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April 3, 2014

This drug cures most cases of hepatitis C, but there’s a problem

  • 90% the percentage of cases of hepatitis C that can be cured by the drug Sovaldi within a three-month period
  • $1,000 the cost, per day, of said drug, which has far fewer side effects and is less invasive than cheaper alternatives; the high price has led to strong criticism of the drug’s maker, Gilead Sciences
  • $227B the cost, according to one healthcare company, of the drug if everyone who had hepatitis C in the U.S. used it; that’s roughly three million people
  • $260B the amount spent on ALL DRUGS made in the U.S. during the entire year source
19:26 // 1 week ago
February 4, 2014
Please. You don’t want to raise a generation of science students who don’t understand how we know our place in the cosmos.
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) • Speaking during a debate he took part in tonight at Kentucky’s Creation Museum, where he sparred with creationist Ken Ham on the topic of evolution. Nye called Creationism “absolutely not viable”; his opponent argued that teaching evolution was about “imposing the religion of atheism on generations of students.” Nye, who was paid to show up, drew controversy for his appearance, as it was seen as lending some legitimacy to the museum.
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January 1, 2014
The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized. NASA works every day to honor the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe.
Lauren B. Worley, NASA’s press secretary • In response to a new single from Beyonce that features bits of audio recorded in the moments after the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The singer has come under fire from several family members of the Challenger crew as well, though she’s said that the song ‘XO’ was included as a tribute to those lost back in 1986. source
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October 8, 2013
thenoobyorker:

By way of breakingnews:

Nobel Prize awarded to ‘God particle’ theorists
NBC News: The Nobel Prize in physics has been award to British physicist Peter Higgs and Belgian physicist Francois Englert for their work researching the elusive Higgs boson.
Photo: Belgian physicist Francois Englert and British physicist Peter Higgs converse during the 2012 news conference announcing the discovery of a new subatomic particle matching the description of the Higgs boson (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images file)

Perhaps the safest bet to earn the Nobel Prize, the only questions were about which scientist(s) they might leave out of the award.

Pretty sure they had a “Find one God particle, get a Nobel Prize free” card.

thenoobyorker:

By way of breakingnews:

Nobel Prize awarded to ‘God particle’ theorists

NBC News: The Nobel Prize in physics has been award to British physicist Peter Higgs and Belgian physicist Francois Englert for their work researching the elusive Higgs boson.

Photo: Belgian physicist Francois Englert and British physicist Peter Higgs converse during the 2012 news conference announcing the discovery of a new subatomic particle matching the description of the Higgs boson (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images file)

Perhaps the safest bet to earn the Nobel Prize, the only questions were about which scientist(s) they might leave out of the award.

Pretty sure they had a “Find one God particle, get a Nobel Prize free” card.

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8:50 // 6 months ago
June 19, 2013
"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that’s not an exaggeration." So claimed Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill yesterday. Gingrich was, of course, referring the havoc an electromagnetic pulse (EMPT) attack might wreak upon America. While the possibility of such attacks is hardly ever acknowledged in public discourse, the former Speaker told the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus (yup, it exists) that such an attack could “throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.” (Photo credit: Getty images) source

"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that’s not an exaggeration." So claimed Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill yesterday. Gingrich was, of course, referring the havoc an electromagnetic pulse (EMPT) attack might wreak upon America. While the possibility of such attacks is hardly ever acknowledged in public discourse, the former Speaker told the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus (yup, it exists) that such an attack could “throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.” (Photo credit: Getty images) source

19:01 // 10 months ago