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This Cat Running for President Is Probably Your Best Choice Right Now

Like all other elections, 2016 is shaping up to be a real “vote for the lesser of two evils” year. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if there …

Pets

DEA Green Lights Clinical Trials for Medical Marijuana | Inc.com

In a historic move, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency granted approval for a nonprofit to study marijuana's medical benefits on military veterans suffering from combat-related psychological disorders.<p>The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a California-based nonprofit that …

Cannabis

12 Reasons Cat Ladies Make the BEST Wives

Let's clear something up: yes, we are cat ladies. But that doesn't mean we're weirdos destined to be single for life. In fact, there are 12 reasons that being a "cat lady" actually means we make the BEST wives!<p><b>1. We have big hearts.</b><p>Whether we've gotten our cats by adopting or rescuing them, we love …

Pets

This Is What Happened to the First American Treated With Penicillin

The “marvelous mold that saves lives,” as TIME put it, was first discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928, but more than a decade would pass before …

Scientists have discovered a new way to fight antibiotic resistance

Two types of lab-made molecules make drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics again, researchers report March 9 in <i>Science Translational Medicine.</i><p>The discovery could provide new tools in the fight against microbes such as methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus,</i> or MRSA<i>,</i> which causes …

These 15 scientists all have something important in common

Yes, the one feature that all these scientists have in common is that they are women.<p>While that might seem insignificant, it's actually a big deal considering that women are generally underrepresented in science — especially in the upper ranks of professional research.<p>Here, we've highlighted 15 …

What’s Up With the Bacteria In Your Gut?

We’ve known for decades that that the lush collection of bacteria that populate our guts plays a part in digestion. The famous after-effects of bean-eating—tactfully known in the 16th century as “windinesse”— are due to our resident microbes, chomping up an assortment of bean oligosaccharides …

Microbiology

20 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Scientists

The great science minds of history have provided inspirational quotes on their findings, philosophy, and understanding of the world around us. These quotes have inspired generations of young explorers, eager to learn more about the world and motivated toward betterment.<p>When you need a bit more …

Motivation

9 tips for growing from seed (c'mon — you can do it!)

Gardeners grow from seed for a variety of reasons. It's cheaper and more predictable, especially if you are using seed saved from that tangy Roma tomato that did so well last year.<p>And for lettuces, Asian greens and carrots, things that are quick to harvest, repeated successive sowing around the …

Gardening

10 commonly abused psychology words — and what they really mean

If you're like many people, you can be a little OCD about language, but at the same time you can go ADHD and lose the thread and use some words …

These secret codes have completely changed how I watch Netflix

We've all been there. You sit down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and the next thing you know, you've spent 20 minutes scrolling through shows and movies without finding a single thing you actually want to watch.<p>You feel like you've seen everything before, the recommended choices don't look …

Entertainment

This Massive Waste-To-Energy Plant Will Be The Largest In The World

Stretching nearly a mile across and complete with a visitor’s center, the new incinerator will tackle China’s growing trash problem.<p>As cities figure out how to deal with growing piles of trash, they’re taking two paths. Some, like San Francisco, are aiming for zero waste–composting and recycling …

Pollution

Former Teacher Builds A Multimillion-Dollar Global Business 'Engineering For Kids'

<b>Part of the series “Women, Leadership and Vision”</b><p>Recent research has explored this important question: In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few female scientists and engineers? Compelling evidence suggests there are key environmental and …

High School

13 Google Chrome hacks that will boost your productivity

While there are many websites out there that can suck your time, there are also web extensions and programs people have created to help you focus. With them, you can limit the amount of time you waste on social media, quickly find the site you're looking for, and even improve your writing so you …

Google

The United States of Adderall

Amber was out of control. She knew she should stop. But her intense lows -- after that feeling of invincibility wore off -- made her feel like she was being slowly crushed by a truck. And the promise of her highs was so great that it didn't matter how many times she'd told herself she was done for …

Control of CRISPR, biotech’s most promising breakthrough, is in dispute

A futuristic gene-editing technology holds almost fantastical promise to turn biologists' wildest dreams into reality. The technology called CRISPR could one day be used to delete the HIV virus from patients' cells, create a limitless supply of organs for transplant and produce better crops. …

Genetics

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

You've never seen anything like this new green energy innovation

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, "windmill"?<p>Do you think of some Hansel and Gretel-type structure on a farm in the …

First children diagnosed in DNA project

<b>The first children with debilitating "mystery" diseases have finally been given a diagnosis as part of a huge scheme to analyse people's DNA.</b><p>Four-year-old Georgia Walburn-Green's damaged eyes and kidneys and her inability to talk had baffled doctors.<p>She is one of the first to have her precise …

Genetics

Gene editing treats disease in mice

<b>Researchers in the US have used gene editing to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.</b><p>A team at Duke University used a system known as CRISPR-Cas9 to delete DNA that was preventing cells from producing a protein essential for muscle function.<p>And a virus was used to deliver DNA alterations …

Like Night And Day: How Two States' Utilities Approach Solar

This was a record-breaking year for rooftop solar power. It's booming across the country. But as more homeowners make their own power, electric utilities are making less money, and that's shaking up their business model.<p>Utilities in two states — California and Georgia — are handling the growth of …

Solar Power

Creationism Whistleblower: ‘Academic Freedom’ Is Sneak Attack on Evolution

The ‘intelligent design’ push in public classrooms failed a decade ago, but since then Darwin’s haters have returned with a new strategy disguised as …

Education

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About Sleep In 2015

Scientists dove deeper into the mystery of sleep this year.<p>Arianna Huffington has shared the big idea that she thinks will define 2016 -- and it's probably not what you would expect.<p>"Sleep. That's right, sleep!" Huffington wrote in a Dec. 16 blog post. "How much and how well we sleep in the coming …

Sleep

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Your Foul Mouth Proves That You’re Smart, Says Science

Fluent use of profanity can be a sign of an articulate nature and a deep intelligence, say researchers from two separate studies. So, the next time you find yourself unleashing a string of f-bombs next to a set of raised eyebrows, take comfort in knowing mom did not (necessarily) create a …

Therapists Spill

Articles on Therapists Spill<p>Therapists have a front row seat to human nature. They’re privy to what people are thinking, feeling and fearing. They’re …

Research making progress on why young non-smokers get lung cancer

It was just a tiny bump behind Corey Wood’s right eye, but her doctor was concerned. The college senior and marathon runner felt fine, but a full-body scan revealed that she had Stage 4 lung cancer.<p>The diagnosis was stunning, both because of Wood’s age and the fact that she has never smoked. Every …

Cancer

A Scientist Is Taking A Stand After She Was Banned From A Conference For Being Pregnant

"It seems we still have a long way to go to achieve genuine gender equality."<p>"I get back to you because after a reflexion <i>[sic]</i> our colleagues from the European Commission are not very enthusiastic to take a risk for your health making you travel to Brussels at the late stage of your pregnancy," the …

Demonstration

The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her and grew accustomed to …

Mental Health