erects another barrier to immigrants seeking U.S. asylum

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday unveiled a new rule to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border, requiring them to first pursue safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on the way to the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union called the new rule "patently unlawful" and vowed to file a lawsuit against it, while a host of experts also questioned its legality. "The interim regulation violates the clear language of the law in several respects," Stephen Legomsky, a former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told Reuters in an email.

This wall-mounted farming kit lets you grow your own algae at home
This wall-mounted farming kit lets you grow your own algae at home

Designed by Hyunseok An, the Coral is an indoors farming kit that lets you cultivate algae at home. It consists of 16 cells that can host 2 grams of algae each. When the cell turns dark green, the algae is ready for harvest. Read more...More about Technology, Design, Algae, Tech, and Innovations

Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday
Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency's acting director, said targets were on an "accelerated docket" of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. "This family operation is nothing new," Albence told The Associated Press.

A stunning
A stunning 'Manhattanhenge' sunset is happening on Friday and Saturday in New York City. Here's how to see it.

The sun will dip perfectly between buildings in Manhattan to create a spectacle of light on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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Here's How Much It Would Really Cost To Build a Moon Colony

Even a stripped-down base won't come cheap.

Youth Will Fix The Climate-Change Crisis Or Die Trying, Says Activist
Youth Will Fix The Climate-Change Crisis Or Die Trying, Says Activist

On October 8, 2018, one day before my 16th birthday, the UN released a climate report. It detailed that our society had 12 years to combat climate change to below 1.5 degrees of Earth warming before the effects become irreversible. Those 12 years are now 11. My 16th birthday, a milestone meant to represent an exciting new time of life, twisted into something much more sinister; a ticking time bomb set to explode in less than double my lifespan.For youth, the climate crisis acts as constant background noise, undercutting our everyday lives with existential fear. When met with a bad grade or a difficult future decision, my peers joke about how "we're all going to die of climate change...

Everything You
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Back Pain

Unless you're blessed with an ironclad musculoskeletal system (or you're under the age of 24), you've probably experienced some type of back pain. And if so, you know how much it sucks. Luckily, there ways to...

Mississippi Is Closing All Of Its Beach Because Of A Toxic Algae Bloom
Mississippi Is Closing All Of Its Beach Because Of A Toxic Algae Bloom

The green in the water is cyanobacteria-and it can make you seriously ill.

Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults
Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults

If in the beginning there was male and female, fish seem to have forgotten the memo. For nearly 500 fish species, including the clownfish in "Finding Nemo," the great divide between sexes is more like a murky line: If circumstances call for it, the fish can swap their sex, with females turning into males in some species and males turning into females in others. The researchers looked at the bluehead wrasse, a reef fish that swims in small groups of a dominant blue-headed male and a posse of smaller yellow females.

U.S. Democratic lawmakers declare climate emergency
U.S. Democratic lawmakers declare climate emergency

Democratic lawmakers, including six presidential candidates, on Tuesday unveiled a Congressional resolution declaring a climate change emergency to spur "sweeping reforms" to stem a dangerous rise in global temperatures.

View Photos of the New 2020 Mini Cooper SE
View Photos of the New 2020 Mini Cooper SE

Cockatoo Who Taught Self to Head-Bang Proves Rock Transcends Species
Cockatoo Who Taught Self to Head-Bang Proves Rock Transcends Species

Birds of a feather flock together, but this cockatoo rocks alone. A new study reveals that the internet-famous cockatoo named Snowball can do more than just bust moves -- whether headbanging, wildly tapping its foot or gyrating its mohawked head -- in sync with the beat of the music. The parrot creates his own steps as well.This entertaining finding has profound implications for our understanding of animal intelligence. In effect, the discovery indicates that spontaneous dance isn't a human invention, but rather something that occurs when certain cognitive and neural capacities align in animal brains, the researchers said."Parrots are absolutely amazing in their human-like abilities...

Trump rails against Paris climate accord
Trump rails against Paris climate accord

Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States was pulling out of the Paris agreement, concluded in 2015 with almost every nation on the planet. The pact aims to limit global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Trump raises eyebrows in promoting his environment record
Trump raises eyebrows in promoting his environment record

President Donald Trump is promoting what he is calling his administration's "environmental leadership" despite its sweeping rollbacks of landmark environmental and public health protections. Critics are calling it a credulity-straining gesture aimed at winning over voters worried about climate change and pollution. Trump's speech at the White House on Monday afternoon will focus on the administration's "practical approach to addressing environmental challenges while also supporting a strong economy," Mary Neumayr, who heads the president's Council on Environmental Quality, told reporters in previewing his remarks.

U.S. health officials record 14 new cases of measles as outbreak slows
U.S. health officials record 14 new cases of measles as outbreak slows

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had seen a 1.3% increase in cases since the previous week and that it has recorded cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease in 28 states. In recent weeks, the CDC has reported smaller increases in the number of measles cases, compared to a surge of more than a hundred cases reported in a single week earlier this year.

How Cancer Season Will Affect Your Sex Life (Hint: There Will Be More of It)
How Cancer Season Will Affect Your Sex Life (Hint: There Will Be More of It)

Cancer season is already upon us and chances are you've already felt its intense, emotional energy in all aspects of your life-especially in the areas of sex and love.Given that Cancer is all about intimacy and...

Oil giant Total
Oil giant Total's chief announces new unit to invest in forests

Aix-en-Provence (France) (AFP) - The head of French energy giant Total announced Saturday that the company would invest a hundred million dollars annually on a new forest preservation and reforestation project. "We want to set up a business unit to invest in projects that will preserve forests," chief executive Patrick Pouyanne told a meeting to discuss economic issues in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. "The most effective way today to eliminate carbon, for less than $10 a tonne, is reforestation," he added.

The hard truth about being a 21st century tree in California
The hard truth about being a 21st century tree in California

The number, so far, is over 147 million dead.California's expansive forests have experienced a profound tree die-off since 2010, exacerbated by a long drought between 2012 and 2015. These pine trees are tough, though, and have evolved to withstand parched years in the drought-prone Golden State. But not drought like this, which was amplified by the planet's relentless, accelerating warming. "The rules are changing," said Nathan Stephenson, a U.S. Geological Survey forest ecologist who monitors trees in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range."It wasn't just dry -- it was warmer," added Craig Allen, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.New research,...

Baked Alaska: record heat fuels wildfires and sparks personal fireworks ban
Baked Alaska: record heat fuels wildfires and sparks personal fireworks ban

Anchorage sees 80-degree weather with nearly 120 fires blazing across the statePeople cooling off in Wasilla Lake in Wasilla, Alaska, last month. Photograph: Mark Thiessen/APRecord-breaking heat across Alaska is pushing tourists to beaches, and sending flames across the unseasonably hot, dry state.Anchorage experienced higher than average temperatures nearly every day of June, reaching a balmy 80 degrees Fahrenheit on days that once maxed out at a mild 67.The weather is forecasted to heat up further through and after the Fourth of July, with temperatures expected to climb to nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Fairbanks and Anchorage over the weekend.If the forecasts are correct, the state...

Bloating, pain and the gurgles? Read this if you can
Bloating, pain and the gurgles? Read this if you can't burp

There's no medical term for it, but one doctor has pioneered inability to belch as a condition and is working to help no-burpers'After years of being ignored by the medical establishment, the no-burpers have now taken things into their own hands.' Photograph: sdominick/Getty ImagesCan you burp? Not even on command - just, for instance, have you burped at all in 2019?While belching is characterized as a day-to-day bodily function, for an unknown number of people, it's a relief they never experience.Instead, a big meal or carbonated beverage sets off a chain of gastric unpleasantries: bloating, searing pain in the esophagus, and excessive flatulence. And of course, the gurgling, a sound...

US won
US won't impose rule to protect against coal ash spill costs

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it won't require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous spills from power plants despite a history of toxic coal ash releases contaminating rivers and aquifers. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Tuesday that modern industry practices and recently enacted regulations are sufficient to shield taxpayers from potential cleanup costs. The finding comes after the EPA last year reversed a related proposal under President Barack Obama that would have imposed new financial requirements on the hardrock mining industry.

Coffee May Be Associated With Reduced Risk Of Heart Disease, Study Suggests
Coffee May Be Associated With Reduced Risk Of Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Better pour yourself another cup.

'Lost' tapes of first moonwalk to be sold, former NASA intern may make millions
'Lost' tapes of first moonwalk to be sold, former NASA intern may make millions

A former intern may become a millionaire after auctioning original tapes that capture moments from the Apollo 11 mission thought to be lost by NASA.

Africa on track to be declared polio free but cases rise in Pakistan
Africa on track to be declared polio free but cases rise in Pakistan

Africa is on track to be declared polio-free within the next couple of months, the head of the World Health Organization's polio initiative has said. Nigeria was the last country on the continent where polio was endemic but there have been no confirmed cases of the disease since August 2016. Experts say that a country has to be free of the disease for three years before it can be officially declared to have wiped outthe disease. "We have succeeded probably [in wiping out the disease] in Africa, although that hasn't been formally confirmed. We believe Nigeria no longer harbours the wild virus," Michel Zaffran, director of polio eradication at the WHO told the Telegraph.  Wiping out the...

A Major Shareholder Has Divested From Exxon
A Major Shareholder Has Divested From Exxon

One of ExxonMobil's biggest shareholders, Legal & General Investment Management, has removed the company from its $6.3 billion "Future World" funds over its failure to respond to climate change. LGIM, among Britain's largest asset managers, has divested Exxon from the funds, which include companies that are socially responsible. LGIM says it will use its remaining Exxon shares that aren't in the Future World funds to vote against CEO Darren Woods' re-appointment as board chair in 2020. What does this mean for Exxon? Though LGIM is one of Exxon's top 20 shareholders, its divestment puts only a small dent in Exxon's equity -- LGIM owns about 0.6% of the company's shares. Still: This is a...

NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule
NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule

NASA carried out a successful test Tuesday of a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule designed to take US astronauts to the Moon. The three-minute exercise at Cape Canaveral in Florida aimed to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the capsule in the event of an explosion or rocket booster failure. The test "put us one huge step closer to the first Artemis flight carrying people to the Moon," said Orion program manager Mark Kirasich.

NASA tests abort system on astronaut capsule built for moon missions
NASA tests abort system on astronaut capsule built for moon missions

"It looked like a complete mission success to me," said Blake Watters, a launch-abort-system propulsion engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp , Orion's manufacturer. Using Orion and NASA's Space Launch System, which is being built for a debut flight in late 2020, the U.S. space agency is aiming to return humans to the moon by 2024 in an accelerated timeline set in March by the Trump administration.

Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows
Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continent steadily increased from 1979 and hit a record high in 2014. In recent years, "things have been crazy," said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

A total solar eclipse is passing over South America: What to know
A total solar eclipse is passing over South America: What to know

This time, it will be passing over Chile and Argentina on Tuesday, and crowds are preparing to be wowed as the moon passes directly in front of the sun. There are four types of solar eclipses: partial, annular, total and hybrid.

U.S. recorded 18 new cases of measles last week
U.S. recorded 18 new cases of measles last week

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has recorded cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease in 28 states as of June 27, the majority of them in New York City and nearby Rockland County. Health experts say the virus has spread among school-age children whose parents declined to give them the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease. A vocal fringe of U.S. parents cite concerns that the vaccine may cause autism, despite scientific studies that have debunked such claims.

Buttigieg Raises $24.8 Million in Quarter, Continuing 2020 Surge
Buttigieg Raises $24.8 Million in Quarter, Continuing 2020 Surge

(Bloomberg) -- Pete Buttigieg continued his surge as a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, raising $24.8 million in the second quarter and cementing his status as a top-tier candidate."Thank you to the over 400,000 of you who have invested in this campaign, and who helped us raise over $24,800,000 this quarter alone. You inspire us every step of the way, and we're just getting started," the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, tweeted Monday.The fundraising haul more than tripled the amount he raised in the first-quarter in which he reported $7 million in campaign donations. At that time, Buttigieg trailed several candidates in the money race, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who...

Europe set to sizzle again as deadly heatwave continues
Europe set to sizzle again as deadly heatwave continues

Europe was bracing itself for a sweltering Saturday as the heatwave continued across the continent. The Meteo-France weather service lifted its red warning but forecast a "very hot day" across a large central band of the country with the mercury expected to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts. With France, Spain, Italy and parts of central Europe hard hit by the record-breaking temperatures, officials pleaded with people to take precautions.

Payments veteran enters blockchain space with Nuggets role
Payments veteran enters blockchain space with Nuggets role

UK blockchain startup, Nuggets, has brought in ex-Citi, Visa and PayPal exec Eric Warfel as a strategic advisor. On 14th September, new requirements for authenticating online payments will be introduced in Europe as part of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Warfel, who previously served as Senior Director, Token Applications at Visa and more recently in delivering working distributed ledger POCs for Citi Ventures, will provide strategic guidance as Nuggets looks to integrate with the banking and payments sector. "I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to keep innovating in the payments space, and excited to work with such a forward thinking company," he says. "In many ways,...

Court rejects Ontario challenge to Canada carbon tax
Court rejects Ontario challenge to Canada carbon tax

Ontario's highest court on Friday rejected the Canadian province's challenge of a federal carbon levy, in a victory for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over critics of his climate policies. "Parliament has determined that atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases causes climate changes that pose an existential threat to human civilization and the global ecosystem," he said.

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