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Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

Zoology

Girl power: life's going swimmingly for all-female fish species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly that inhabits rivers and creeks along the Texas-Mexico border is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly over-rated.<p>Scientists said on Monday they have deciphered the genome of the Amazon molly, one of …

Biology

17 WTF Items From Donald Trump's Budget

Donald Trump has unveiled his budget for next year – a document no one expects to become law, but which signals the president's moral and financial …

Donald Trump

We analyzed 17 months of Fox & Friends transcripts. It’s far weirder than state-run media.

How the Fox morning show evolved into Donald Trump’s posse.<p>It was 6 am, just a few weeks after Donald Trump had moved into the White House — and there was a light on in the East Wing. It was possible that Trump, notoriously an early riser, was in the residence watching <i>Fox & Friends</i>. It was his …

2017 was a great year for Trump fans who ignored reality

Opinion: Republicans bet on convincing voters that the bad tax bill is a good for them<p><b>Follow me at @davidhorsey on Twitter</b>

Los Angeles

Incoherent, authoritarian, uninformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read

The president of the United States is not well.<p>The president of the United States is not well. That is an uncomfortable thing to say, but it is an even worse thing to ignore.<p>Consider the interview Trump gave to the New York Times on Thursday. It begins with a string of falsehoods that make it …

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

FDA

The Year of Living Angrily

The close of 2017 probably finds you with little residual outrage. You spent it all during a year that supplied daily — no, often quarter-hourly — occasions to look up from your cubicle and beg for mercy, deliverance, scream therapy or permanent-resident status in Iceland. New Yorkers directed …