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Sometimes abbreviated as TWS, it has become an important part of the exciting and breaking news stories happening continuously across the globe. Founded by a core group of journalists, The Westside Story is a part of the web news reporting community since 2008. The site regularly features breaking news stories, reviews, and editorials related to business, technology, entertainment, sports, science

Sometimes abbreviated as TWS, it has become an important part of the exciting and breaking news stories happening continuously across the globe. Founded by a core group of journalists, The Westside Story is a part of the web news reporting community since 2008. The site regularly features breaking news stories, reviews, and editorials related to business, technology, entertainment, sports, science

The extradition bill is just the latest in a series of moves by Beijing to undermine Hong Kong's right to self-determina...
06/18/2019
Hong Kong protesters want autonomy, half-measures won’t send them home

The extradition bill is just the latest in a series of moves by Beijing to undermine Hong Kong's right to self-determination. Temporarily suspending the bill won't satisfy protesters seeking real democracy and autonomy.

#HongKongProtests #China #ExtraditionBill

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In Hong Kong, the current bill allowing extradition to mainland China is the latest in a gradual attack on Hong Kong’s democracy and autonomy. This is why Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s mov…

“Essentially we have found that both ends of Africa’s weather extremes will get more severe. The wet extreme will get wo...
06/16/2019
Climate change will compound both floods and droughts in Africa, study predicts

“Essentially we have found that both ends of Africa’s weather extremes will get more severe. The wet extreme will get worse, but also the appearance of dry spells during the growing season will also get more severe.”

#Africa #ClimateChange #Agriculture

Photo by Oxfam East Africa [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Africa is likely to face more frequent and intense weather extremes, including both flooding and more damaging droughts, according to new research. The study predicts that over the next 80 years, A…

In over 700 sites surveyed, one in six showed dangerous levels of #AntibioticPollution, which can harm the local environ...
06/15/2019
Antibiotic pollution is flooding the world’s rivers, new survey shows

In over 700 sites surveyed, one in six showed dangerous levels of #AntibioticPollution, which can harm the local environment and give rise to #DrugResistant bacteria.

#AntibioticResistance

Photo by Ian Gratton from Sutton-n-Craven, North Yorkshire, England [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

In a large-scale survey of the world’s rivers, researchers have found dangerous levels of antibiotics in about two-thirds, according to ScienceNews.org. Environmental antibiotic pollution fuels the…

Researchers turned to the human digestive tract and #GutMicrobes to find an enzyme that can convert other blood types to...
06/14/2019
Researchers convert donor blood to universally accepted Type O

Researchers turned to the human digestive tract and #GutMicrobes to find an enzyme that can convert other blood types to universal Type O.

#BloodDonor #BloodShortage

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Researchers have demonstrated a method to convert other blood types into the universal Type O, opening the door to a vast increase of the limited supply of appropriate blood for transfusions, accor…

Last year's emissions increase was equivalent to putting 400 million new cars on the world's roads.#EnergyIndustry #Carb...
06/13/2019
Global carbon emissions increased more quickly last year than any since 2011

Last year's emissions increase was equivalent to putting 400 million new cars on the world's roads.

#EnergyIndustry #CarbonEmissions #ClimateChange

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Last year saw the most rapid increase in carbon emissions from the world’s energy industry since 2011, BP’s latest global energy review reports. The increase came as extreme weather and temperature…

Only 43 percent of the high risk patients given the treatment had #Diabetes by the end of the eight-year trial, compared...
06/12/2019
For the first time, a drug trial delayed the onset of diabetes in high risk patients

Only 43 percent of the high risk patients given the treatment had #Diabetes by the end of the eight-year trial, compared with 72 percent of those that were given a placebo.

#Type1Diabetes #DrugTrial

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In a landmark achievement, researchers have reported successfully delaying the onset of type 1 diabetes in high-risk patients in an eight-year trial, according to Science. Just two weeks of treatme…

For an administration that supposedly believes there's no solid evidence for #ClimateChange, they've spared no effort in...
06/11/2019
While arguing there’s no evidence for a climate crisis, Trump is working hard to suppress it

For an administration that supposedly believes there's no solid evidence for #ClimateChange, they've spared no effort in suppressing warnings and testimony from their own agencies.

#TrumpAdministration #ClimateScience

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Those that believe honest disagreement is behind the Trump administration’s refusal to address climate change would be hard pressed to defend some of its recent, Orwellian moves to control informat…

The group with #FoodAllergies reported eating 20 to 40 percent more #JunkFood, and showed higher levels of chemical comp...
06/09/2019
Researchers link rising childhood food allergies to junk food consumption

The group with #FoodAllergies reported eating 20 to 40 percent more #JunkFood, and showed higher levels of chemical compounds called AGEs.

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The rising prevalence of food allergies in children may be tied to increasing consumption of processed junk food, according to University of Naples researchers. The new study found higher levels of…

Although they'd asked #Trump to ease strict Obama-era rules, they say his new plan will go too far and create a divided,...
06/08/2019
Automakers ask Trump to rethink his rollback of pollution standards

Although they'd asked #Trump to ease strict Obama-era rules, they say his new plan will go too far and create a divided, unstable market.

#AutoEmissions #AutoIndustry

Photo by Ford Motor Company [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

A letter from the world’s top automakers is calling on the Trump administration to rethink its efforts to dismantle Obama-era pollution rules, a move they say would create “untenable” instability f…

The #FDA will help facilitate doctors’ requests to drug companies to give #cancer patients access to unapproved treatmen...
06/06/2019
FDA offers new service to help cancer patients access unapproved treatments

The #FDA will help facilitate doctors’ requests to drug companies to give #cancer patients access to unapproved treatments when others have failed.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is starting a program to facilitate requests for cancer patients to access drugs that have not been approved yet. The program is part of a wider effort to …

“There is growing evidence that a handful of gatekeepers have come to capture control over key arteries of online commer...
06/04/2019
Congress to open bipartisan antitrust inquiry into “dominant” tech companies

“There is growing evidence that a handful of gatekeepers have come to capture control over key arteries of online commerce, content, and communications."

#SiliconValley #TechCompanies #AntiTrust

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The US Congress will begin a bipartisan investigation into whether large tech companies are using their power to stifle competition, the House Judiciary Committee said Monday, according to Bloomber…

Diets high in #ProcessedFood were linked to up to 23 percent higher chance of early death from #HeartDisease and stroke....
06/04/2019
New findings link ultra-processed foods to cardiac issues, early death

Diets high in #ProcessedFood were linked to up to 23 percent higher chance of early death from #HeartDisease and stroke.

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Diets high in ultra-processed, industrial foods have been linked to shorter lifespans and a heightened risk of heart attacks and stroke, according to two new studies covered by CBS News on Thursday…

One of #NASA's planned #MoonLandings could come as early as fall of 2020, ahead of a crewed landing in 2024. Image by Wi...
06/02/2019
NASA awards contracts for moon landings, slated for as soon as next year

One of #NASA's planned #MoonLandings could come as early as fall of 2020, ahead of a crewed landing in 2024.

Image by WikiImages on Pixabay

NASA has awarded three companies contracts to transport cargo to the moon, as part of the space agency’s renewed focus on lunar missions, according to Science. The landings would come a half centur…

In addition to proven inaccuracy and bias, #FacialRecognition already facilitates unwarranted #surveillance of dissident...
06/01/2019
San Francisco is right to ban facial recognition technology

In addition to proven inaccuracy and bias, #FacialRecognition already facilitates unwarranted #surveillance of dissidents and ethnic minorities in China.

Should the US go down the same path?

#CivilLiberties

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Facial recognition technology is now facing its first official backlash, with San Francisco’s municipal ordinance banning its use by city and county agencies. It’s the first such ban in the US and …

#Florida faces some of the nation's most immediate #ClimateChange challenges, with #RisingSeaLevels threaning to put muc...
05/30/2019
Florida appoints nation’s first state-level science chief to deal with climate change and pollution

#Florida faces some of the nation's most immediate #ClimateChange challenges, with #RisingSeaLevels threaning to put much of the state underwater by 2100.

Photo by B137 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

The US state of Florida has become the first in the nation to appoint a chief science officer on the state level, to help address a range of problems ranging from water quality to rising sea levels…

The finding contradicts a 2007 designation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) that labeled ni...
05/30/2019
Working nights has no link to breast cancer risk, new study says

The finding contradicts a 2007 designation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) that labeled night shifts "probably carcinogenic" due to sleep cycle disruption.

#Cancer #BreastCancer

Photo by Max Slowik [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Working night shifts does not lead to an increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study by British researchers. Since the 70s, scientists have suggested that increased exposur…

The new treatment would be universal to all types of snakebites, and would not require a trip to a hospital, which often...
05/28/2019
Scientists are using HIV antibody methods to develop a universal snakebite cure

The new treatment would be universal to all types of snakebites, and would not require a trip to a hospital, which often involve a great distance in the regions where #snakebites are most common.

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An international consortium of experts is working to develop a universal cure for snakebites, which affect nearly three million people each year, according to The Guardian. Using technology similar…

Both NASA and NOAA warn that current plans to deploy #5GWireless will set back weather forecasting capabilities 30 perce...
05/26/2019
5G wireless could set weather forecasting back 40 years, NASA and NOAA warn

Both NASA and NOAA warn that current plans to deploy #5GWireless will set back weather forecasting capabilities 30 percent, leaving 2 to 3 fewer days to evacuate ahead of deadly #hurricanes.

Imagen by Jürgen Diermaier on Pixabay

The rollout of speedy 5G wireless networks could interfere with weather forecasting, according to US science agencies including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). …

The once steady decline of #CFC emissions, which deplete the #OzoneLayer and contribute to #ClimateChange, mysteriously ...
05/25/2019
Industries in northeast China are emitting illegal CFC gases, new study finds

The once steady decline of #CFC emissions, which deplete the #OzoneLayer and contribute to #ClimateChange, mysteriously slowed starting in 2013.

Scientists now believe they’ve found the source of the illegal emissions.

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Industry in northeastern China has released thousands of tons of a CFC gas banned by international treaties, according to a new study, detailed by The Guardian. The chemicals were banned in the 198…

“The benefit of the vaccines has actually been kind of its own downfall. People just don’t see this as a relevant interv...
05/23/2019
Thanks to vaccines, anti-vaxxers have forgotten why measles is so dangerous

“The benefit of the vaccines has actually been kind of its own downfall. People just don’t see this as a relevant intervention.”

#Measles #AntiVaxx #Vaccines

Photo by DFID - UK Department for International Development [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

As the US faces its worst outbreak of measles since the disease was eliminated in 2000, with almost 900 cases reported, many have put the blame on the anti-vaccination misinformation that has rapid…

Users searching for #vaccine information on #Twitter will be pointed toward credible, verified information on Vaccines.g...
05/20/2019
Twitter employs new search tool to direct users to accurate vaccine information

Users searching for #vaccine information on #Twitter will be pointed toward credible, verified information on Vaccines.gov.

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Twitter is rolling out a new search tool to direct users toward authoritative information on vaccines instead of misinformation from anti-vaccine campaigns, according to The Verge. The first tweet …

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe air with unhealthy levels of #Air...
05/20/2019
Global study links air pollution to range of ailments beyond heart and lungs

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe air with unhealthy levels of #AirPollution, constituting a “public health emergency.”

Photo by Mirza Khalid [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

A new, large-scale global review shows that the effects of air pollution extend to “every organ” and cell in the body, far beyond the respiratory system itself, according to The Independent. The re…

#JohnBolton may be betting that #Trump's strategy to put "maximum pressure" on #Iran, likely as a negotiating tactic, co...
05/18/2019
Trump should stick with instincts and avoid a disastrous war with Iran

#JohnBolton may be betting that #Trump's strategy to put "maximum pressure" on #Iran, likely as a negotiating tactic, could ultimately lead him into the war that Bolton's been advocating for decades.

Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

On Monday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration had reviewed plans to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to address provocations or nuclear weapons development b…

“They have taken the field of synthetic genomics to a new level, not only successfully building the largest ever synthet...
05/16/2019
In a first, researchers create life from a fully synthetic genetic code

“They have taken the field of synthetic genomics to a new level, not only successfully building the largest ever synthetic genome to date, but also making the most coding changes to a genome so far.”

#GeneDesign #DNA #BioTech

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Researchers have created the first living organism with DNA synthesized entirely from scratch, according to The New York Times. Experts say the milestone achievement has created a new form of life …

On a mission to the deepest point of the ocean ever explored by humans, in the #MarianaTrench, the team found a plastic ...
05/15/2019
A record-breaking dive mission found plastic waste in the deepest part of the ocean

On a mission to the deepest point of the ocean ever explored by humans, in the #MarianaTrench, the team found a plastic bag and several candy wrappers.

#PlasticPollution #OceanPollution

Photo by MichaelisScientists [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

A record-breaking dive into the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean, has revealed plastic pollution in another one of the world’s most remote corners, according to CNN. The alarming find…

“It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” according to #JeffBezos. #MoonMission #BlueOriginPhoto: NASA Flig...
05/13/2019
Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin unveils Moon lander, plans for lunar missions

“It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” according to #JeffBezos.

#MoonMission #BlueOrigin

Photo: NASA Flight Opportunities [Public domain]

Blue Origin, the spaceflight company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, revealed their plans to land on the Moon, in a rare press event on Thursday, according to The Atlantic. Since it often operates …

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