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HIV Cure? Research May Show a Way to Eliminate Virus

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> Medical Daily.<p>A team of scientists at University College London has developed a way to prevent HIV from disabling …

Black humour is sign of high intelligence, study suggests

An appreciation of ‘sick jokes’ equates with high IQ and low aggression<p>Who needs Mensa? If you want to find out if someone has a high IQ, just tell them a string of sick jokes and then gauge their reaction.<p>A new study in the journal <i>Cognitive Processing</i> has found that intelligence plays a key role …

Psychology

OMG: Doctors May Have Found a New Approach That Could Potentially Cure Cancer

It may be a shaky time for politics right now, with things changing in swift order, but the medical field is having a pretty good go of it. Case in point? Back in October, British doctors conducted what appears to be successful treatment of a 44-year-old HIV patient, suggesting they very well might …

Cancer

Americans overwhelmingly support Bernie Sanders’ economic policies — so how’d we end up here?

Most Americans want single-payer health care, economic justice and action on climate change. That day will come<p>During a CNN town hall held by Sen. Bernie Sanders last Monday, the Vermont senator and progressive icon tried to drive home a point that he has frequently made in the past: There is …

Middle-class

Tiny Amounts of LSD for Depression

Instead of an “acid trip,” she took an “acid errand.”<p>Throughout Ayelet Waldman’s entire life, she’s been “held hostage by the vagaries of mood,” as she explains in her new book, <i>A Really Good Day</i>. She is a bestselling author, mom of four, and devoted wife, but her mental illness threatened it all. …

Medicine

Scientists develop drug that 'could cure HIV and Aids'

Scientists have developed a drug they hope could lead to a cure for HIV and Aids.<p>Reseachers in Israel have identified a protein they claim can reduce …

Public Health

Tesla Just Solved Solar Energy’s Fugly Problem

The company’s new solar tiles are built right into your roof.<p>In California, solar energy is already huge. The state’s 15,000 megawatts of solar—the equivalent of several nuclear power plants–can provide power to over 3 million homes. But not every state has California’s sky-high energy prices or …

Solar Power

Goodbye World: We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point For Good

Atmospheric carbon levels are probably stuck at 400 parts per million, scientists say.<p>It's a banner week for the end of the world, because we've officially pushed atmospheric carbon levels past their dreaded 400 parts per million. Permanently.<p>According to a blog post last Friday from the Scripps …

Climate Change

Chihuahua Tries To Sing “happy Birthday” To Herself, Wait For It

My sister brings her chihuahua, Addy, to work sometimes for her youtube channel ballet 24. On the day of filming this Addy turned 6 years old. She’s …

Filmmaking

Kitten Found Near Castle Chooses This Guy to Be His Forever Human

A tiny kitten was spotted near the Dracula's castle without a mom in sight. A man gave him a home, and the kitty held his hand as if he said "Thank …

LGBTQI

A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in South Africa

For nearly 50 years, systematic racial suppression and segregation gripped South Africa. While the tides turned in the early '90s and laws were overturned, apartheid had already seeped into the country architecture. Roads, rivers, and fields functioned as "buffer zones" to separate people by …

South Africa

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.<p>Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that …

U.S. Department of Justice

Why High School Students Need More Than College Prep

I step up to the counter at Willy's Cafe at Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and order a latte.<p>There's a powerful scent of fresh coffee in the air, and a group of juniors and seniors hover over a large espresso machine.<p>Carrie Gilbert, 17, shows how it's done: "You're going to want to steam …

College & University

100% Renewable Energy Is Possible, Here's How

If our transition to renewable energy is successful, we will achieve savings in the ongoing energy expenditures needed for economic production. We …

Sustainability

TSA seeks homes for dogs who flunked training or retired

Working for the TSA is a hard job whether you're a two-legged human or four-legged pup.<p>Every year the TSA seeks homes for dogs who've either failed …

This map shows how bad income inequality is in your state

The top 1% of American earners captured 20.1% of all the income in the US in 2013, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.<p>And from 2009 to 2013, the top 1% took home 85.1% of total income growth.<p>Moreover, the average American one-percenter's income of over $1.1 million is 25.3 …

Income Inequality

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

Humanity

Gene-Editing Tool Approved For Use in Humans

Brace yourself for <i>GATTACA</i> comparisons. A powerful gene-editing tool that could pave the way for genetic engineering has been approved for use in …

20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses

Reps. Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Barbara Lee and more highlight Israel’s systematic abuse of Palestinian kids<p>Twenty Congress members have called on President Obama to take action to protect the rights of Palestinian children.<p>The lawmakers sent the president a letter on June 20, urging him to …

Israel

Chuck Palahniuk’s Storytelling Is Spreading Beyond Books–And It’s Wonderfully Twisted

The author of Fight Club has found respite from the P.C. police with his new comic book, coloring book, and screenplay.<p>Chuck Palahniuk’s mind is a one-way depository for debauchery. Ideas, aberrant as they please, enter and never find their way out again.<p>“I think my greatest talent is that I have …

Elon Musk Is Wrong. We Aren't Living in a Simulation

A simulated apple can't feed anybody, and other reality checks by a philosopher and a cognitive scientist.<p>Recently Elon Musk made internet headlines by claiming that the probability we live in "base reality" is one in billions. Instead, we are much more likely to be living in a historical ancestor …

Singularity

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Universe