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The right’s Obamacare “cancer”: Why conservatives treat a healthcare reform law as a disease

Conservatives rally around long-shot challenges to the ACA because they think it’s a sickness. It will consume them<p>A few days ago I wrote about the Hack Gap – the imbalance of conservative and liberal pundits who will unquestioningly fall in behind partisan crusades in order to achieve a common …

Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Air pollution is clogging the skies of our planet. Now one scientist thinks Earth may be just one of many polluted worlds — and that searching for extraterrestrial smog may actually be a good way to search for alien intelligence.<p>"People refer to 'little green men,' but ETs that are detected by this …

Robert Reich: American democracy is diseased

The former secretary of labor explains how we can wrest power back from our corporate overlords<p>Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.<p>A large portion of the public doesn’t …

7 disgusting ways Michael Brown and Ferguson have been smeared

How police, the media and politicians have tried to make this about anything other than a dead teenager<p>Since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, local law enforcement and much of the mainstream media have been playing by an old script, in which the local …

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court blocked gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Virginia Wednesday as it edges closer to deciding whether same-sex marriage should be legalized nationwide.<p>The ruling puts on hold a federal appeals court's verdict last month striking down the state's ban on gay …

Obama 'third term' label concerns some with Clinton ties

Very few confidants and former aides were frenzied when Hillary Clinton came under fire for questions about her age, health and wealth.<p>Their view, for the most part, was Clinton is obviously healthy - look at the schedule she keeps - and wealth won't be a problem because they can be countered by …

Getting Indicted Might Actually Be Good for Rick Perry

A flimsy, politically motivated charge makes the governor look like a victim—and distracts from his sometimes questionable use of power.<p>After the schadenfreude surrounding news of Rick Perry's indictment subsided on Friday night, America awoke this weekend to a general consensus that the case …

Just 4 anti-ACA House Dems left

Thirty-four House Democrats bucked their party to vote against Obamacare when it passed in 2010. Today, only four of those lawmakers are still in office and running for reelection this fall.<p>The dramatic downsize underscores not only how consequential the health care law vote was but how quickly …

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Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Sometimes I feel like a broken record at home: "Let's eat the leftovers for dinner, so they don't go to waste,"<p>But inevitably, Sunday night's pasta and meatballs get tossed out of the refrigerator to make way for Friday night's pizza.<p>Now scientists at the University of Minnesota offer up another …

Neuroscience: ‘I built a brain decoder'

What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers.<p>Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.<p>Gallant, a researcher at the University …

The Brain

Woman Has Her Skull Replaced With A 3-D-Printed Plastic One

The most significant skull prosthetic to date<p>A woman with a rare bone disorder has had much of the top of her skull replaced with a 3-D printed plastic piece, <i>Wired U.K.</i> reports. Three months later, she's symptom-free and back to work.<p>The woman's condition made her skull increase in thickness, …

Plant 'library' could help protect food supply - Futurity

Researchers say the 2,000 clones of plant transcription factors—nature's genetic on-off switches—could lead to more robust crops.

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Your 'bestie' is probably your distant cousin - Futurity

People pick friends who resemble them genetically. In fact, according to a study, close friends are the genetic equivalent of fourth cousins, on …

Live Well: Stressed women burn calories slowly, alcohol can increase dementia risk but eat unripe bananas

Every week, The Telegraph rounds up the best of this week's scientific studies and developments which will help you live a happier, healthier, longer life<p>In the next instalment of our Live Well series – a summary of health news and advice published in the paper and online – this week we bring you …

Nutrition

Woman Grows A Nose On Her Spine After Stem Cell Experiment

And other reasons not to mess around with unproven therapies<p>Eight years ago, doctors took nasal tissue samples and grafted them onto the spines of 20 quadriplegics. The idea was that stem cells within the nasal tissue might turn into neurons that could help repair the damaged spinal cord, and the …

Medicine

Scientists find new clues to brain's wiring

New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or …

People with high IQs really DO see the world differently: Researchers find they process sensory information differently

• Experts found that a high IQ brain was better able to block out larger or more irrelevant images when focussing on a small moving object<br>• But …

The Brain

Is our universe a bubble?

The multiverse hypothesis – the idea that there are other universes – can be tested, scientists say.<p>Never mind the big bang; in the beginning was the …

Dark Matter

The Air Force Is Working On A New Bomber

The B-52 may finally have a grandchild.<p>The U.S. Air Force is quietly ramping up spending on a future bomber, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service published earlier this month. The Air Force also sent requirements for the program to the industry earlier this week. The goal is …

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Could a moon called Europa hold clues to alien life?

The search for life on other planets has long inspired science fiction novelists and Nasa missions but could one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, provide proof?<p>Bill Nye of the US Planetary Society - also known as The Science Guy - is among those who believe it is worth finding out.<p>He is hoping to …

Paranormal

Genetic blueprint unveiled for vital food crop wheat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread - wheat bread, that is.<p>Wheat pours into a truck as a French farmer harvests his crop in Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine near Nantes July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe<p>An international team of …

Conflicts of interest pervasive on California stem cell board

There's no good time for a public agency to be embroiled in a conflict-of-interest scandal, but this is an especially delicate time for California's stem cell agency.<p>The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as the program is known formally, is on track to finish doling out its $3 billion …

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The Day Earth Smiled

A mosaic of people on Earth waving at Saturn on July 19, 2013, the day Earth smiled. NASA called it “a global moment of cosmic self-awareness.”<p>On …