News Clips for Nov. 13, 2018

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over the long haul is killing and drying the shrubs and trees that provide the fuel, experts say.

California wildfires: What we know so far and how you can help

At least 42 people are dead in Northern California and more than 200 are missing in what’s become the deadliest and most destructive fire on record in the state. Fires have also killed two people in Southern California.

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over the long haul is killing and drying the shrubs and trees that provide the fuel, experts say.

In a paradox, obesity is a ‘net positive’ for cutting-edge anticancer drugs

Second only to smoking, obesity is a top risk factor for cancer. But cancer doctors have noticed something surprising: Overweight patients sometimes respond better than other patients to powerful drugs that harness the immune system to fight tumors. Now, researchers tracing the complex effects of obesity on cancer are glimpsing a possible explanation: Obesity weakens the immune system and favors tumor growth by boosting the very same molecules those drugs target.

As DACA nears the Supreme Court, colleges add services

A federal appeals court last week issued a unanimous decision that the Trump administration could not immediately shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, increasing the chance that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue, The Washington Post reported.

Nobel Prize winner to talk about OCD spectrum disorders at U of U

Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Mario Capecchi, is discussing the modeling of a neuropsychiatric disorder–obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder in the mouse on Tuesday.