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Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease

Mixed evidence on the role of copper in Alzheimer's<p><b>A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.</b><p>However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.<p>The latest study in Proceedings of the …

Dementia

7 World-Saving Inventions From Art School Kids

The concepts and prototypes include a hand-powered washing machine, a landmine-removal kit, and more<p>Each year, graduates from London's Royal College of Art--the U.K.'s preeminent art school--show off projects at the SustainRCA Show. The idea is to give the spotlight to innovative concepts and …

30 Super Efficient Ways to Pack Your Stuff

Whether you’re prepping for a weekend getaway, a month-long honey moon, or for your first year of college, you want to make the most of what you pack. Not just seeing how much you can jam in your suitcase, but having your clothes, shoes, toiletries, and more arrive at your destination as easy to …

Camping

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

And Now Jeep’s Twitter Has Been Hacked

Yesterday, you read about the hack attack that turned Burger King’s Twitter feed into an unpleasant version of McDonald’s Twitter feed. Now the same group appears to have hacked Jeep’s feed.<p>While the BK takeover included a claim that McDonald’s had purchased its rival, the Jeep (which stands for …

How F2P games exploit your brain

Not all free-to-play games are trojan horses, expertly fashioned to work their way into your habits and drain your bank account. But many are, and …

Gaming

My own genome project

In the almost year-long lead-up to having my whole genome sequenced, I have no fears about it. Or at least just a couple of tiny wobbles that I …

Everyday risks: when statistics can't predict the future

We love data. For the past two years we have crunched numbers about dangers of every kind. And there are plenty of dangers about.<p>But – a big but – …

Why would-be marijuana moguls have their work cut out for them

When you think economic opportunity, do you think of a heavily regulated, highly-competitive consumer goods sector where prices are set to drop? No? Maybe we should dial back the excitement around the potential of the US marijuana industry.<p>With the legalization of recreational marijuana in the …

Cannabis

'Spiked Ammo' Is One Of Assad's Dirtier Tricks In Syria's Civil War

The New York Times C.J. Chivers is in Syria and he's stumbled upon an age-old tactic that's having a devastating effect on Syrian rebel forces.<p>Called "spiked ammunition," it features a concoction of powder inside a bullet that causes the bullet to explode once the rifle firing pin strikes the round.<p>…

War

Nuclear states developing new weapons in defiance of treaty, report claims

All five legally recognised nuclear states as defined by the non-proliferation treaty – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – are either deploying …

MERS Infects Two More

Traitor or hero whistleblower? Court-martial is set for Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning says he was driven by an unquenchable thirst for information and wanted to show the world the truth about the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military says he helped enemies of the United States.<p>Now a judge will decide his fate.<p>Manning, a 25-year-old former Army …

Why You Have To Scratch That Itch

Everybody itches. Sometimes itch serves as a useful warning signal — there's a bug on your back! But sometimes itch arises for no apparent reason, and can be a torment.<p>Think of the itchy skin disorder eczema, or the constant itching caused by some cancers. "A very high percentage of people who're …

Tesla Motors repays Department of Energy loan nine years early

With a wire transfer of $451.8 million, Elon Musk has finally made good on his promise to repay the hefty loan Tesla received from the Department of Energy well ahead of its 2022 due date, beating even Musk's own five-year estimate. This comes on the heels of a very profitable first quarter, and is …