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For this retired naturalist, saving monarch butterflies is an obsession and a mania

For this retired naturalist, saving monarch butterflies is an obsession and a mania

Kevin Luby of Sandwich said that saving monarch butterflies is not just a hobby but it’s much more than that for him. Luby is a retired naturalist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, where he served for over three decades, and calls it an obsession and a mania.

He is in love with nature, but he became interested in butterflies for the first time after planting Dutchman’s pipe for his work. Pipevine swallowtail butterflies started flocking to the plant, and soon he was willing to help preserve butterfly species, mainly monarch butterflies.

No state in Southeast has comprehensive smoke-free law: CDC Report

No state in Southeast has comprehensive smoke-free law: CDC Report

Latest data from CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) has unveiled that there is no state in the Southeast that has a detailed smoke-free law. Presence of such type of law does not allow smoking in private workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Research explores how people expect their self-driving cars to act when faced with extreme situations

Research explores how people expect their self-driving cars to act when faced with extreme situations

Research work is as how to develop and refine the algorithms of autonomous vehicles, which are considered to be the future of the roads. Now, a very logical question has come up that what would happen in extreme situations, where a crash and injury or death is unavoidable.

This question has been picked up in a research paper titled, ‘The Social Dilemma of Autonomous Vehicles’ published in the journal Science. The research paper makes an attempt to understand as to how people want their self-driving cars to act when faced in an extreme situation that could lead to death.

Computer image shows huge sections of California rising and sinking around San Andreas fault

A First: Computer image shows huge sections of California rising and sinking around San Andreas fault

Scientists have for the first time come up with a computer picture demonstrating large parts of California rising and sinking in the area surrounding the San Andreas fault. Seismic strain has caused this vertical movement that will be released in a huge earthquake ultimately.

The San Andreas fault is the longest earthquake fault in California, and is among the state’s most dangerous ones. Since long, scientists thought that some parts of California are rising, while other parts sink in the areas around the fault in a quite subtle and extremely slow ongoing way.

Southern California health fraud schemes: Laguna Beach psychiatrist and six Orange County residents arrested

Southern California health fraud schemes: Laguna Beach psychiatrist and six Orange County residents arrested

On Wednesday, prosecutors said that a Laguna Beach psychiatrist and six other Orange County residents have been accused for their role in Southern California health fraud schemes. The schemes bilked government insurance programs of over $125 million.

The US attorney’s office said that overall 22 defendants have been facing federal charges in Santa Ana and Los Angeles under a countrywide sweep that include 301 people accused of wrongly billing $900 million.

Areas lying along San Andreas fault in California are shrinking and rising

Areas lying along San Andreas fault in California are shrinking and rising

A research paper published in journal Nature Geoscience has unveiled certain parts of California present along the San Andreas fault are sinking and other parts are rising at the same rate. These changes taking place owing to seismic strain will result into a large earthquake.

Study researchers have affirmed that the Sand Andreas fault is considered to be the longest earthquake fault and one of the most dangerous one in the state. The act of sinking and rising is taking place in the parts of California on a very slow rate.

It takes a free meal for doctor to prescribe certain brand-name medication

It takes a free meal for doctor to prescribe certain brand-name medication

You may find it strange but a single free meal could influence a doctor to prescribe certain brand-name medication. A new research paper has found that the US doctors who have received a single free meal from a drug company has more chances to prescribe the company’s drug than those who have not received such meal.

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