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How crowdfunding is being used for ‘dubiuous, possibly dangerous’ alternative cancer treatments

Ed Cara | 
It’s become a heartbreakingly common sight on the internet: People using crowdfunding sites to raise money for their expensive health ...

What do toddlers and chimpanzees have in common? They use the same unspoken language

George Dvorsky | 
Prior to developing the capacity for speech, toddlers communicate their desires, demands, and discontent using a diverse repertoire of physical ...
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ALS patients more likely to have other mental, behavioral problems

Ed Cara | 
Because ALS primarily affects a person’s motor neurons, it has been assumed that the disease spares a person’s mental faculties ...
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White noise dangerous to your brain? There’s ‘reason to be skeptical’ of study

Ed Cara | 
A recent research review suggests that white noise, the soothing, fuzzy soundtrack so many of us rely on to sleep ...
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Opioid pain killer without risk of addiction? It may be possible

Ed Cara | 
The ultimate goal of pain medicine—a powerful painkiller with few to no side effects, such as dependence or overdose—is still ...
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Why is ‘party drug’ ketamine such a powerful treatment for depression?

Ed Cara | 
In recent years, the party drug and anesthetic ketamine has been embraced as a rapidly-acting, if still off-label, medication for ...
23andMe study probes links between cannabis use and schizophrenia

23andMe study probes links between cannabis use and schizophrenia

Ed Cara | 
There’s evidence of a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it’s unclear whether the drug leads to the disorder, ...
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Robots could help autistic children communicate more effectively

Ed Cara | 
As excited or terrified as we might be by the latest advances in robot technology, they’re still far from being ...
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Put down the glass of wine: There’s ‘no such thing’ as safe alcohol consumption

Ed Cara | 
You don’t have to go far to find people, including doctors and researchers, who will argue that a little bit of ...
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Simulating near-death experiences with hallucinogenic drug DMT

Jessica Boddy | 
Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often ...
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Is it possible for tired people to ‘spread’ their misery to others?

Ed Cara | 
[A] new study out of the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleep can be a nightmare for our social lives ...
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Ancient genetic oddity makes whales and other aquatic mammals deadly susceptible to common pesticides

Ed Yong | 
Over the past 50 million years, a group of small, hoofed mammals gradually evolved into today’s whales and dolphins. In ...
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‘Stuck on the spin cycle’: Probiotic supplements linked to ‘brain fog’

Ed Cara | 
Given their current popularity, you might assume that probiotics—capsules containing a mix of “good” bacteria that are said to rebalance ...
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Ancient worms resurrected after spending more than 32,000 years on ice

Ed Cara | 
A team of Russian scientists is lining themselves up to be the opening cast of a John Carpenter film. Earlier ...
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Genetic data share: 23andMe partners with drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline

Ed Cara | 
23andMe customers might just play a role in helping create one of Big Pharma’s next blockbuster drugs. On [July 25, ...
Could beef jerky trigger manic episodes for some people?

Could beef jerky trigger manic episodes for some people?

Ed Cara | 
There is no singular cause of mental illness. Any number of things—our genes, environment, and even social mores—play a role in ...
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Machines that decide ‘who lives and who dies’? AI community pledges never to build them

Dell Cameron | 
Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals, many of them researchers and engineers prominent in the fields of robotics and ...
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Why our earliest memories are often imagined

Ed Cara | 
If life is but a tapestry, then memory is the thread. But some of those threads may simply be imagined: ...
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Cancer drug duo could lengthen life, boost elderly immune system

Ed Cara | 
Drugs that can lengthen life have long been a hallmark of speculative science fiction—many hope for an invention that could ...
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No longer a fringe theory? Herpes virus can spark ‘cascade of events’ leading to Alzheimer’s

Ed Cara | 
For decades, the idea that a bacteria or virus could help cause Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed as a fringe theory ...
6-28-2018 strange planet

Search for alien life gets boost from new NASA project

George Dvorsky | 
The ability to detect life on distant worlds still eludes us, but a new project coordinated by NASA now takes ...
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Synthetic ‘skin’ could return pain sensations to users of prosthetic limbs

George Dvorsky | 
Current prosthetic limbs aren’t yet capable of transmitting complex sensations like texture or pain to the user, but a recent ...
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Giant panda discovery: DNA from 22,000-year-old skull suggests unknown lineage in China

Jessica Boddy | 
DNA from a 22,000-year-old fossilized panda skull suggests an entirely separate lineage of giant pandas once roamed the area that ...
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This legal squabble is challenging the way we handle DNA ownership

Kristen Brown | 
Toronto businessman Harold Peerenboom and Marvel Entertainment chairman Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter were locked in an absurd suburban skirmish, bickering over ...
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Rethinking the search for alien life: Let’s look for their space junk

George Dvorsky | 
SETI enthusiasts have devised all sorts of complicated ways for us to find signs of alien life, but a new ...
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Cancer patient’s ‘spontaneous remission’—not her diet—will be included in Harvard study

Ed Cara | 
Over the past few weeks, multiple media outlets have written about Kathy Bero, a 54-year-old woman who claims her breast cancer 12 years ago ...
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17,000-year-old route to North America could redefine human migration history

George Dvorsky | 
The first people to cross into North America from Eurasia did so by traveling through the Bering Strait, or so ...
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Are plants conscious? Here’s what the experts think

Daniel Kolitz | 
Michael Marder Ikerbasque Research Professor, Philosophy, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz and author of Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life, ...