Jaime McAllian

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Bored? Hunt for dark matter in your spare time

Astronomers hunting for the invisible stuff that holds galaxies together are making progress by turning to the wisdom of the crowd.<p>It is the next “big hunt” in modern physics. Following confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson earlier this year, physicists now have their eyes on dark …

Dark Matter

Motion sickness drug may treat some cancers - Futurity

An over-the-counter drug used for decades to treat nausea has the potential to also treat certain infectious diseases and some forms of cancer.

Safer, more effective way to shock the heart - Futurity

A new system designed to treat arrhythmia is able to shock a dangerously irregular heart back into normal rhythm more safely and more effectively.

Study reveals potential breakthrough in hearing technology

Researchers have found a new way to help the hearing impaired by removing background noise from the sounds transmitted by hearing aids.<p>Computer …

Autoimmune drugs in first trimester show little risk - Futurity

Women who take meds for autoimmune diseases the first trimester of pregnancy are not putting their babies at significantly increased risk, says a new …

Check Out This Curly Protein From The Deadly Nipah Virus

A new study visualizes a key protein in an emerging virus.<p>This symmetric tangle of telephone wires (Remember those?) represents a key protein in the Nipah virus. Nipah is an emerging human illness originally found in fruit bats in Southeast Asia and Australia. People who become infected react in a …

Public Health

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Biology

Meatless Monday: Carrots and Greens with Dilly Bean Vinaigrette

Full of fresh autumnal vegetables, this robust salad works as a vegetarian dinner or as a Thanksgiving side.<p><i>Welcome to Meatless Monday, a column in which we feature vegetarian recipes to help offset the weekend’s carnivorous sins.</i><p>We’re lucky enough to have a test kitchen here, and yes, we’re liable …

Cooking

The Forest gameplay trailer shows you what lurks in the woods

The latest trailer for indie survival horror game <i>The Forest</i> shows off early alpha gameplay footage of the upcoming Windows PC and Oculus Rift release.<p>The short trailer offers a glimpse into the peaceful life you lead throughout the day and the strange and eery occurances at night. The game is in …

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Review

Hat's all, folks.<p>So. Farewell then, Hershel Layton. Six games of puzzling, investigation and tea drinking, and the professor is hanging up his iconic …

Portland's Pot Vote Could Make It A Gateway City For Maine

It's been a big year in the marijuana legalization movement. Not only did Colorado and Washington voters make marijuana legal last November, but this week Coloradans approved a ballot measure to tax marijuana sales.<p>Also this week, Michigan voters in three cities removed penalties for possession. …

Obama's Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Year

Is the president's difficult stretch just a case of bad luck, or is it bad strategy?<p>It doesn't get much better than the exhilaration Barack Obama felt when he looked out at the hundreds of supporters packed into McCormick Place at 12:38 on the morning of November 7, 2012. There he was, in his …

Gun violence in PG-13 films tops level in R-rated movies

Young people are exposed to considerable gun presence and violence in PG-13 films, which now exceeds the level of gun violence in R-rated films.<p>Gun violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled since 1985, and now exceeds the level found in R-rated movies, a new analysis finds.<p>With that increase, …

In remembrance of the ex-servicemen and women who ended up homeless

Rolfe's life collapsed after serving in Bosnia and Iraq. His story of a life collapsing after leaving the military is all too common<p>Rolfe looked like the sort of person you wouldn't want to run into in a dark alley. And yet that is exactly where I ran into him. He occasionally slept in the alley …

A Veteran Died With Nobody To Attend His Funeral — What Happened Next Was Incredibly Moving

RIP, Harold Jellicoe Percival.

Sexual assault issue not resonating

Democrats thought they had another Todd Akin moment this summer when Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed military sexual assault on hormones.<p>But five months later, tying the “war on women” to stamping out bad behavior toward women in the armed forces isn’t working.<p>So far, senators are keeping their …

Veterans Day gone high-tech: Ways technology can help you help a soldier

1. TroopTree<p>TroopTree is a free private video messaging platform for military families to stay in touch with their loved ones overseas.<p>KeepTree provides the free service which allows soldiers or their family members to leave messages for each other to be viewed at any time.<p>The videos can be stored …

New veterans change face of holiday

Veterans Day in America is traditionally a time to look back, but the new generation of veterans wants to remind people the country also must look forward.<p>As they return home after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, younger veterans argue the holiday can’t just be about wreaths on …