National (U.S.)

"After 14 years, NIH Cancels National Children’s Study"

"Its magnitude was ambitious and unprecedented: The National Children’s Study promised to follow 100,000 American children from before birth to the age of 21. Researchers sought a better understanding of autism, obesity and cancer by tracking links between children’s environments and their health outcomes. Since 2007, Congress has appropriated about $1.3 billion to fund planning and research; millions went to four research centers in the St. Louis region alone."

Source: St. Louis Public Radio, 12/17/2014

"Keystone XL Pipeline May No Longer Make Economic Sense, Experts Say"

"Amid the shouting on Capitol Hill, the wads of campaign cash and the activist careers shaped around the Keystone XL pipeline, the project at the flash point of America's energy debate now confronts a problem bigger than politics. It may no longer pencil out."

12/16/2014
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Remembering the Genius Who Got BPA Out of Your Water Bottles, And More

Theo Colborn, who pioneered research on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, has died at age 87.

"It was the late 1970s and Theo Colborn was, like pretty much everyone else in the ’70s, getting divorced. She was in her 50s and already retired from a career as a pharmacist.

Source: Grist, 12/16/2014

"Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

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"Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists
The New Press, $27.95

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. No, not nuclear power. The Union of Concerned Scientists.

"Humpbacks Are Returning to NYC Waters, and There's a Lot of Them"

"Whale watchers have spotted a stunning number of humpback whales in New York waters recently, especially around the Rockaway peninsula, part of New York's borough of Queens. More than a hundred of the massive and majestic beasts have been sighted so far this year, marking what may be the largest resurgence of whales the region has ever seen."

Source: Nature World News, 12/15/2014

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