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Why opioids are such an American problem

<b>When it comes to taking opioids, the United States has the dubious honour of leading the world.</b><p>For every one million Americans, almost 50,000 doses of opioids are taken every day. That's four times the rate in the UK.<p>There are often good reasons for taking opioids. Cancer patients use them for pain …

Medicine

Wackadoodles, Establishment Hacks, And The Big, Ugly, Local Battle For The Heart Of The GOP

The “whiteopia” of North Idaho has become one of the most desirable places in the West for conservatives to relocate. So why is the local Republican party tearing itself apart — and who’s responsible?<p><b>Brent Regan doesn’t work</b> the room during the monthly meetings of the Kootenai County Republican …

LGBT Activists Had a Dance Party Protest in Mike Pence's Neighborhood

Protestors in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night didn’t just march their way to Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s house—they danced.<p>Roughly 200 …

Mike Pence

Gene editing starts to save lives as human trials get under way

In 2015, a little girl called Layla was treated with gene-edited immune cells that eliminated all signs of the leukaemia that was killing her. …

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Researchers say that while the effect corresponds to a small drop in IQ per decade, over centuries the impact could be profound<p>Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more …

Genetics

How Illumina Plans to Change Medicine Forever

The more than 7,500 gene sequencing machines deployed at its clients are already reshaping drug discovery, but <b>Illumina</b>'s (NASDAQ: ILMN) latest advance in gene sequencing could lead to explosive growth in personalized medicine. At <b>J.P. Morgan</b>'s annual healthcare conference this week, Illumina …

Through 'Silence,' Martin Scorsese examines his own spiritual journey

At a 1988 dinner following the premiere of<p>Martin Scorsese’s controversial testament of faith, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” Paul Moore, then the Episcopal bishop of New York, told Scorsese about a book he should read. Within a day or two, Moore sent the filmmaker a copy of “Silence,” Shūsaku …

Children Who Are Seen As Overweight By Their Parents Gain More Weight

Children viewed as overweight by parents are at a greater risk of future weight gain<p>Among the many struggles parents have today is trying to keep our …

Diabetes

Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins

Where did it come from? How do organisms use it without self-destructing? And what else can it do?<p>Francisco Mojica was not the first to see CRISPR, …

Genetics

Trump admits to Russian hacking even as he attacks U.S. intelligence community

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time here Wednesday that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic Party during last year’s election, but he denied that the leaks were intended to boost him and argued that Moscow would cease cyberattacks on the United …

Donald Trump

After Getting Shamed In Front Of Her Class, This 8th Grader Gives An Epic Response About Her BMI

When the teacher of an 8th-grade class required the students to not only learn the intricacies of Body Mass Index, it was under the assumption that …

Fitness

Earth's Skies Are Violet, We Just See Them As Blue

Why is the sky blue? It’s a common question asked by children, and the simple answer is that blue light is scattered by our atmosphere more than red light, hence the blue sky. That’s basically true, but then why don’t we see a violet sky?<p>The blue sky we observe depends upon two factors: how …

Astronomy

To Change Your Life, Learn How to Trust Your Future Self

<i>It’s the first week of 2017, and Science of Us is exploring the science that explains how people make meaningful changes in their lives. Handy</i> …

Frank Sinatra's Fettuccine Recipe Is the Perfect Dinner Dish

We'd expect nothing less from the Italian-American crooner.<p>Before you commit to the latest diet trend and swear off carbs entirely in 2017, you'll want to give Frank Sinatra's famous fettuccine recipe a try. Originally published in <i>The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook: Barbara, Frank, and Friends</i> …

Italian Food

A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade

One of the biggest and most important science stories of the <i>last</i> few years will probably also be one of the biggest science stories of the <i>next</i> few years. So this is as good a time as any to get acquainted with the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.<p>If you haven’t heard of CRISPR …

Genetics

3 Science-Backed Lessons From Albert Einstein on How to Become a Better Student of the World | Inc.com

There's no doubt that Albert Einstein was a pretty smart cookie -- he changed the world forever with his theory of relativity. But Einstein didn't just figure things out for his own benefit. He was a teacher who honestly believed wisdom and knowledge shouldn't be hoarded. As you try to get the most …

Albert Einstein

The Difference Between Natural and Dutch-Process Cocoa Powder, and When to Use Each

Throughout your many baking adventures, you may have noticed that some chocolaty recipes call for “Dutch-process cocoa powder.” It may seem …

Obama On Russian Hacking: 'We Need To Take Action. And We Will'

President Obama says the United States will respond to Russian cyberattacks that the intelligence community has concluded were part of an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.<p>In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep that is airing Friday on <i>Morning Edition,</i> Obama said, "I think there …

Government

Spy satellites reveal Himalayan melt

<b>Scientists have used Cold War spy satellites to reveal the dramatic environmental changes in the Himalayas.</b><p>They compared pictures collected by a US reconnaissance programme with recent satellite data to measure the extent of glacial melt.<p>They believe the now-declassified images could help to show …

Global Warming

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics

The U.S. Will Let Taiwan's President Transit in New York City in a Rebuff to China

U.S. officials have rejected China’s request that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen be prevented from making a stopover in New York City next month, as …

China

Critics worry after Trump security chief fuels conspiracies

WASHINGTON (AP) — On issues of national security and intelligence, no one is likely to have more influence in Donald Trump's White House than retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn.<p>Yet Flynn, Trump's incoming national security adviser, has gained prominence in Republican politics by fueling conspiracy …

Donald Trump

Pulling the lever for doomsday: How Donald Trump changed everything

A dystopian view from 2050, looking back on a world that’s a lot different than what we now see<p>I didn’t vote in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of November, I was in Antarctica’s Allan Hills taking ice core samples with a hand augur. The …

Ice Age

Internet search engines give people a wildly exaggerated view of their own intelligence

(NaturalNews) Having immediate access to the sum of human knowledge and experience via the internet is inimitably amazing. However, new research …

90 Percent Of Americans Are Deficient In This Crucial Nutrient, Are You One Of Them?

Far more than just caloric energy, food becomes information in the body. It influences gene function, hormones, your immune system, and even gut …

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Another nail in the coffins of the anti-evolution crowdA common chant from the anti-evolution crowd is that you can't demonstrate speciation – the …

Biology

We Survive Because Reality May Be Nothing Like We Think It Is

Professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine Donald H. Hoffman has doubts that reality is much like what we think it is. We …

Easy Cookie Recipes For National Cookie Day That Will Ensure You Celebrate The Day Right

OK, <i>some</i> national holidays are not that exciting — like, National Clean Your Refrigerator Out Day, or National Vinegar Day. They don't really evoke …

Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food Issues

If you're curious about what people really think about some of the hottest of hot-button food controversies, the Pew Research Center has just the thing for you: a survey of attitudes toward genetic modification, organic food and the importance of eating healthfully.<p>The survey results are published …

Agriculture