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Adverse drug events costly to health care system: Vancouver Coastal Health-UBC...

Patients who suffer an adverse medical event arising from the use or misuse of medications are more costly to the health care system than other emergency department (ED) patients, say physicians and research scientists at Vancouver General Hospital ...

Space weather disrupts communications, threatens other technologies

A powerful solar flare has ushered in the largest space weather storm in atleast four years and has already disrupted some ground communications on Earth, said University of Colorado Boulder Professor Daniel Baker, an internationally known space...

Gonorrhea acquires a piece of human DNA

CHICAGO --- If a human cell and a bacterial cell met at a speed-dating event, they would never be expected to exchange phone numbers, much less genetic material. In more scientific terms, a direct transfer of DNA has never been recorded from humans ...

Revealing the wiring that allows us to adapt to the unexpected

Milan, Italy, 31 January 2010 -- Wouldn't life be easy if everything happened as we anticipated? In reality, our brains are able to adapt to the unexpected using an inbuilt network that makes predictions about the world and monitors how those predi...

New neuronal circuits which control fear have been identified

Fear is an adaptive response, essential to the survival of many species. This behavioural adaptation may be innate but can also be a consequence of conditioning, during the course of which an animal learns that a particular stimulus precedes an unpl...

Report: Discovery networks hostage-taking a rare terror event

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A new report by terrorism researchers at the University of Maryland concludes that the deadly hostage-taking incident at the Discovery Communications headquarters in suburban Washington, D.C. meets the criteria of a terrorist ac...

Whale Sharks May Produce Many Litters from One Mating, Paternity Test...

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior...

Geologists revisit the Great Oxygenation Event

In "The Sign of the Four" Sherlock Holmes tells Watson he has written a monograph on 140 forms of cigar-, cigarette-, and pipe-tobacco, "with colored plates illustrating the difference in the ash." He finds the ash invaluable for the identificat...

Radiological and Bioterror-Attack Exercise Starts May 12

Citizens of Chicago and Seattle shouldn't become alarmed if they see "space suit"-attired groups of people rushing around May 12. Such an event, Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge noted here today, will just be part of a test of U.S. and Canadian federal, state and local government capabilities to meet a real-life terrorist radiological or biological weapons attack.

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