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Joanne Manaster
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1) Trump’s pick for head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has actively battled its mission
2) He chose former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary
3) He chose an energy company executive for secretary of State
4) He met with a vaccine critic while planning a commission on autism
5) His transition team sought information about Energy Department staff associated with climate change

The president-elect has taken what is widely seen as a hostile stance toward the scientific community. Here’s why
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Disgustingly ignorant man!
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“The language is strong and precise, giving scientists and science advocates a solid platform to stand on in pushing back against the manipulation and suppression of science and the harassment of scientists,” 
The move comes after the Trump transition team sent the department a questionnaire asking for the names of personnel who had attended meetings related to climate change.
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The last man to walk on the moon has died. RIP, Gene Cernan.
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Good day for +SpaceX and +IridiumComm

After a four-month launch hiatus, the company’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully sent a communications satellite into orbit and returned its first stage to a floating robotic barge.
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"Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics."
The 70-year-old woman had broken her leg while traveling in India. The bacteria in her system was resistant to 26 different antibiotics.
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Most strains of gonorrhea are now resistant to penicillins, tetracyclines, spectinomycin, narrow-spectrum cephalosporins, amphenicols, sulfonamide and trimethoprim combinations, and fluoroquinolones (abandoned in treatment guidelines as recently as 2007).

For gonorrhea infections in the U.S., we're down to the last of the most effective & curative single-therapy antibiotics, which have shown decreasing susceptibility recently. Treatment recommendations now include a combo of a broad-spectrum cephalosporin along with azithromycin. Using dual-therapy temporarily helps slow progression of resistance.

However, within the past decade, extensively drug-resistant gonorrhea demonstrating treatment failure to all 3rd-generation cephalosporins have been reported in Japan, France, and Spain (countries from 5 continents have reported resistance to at least one of the 3rd-gen cephalosporins).

Rare cases of gonorrhea with high-level resistance to azithromycin emerged a few years ago. (Resistance to azithro occurs fairly easily, so it's not supposed to be given by itself.)

I think the mortality rate after infection with carbapenemase-positive Klebsiella pneumoniae is something near 50% (can't remember if that's in general or site-specific, like in lungs vs. bones, or just in a particular region of the world).

I'm guessing the quote at the end about these events already happening seemingly "mostly far away from us" probably refers to Africa and Asia. Multi-drug resistant TB has been a global problem for quite some time.

Many people might start to realize we take a lot of things for granted in the U.S....
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The picture on the left is the clearest evidence yet that "Stephen Hawking" is just one of Newt Scamander's many identities.

Happy birthday, Stephen Hawking.
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"Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row."

Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will pose a threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.
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According to the GOP and the POTUS elect..this is fake news
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In case you are wondering who's alive or dead of the folks who walked on the moon, here you go. (Complete with sad little headstone icons)
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I recently re-watched From the Earth to the Moon miniseries, which brings so many of these men to life in very memorable stories!
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Yes! Books!

In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.
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Not getting into that delusional crap.
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"Reproducibility guru, former defence-research official and controversial entrepreneur rumoured to be on list, along with current NIH leader and a congressman."
Reproducibility guru, former defence-research official and controversial entrepreneur rumoured to be on list, along with current NIH leader and a congressman.
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It could be the biggest iceberg ever recorded!
A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Caribbean island state of Trinidad and Tobago, is poised to break off Antarctica.
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These are my thoughts I shared on the movie (and book) Hidden Figures yesterday on twitter. Read from the bottom to the top.

Also, Hidden Figures is available on Kindle today for only $1.99 
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I am a faculty lecturer at the University of Illinois, teaching cutting edge biology: genomics, evolution and medicine and emerging infectious diseases.
  • University of Illinois
    I taught cell biology and histology labs and now teach advanced science courses online and do much science outreach!, 1991 - present
  • Scientific American
    Freelance, 2011 - 2014
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Champaign, IL
in the Air Force - most interestingly, Guam - Tokyo - New York - among others
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Expert science video host and speaker

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University biology lecturer

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Former international model

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I'm listed on Mashable as having one of 25 twitter accounts that will make you smarter. I've dissected a (dead) human being (legally). Unrelated to the first statement, I've modeled a bikini in an ice plant and ski wear at Yokohoma Port in 95 F heat and so much more in the name of fashion. Professional modeling is pretty much as ridiculous as you see on Next Top Model :) If you want proof that the world isn't totally backward, I'm more well known now for science outreach than I ever was for modeling, although modeling is more lucrative (oh wait, we're backward again, aren't we?).
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