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The truth about the US ‘opioid crisis’ – prescriptions aren’t the problem

The news media is awash with hysteria about the opioid crisis (or opioid epidemic). But what exactly are we talking about? If you Google “opioid crisis”, nine times out of 10 the first paragraph of whatever you’re reading will report on death rates. That’s right, the overdose crisis.<p>For example, …

Drug Addiction

This Graph Shows How Shockingly Little Trump's Science Committees Meet

Where's the science at?

This Brave Scientist Grew a Maggot Inside His Skin And We Can't Stop Watching

Warning: cannot be unseen.<p>When Piotr Naskrecki travelled to Belize in 2014, he found himself riddled with tiny parasites that had taken up residence …

The Most-Read WIRED Science Stories of 2017

Back at the start of the summer, WIRED science writer Megan Molteni dropped a bomb: "The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading." The …

Meet Bettie Bee, a Thriving Newborn Kitten That Literally Has Two Faces

In many ways, Bettie Bee is an ordinary newborn cat. The tabby-colored feline has four paws, two ears, and a tail. That, however, is where the similarities end. Bettie is known as a <i>Janus cat</i>, a term for a feline that has two faces—literally. Her head has two noses, two mouths, and three eyes. …

Humidity will make some parts of the world unlivable in 50 years

Some say the world will end in fire, others say ice — but it’s the humidity that’ll do us in, according to a new study.<p>As the earth warms, temperatures and seas aren’t all that will rise. Very humid days will occur at about double the rate of high-temperature days alone, according to researchers at …

Google | The Next Web

All stories in Google<p>Why we should collectively worry about Facebook and Google owning our data<p>why should we care about companies having a lot of data on us? Because it makes large numbers of us vulnerable to exploitation ...<p>Abhimanyu Ghoshal<p>Report: Google Play Music will be killed off and replaced …

Android News

24matins.uk

News<p>Dancing and chanting in Swahili at a crocodile shrine outside Karachi, hundreds of Pakistani Sheedis swayed barefoot to the rhythm of a …

FDA approves an electrical device to help ease opioid withdrawal

Amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, doctors are looking for ways to help people wean themselves off of the drugs, but withdrawal symptoms are a major hurdle. Innovative Health Solutions says its NSS-2 Bridge is a "percutaneous nerve field stimulator (PNFS) device system" that sends electrical …

The best Google Assistant commands: What is Google Assistant and what devices can I get it on?

We've rounded up the best Google Assistant commands, allowing you to make the most of your Google Assistant app and devices<p>Like Apple’s Siri, …

Google Assistant

Airline plans to weigh passengers before they can board aircraft

Please step on the scales sir (Picture Getty)A European airline will now ask passengers to step on the scales before they board an aircraft – but …

Conductive thread stores data in clothes without built-in tech

New technology may soon enable you to get into your home or office with nothing more than your coat, wristband or tie. Scientists at the University of Washington have found a way to create smart fabric, using only conductive thread with no other added electronics.<p>The team manipulated the polarity …

Mylan, 17 other generic drugmakers conspired to fix prices, state AGs allege

Nathan Bomey | USA TODAY<p>States move to expand generic drug price-fixing lawsuit<p>45 US attorney Generals including the district of Columbia have sought to expand a lawsuit which alleges price fixing of generic drugs to 18 companies and 15 medicines.<p>USA TODAY<p>Eighteen pharmaceutical companies conspired …

Corruption

LAX to Tokyo $469 AA, DL, UA Nov-Mar

American/JAL, Delta, United/ANA all have Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita NRT and Haneda HND on sale for $469 round trip for travel departures from …

American Airlines

Crushing an egg into your coffee sounds disgusting — but it makes an amazing-tasting drink

Crushing an egg (shell and all), whisking it with freshly ground coffee, and boiling the mixture sounds gross. The result looks terrifying, too — like a hideous swamp creature gurgling in your pot.<p>However, the umber-red-colored drink that results, called "egg coffee," is almost free of bitter …

Why you should read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion

In 1977, four years after author J.R.R. Tolkien’s death, his son Christopher completed and published his father’s most ambitious and sprawling book:</i> …

7 Navigation Apps for People Who Always Get Lost

For those of us who still struggle to navigate our hometowns, the thought of getting around a brand new city, or worse — a mountain — can be …

Sleep Under the Northern Lights in a Cabin in the Finnish Wilderness

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

"Why didn't she text me back yet? She doesn't like me anymore!"<p>"There's no way I'm trying out for the team. I suck at basketball"<p>"It's not fair that I have a curfew!"<p>Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness — …

Self-help

This is how your brain tells time

It takes a whole lotta gray matter.<p>Your mind is constantly counting: the rhythm of your speech, the minutes until your next snack, the awful pause between text messages. Without all that tallying, you’d misinterpret a friend’s motives, or (horrors!) miss doughnut time. So how does your clever …

The Brain

2017 August 30 - Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails

<b>Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees, TWAN)<p><b>Explanation:</b> What was happening in the sky …

Panoramic Photography

10 of the Best American Cities to Live Comfortably on $40,000 a Year

<i>This story originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.</i><p>Much of America's charm is predicated on small-town life. It's community-oriented, nostalgic, …

American Cities

Verizon Introduces New Unlimited Data Plans, Limits Video to 720p For All Smartphone Customers

Verizon today split its unlimited talk, text, and data plan into three tiers: Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Business Unlimited. The plans go into effect for new customers starting Wednesday, August 23.<p>Go Unlimited starts at $75 per month, which is $5 cheaper than the original Verizon …

LOLs in Hell: The 10 best late-night Trump slams

<b>Jimmy Fallon; Trevor Noah; Jimmy Kimmel; Stephen Colbert; Seth Meyers (Getty)</b><p>From Bee to Colbert and from Kimmel to Jefferies, these are the 10 best Trump late-night Trump takes<p>Taylor Link<p>August 19, 2017 8:00pm (UTC)<p>With Donald Trump as president, and the wild, incessant news cycle he has created, …

Comedy

Man Caught Smuggling 13 Pounds of Meth Into US Via Drone

Drones generally haven't appealed to smugglers because their noise attracts attention.<p>A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring …

At Last, a Big, Successful Trial of Probiotics

A large Indian study of 4,500 newborn babies found that the right microbes can prevent a life-threatening condition called sepsis.<p>For all the hype that surrounds them, probiotics—products that contain supposedly beneficial bacteria—have rarely proven their worth in large, rigorous studies. There …

Microbiology

Eclipse of reason: Why do people disbelieve scientists?

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that on Aug. 21, we’re in for a special cosmic treat: the Great American Eclipse of 2017.<p>The moon’s shadow …

Free: HTML5 Game Development by Example

We have a great free deal in the Geeky Gadgets Deals store today, HTML5 Game Development by Example.<p>All you need to do to get the HTML5 Game …

CSSReference.io is a gorgeous visual guide to CSS

The best way to learn CSS is through trial-and-error. <i>You’ve got to write code in order to learn to be a coder</i>. That’s the simple truth of the matter. But it’s always nice to have a helping hand guide you through the often confusing and contradictory technology used to style and illustrate webpages, …

CSS

Kit Harington Auditions for Every Other Game of Thrones Role, Is Terrible

<i>Game of Thrones</i> returns for its seventh season on Sunday, and in honor of its premiere, series star Kit Harington tried his hand at portraying the …

TV Series