‘Rogue’ Twitter accounts of federal agencies multiply

‘Rogue’ Twitter accounts of federal agencies multiply

Numerous rogue Twitter feeds voicing employee concerns at several U.S. government agencies have been launched in the past few days in defiance of the Trump administration’s alleged attempts to suppress climate change research and findings.

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New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey on Thursday launched a universal baby box program that will provide all babies born in the state this year with free safe boxes to sleep in addition to some other newborn essentials, authorities announced.

The "Baby Boxes" program, rolled out yesterday at Cooper University Hospital, is part of a safe-sleeping campaign that aims to reduce the number of babies dying from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

Physicists transform hydrogen into lustrous, shiny metal

Physicists transform hydrogen into lustrous, shiny metal

Harvard University physicists made a breakthrough by successfully squeezing hydrogen into a metal form, which is believed to exist inside other planets, such as Jupiter.

Led by Physicist Isaac F. Silvera, a team of researchers at Harvard transformed the state of hydrogen by squeezing the gas between two pieces of diamond. The gas became a lustrous, shiny material.

Announcing the breakthrough, “Silvera said, “You can see it becomes a lustrous, shiny material, which is what you expect for a metal … If we did it again, we’d get the same result, I’m certain.”

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Woman argues ‘lesbianism’ listed as a problem on her medical record

Woman argues ‘lesbianism’ listed as a problem on her medical record

A North Carolina health care system launched an investigation after a female patient complained that she found "lesbianism" listed under the category of medical problems on her medical history record.

Kristina Rodriguez told reporters that she had blood work done at Lake Park Family Practice of Carolinas Healthcare System. After getting the procedure done, she was shocked to find lesbianism listed as a medical issue on her medical record.

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Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

A total of five international teams have qualified as finalists in an ambitious ongoing race to the Moon, Google-funded X Prize Foundation has announced.

The five finalists are: Moon Express of Florida, Hakuto of Japan, SpaceIL of Israel, Team Indus of India, and an international team of enthusiasts hailing from more than fifteen countries, called Synergy Moon.

Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director for X Prize Foundation, said that they were very thrilled to have five contenders, who are working from all over the globe on the mission, qualified as finalists.

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USDA insists it isn’t suppressing scientists’ communications with public

USDA insists it isn’t suppressing scientists’ communications with public

In wake of severe criticism over its gag order on scientists communicating with the public, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) claimed that it isn't suppressing its scientists' communications with the public.

The federal agency was flooded with harsh comments and criticism after news broke that it e-mailed its researchers and ordered them not to speak to the press and make any press release. However, the agency later insisted that its researchers can still publish peer-reviewed journal articles and give media interviews.

Healthy babies don’t need ‘smart clothing’ to monitor vital signs

Healthy babies don’t need ‘smart clothing’ to monitor vital signs

A team of pediatricians has recommended that parents should think twice before purchasing so-called “smart clothing” with vital signs monitors to keep tabs on the health of their babies.

The smart clothing like sensor-equipped socks, onesies, leg bands and diapers clips are being marketed as efficient tools to help parents keep an eye on things like their infants’ breathing, pulse rate and blood oxygen levels, when they are in distress.

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Badlands National Park defies Trump on climate change

Badlands National Park defies Trump on climate change

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park often post tweets on the issue of climate change and evolution, but it gained unprecedented attention on social media on Tuesday when it messed around with President Donald Trump.

Thumbing its nose at President Trump, Badlands National Park argued in a tweet that the heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the past.

In one of its four tweets, the national park said, “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years.”

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CDC postpones climate conference ahead of Trump’s inauguration

CDC postpones climate conference ahead of Trump’s inauguration

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) postponed a climate conference ahead of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a spokesperson for the federal agency confirmed on Monday.

The Climate & Health Summit, which had been in the works for the last many months, had been scheduled to take place next month in Atlanta. The summit’s aim was to provide public health officials from around the nation with an opportunity to learn more about the increasing evidence of the health risks posed by climate change.

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Scientists discover well-preserved remains of prehistoric giant otter

Scientists discover well-preserved remains of prehistoric giant otter

A team of scientists have discovered a well-preserved skull of a prehistoric giant otter species that lived among birds and water lilies in the forested wetlands of China millions of years ago.

The wolf-sized otter species lived in swampy areas of Yunnan province in China. Scientists estimated that it would have weighed nearly 110 pounds, and existed more than 6 million years ago.

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