Cancer is mostly random, study confirms

[Source: NBC News] Random mutations are the single biggest factor in causing cancer, researchers reaffirmed Thursday. About two-thirds of the genetic mutations that lead to cancer happen simply because of random errors made as cells divide and not because of diet, chemicals or inherited genes, the team at Johns Hopkins University said. “We hope that Read More…

Is shipping the next financial crisis?

[Source: Port Technology] The Hanjin Shipping collapse rocked the shipping industry; the seventh largest shipping company operating at the time filing for receivership and leaving its vessels abandoned across the globe was potentially a warning sign for things to come for other industry actors. It was reported by Port Technology that Hanjin Shipping was having Read More…

Ozone hole over Antarctica is closing, reports Science

[Source: Reason.com] In the 1980s, researchers discovered that the protective stratospheric ozone layer over Antarctica was thinning. Since stratospheric ozone reduces the amount of damaging ultraviolet light from the sun that reaches the surface, this was potentially very bad news. Scientists quickly identified chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners, and as Read More…

Antarctic ozone hole shows signs of healing

[Source: Science Recorder] Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Leeds have discovered that the ozone layer above Antarctica has been slowly healing, a recent study published in the journal Science reports. The ozone layer is a section of the Earth’s atmosphere that shields the planet from harmful ultraviolet rays. However, greenhouse gas Read More…