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July 25, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

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Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease (NPR)

A new study finds that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast.

Two Danish cities put a moratorium on wind turbines (EPAW)

Discontent is growing in Denmark about the health effects of wind turbines. The Health Minister promises independent studies

Water birds turning up dead at solar projects in desert (Rewire)

Big desert solar installations have a problem: They seem to be imperiling water birds. A ReWire investigation has revealed that since mid-March, two large industrial solar power plants in California's remote, arid desert may have killed or injured more than 20 birds commonly associated with lakes or wetlands rather than the open desert surrounding the projects.

Paying women to take big risk (U-T San Diego)

A practice in which young women are offered compensation for their time and willingness to undergo hormone injections and surgery for the purpose of providing healthy eggs to infertile couples

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees—and it’s worse than you thought  (Quartz)

... Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.

Study raises new concern about earthquakes and fracking fluids (Reuters)

 Powerful earthquakes thousands of miles (km) away can trigger swarms of minor quakes near wastewater-injection wells like those used in oil and gas recovery, scientists reported on Thursday, sometimes followed months later by quakes big enough to destroy buildings.

Enlisting Passers-By In Scientific Research (NPR)

Professor Chris Lowry needed to collect information on stream levels in Western New York but didn't have enough funding for the traditional methods, so he turned to a more creative option: crowdsourcing. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with him about his research and the future of crowdsourcing in scientific inquiries

Leading Danish newspaper severely criticizes Vestas on noise issue(Jyllands-Posten)

…What Vestas has never tried to understand is that the resistance to wind turbines is caused by the unscrupulous - to use Vestas' own expression - behaviour of politicians and wind turbine owners…Many people are positive about renewable energy, but when their favourable disposition meets with political arrogance and extravagant public spending, as well as careless handling of the truth by the wind industry, the backlash is bound to be strong.


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