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There’s No Rational Way to Justify America’s Drug Laws

People assume a medical committee sat down to consider which recreational drugs were the safest and least addictive, and this wise group decided alcohol and tobacco should be legal, while marijuana and everything else shouldn't. That's not what happened.<p>In 2013, CNN’s medical correspondent, Sanjay …

Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns

On a sweltering July day in 2010, seven medical researchers and one patient advocate gathered in a plush Marriott hotel in College Park, Maryland, to …

Just Because You Can't Stop Taking Antidepressants Doesn't Mean You're Addicted

Americans often talk about depending on antidepressants like it's the same thing as being addicted to drugs like coke. Here's why that's wrong.<p>"I try to get off them but can’t seem to do it, no matter how slowly I wean myself."<p>"I am having withdrawal symptoms of shaking, panic attacks, flulike …

Black man videotapes Starbucks' refusal to let him use restroom

Starbucks' racial problems Monday weren't confined to Philadelphia.<p>As the coffee chain reels from the videotaped arrest two black men at a Philadelphia, another video emerged showing an African-American man being denied access to a restroom at a Starbucks location in southern California.<p>The video, …

Shaun King

FDA Weaponizes 'Opioid' Label Against Kratom Consumers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement on Tuesday afternoon from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, declaring that kratom, a southeast Asian herbal medicine, contains naturally occurring plant alkaloid chemicals that are predicted by unpublished computer models to be opioids.<p>The …

Anti-anxiety drug found to undo some of alcohol's ill effects on the brain

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have discovered a surprising secondary function for an existing drug. Tandospirone is …

Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i>, the characters travel from one place to another in space using a hidden fifth dimension, which …

Neutron Stars

Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds

Different neurological conditions like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder appear to have more in common than scientists thought they did. A new study finds that they have important similarities at a molecular level.<p>And understanding the molecular basis of those disorders could help in …

New theory of dark matter based on the detection of unusual X-ray radiation from galaxies

Dark matter is increasingly puzzling. Around the world, physicists have been trying for decades to determine the nature of these matter particles, …

This New Autism Genetics Study Could Help Explain Why It's Such a Huge Spectrum

One disorder or several?<p>Genes responsible for a number of autism's characteristics come in two varieties, which could help explain not only the …

Workbench for virus design

ETH researchers have developed a technology platform that allows them to systematically modify and customise bacteriophages. This technology is a …

Taking painkillers could ease heartaches - as well as headaches

Taking painkillers could ease heartache as well as headaches, new research suggests.<p>The review of studies by the University of California found that women taking over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen and paracetamol reported less hurt feelings from emotionally painful experiences, compared with …

Nearby Trappist-1 star system is best place to find alien life, astronomers discover

New observations of a tightly packed family of planets 40 light years from Earth have confirmed that it could be the best place to find life outside …

Planetary Habitability

Scientists Working on Converting Human Waste Into Food for Astronauts

A manned mission to Mars might take around six months. Suffice it to say, when mealtime rolls around, astronauts won't be dial up delivery pizza en …

Everything we know about physics in one neat infographic

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. But DON’T PANIC. Physics is on it. And if you've ever …

Physics

Physicists Demonstrate How to Reverse of the Arrow of Time - MIT Technology Review

One of the more curious challenges in physics is to understand the nature of time. At the microscopic level, the laws of physics are symmetric with …

Quantum Physics

Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Quantum Physics

Will digestive enzymes help IBS?

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can be uncomfortable and interfere with an individual's quality of life. More research on digestive enzymes …

Humans Have Already Left More Than 400,000 Pounds of Junk on The Moon

And we've hardly been there.<p>20 July 1969 was an unforgettable date in human history - the day Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the surface of the Moon, …

Space Science

Brain Scans Identify What Song You're Listening to Without Hearing It

So much for private listening sessions.<p>No matter how emphatically a person bobs their head or hums along to the music in their headphones, you can …

Virtual reality sheds light on memory recall

Different areas of the hippocampus are activated when recalling different types of memories, a new study that used virtual reality shows.<p>The findings …

Quantum Chemistry Solves The Question of Why Life Needs So Many Amino Acids

A flexible approach to life.<p>One of the oldest and most fundamental questions in biochemistry is why the 20 amino acids that support life are all …

Chemistry

Natural telescope sets new magnification record

Extremely distant galaxies are usually too faint to be seen, even by the largest telescopes. But nature has a solution—gravitational lensing, …

Groundbreaking experiment will test the limits of quantum theory

Scientists from three UK universities are to test one of the fundamental laws of physics as part of a major Europe-wide project awarded more than £3m …

How a hungry, hardy bacteria eats toxic metals and excretes gold nuggets

If the goose that laid the golden egg had a real-life counterpart, it would be <i>C. metallidurans</i>. This hardy little bacterium consumes toxic metals and …

Research

Anesthetics found to do more than simply induce sleep

Despite the widespread use of anesthetics, we still don't know exactly how they work. The reason we don't fully understand the mechanism behind them …

Five incredible advances in brain disease treatment

Recent discoveries are changing the way we diagnose and treat common brain diseases like depression, Parkinson’s and Dyslexia.<p>Research into …

High-Intensity Exercise Increases Substantia Nigra & Prefrontal Brain Activity in Parkinson’s Disease.

Pathologic alterations in resting-state brain activity patterns exist among individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Since physical exercise alters …

Why space radiation won’t stop human space exploration

Videos and links related to potential health effects to astronauts from space radiation, plus solutions and countermeasures.<p>Space radiation effects – …

Space Exploration

Astrophysicists Have Built The Most Detailed Simulation of The Universe Ever Created

1 billion light years in a supercomputer.<p>Saying our Universe is a big place is a bit of an understatement. And with recent advances in our …