Monday 9/10

Is Alzheimer’s an infection?
— Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ?
— By “germ” he means microbes like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. In other words, Norins, a physician turned publisher, wants to know if Alzheimer’s is infectious.
— It’s an idea that just a few years ago would’ve seemed to many an easy way to drain your research budget on bunk science. Money has poured into Alzheimer’s research for years, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia.

OxyContin creator being sued for ‘significant role in causing opioid epidemic’
The Independent
— In 2007, three top current and former employees for Purdue admitted that they had misled doctors and their patients

Here’s What Happened to the 99 Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents and Sent to Chicago

— Confidential records reveal details about struggles to find parents and traumatic experiences during the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance crackdown.

Check out the 5 best, 5 worst college degrees (by compensation, anyway)
“I like to say, ‘Being an actuary is the best job in America because you get paid like doctors and lawyers, but you don’t have to work with blood or visit your clients in jail.”

US threatens to arrest judges who probe American war crimes
— The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.
— White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body “unaccountable” and “outright dangerous” to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be “an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation.”

Trump ‘almost sent tweet that North Korea would have seen as warning of attack’
The Guardian
… spooked the Pentagon leadership with a tweet that – had it been sent – would have been read by North Korea as a sign of an imminent US attack, journalist Bob Woodward has said in an interview.
… The tweet was never sent because of a back-channel message from the North Koreans that they would view it as a sign the US was preparing to attack, according to CBS.
— “At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, ‘My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as ‘an attack is imminent.’

Southeast beginning to panic over Hurricane Florence
CBS Philadelphia
— People up and down the densely populated coast were told to be ready for the worst — and not just for a possible direct blow against the coast. They warned that Florence could slow or stall on or near shore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damage of a hurricane’s high winds.

Climate change will radically change Yellowstone in just decades
USA Today
— YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – Warmer temperatures, longer and more volatile fire seasons, shorter winters, less snowfall and significant changes in the dominant species of plants: The iconic park you see here today will be fundamentally altered by global warming in the coming decades.
— “That conclusion is pretty much inescapable,” said John Gross, an ecologist with the National Park Service’s Climate Change response program. “It’s really more a question of the when and how it occurs than if.”161380_park_narodowy_yellowstone_rzeka_gory

Decentralized Microgridding Can Provide 90% of a Neighborhood’s Energy Needs, Study Finds
“The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water.”

Are polls broken? Democrats’ unforeseen wins pose urgent question
The Guardian
— Polling underestimated the strengths of certain Democratic candidates in a number of primaries this year – inaccuracies that could affect the midterm elections in November.

Amazon’s plan to put workers in robot cages?
Boston Herald
BIZ-AMAZON-HUMAN-CAGE-SE.jpg— A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage.
— Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2016, show a cage-like enclosure around a small work space sitting atop the kind of robotic trolleys that now drive racks of shelves around Amazon warehouses.
— The patent was called “an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines” by researchers who highlighted it in a study published Friday.
— Amazon says it never implemented the technology and has no plans to, but the design appeared to be an effort to allow humans to safely enter robot-only zones.

Dallas cop charged with manslaughter after shooting neighbor

Top CBS dude’s a gonner after sex charges
CBS News

Top cancer researcher got millions in secret
NY Times
cancer-doc— One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.
— The researcher, Dr. José Baselga, a towering figure in the cancer world, is the chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has held board memberships or advisory roles with Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb, among other corporations, has had a stake in start-ups testing cancer therapies, and played a key role in the development of breakthrough drugs that have revolutionized treatments for breast cancer.

### –An Israeli teen’s deadly fall in Yosemite National Park, reportedly while taking a selfie Wednesday, occurred at the top of Nevada Fall, authorities said.
— Tomer Frankfurter, 18, of Jerusalem dropped from the top of the cliff beside the 594-foot waterfall on the Merced River, according to the Mariposa County coroner’s office.

NYC subway station at site of 9/11 attack reopens after nearly 2 decades
CBS News
— A once heavily-used subway station destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed finally reopened Saturday, nearly two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks. It’s one of the last significant parts of the World Trade Center to reopen as lower Manhattan continues to rebuild what was lost.
— The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, which was located directly below the World Trade Center, has sat unused for the last 17 years.

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