NBC will partner with YouTube to broadcast every event at the London Olympic Games in real time, either on television or online, in a break with the network's tradition of airing marquee events after a tape delay. NBC will take advantage of YouTube's capacity to host live video and the site's enormous traffic stream. NBC expects to produce 3,000 hours of live Olympics coverage while the Games run between July 27 and August 12. "YouTube makes sense, said NBC executive Rick Cordella, "they had t... Read More
In a study published on Monday, biologists from Brigham Young University found that firearms are not an effective means of preventing injury or death during a bear attack. Dr. Tom Smith led a team that analyzed 269 incidents in Alaska involving conflicts between humans and bears. The researches found no statistical difference in the rate of injury or death between those who used a firearm during a charge and those who were unarmed. Dr. Smith concluded that prevention is the best way to avoid d... Read More
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Even small amounts of exercise can change a person's DNA, according to a study published Wednesday by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. The study examined muscle cell samples from relatively sedentary men and women before and after a short but intense workout on a stationary bike. Although the subject's underlying genetic code did not change, more genes were activated in the post-exercise cell samples. These genes are known to be significant for muscles to adapt to ... Read More
Credit card abuse has become "culturally rampant" at the Bureau of Land Management, according to a leaked email from the agency's deputy director. In the memo sent in February, Michael J. Pool urged state office directors and supervisors to discipline employees caught "scamming the system" by using government-issued credit cards for personal spending. Last year, two former BLM employees were ordered to pay $14,139 in restitution after being convicted of spending thousands of dollars on persona... Read More
A study published last month in the journal Marine Drugs has raised concerns about a toxic chemical found in shark fins. A team of researches from the University of Florida found high concentrations of beta-methylamino-L-alanine, or BMAA, in samples taken from seven sharks off the coast of Florida. Past research has hinted at a link between exposure to BMMA and degenerative brain disorders similar to Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Legislators in California recently passed a controversial law banni... Read More