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Outcry erupts over 1% pay raise proposed for military

Military families and their advocates are battling an Obama administration proposal to limit troops' pay raises to 1% in 2014, the lowest increase in half a century.<p>The raise comes at a time when forces will still be fighting in Afghanistan.<p>"We're sending the wrong message to the ones who have …

6 Amazing Facts From an Amazing Obituary of a 'Human Computer'

When confronted with the story of Shakuntala Devi there's one question everyone asks: "How does she do it?"<p>Reuters<p><i>The New York Times</i> has up a gem of an obituary, 500 words chock-full of wonderful bits about its subject, a mathematician by the name of Shakuntala Devi, who passed away in Bangalore on …

Gut Bacteria's Belch May Play A Role In Heart Disease

Scientists have discovered what may be an important new risk factor for heart disease. And here's the surprising twist: The troublesome substance seems to be a waste product left behind by bacteria in our guts as they help us digest lecithin — a substance plentiful in red meat, eggs, liver and …

Illegal ecstasy being studied to treat PTSD

Small study looks at how ecstasy allows users to be comfortable discussing traumatic memories.<p>CINCINNATI — Dubbed the "hug drug" and "X" by its users, the illegal drug ecstasy is being researched as a possible treatment for sufferers of serious stress disorders.<p>But a lot more research is needed …

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Study shows pain really is all in your head, and you can see it

Researchers say they’ve figured out an objective way to measure pain -- by imaging the brain’s response, in real time.<p>They used a type of brain scanner called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to take pictures of people’s responses to pain. And they documented that a morphine-based …

Magic mushrooms' psychedelic ingredient could help treat people with severe depression

Drugs derived from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression. Scientists believe the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic …

Red Meat May Cause Heart Disease by Disrupting Gut Bacteria

Our guts are awash in bacteria, and now a new study fingers them as culprits in heart disease. A complicated dance between the microbes and a …

As value soars, digital currency Bitcoin attracts offline attention

During the depths of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, an engineer decided to rethink one of the fundamental cornerstones of the modern economy.<p>He envisioned a brand new decentralized digital currency, where payments went directly from one user to another – no central banks, …