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Wildfire rages across Camp Pendleton, California, on October 23, 2007. Roughly a million people across Southern California were forced to evacuated by fires in autumn 2007 that burned nearly one million acres, killed 14 people, and inficted more than $1 billion in damage. (Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Albert F. Hunt.)
June 25, 2014 | California will likely experience more large fires in forested areas this century because of rising temperatures and changes in precipitation along with development patterns, new research finds. The resulting increase in wildfire activity could increase some types of fire-generated air pollution by more than half.AtmosNews Category: Organization(s): Article type: People:
Now there’s a better way IF DIABETICS are to keep their blood-sugar levels in a healthy range, they must rely not only on periodic visits to the doctor, but also on careful daily management of their medicine, meals and exercise. For years, this regime included regular self-administered blood-sugar tests and similarly self-administered insulin injections. Now, in the better-off parts of the world at least, these things can be automated. There are gadgets that monitor sugar levels, and implanted pumps that deliver insulin. But Ed Damiano of Boston University and Steven Russell of Massachusetts General Hospital think things could be improved further by using software to make these devices work together as what would, in effect, be an artificial pancreas.As they outlined on June 15th to a meeting of the American Diabetes Association held in San Francisco, Dr Damiano and Dr Russell have created an app, housed in an iPhone, which receives data every five minutes from a glucose monitor implanted in a patient’s body. The app analyses these data, plus the patient’s weight (a good proxy for his blood volume), and draws appropriate conclusions....