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Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79

Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79

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Ancient long-lived pioneer trees store majority of carbon in tropical forests

Ancient long-lived pioneer trees store majority of carbon in tropical forests

Science
April 10 (UPI) -- Trees that grow fast, live long and reproduce slowly, known as long-lived pioneers, store the majority of carbon found in tropical forests. Scientists arrived at their discovery after analyzing the different development strategies used by various tree species. "In an earlier study we found that trees pursue different strategies during their development, and those strategies can be classified according to two independent criteria," lead study author Nadja Rüger, a scientist with the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research, told UPI. Some tree species, scientists found, grow fast and die young. Other species grow slow and reach old age. Different tree species also achieve different statures. Fertility also influences a trees' development pattern. Some trees g...
NHS to pioneer cholesterol-busting jab

NHS to pioneer cholesterol-busting jab

Health
A twice-a-year injection that reduces bad cholesterol to protect the heart is to be pioneered by the NHS in England. Already, millions of people take daily statin pills to cut their cholesterol.But later this year, a "ground-breaking" large-scale clinical trial will offer NHS patients a new form of medicine, gene silencing, in an injection called inclisiran.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the initiative could save 30,000 lives during the next decade.Why is cholesterol a problem?Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood, produced by the liver, which can build up inside the walls of blood vessels, making them narrower and increasing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. What is the new drug?By "silencing" the PCSK9 gene, inclisiran can make th...
Baba Ram Dass, author and psychedelic pioneer, dies at 88

Baba Ram Dass, author and psychedelic pioneer, dies at 88

Entertainment
Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Baba Ram Dass, a pioneer of the psychedelic movement and a New Age spiritual leader, has died at the age of 88. His death was announced on his official Instagram account Monday with a message stating that he had died peacefully at his home in Maui, Hawaii, on Sunday. "He was a guide for thousands seeking to discover or reclaim their spiritual identity beyond or within institutional religion," the statement said. Born Richard Alpert, Dass worked alongside psychedelic pioneer Timothy Leary while at Harvard University were he taught during the early 1960s. Together, they collaborated with writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley and iconic American poet Allen Ginsberg on research into psilocybin, LSD and other psychedelic chemicals, according to his biography posted on the webs...
Google honors addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Herbert Kleber with Doodle

Google honors addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Herbert Kleber with Doodle

Health
Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Google paid homage Tuesday to psychiatrist Dr. Herbert Kleber with a new Doodle for Kleber's pioneering work in addiction treatment. Google's homepage features artwork of Kleber speaking with a patient by Massachusetts-based artist and author of graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The Doodle was made on the 23rd anniversary of Kleber being elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Kleber, born June 19, 1934, volunteered for the United States Public Health Service in 1964 and was stationed at a prison hospital in Lexington, Ky. There, he developed a new method to treat patients dealing with addiction. Kleber viewed addiction as a medical condition and would not shame or punish patients for relapsing. Kleber said research would help keep many patients from re...