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Posted: November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

“The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shelved plans to create a single institute devoted to the study of substance abuse, saying that it will instead maintain two existing, separate institutes that are devoted to studying, respectively, drug addiction and alcohol abuse.”

“When California launches its inaugural auction of carbon allowances on Nov. 14, the state will become the first in the nation to kick off an economy-wide, cap-and-trade program aimed at significantly reducing carbon emissions that cause climate change.”

“The US Congress reconvened for an all-important lame-duck session on Tuesday, with just six short weeks to strike a difficult compromise that would prevent a budgetary catastrophe of its own making. But all in due time. First, House lawmakers immediately went about passing a billthat would seek to prevent US airlines from getting roped into Europe’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases…”

More comment from ScienceInsider regarding the three-way competition for chairman of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The article also provides links to interviews with each of the three candidates.

“A world-leading ‘fat tax’ has been abolished in Denmark, with the country admitting the controversial attempt at engineering a healthier populace has failed. A planned tax on some high-sugar foods has also been abandoned, marking a setback for advocates of this method of encouraging health.”

“A man thought to have been in a vegetative state for twelve years told doctors he is not in pain.

The patient communicated through a question-and-answer technique using fMRI imaging developed by University of Western Ontario’s Adrian Owen.” I wrote a blog post about this exciting new technique this past June.

“Research and recovery efforts linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill received a welcome boost on 15 November as part of a landmark settlement by BP, an oil-and-gas giant based in London, UK.”

From National Institues of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins’ new blog, “Drinking the occasional sugar-sweetened beverage, be it soda, an energy drink, sweetened water, or fruit punch, isn’t going to make you fat. But it’s now clear that many children and adults are at risk for gaining weight if they consume too much of these products.”

American Institute of Physics FYI on the Senate meeting on new leadership within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“During his press conference yesterday, President Obama responded to a question about what his administration will do in the next four years regarding climate change.  After citing regulatory changes and S&T investments made by his administration, the President acknowledged “we haven’t done as much as we need to,” adding “some tough political choices” will have to be made to “take on climate changee in a serious way.””


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