Fukushima Radiation on its Way to California, Scientists Say it Poses No Threat
"Scientists are testing samples and using models to try to zero in on when it will reach the California coast — they say they expect it this spring — and how much there will be when it does, said Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts."
New Research Shows Diet Drinks May Backfire for Weight-Loss
“Soda, sports drinks and energy drinks are loaded with sugar and empty calories. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in the American diet, which isn’t surprising since a 20-oz bottle of soda contains about 17 teaspoons of sugar. So it makes sense that overweight people often turn to diet drinks to help them slim down. But recent research suggests that this weight-loss tactic may backfire.”
Read more from Jennifer Huber of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab at KQED Science.
Ticks in the Bay Area Can Carry Lyme Disease – and That’s Not All
"Contrary to a common misconception, ticks in the Bay Area can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. And it turns out local ticks carry another disease that can make you sick, too.
A bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease. It’s more common in the Midwest and the Northeast where, in some places, more than 30 percent of ticks carry it. In the Bay Area, it’s closer to two percent, according to a new study. And the study, published in the journal Emerging Infectious Disease by Stanford researcher Dan Salkeld, turned up another bacteria just as often: Borrelia miyamotoi, which causes similar symptoms.”
“Calico cats, with their funky mix of orange, black and white fur, could one day help humans to lose weight.
Couch potato kitties hardly seem suited to the task, but the connection comes from their unique chromosome structure, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco.
Elizabeth Smith of the University of California San Francisco and her colleagues explain that calico cats have an orange fur color gene on one of their X chromosomes and a black fur color gene on the other, so that the random silencing of one of the X’s in each cell creates their distinctive patchwork coats.”
How Many Calories Do Winter Olympians Strive For? It Depends
“When we imagine Olympic athletes at the table before the most important competition of their lives, we might picture a huge plate of pasta, with Gatorade to wash it down and a well-deserved ice cream sundae for dessert.
Turns out, they might be preparing with a salad, a glass of beet juice and some almonds.”
Check out a table that shows rough estimates of what winter Olympic athletes might by eating at Sochi from npr.