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Weekly Dose: Keytruda may be a miracle cancer drug, but can those who need it afford it?

Keytruda (generic name pembrolizumab) is an immunotherapy drug manufactured by the company Merck & Co. It is most commonly used to treat melanoma, …

Immunotherapy

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

A Neuroscientist Explains What Could Be Wrong with Trump Supporters’ Brains

Trump has said things that would be political suicide for any other Republican.There’s no doubt that Donald Trump has said many things that would …

Psychology

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.<p>For many of us, mornings have …

Trump Declares “Trade Wars Are Good,” Immediately Gets Brutal Awakening

World leaders, corporate America, and members of his own administration have basically told the president to get bent.<p>Early Friday morning, shortly before tweeting casting tips to <i>Saturday Night Live,</i> <b>Donald Trump</b> sent this statement out into the universe:<p>It’s disturbing on a number of levels, not …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

Consciousness

Why did U.S. diplomats in Havana suffer brain injuries? Experts stumped

A group of U.S. diplomats stationed in Havana appear to have symptoms of concussion without ever having received blows to their heads, medical …

How Exercise May Help Protect Your Brain From Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Older adults with poor fitness levels have more deterioration of white matter in their brains, according to a new study, compared with their fitter …

Humanity

Just 1 hour of gaming may improve attention

The brain can be affected by just 1 hour of playing video games, according to new research published in the journal <i>Frontiers in Human …

Scientists think they’ve discovered a fourth type of human fuel beyond carbs, fat, and protein — and it could have key health implications

One swig of the stuff and I'd had enough. The colorless, odorless liquid tasted like nail polish remover — but I was told it offered unparalleled benefits for my body, so I chugged away, if somewhat skeptically.<p>The small plastic bottle contained pure ketone ester, a substance that a team of …

Diabetes

IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative Prepares for the End of Moore’s Law

Much has been made recently in the engineering world about the impending end of “Moore’s Law.” For most of us, though, it’s unclear as to what …

Study: Cannabis Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk

• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• Pinterest<br>• LinkedIn<br>• StumbleUpon<br>• E-mail<br>• Reddit<br>• Love This<p>ROMANIA: Cannabis exposure is not strongly associated with an increased risk of motor …

Psychologists say they can make you remember a murder you didn't commit — and it's raising some interesting questions

Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For example, a seminal study used leading questions and the encouragement to confabulate, to apparently implant in participants the memory of getting lost in a shopping mall as a child. …

Psychology

Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

Elephants are afraid of bees. Let that sink in for a second. The largest animal on land is so terrified of a tiny insect that it will flap its ears, stir up dust and make noises when it hears the buzz of a beehive.<p>Of course a bee’s stinger can’t penetrate the thick hide of an elephant. But when …

Elephants

Study Shows Long-Term Effects Of Diabetes And Prediabetes On The Brain

One of the largest studies on the connection between blood sugar and brain function has found that people with prediabetes and diabetes experience worse long-term cognitive decline than people with normal blood sugar levels. The results underscore just how dangerous impaired blood sugar is for …

Diabetes

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

Diabetes

Using Facts, Not Fact-Checking, To Fight Fake News

I was recently on a bus where I encountered a woman of a type I hear about often but rarely see in real life. She was white, in her late 50s or so. …

Journalism

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

Evolution

Trump’s War on the Press Follows the Mussolini and Hitler Playbook

Never forget: Mussolini and Hitler made their first target the press. After a year of ‘alternative facts’ you can see why.<p>Beneath the madness and the …

Donald Trump

Doctors Cut Into Mom's Womb to Repair Baby's Spinal Cord Defect

Doctors in Canada performed a life-altering surgery on a fetus still developing inside its mother's womb to correct a spinal defect that would have …

Highly Intelligent People Make Terrible Leaders, Say Scientists

When it comes to good leadership, sometimes it doesn't hurt to be a little less smart.<p>In October, President Donald Trump challenged his best frenemy …

Leadership

A top engineer says robots are starting to enter pre-K and kindergarten alongside kids

Increasingly, robots are too.<p>According to Karen Panetta, IEEE member and dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University, artificial intelligence software and early-stage humanoid robots are playing a growing role in pre-K and kindergarten.<p>Over time, Panetta says, people should only expect …

Robotics

Study: knowing more doesn't change disbeliefs about science

If someone is already pre-disposed to disbelieve scientific conclusions around issues like human evolution, climate change, stem cell research or the …

Peer-Reviewed

Exxon played us all on global warming, new study shows

Every Thursday between 1972 and 2001, the oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil Corp. ran an advertorial in the <i>New York Times.</i><p>When these ads — which were …

Climate

How to Make a False Memory — NOVA Next

<i>“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”</i> —Marcel Proust<p>Proust was on to something. As powerful as our …

The Brain

Talking To Your Pets Is A Sign Of Intelligence, According To Science

High-pitched affection included.<p>Some people, who do not own pets, may watch their dog- or cat-adoring friends talking to their animals as if they were human (high-pitched, pet voice included) and wonder what on earth they think they are achieving. But it turns out that this behavior is far from …

Pets

Up to half of the Arctic’s melt might be totally natural

But climate change is still responsible for the rest<p>Scientists have known for a while that the Arctic is melting. The signs are everywhere—from the famed Alaskan Iditarod course being moved multiple times due to lack of snow, to the emergence of starving polar bears with nowhere to hunt.<p>But while …

Global Warming

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

The research breakthrough isn't yet practical, but it's the direction the industry is headed. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch.<p>In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard …

Quantum Mechanics

SpaceX is about to launch a deadly superbug into space

SpaceX is preparing to launch a lethal, antibiotic-resistant superbug into orbit on February 18, to live its days in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS).<p>The idea is not to weaponize space with MRSA— a bacterium that kills more Americans every year than HIV/AIDS, …

Microbiology