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The economics of marijuana legalization (plus, a buncha other stuff)

Reflections on the best econ stories from the Twitterverse<p>Thoughts on a few of the more popular economics pieces making the rounds on Twitter.<p><b>Trudeau</b> …

‘Shifty’ neutrinos hint at anti-matter mystery - Futurity

U. ROCHESTER / STONY BROOK (US) — Scientists have announced the first definitive observation of …

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New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

Microbes sway evolution by killing hybrid hosts - Futurity

VANDERBILT (US) — The microbiome can contribute to the origin of new species by reducing …

Mapping the Brain in Unprecedented Detail

While the federal government begins a major project to map the brain, scientists are unravel more about how the brain is built and how to treat it.<p><b>At Stanford researchers have developed</b> a technique to make the brain see-through, allowing them to trace individual neurons, and their sometimes …

German Police To Experiment With 3-D Printed Guns

They aim to determine whether 3-D printed firearms present a real threat—and whether they can use the weapons for their own purposes.<p>German federal police forces are getting into the 3-D printing business. Responding to a question posed by the Left Party in parliament, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, …

Dog gene holds clues for neural tube defects - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Scientists have discovered a gene related to neural tube defects in …

An environmentally friendly battery made from wood

Scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming an environmentally friendly energy …

Watch A Robot Crack A Smartphone Passcode Using Brute Force

Next up: ATM PINs.<p>A team of engineers attending next week's Black Hat hacking conference created R2B2, the incredibly patient Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher. The 'bot punches four-digit combinations at a rate of about one-per-second until it breaks past a phone's security screen. Working at …

Fruit could taste better with far-red light - Futurity

U. FLORIDA (US) — Light may one day be used to improve the flavor and …

Getting Heart Surgery? Wait For The Full Moon

Surgeries during a waning full moon have lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays, according to a new study.<p>It sounds a bit like an old wives tale, but if you're in the market for a cardiac surgery, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the moon.<p>A recent study at Rhode Island Hospital …

What a Peahen Really Watches When a Peacock Tries to Impress Her

Author: Greg Miller. Greg Miller Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.24.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:50 pm. 2:50 pm<p>When a peacock fans his plumage and struts …

How to calm sibling squabbles - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — New research suggests intervention strategies that can cultivate healthy and supportive …