August 22, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.
- No ordinary Patient: How Jimmy Carter’s Stage IV melanoma will be treated (CNN)
- Engineers Make Narcotics With Yeast. Is Home-Brewed Heroin Next? (NPR)
- New Study Suggests Link Between Pot Shops, Marijuana-Related Hospitalizations (KPBS)
- San Diego couple trying to stop time with Novocure (ABC 10 News)
- 'Drinkable book' could give millions access to clean water (CS Monitor)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- What’s the Problem with Urban Agriculture? (Landscape Architects Network)
- We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year (National Geographic)
- NASA finds super-Earth just 21 light years away (+video)
- SoCal To Alaska - Likely Largest On Record
- Global 'food shocks' risk increasing (BBC)
- Suez Canal Expansion Opened With Pomp And Ceremony (NPR)
- When a man shoots his neighbor's drone, whose rights are violated? (CS Monitor)
- Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars (Automotive News)
- Experts see long-term calamity from Colorado mine spill (CS Monitor)
- Angry eagle attacks UAV: How do drones affect wildlife? (CS Monitor)
- NASA to Begin Testing Air-Traffic-Control System for Drones (Reason)
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Hearing a diagnosis of advanced melanoma, former President Jimmy Carter said he thought he had a few weeks to live, but was "surprisingly at ease" and that he trusted in the treatment prescribed by his doctors at Emory University.
The yeast produce only tiny amounts of the drug. But eventually, the technology could lead to better painkillers and other medicines. Drug officials worry the microbes could fall into the wrong hands.
New research suggests there's a connection between the density of medical marijuana dispensaries and pot-related hospitalizations.
San Diego couple trying to stop time with Novocure (ABC 10 News)
When a person is diagnosed with glioblastoma, there is often very little hope. It is an aggressive form of brain cancer. But a relatively new, non-invasive treatment called Novocure is curbing the growth of this deadly cancer, and it's giving a local couple renewed hope and time.
With pages that can filter out bacteria, the drinkable book may solve a major public health problem for the 750 million people worldwide without access to clean drinking water.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
What’s the Problem with Urban Agriculture? (Landscape Architects Network)
With urban agriculture popping up everywhere, we take a step back and look at some unresolved issues that need to be addressed before we can consider urban agriculture as a permanent solution to our food needs.
We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year (National Geographic)
Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.
Using NASA's Spitzer telescope astronomers confirm the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a 'gold mine' for researchers.
The toxic algae blooms in the Pacific Ocean stretching from southern California to Alaska — already the largest ever recorded — appear to have reached as far as the Aleutian Islands, scientists say.
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly.
The $8.5 billion project includes a new 22-mile channel to allow two-way traffic and the deepening and widening of other parts of the canal to accommodate larger vessels.
The government and civil rights groups try to find their way through confusing territory when one citizen attacks the drone of another.
Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars (Automotive News)
The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions.
The strong dose of arsenic, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals is settling out as the waste water travels downstream, layering river bottoms with contaminants sure to pose risks in the future.
An Australian drone operator posted video of an eagle attacking his drone, the latest incident to suggest the need for greater caution when flying UAVs near animals.
NASA is set to begin testing an air-traffic-control system for drones.... / The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) system, developed in partnership with Google, Amazon, and a handful of other companies, will be akin to the air-traffic-control system used with traditional aircraft, but designed to work with small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) traveling at lower altitudes.