About one baby is born every hour addicted to opiate drugs in the United States, according to new research from University of Michigan physicians.
In the research published April 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, U-M physicians found that diagnosis of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal syndrome among newborns, almost tripled between 2000 and 2009.
By 2009, the estimated number of newborns with the syndrome was 13,539 — or about one baby born each hour, according to the study that U-M researchers believe is the first to assess national trends in neonatal abstinence syndrome and mothers using opiate drugs.
"Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which found that over the last decade sales for opiate pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin have quadrupled," says Stephen W. Patrick, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., lead author of the study and a fellow in the University of Michigan’s Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
"Although our study was not able to distinguish the exact opiate used during pregnancy, we do know that the overall use of this class of drugs grew by 5-fold over the last decade and this appears to correspond with much higher rates of withdrawal in their infants."
In a recent survey, astronomers detected the presence of the molecule ethyl formate in a large gas cloud at the center of the galaxy. In an interesting coincidence, this is the chemical which gives raspberries their flavor. Any indications that astronomy is boring have just been shattered.
“Any civilization able to intercept Voyager in the depths of interstellar space…would know far more science than we do. Instead, we wanted to tell those other beings something about what seems unique about ourselves…Although the recipients may not know any languages of the Earth, we included greetings in sixty human tongues, as well as the hellos of the humpback whales. We sent photographs of humans from all over the world caring for one another, learning, fabricating tools and art and responding to challenges. There is an hour and a half of exquisite music from many cultures, some of it expressing our sense of cosmic loneliness, our wish to end our isolation, our longing to make contact with other beings in the Cosmos. And we have sent recordings of the sounds that would have been heard on our planet from the earliest days before the origin of life to the evolution of the human species and our most recent burgeoning technology. It is, as much as the sounds of any baleen whale, a love song cast upon the vastness of the deep. Many, perhaps most, of our messages will be indecipherable. But we have sent them because it is important to try.”—Cosmos, Carl Sagan (via maximwantstobeyourfriend)
Ever answer that question about Cosmos episode 10?
I’m not sure? I don’t think I ever got a question asking specifically about the Cosmos episode number ten. I have previously received questions about certain subjects brought up in that episode, but never specifically about Cosmos episode 10. I may be wrong, and please correct me if I am. I have a small handful of complicated answers that are taking longer to fully type out than others, so it might be one of the questions I haven’t published yet. If it is, it should be published relatively soon.
“We are very malleable. We can bring out the best in us and it’s our job to design societies that bring out the best and suppress the predispositions which may once have served their all but are now obsolete.”—Carl Sagan (via therikeone)
Gargantuan galaxy. Big elliptical galaxies, such as M87, are full of little stars—and no one knows why.
Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/NASA
“Astronomers usually assume that every galaxy gives birth to the same mix of stars as our own. Now a large, new study contradicts this assumption, finding that giant elliptical galaxies—round or ellipsoidal systems full of ancient stars—spawned an excess of little stars just after the big bang. No one knows why, but the result suggests that galaxies in the early universe created stars differently than they do today.
Like snowflakes, no two stars are the same. In our galaxy, newborn stars span an enormous range of masses: A few rare superstars arise with more than 100 times the mass of our sun, but the vast majority is composed of dim red dwarfs with just a fraction of the sun’s mass. The largest stars explode soon after birth, rocking their cradles and enriching their galaxies with planet- and life-forming materials such as oxygen and iron, while stars born small live quiet lives and make little contribution to their galactic homes.
SFist’s photos of a messier-than-usualaftermath at Fort Mason last Saturday got the right wingers frothing at the mouth, apparently. After the story was picked up by the Huffington Post, conservative bloggers from the Gateway Pundit and Fox Nation seized the opportunity to repurpose a couple photos along with an entirely fabricated story pinning the blame on Earth Day partiers and “Green Activists.” Here’s how the story appeared on Fox Nation:
Green Activists Trash Park on Earth Day
Happy Earthday everybody! This was the scene at Fort Mason park in San Francisco after Earth Day activists were through partying ….CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
The click-through link leads you right to our original post. In case you were wondering where the scores of Tea Party commenterscame from. Meanwhile, over at Gateway Pundit, they’ve got even more headshaking for San Francisco, which if these folks are to be believed is a city 100% composed of irresponsible and hypocritical Green Activists (emphasis, theirs):
It Figures… Green Activists Completely Trash Park on Earth Day
Leftists will be leftists… It doesn’t matter if they’re at an inauguration or an annual event praising Mom Earth, they will trash the place and expect YOU to pick up after them.
And this was on Earth Day. Unreal.
To set the record straight here, the people partying on Fort Mason Green last Saturday would hardly identify themselves as part of any particular group that promoted anything other than getting drunk on cheap beer. There was no organized Earth Day celebration, and (perhaps more to the point) the partying occurred on April 21st. Which would be the day before Earth Day, for those keeping score at home.
This kind of blatant fabrication has become something of a trademark move for Fox News and News Corp in general, who seem to base much of their reporting on making outrageous claims and hoping no one calls them out on it. Why, just this morning Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy admitted that he made up part of an Obama quote, so it would sound like a dig at Mitt Romney. And climate scientists recently called out the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal for printing BS about global warming.
Anyhow, should readers find themselves in need of a wildly incorrect interpretation of Saturday’s park mess, you can find it right here in Fox Nation’s “Culture” section. Stuck between alarmist reports of Mad Cow Disease in California, Victoria’s Secret photo shoots, and a picture of the “World’s Perfect Face.” [Spoiler Alert: It’s a white person!]
why doesn't our moon earth's moon have a name, like all other planets their moons have all got spiffy names...ours is just "the moon" ahh, aint she pretty though...
I think I love you, anon. What a brilliant point to bring up! While many claim that ‘The Moon’ is the actual name of our Earth’s moon, others will say this is merely a label. Because it is the longest known moon to man, it has, through out multiple civilizations, been given multiple names. Some of which include, “Selene” from the Greeks, and “Luna” from the Romans.
"Germans called it "Man" or "Mani" and had a myth about a miserable person of this name who, together with his sister (the sun), is being pursued by a hound across the skies until the end of the world. From this myth derive the Germanic words "mane" (Danish), "maan" (Dutch), "moon" (English) and "mond" (German), later transferred to all celestial bodies circulating around planets." [x]
“The Moon has been called “the Moon” for centuries. The modem English word derives from the Old English name, Mona. When Galileo first discovered satellites around Jupiter, they were called “moons” after our own natural satellite, and the designation stuck.” [x]
Selene/the moon are seemingly the most repeated names, through out history, attributed with our moon. To be honest though, I’m not quite sure why we don’t have a specific name, besides THE MOON. It is quite stunningly beautiful, though. My favourite moon of all, I must admit. I may be biased, though. If anyone has any other information to offer, it’d be very appreciated. Cheers [: