Nell Greenfieldboyce http://tspr.org en Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems http://tspr.org/post/big-data-peeps-your-medical-records-find-drug-problems No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.<p>To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks and side effects, the Food and Drug Administration is trying something new — and there's a decent chance that it involves your medical records.<p>It's called <a href="http://www.mini-sentinel.org/">Mini-Sentinel</a>, and it's a $116 million government project to actively go out and look for adve Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 56909 at http://tspr.org Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't http://tspr.org/post/little-spacecraft-couldnt An audacious quest to reconnect with a vintage NASA spacecraft has suffered a serious setback and is now pretty much over.<p>The satellite launched in 1978 and has been in a long, looping orbit around the sun for about three decades. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 56296 at http://tspr.org The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon http://tspr.org/post/engines-sputter-life-vintage-spacecraft-turns-toward-moon A gung-ho group of <a href="http://spacecollege.org/isee3/">space enthusiasts</a> has started the process of putting a vintage NASA spacecraft on a new flight path, so that this venerable piece of hardware will be able to do useful science once again.<p>The old spacecraft, called ISEE-3, launched back in August 1978. Its original job was to hang out between the Earth and the Sun and study their interactions. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 56227 at http://tspr.org As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists http://tspr.org/post/shocking-fish-tale-surprises-evolutionary-biologists The electric eel's powerful ability to deliver deadly shocks — up to 600 volts — makes it the most famous electric fish, but hundreds of other species produce weaker electric fields. Now, a new genetic study of electric fish has revealed the surprising way they got electrified.<p>Consider a 6-foot-long electric eel: It is basically a 6-inch fish attached to a 5-1/2-foot cattle prod, says <a href="http://www.biochem.wisc.edu/faculty/sussman/">Michael Sussman</a>, who directs the biotechnology center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 55580 at http://tspr.org A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists How To Become A Neanderthal: Chew Before Thinking http://tspr.org/post/how-build-neanderthal Scientists have long puzzled over the origin and evolution of our closest relative, the Neanderthal. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 55151 at http://tspr.org How To Become A Neanderthal: Chew Before Thinking