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Star Trek: Netflix UK now has every episode ever, from TOS to Enterprise

Trekkers, your weekend is sorted.<p>Netflix UK now has every single episode of <i>Star Trek</i> ever produced available to stream.<p>That's all three seasons of …

'Stem cell snake oil' clinics could put patients in danger, report says

Study finds that at least 350 companies are marketing unapproved stem cell ‘treatments’ aimed at everything from facelifts to Alzheimers and Parkinson’s<p>The US has become a booming market for unauthorized stem cell “treatments” for everything from breast enhancements to Alzheimer’s disease, …

Alzheimer's Disease

The Illicit Perks of the M.D. Club

ONE of my patients recently had her request for a relatively common medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Vyvanse, denied by her insurance provider. I tried to appeal the decision, but her father — the chief executive of a health care company who purchased insurance for hundreds …

Health Care

A 10-year-old girl won a fellowship for PhDs to design a robot and make the sad streets of Paris happy again

Anyone who has ever felt underqualified for a job they were applying for just got a new hero. A fearless 10-year-old girl named Eva submitted an application for a summer fellowship program in Paris meant for experienced data scientists and urban designers—and won.<p>According to a viral Facebook post …

Robotics

Jessica Jones season 2: Krysten Ritter, Melissa Rosenberg tease the aftershock Kilgrave

Season 1 of Netflix’s <i>Jessica Jones</i> fearlessly and thoroughly tackled rape and PTSD under the guise of a superhero TV series, thanks to the script and …

Struggling Novartis heart drug boosted by new medical guidelines

LONDON (Reuters) - New global guidelines on the treatment of heart failure strongly endorse the use of Novartis’ Entresto, boosting the prospects for a drug that has struggled to gain traction since its launch last year.<p>The logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its headquarters in Basel, …

Biomedicine

Executive Power in the Nursery: How a Baby's Cry Rattles Our Executive Functions

<i>Summary: According the researchers, a baby’s cry not only commands our attention, it also has an effect on how adults complete cognitive …

Neuroscience

Personalized treatment linked to better Phase I outcomes

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and colleagues found that use of personalized cancer therapies improved outcomes compared to …

Researchers find invasive, 'man-eating' crocodiles in Florida

Researchers at the University of Florida recently discovered several Nile crocodiles living in Florida's swamps, <i>The Guardian</i> reports. The team's research, published recently in the <i>Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology</i>, took place in Miami-Dade and Hendry counties from 2000 to 2014, …

Talking about genetics with children? Use Harry Potter

<i>This guest blog comes from Jon Roberts again; doctoral student from Kings College London and Wellcome Genome Campus. See Jon’s research here.</i><p>Jon …

For World’s Newest Scrabble Stars, SHORT Tops SHORTER

Nigerian players dominate tournaments with the surprising strategy of playing short words even when longer ones are possible<p>LAGOS—Nigeria is beating the West at its own word game, using a strategy that sounds like Scrabble sacrilege.<p>By relentlessly studying short words, this country of 500 …

Study Skills

'The patient is Code 3 critical. Her frail, 90-year-old body is failing. How much should I do to save her life?'

"This is the end of my life." These were my patient's only words — an economy of phrasing made necessary by an all-consuming air hunger. She had just arrived in the emergency room, Code 3 critical, after a lights-and-sirens ambulance transport from her nursing home. Awake, alert and intensely …

Medicine

Bill Gates and Neal Stephenson drive into the future in a Tesla in VR

Science fiction meets technology in the very best way in this short three-minute video posted by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates earlier this week.<p>In …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

Geneticists Are Concerned Transhumanists Will Use CRISPR on Themselves

The biggest debate at the International Summit on Human Genome Editing is where to draw the line between "medical treatment" and "body enhancement."<p>Geneticists developing powerful genome editing tools are worried that transhumanists will try to use them on themselves before they're deemed safe and …

A Radical Proposal For Bringing Down The Cost Of Cancer Drugs

Peter Bach of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York made headlines back in 2012, when he and his team refused to give their colon cancer patients Zaltrap (ziv-aflibercept), a drug that cost more than $11,000 a month. Since then, Bach, who directs his hospital’s Center for Health Policy …

Breast Cancer

Common Probability Distributions: The Data Scientist’s Crib Sheet

<b>Data scientists have hundreds of probability distributions from which to choose. Where to start?</b>Data science, whatever it may be, remains a big deal. …

Data Science

Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram technology is used to demonstrate certain procedures.<p>The holograms were made using …

Martin Shkreli Admits He Messed Up: He Should've Raised Prices Even Higher

Martin Shkreli hasn’t changed.<p>If anything, the provocative pharmaceutical CEO — who became “the most hated man in America” earlier this year — thinks he didn’t go far enough when he hiked the price of Daraprim by more than 5,000% overnight.<p>“ I would have raised prices higher,” Shkreli vowed on …

International gene editing conference declines to ban eventual use in humans

An international conference on gene editing on Thursday left the door open to future use, in humans, of new techniques that alter an organism's genetic architecture in ways that carry forward to future generations.<p>With questions of safety, need and ethics still unanswered, the U.S. National …

Genetics

7 Body Language Tricks to Make People Like You

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Body Language

You know Ben Carson is crazy, right? Let’s discuss the craziest things he actually believes

<b>Reuters/Steve Marcus</b><p>The GOP leader, ahead of Hillary by 10 points in one poll, has some crackpot beliefs you might want to know about<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>November 8, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>Every once in a while, religion will derange an otherwise intelligent individual in such a way as to leave no doubt that …

Religion

200-Year-Old Homeopathy “Cures” May Face Modern Medical Testing

Homeopathy is facing scrutiny from federal drug watchdogs after decades of non-regulation, to the delight of medical experts. “It is neither plausible, nor effective, nor safe,” said one.<p>The FDA is taking aim at homeopathic remedies — pills and preparations sold over-the-counter that claim to cure …

Germany is ready to switch on its stellarator fusion reactor

Even with recent pushes to expand clean energy, most of modern society runs on fossil fuels. Scientists have been chasing the dream of clean nuclear …

Biotech Company Plans To Use CRISPR On People In Next Two Years

To treat a rare form of congenital eye disorder<p>Genome editing company Editas Medicine plans to use CRISPR to treat an inherited eye disease, the company’s president announced this week at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as MIT Tech Review reports. In a bid to be the first of at …

When you read science reporting, keep in mind this model as a truly gold standard-level of accuracy

The headlines<p>The Telegraph: Alzheimer’s disease: Online brain training “improves daily lives of over-60s”<p>Daily Mail: The quiz that makes over-60s better cooks: Computer brain games ‘stave off mental decline’<p>Yorkshire Post: Brain training study is “truly significant”<p>The story<p>A new trial shows the …

The Brain

Ikea’s Awesome New Kids Toys Look Like They Were Designed By Kids (Because They Were)

Have you ever looked at an adorable-yet-incompetent drawing made by a child and thought, “Now wait a minute–that would make an amazing plush toy?” No, neither have I, which is why neither of us has a job at Ikea coming up with awesome new product designs.<p>Here you see the results of a competition to …

Your Future Depends on Your Ability to Understand Big Data. Here's What You Need to Know.

The global impact of big data is too important to be left in the hands of a limited number of highly skilled data scientists. Time to get in the game.<p>This is what today's entrepreneurs need to understand. 90% of the world's data is estimated to have been created in the past 2 years and most …

Big Data

Dear Paul Ryan: Welcome to the club millions of moms and dads already belong to

US lawmaker Paul Ryan wants a bigger job but he also wants to see his kids.<p>Welcome to the club, dude.<p>Pew Research shows that 56% of mothers and 50% of fathers find juggling work and family life difficult. Among those with children under the age of 18, 40% of working mothers and 34% of working …

Parenting

‘I was fed up with the air in crisp bags – so I measured it’

Ever opened a seemingly full bag of crisps to find it mostly empty space? One artist was so frustrated with the problem that he decided to size up some of the worst offenders.<p>It’s a deflating feeling: you open a bag of crisps, and the air rushes out, leaving a few underwhelming crumbs at the bottom …