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Arctic ice retreating more quickly than computer models project

... less dramatic than the September loss, the models underestimate it by a wide margin as well. The study concludes that the actual rate of sea ice loss in March, which averaged about 1.8 percent per decade in the 1953-2006 period, was three times larger than the mean from the computer models. March is typically the...

Fishy cooperation

... complex behavior. Moreover, we have a tendency to underestimate the intelligence of animals at lower rungs of the evolutionary ladder. In fact, it is the ladder idea itself that is wrong. The best way to approach animal intelligence is from an evolutionary and ecological perspective focused on the tasks that each...

Cigarette smoking impedes tendon-to-bone healing

...r cuff healing." Galatz says the study also may underestimate the harmful effects of smoking because rats tend to be better healers than humans and because they were exposed to nicotine for only a few weeks following surgery, whereas people may smoke for many years before surgery, as well as continue smoking fo...

Obesity levels in US are grossly underestimated

... the authors found that, on average, women tend to underestimate their weight while men do not. When it comes to height, young and middle-aged men tend to overestimate their height more than women in the same age group. In 2002, the corrected prevalence of obesity in the U.S. population was 28.7% for adult men and...

Higher levels of obesity associated with greater health risks

...ch tended to reflect lower degrees of obesity, may underestimate the risks for extremely obese individuals and overestimate the risks for mildly obese individuals in diverse groups," the researchers write. "More accurately assessing weight-related health risk may both improve policy decisions about obesity and ass...

Traditional models underestimate extinction rates

...nore a critical parameter in projecting risk, they underestimate extinction rates. Standard models for predicting extinction assume that population growth and decline are governed by random, or stochastic, variables. But few scientists have actually tested the accuracy of these models with empirical data. To do t...

Men Estimate Men's Risks Of Common Disorders Higher Than Women Do, And Vice Versa

...on personal risk assessments suggest a tendency to underestimate one's own risk of illness compared to one's peers -- this is often referred to as optimism bias. Our findings suggest in contrast that what may be going on in response to these type of questions is neither an optimistic nor negative bias for one's ow...

Newest HIV drugs should be used with FUZEON(R)

...s lopinavir/r, tipranavir/r or TMC 114/r. Doctors underestimate significant "FUZEON effect" Surprisingly, of the 560 doctors surveyed onsite this week at the IAS conference, three quarters (75%) underestimated the "FUZEON effect" seen in both RESIST2 and POWER3 studies. Latest data adds to growing Body of Evide...

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