Morgan Washburn

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Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways

A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.<p>If you’re a Republican and a fan of Sean Hannity, global warming is a scam. If you’re a Rachel Maddow-watching Democrat, you …

Cuban Babies Are Now HIV-Free

Initiatives like this could eradicate the disease, even without a cure<p>Cuba has become the first country in the world in which HIV-positive mothers no longer pass the disease on to their children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).<p>Every year, 1.4 million HIV-positive women become …

Public Health

First Measles Death in US Since 2003 Highlights the Unknown Vulnerables

Shocking news today out of Washington state: For the first time since 2003, a resident of the United States has died of measles. If you wondered, based on my last post, what happens when measles infects unvaccinated people and travels with them in an untrackable manner, this is the answer: It …

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

Two New York police officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a …

Turkish schoolboy arrested for "insulting" President Erdogan

Teenager accuses government of corruption in speech that defends secularism and the foundations of the modern Turkish republic<p>Turkish police have arrested a 16-year-old high school student in the city of Konya on charges of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported on Thursday.<p>The …

7 Arrested in New York Charged with Threatening Police

John Minchillo—AP<p>Carlo Allegri—Reuters<p>John Taggart—EPA<p>Carlo Allegri—Reuters<p>Paul Martinka—Polaris<p>Seth Wenig—AP<p>Mark Lennihan—AP<p>Carlo …

Law Enforcement

Arson attack at Swedish mosque leaves five injured

Swedish police are treating a fire at a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna as arson.<p>Five people were reportedly injured in the attack, which happened on Thursday afternoon.<p>The mosque is located on the ground floor of a building. Up to 20 people were inside when the fire broke out.<p>No arrests have yet …

Chicago police stop black motorists more, ACLU finds

The Rev. Ira Acree says he was stopped at a red light on the West Side on a warm night this past summer when a Chicago police officer in a squad car suddenly cursed and shouted at him to pull over.<p>The officer accused him of texting on his cell phone while driving, Acree said, but Acree said he was …

England will sequence the genomes of 100,000 humans to tackle cancer and rare diseases

Patient recruitment will begin in February<p>England's National Health Service announced today that it would build 11 new Genomic Medicine Centers as part of the country's new 100,000 Genomes Project — an effort that aims to sequence the genomes of thousands of human genomes to understand various …

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Compared with other primates and our early human ancestors, we modern humans have skeletons that are relatively lightweight — and scientists say that basically may be because we got lazy.<p>Biological anthropologist Habiba Chirchir and her colleagues at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural …

Tiny synthetic 'antibodies' attach to cancer cells - Futurity

A recent study showed how molecules, known as synthetic antibody mimics, can trigger the immune system to kill cancer cells.

Some heart patients do better when the cardiologist is away

Holy heart attack! Researchers have found that certain high-risk heart patients stand a better chance of survival if they go to a teaching hospital when all the cardiologists have left town.<p>Though heart doctors have joked that the safest place to suffer a heart attack would be in a city hosting a …

Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics

In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen …

Baby Thrives Once 3-D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

Garrett Peterson was born in 2012 with a defective windpipe. It would periodically just collapse, because the cartilage was so soft, and he'd stop breathing. This would happen every day — sometimes multiple times a day.<p>"It was really awful to have to watch him go through his episodes," says his …

New arthritis implant hailed as ‘magic’

Trial of electronic device leads to improvement in more than half of patients, raising hopes for an alternative to medicines<p>A new treatment for arthritis sufferers has been hailed as “magic” by a woman who had a pioneering electronic implant fitted.<p>Monique Robroek, who took part in a study at the …

Yep, that tablet at bedtime really is messing with your sleep

New study links screen use at night with less REM sleep<p>If you’re reading a book before bed, what do you reach for: a paperback, a tablet, or an e-reader? The choice you make will have an effect on your sleep, and if you answered either of the last two then you probably already know the news isn't …

Do e-readers really harm sleep? Depends what you call an e-reader

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>A new study has claimed that light-emitting e-readers “negatively affect sleep, circadian timing and next-morning alertness” …

iPad reading at night may cause sleep problems - Futurity

If your bedtime routine includes a little light reading on your iPad or Nook, researchers say your sleep could suffer.

Human bones got thinner when hunters started farming - Futurity

For modern humans, one side effect of shifting from hunting to farming may be lighter and more fragile bones.

Humanity

Cortisol stays spiked all day for abused women - Futurity

Higher-than-normal levels of cortisol morning, noon, and night may explain why violence takes such a toll on women's health.

Exclusive: Giving Stephen Hawking a voice

Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in 1997. Moore noticed that Hawking's computer, which he used to …

University College London

MRI probe detects Alzheimer's at earliest stage - Futurity

A new MRI probe not only detects Alzheimer's disease at its earliest stage, but also may stop toxins from doing more damage.

Neuroscience

Promising Results For Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Studies of more potent versions of the vaccine are already underway<p>An experimental vaccine against Ebola has shown promising results in volunteers in Uganda. The study, published today in <i>The Lancet</i>, is the first to report an Ebola vaccine candidate to be both safe and effective in an African …

Does smartphone use smarten up the brain?

Using a smartphone won't make you smarter, overall, but it does leave a strong mark on the part of your brain that processes touch, according to a new study.<p>Swiss researchers were curious about the digital effect on the digits that swipe and poke electronic devices. Would they be similar to, say, a …

5 Predictions For The World In 2039

You will probably live to see a time when we can make backup copies of your brain.<p>Natalia Hatalska says there are two types of people in the world: those “who take one day at a time” and “those who have a vision, look far ahead [and] see its opportunities and threats.” She puts herself in the …