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Could You Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?

Could you pass the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship test? Applicants must answer 6 of 10 questions correctly (out of 100 different possible …

Why Our Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752

Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, of …

Gender selection: The West wants girls – but who decides?

The proposal to allow IVF embryos to be selected by sex risks turning babies into commodities<p>One thing to expect when you’re expecting is that everyone you know, and quite a few people you don’t, will ask you whether you know what you’re having. What they mean is, boy or girl? The correct response, …

Would A Human Head Transplant Be Ethical?

A couple professors sound off about the ethics of transplanting one human's head onto another human's body.<p>Two days ago, we reported on a controversial paper by Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canaveri about human head transplants. The paper, entitled "HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project …

How Slot Machine Sounds Trick Your Brain

Nice music doesn't always mean a real win.<p>When you win a bet on a slot machine, the machine rewards you with a celebratory noise: that electronic string of notes saying, <i>You're a winner! Here is, like, 30 cents, probably.</i> If you <i>lose</i> the bet, there's usually not a noise.<p>But here's the twist: modern …

100 High Schoolers Kicked Off Flight for Not Turning Off Cell Phones

One hundred students and eight chaperones from a Brooklyn high school were thrown off an AirTran flight from New York to Atlanta early Monday morning …

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How Will Police Regulate Stoned Driving?

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in two states, lawmakers and law enforcement have to grapple with how best to deal with cannabis-impaired drivers.<p>When Colorado and Washington state each passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use late last year, one legal challenge was …

Self-destructive nerves can be beneficial - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — A new understanding of how nerve axons degenerate …

Stem Cell Milestone Revives Intense Ethical Debate

Scientists in Oregon have achieved something that has eluded researchers for years. They have created stem cells that are tailored to individual patients, made from cloned embryos. That would open the door to treating many diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, spinal cord injuries …

FYI: Which Emotion Is The Hardest To Fake?

Unlike the commonly deployed social smile, distressed expressions–anger, fear, sadness, and occasionally surprise–prove much more difficult to display on command.<p>We've all done our fair share of faking it. Whether it's a canned excited response when that one particularly eccentric aunt gives you a …

Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock

The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.<p>"The issue of legislation on human cloning is about to get hot again," says Hank …

Bed-sharing 'raises cot death risk fivefold'

<b>Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome fivefold, research claims.</b><p>The risk applies even if parents avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs - other factors firmly linked to cot deaths.<p>The BMJ Open research compared nearly 1,500 cot deaths with a control group of more …

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At least 51 killed, including 20 children, as tornado tears through Oklahoma

At least 51 people, including 20 children, were among the victims of an enormous tornado that roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma City Monday, pulverizing entire city blocks and leaving behind miles of mangled cars and splintered wood.<p>Officials warned the death toll was likely to climb, making …

Congress: Where Food Reforms Go To Die?

Two seemingly common-sense, bipartisan food reforms have gotten mugged on Capitol Hill in recent days. If you're a loyal reader of The Salt, you've heard of them.<p>First, there's the proposal — backed by an odd-couple alliance of egg producers and animal-welfare activists — to set minimum standards …

What's At Stake if the Health Law Is Repealed

More than three years ago, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and President Obama signed it into law. Last year, the Supreme Court upheld it. Millions of Americans have already benefited from its provisions, and millions more are looking forward to benefits that will soon go into effect. And …

Electrical Brain Stimulation Helps People Learn Math Faster

Just about everyone wishes they were better at math. But studying and practicing is so difficult and boring that very few people do it. If only there …

Scientists create human stem cells through cloning | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After more than 15 years of failures by scientists around the world and one outright fraud, biologists have finally created human stem cells by the same technique that produced Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996: They transplanted genetic material from an adult cell into an egg …

State Drops Charges Against High School Student Arrested For Science Experiment

Florida state attorneys have decided not to file felony charges against a 16-year-old whose science experiment was actually not boring.<p>Good news coming out of Florida this week: 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot won't be charged with dual felonies for conducting a science experiment on school grounds at her …

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Depressed people's body clocks 'out of sync' - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN (US) — A new brain study reveals that the circadian clocks of people …