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Opioid crisis cost U.S. economy $504 billion in 2015: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opioid drug abuse, which has ravaged parts of the United States in recent years, cost the economy as much as $504 billion in 2015, White House economists said in a report made public on Sunday.<p>The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) said the toll from the opioid …

The White House

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

Scientists Have Removed HIV From Human Immune Cells Using a New Gene-Editing Technique

They've managed to shut down HIV replication permanently.<p>Using the much-touted CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, scientists have demonstrated how they …

Genetics

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Brain

Current climate change models understate problem

Ecology There are critical components missing<p>Staff Writer | Friday February 10, 2017 4:53AM ET<p>A new study on the relationship between people and the …

Scientists are working to make cows obsolete

We depend on cows for food, clothing, and sometimes even insulin. Cattle, though, are expensive and inefficient—each cow drinks a bathtub of water and emits three times that volume of methane daily. There are also the ethics of animal slaughter. But we might no longer need the cow.<p>Scientists are …

Cows

Superconducting synapse may be missing piece for 'artificial brains'

Researchers have built a superconducting switch that 'learns' like a biological system and could connect processors and store memories in future …

Researchers Find Missing Link to Make Computers That Mimic the Brain

The key to a new era of computer.<p>Computer scientists have long tried to figure out just how to make machines mimic the incredible efficiency of the …

Artificial Intelligence

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Cognitive Neuroscience and the Awareness of Ignorance, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers shed light on areas of the brain associated with metacognitive judgements.Source: Juntendo University.Metacognitive judgments on …

Neuroscience

Antidepressant Shows Potential as Treatment for Progressive MS

While people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) are getting assistance from successful studies and new treatments, those with …

The People Who Want to Be Americans

Amid the roar of the immigration debate, there are still those working quietly and diligently to become citizens.<p>On a brisk evening at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan on Tuesday, a handful of green-card holders were gathered to learn about the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The group …

Dominican Republic

Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients

Some of Google’s top AI researchers are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital.<p>A new research paper, published Jan. 24 with 34 co-authors and not peer-reviewed, claims better accuracy than existing software at predicting outcomes like whether a patient …

Peer-Reviewed

The Devastating Paradox of Pakistan

How Afghanistan’s neighbor cultivated American dependency while subverting American policy<p>Two months after the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Vice President–elect Joe Biden sat with Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, in the Arg Palace, an 83-acre compound in Kabul that had become a gilded …

Border Crossings

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

The Russia Investigations: Trump Reportedly Wanted To Fire Mueller; D.C. Dumbstruck

<i>This week in the Russia investigations: Trump wanted to fire Mueller — does that matter? Parsing the tea leaves of the palace intrigue. And is this the end of the FBI memo</i> meshugas<i>?</i><p><b>Whoa</b><p>President Trump reportedly tried to fire Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last year, not long …

Donald Trump

U.S. EPA reverses policy on 'major sources' of pollution | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.<p>The Dayton Power & …

Environmentalism

Modern Human Brains Have Only Been Around For a Surprisingly Short Time

Our species started out with very different skulls.<p><i>Homo sapiens</i>, in our most "modern" form, have been roaming the earth for about 200,000 years …

Ending Gerrymandering Won’t Fix What Ails America

Gerrymandering. It’s become the embodiment of so many of the evils in the U.S. political system. Frustrated by the lack of competitive elections? …

MIT scientists created a deep-brain implant that pumps drugs into your skull

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a novel system of drug delivery using deep-brain implant technology. This may solve the problems of unwanted medication interactions and side-effects that plague current treatments for brain disorders and mental illness. Also, …

The world's first 'smog vacuum cleaner' can suck up air pollution and turn it into jewelry

The air we breathe is not as clean as it once was. And in many cases, it is getting worse.<p>On high-smog days in Kraków, Poland, the city's air pollution can reach six times that of safe levels. And in the United States, about 4 in 10 people live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone …

Pollution

Most Americans Want Legal Status for ‘Dreamers.’ These People Don’t.

For Pav Sterry of Columbus, Ohio, legalizing any undocumented immigrants — even those who came as children without a choice in the matter — is just plain wrong.<p>Huy Pham of St. Paul believes any concessions for the so-called Dreamers will unleash another tidal wave of illegal immigration. And Daniel …

Immigration

New study reveals how brain waves control working memory

MIT neuroscientists have found evidence that the brain’s ability to control what it’s thinking about relies on low-frequency brain waves known as …

Neuroscience

Should A Criminal With Brain Damage Get A Lighter Sentence?

Whether or not we're ready, neuroscience is being used in court.<p>Deven Black was a suburban father, husband, and well-respected librarian who worked for New York City public schools. Then, in 2013, he was investigated for calling one of his female students “sexy.” Shortly after, he began to send …

Neurology

The Pentagon’s Plan for Never-Ending War

Robert L. BorosageA new document outlines a plan the country can’t afford.The post The Pentagon’s Plan for Never-Ending War appeared first on The …

Trump Administration

Website lets you test for Alzheimer's risk, join clinical trials

People interested in helping test Alzheimer’s drugs can now volunteer and get their cognitive abilities monitored on a new website run by Alzheimer’s …

What Just Happened in San Francisco?

High drama at City Hall—involving race, tech money, and politics—lays bare the city’s simmering tensions.<p>On Tuesday night, Mark Farrell was sworn in as interim Mayor of San Francisco, becoming the third person to hold that office in twice as many weeks. Farrell, the former city supervisor, takes …

Out of Control

Nixon’s excesses prompted Congress to reassert its own powers, but those changes eroded over time. Now, Trump is demonstrating anew all the dangers of unchecked executive authority.<p>The news that President Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller is one more moment of shock and awe in this period of …

Donald Trump

The U.S. Is About to Get Real Cold Again. Blame It on Global Warming

Because the world is getting warmer, it’s getting colder, too.<p>Crazy as that sounds, there’s an explanation in the northernmost corner of the the …

Climate Change

How NASA Plans to Send Humans Back to the Moon

The U.S. space agency is rigorously testing its Orion spacecraft in hopes of launching its first mission to the moon as early as 2019.<p>NASA has been subjecting its Orion space capsule to a battery of tests designed to tell whether the spacecraft is ready to ferry humans into orbit and beyond. So …

Melania Trump Goes MIA From Davos as Stormy Scandal Brews

Melania has kept a reclusive public schedule since The Wall Street Journal published a report alleging her husband’s personal attorney paid $130,000 …