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The brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without side effects of opiods or medical marijuana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Nov. 14, 2016 – Indiana University neuroscientist Andrea Hohmann took the stage at a press conference Nov. 14 in San Diego to discuss research conducted at IU that has found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or […]

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Stanford study of abandoned oil and gas wells reveals new ways of identifying and fixing the worst methane emitters

November 14, 2016 – A small percentage of abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania produces the vast majority of the state’s methane emissions, according to Stanford and Princeton scientists and their colleagues. The work in Pennsylvania, which has the longest history of oil and gas development in the United States, could help scientists learn […]

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Hello La Niña

November 10, 2016 – La Niña has arrived and is favored to stick around through winter. Forecasters say the climate phenomena will likely contribute to drier and warmer weather in the southern U.S. and wetter, cooler conditions in the Pacific Northwest and across to the northern tier of the nation this winter. NOAA scientists declared […]

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Reducing exposure to bisphenol A lowers levels of this environmental estrogen in women

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, Nov. 3, 2016 – Women who avoided foods, cosmetics, and other products packaged in BPA-containing plastic containers for 3 weeks had significant reductions in urinary levels of BPA, a commonly used “endocrine disruptor” associated with negative health effects including weight gain. Over the 3-week study period, the women who participated in an […]

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Study: West Coast record low snowpack in 2015 influenced by high temperatures

The western-most region of the continental United States set records for low snowpack levels in 2015 and scientists, through a new study, point the finger at high temperatures, not the low precipitation characteristic of past “snow drought” years. The study suggests greenhouse gases were a major contributor to the high temperatures, which doesn’t bode well […]

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Researchers Invent ‘Perfect’ Soap Molecule That Is Better for the Environment

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Oct. 26, 2016 – A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging […]

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