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World's Largest Tropical Glacier Vanishing 462

Socguy wrote with a link to a CBC article about the rapidly disappearing Peruvian glacier known as the Quelccaya ice cap. The world's largest tropical glacier was a hot topic this past Thursday at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, and a team of Ohio state scientists, produced the stunning news that Quelccaya and similar formations are melting at a rate of some 60 metres per year. While polar ice caps have commanded attention in the discussion of global warming to date, these tropical caps are crucial to the well-being of ecosystems relying on an influx of mountain stream fresh water.
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Submission + - Rechargeable USB Shaver Review

Dampeal writes: "With all the goofy USB gadgets out there today, we finally have one that is truly least for guys anyway, then again, some girls might like it! Review link HERE"

Submission + - Get Healthy - Or Else

theodp writes: "Scientists, regulators, and farmers may find dabbling with transgenic grass too risky, but not Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn. And the risks associated with air shows and NASCAR auto and truck racing haven't discouraged Hagedorn and Co. from participating. So what kind of risks won't one-time smoker and muscle-car fan Hagedorn tolerate? Scotts Miracle-Gro employees who are fat or smoke. BusinessWeek reports on the get-healthy-or-else initiative at the $2.7 billion lawn-care company, where you fail a drug test by testing positive for nicotine."

Journal Journal: Do You Want the Terrorists to Win? 4

Luckily, now you don't have to try to figure that out yourself. You can just take the quiz and, voilà, your preference for the one or the other will be accurately diagnosed.

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Submission + - Search for New Autism Genes

iuvasago writes: "The largest search for autism genes to date, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has implicated components of the brain's glutamate chemical messenger system and a previously overlooked site on chromosome 11. Based on 1,168 families with at least two affected members, the genome scan adds to evidence that tiny, rare variations in genes may heighten risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). [Read More] from"

Submission + - How A "Superbaby" Is Leading To New Medic

An anonymous reader writes: A baby boy with unusually big muscles — caused by a gene mutation — is leading to new muscular dystrophy drugs. Forbes has the story, from the gene's discovery in mice, then in cattle (lots of beefy breeds have a mutated copy) to the current quest for new medicines, which pits a tiny biotech against drug giant Wyeth. ml?partner=yahoomag

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."