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FDA approves first new drug for ALS treatment in 22 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new drug for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in more than two decades.<p>The FDA announced Friday that Radicava, also known as edaravone, has been approved for use in the United States. The only other drug …

Medical Research

From acne to pregnancy, here's every 'preexisting condition' that could get you denied insurance under Trump's new healthcare bill

What counts as a preexisting condition that could get you denied coverage under the new plan?<p>A lot.<p>The bill raises concerns, especially from patient advocacy groups and physicians, that under the AHCA, people with preexisting conditions would once again find health insurance inaccessible.<p>A …

Man heralded as oldest human dies in Indonesia 'aged 146'

A man who was heralded as being the world’s longest living human has died at a claimed age of 146.<p>According to his papers, Indonesian national Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (Grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870. He would have been 43 at the start of the first world war and turned 70 …

Asia

India's Tech Revolution Has Already Left The West Behind -- It's The Best Investment Opportunity Now

My friend Raoul Pal, mastermind of Global Macro Investor, writes one of the most expensive macroeconomic letters in the world. His subscriber list is short and extremely exclusive.<p>Raul comes up with more unique ideas per year than any man I know. What’s fascinating is that once he comes up with an …

America Owes China $1 Trillion - And That's Not A Problem For Anyone

The Observer has managed, once again, to not quite understand this difficult economics stuff. They note, correctly, that China owns some $1 trillion of US Treasuries. This apparently is some sort of nuclear option. If the Donald Trump and Xi Jinping trade talks don’t go well then China could just …

We need more 'body farms' to figure out how corpses rot

Research on pig carcasses and a new body farm in Florida might offer some clues<p>On September 2, 1998, Swissair Flight 111 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing more than 200 people. When the time came to recover their bodies, a temporary morgue was set up, with yellow tape to mark spaces 3 feet …

Seafloor

Samsung Galaxy S8 first to get rip-roaring wireless speeds

If you think the Galaxy S8 is fast now, give it a few months.<p>The headline change in Samsung's flagship phone, introduced this week in New York, is the massive display the company was able to cram into the device, thanks in part to the removal of the home button and much of the edges around the …

Telecoms

In wake of GOP failure on health care, Sanders to push single-payer option

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Now that Republicans' efforts to pass sweeping health care legislation have failed, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to propose a health care system funded entirely by taxpayers.<p>Speaking on "State of the Union" Sunday, Sanders told CNN's Dana Bash that he intends to introduce …

TurboTax, H&R Block Spend Big Bucks Lobbying for Us to Keep Doing Our Own Taxes

This year, what if you could do your taxes for free, and fast? You could, but TurboTax and H&R Block have spent big bucks lobbying to make sure that never happens.<p>Because if doing taxes was less annoying, you wouldn't need to pay someone to do it for you.<p>For years, tax prep companies have pushed …

How Spotify is finally gaining leverage over record labels

The problem with Spotify going public has always been that the record labels own the music. They force Spotify to pay 70 percent or more of its revenue to them for royalties, and could jack up that price if Spotify got too profitable.<p>That’s why over the past few years, Spotify has been pushing five …

Psychology journal editor asked to resign for refusing to review papers unless he can see the data

Psychologist Gert Storms doesn't want to review scientific papers if their authors refuse to share with him the underlying data. The American …

Barack Obama Ranked 12th Best U.S. President Ever in Major Survey of Historians

Barack Obama has been whisked to a very good table at the club of former presidents, according to a C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians …

It’s scarily easy to run spyware on your significant other’s smartphone

If you thought only the government has advanced spying tools for your iPhone or Android device, then you were wrong. It turns out that it’s pretty …

Domestic Abuse

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Germany Is Threatening Biohackers With Prison

Over the last few years, advances in science have made the kind of experiments once only accessible to PhDs with fancy labs far more attainable. …

This Condom-Free Male Birth Control Just Passed Its Toughest Test Yet

Male monkeys have been protected for more than a year.<p>Male birth control might be closer than you think. A new type of reversible, condom-free male …

The Red Meat-Diverticulitis Connection

New research gives yet one more reason to cut back on your red meat consumption: It puts you at much greater risk of the painful, digestive disorder …

General Hospital

Scientists Discover the Genes that Decide How Tall You Are

How much of height can be traced to the genes inherited from mom and dad? Scientists are getting closer to the answer with new results from a large …

Republicans Begin to Break With President Trump

For the first time in his presidency, Donald Trump is facing significant criticism from Republican officials and conservative groups who are rattled …

Obamacare Repeal Could Threaten Provisions That Help Older Adults

Republican lawmakers meeting in Philadelphia this week say they want their replacement of Obamacare to be done by spring. There is no consensus on a plan yet, but several Republicans in Congress have already circulated proposals that could reduce or eliminate features of the federal health law that …

America’s liberal cities are readying to battle Donald Trump on almost every front

As a candidate and now as US president, Donald Trump has seemed hellbent on alienating urban voters.<p>During the campaign, the New Yorker repeatedly and, some would argue, offensively spoke of America’s “inner cities” as “war zones” where life was “hell” for African-Americans. City voters returned …

Bill de Blasio

Trump Comes Face to Face with Congressional Republicans

PHILADELPHIA -- President Donald Trump delivered brief, mostly scripted remarks at the annual Republican retreat in Pennsylvania where he detailed the actions he’s taken in the first days of his presidency.<p>With Republicans in control of two of the three branches of government, many anticipated …

The 8 Best Dressed Men of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Keep warm, look cool.<p>From proper layering to wearing the right boots, these are the essential style moves for a winter in the mountains—or anywhere else.

Has Trap Music Lost Its Roots?

Depends on whom you ask<p>The other day, a video of typical internet ridiculousness was dropped into our Slack room. It showed a young boy dressed as a wizard, rapping about being the black Harry Potter. It went viral, partially because of its creativity and likely its ability to entertain. But its …

Wanted: An Eraser for Everything You've Ever Regretted Putting Online

Wanted: Some sort of digital soap and water to wipe away every photo, post and email we regret sending into the abyss of the internet.<p>Sure, there's the basic recall function on some email accounts that allows you to take back a message, but only if you act fast. But what if there were some big …

10 Sex-Filled Foreign-Language Films You Can Stream on Netflix

If you think watching a half-naked woman or man whisper sweet nothings into their lover's ear is sexy, imagine how much <i>sexier</i> it is when those sweet nothings are in French. Foreign cinema isn't afraid to bring on the heat when it comes to romance and eroticism, and lucky for us, Netflix is full of …

Comedy-Drama

For Trump, Three Decades of Chasing Deals in Russia

It was 2005, and Felix Sater, a Russian immigrant, was back in Moscow pursuing an ambitious plan to build a Trump tower on the site of an old pencil factory along the Moscow River that would offer hotel rooms, condominiums and commercial office space.<p>Letters of intent had been signed and square …

Your appendix might serve an important biological function after all

One of the first things you learn about evolution in school is that the human body has a number of 'vestigial' parts— appendix, wisdom teeth, tailbone — that gradually fell out of use as we adapted to more advanced lifestyles than our primitive ancestors.<p>But while our wisdom teeth are definitely …

Two animals from totally different species found having sex by scientists

Scientists may have caught two animals from completely different species having consensual sex for the first time.<p>A new paper, titled ‘Interspecies …

Animals