daily science facts

The oceans — their sea levels, temperatures and acidity all on the rise — do not read Breitbart News in the United States or the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, which by spreading science denial put the most vulnerable at risk.
—  Cynthia Barnett’s Op-Ed in the LA Times, read here. 
It’s A Hot Week Of Bad News For Fracking.

The oil and gas industry typically denies the harms of fracking, but they’re forced to acknowledge at least some of them to investors in disclosure forms required by the SEC. They speak for themselves, as this example from Noble Energy shows. This is the second-to-last daily graphic featuring science and facts in the Compendium from Concerned Health Professionals of NY!http://ConcernedHealthNY.org/Compendium/

Today's daily science fact is about plaque and heart disease.

There is a causal link between tooth plaque and certain types of heart disease.

The reason is immune. The immune system identifies bacterial invaders based on proteins in their membrane (proteins the immune system reacts to are called antigens), and some bacteria that cause and live in plaque have proteins very similar to those in the cells that make up heart valves. If these bacteria get into the bloodstream through damaged gums (which is more likely to happen if they build up in plaque), there is a slight chance that the immune system will end up mounting a defense against its own heart cells, and slowly damage the heart.

Is it herpes awareness week?

 In the past 24 hours, sixteen people have liked or reblogged the Daily Science Fact about herpes ( http://dailysciencefacts.tumblr.com/post/27104912276/todays-daily-science-fact-is-about-herpes ). Only one like and no reblogs have not been about herpes. Two new people have started following Daily Science Facts, presumably due to herpes.

Why is herpes so damn popular all of a sudden?!