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Viewpoint: Elon Musk’s Neuralink dreams are a mix of reality and ‘science fiction’

So, how precisely is Neuralink pushing the envelope?  ... A lot of Neuralink's vision may sound difficult to believe, but ...
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2 experimental Ebola treatments show promise in clinical trials, boosting survival rates

For the first time, preliminary clinical-trial results suggest that two experimental Ebola drugs can lower the death toll of the ...
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Does testosterone impact moral decisions? Not according to this research.

The Trolley Problem is a staple of ethics courses and has even made its way into prime-time television. It's a ...
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Curaleaf’s unproven claims that CBD treats cancer, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain draws FDA warning

The company Curaleaf claims that it has developed products that can treat a slew of the most formidable conditions found ...
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Viewpoint: Why the New York Times failed with its coverage of overhyped probiotics obesity treatment

Adding to the steaming pile of unsubstantiated hype over probiotics, the New York Times ran an uncritical article ... suggesting ...
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Tiny electric signals in the brains of comatose patients may help predict who will wake up

Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they ...
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Vaccines for influenza, other diseases will be ‘printed’ at home in the future

Rather than warehouses of refrigerated cures for static diseases, we need a highly distributed agile system for producing vaccines and ...
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Video: Tech guru and author Rob Reid on synthetic biology’s power to help or destroy us

In 2011, two separate research teams—one in Holland, the other in Wisconsin—set out to repair this "defect" in H5N1. By ...
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Why the world needs a DNA-based ‘threat-detection network’ to counter the rapid spread of pathogens

Our ancestors were accustomed to spending their entire lives in walking distance of their birthplace, but our modern world is ...
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Fecal transplant death sparks new FDA screening precautions, pause of clinical trials

One patient has died and another became seriously ill after fecal transplants inadvertently seeded their innards with a multi-drug resistant ...
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How augmented reality and avatars could change the way we interact

According to researchers at Stanford University, layering computer-generated content, like someone's avatar, onto a real-world environment will influence people's behavior ...
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DNA found in 10,000-year-old ‘chewing gum’ sheds light on ancient Sweden

In the 1990s, archaeologists recovered a few chewed-up lumps of birch bark pitch, some of which still held fingerprints and ...
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‘Brazen’ biohacker under investigation by California health officials for ‘genetic self-experimentation’

Prominent genetic "biohacker" Josiah Zayner is under investigation by California state officials for practicing medicine without a license. Zayner has ...
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Why loss of sleep is ‘having a catastrophic impact on our health’

According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, I'm doing serious damage to my health—and life—by not sleeping enough. "The decimation of sleep ...
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Glimpse into enslaved woman’s life offered by DNA found in clay pipe at Maryland plantation

Clay pipes used for smoking were so common in the 1700s and 1800s that it’s not very remarkable to find ...
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Chasing the origin of hallucinations in the brain

People under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD often experience vivid visual hallucinations. But exactly what is happening within ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Chickenpox parties’ aren’t just unnecessary—they’re incredibly dangerous

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines [March 19] after revealing in a radio interview that he had purposefully exposed his ...
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Why gene editing isn’t ready for treating human disease: It’s not ‘efficient enough’

Gene editing will likely always come with a bit of risk; when you're cutting and pasting DNA in millions of ...
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Some of us may have ‘divine healing’ poop for treatment of gut disorders

Scientists often seem to be on a quest for sacred chalices or sterling ammo. But a group of microbiologists has ...
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‘Attack’ on masculinity? Psychology association defends new clinical guidelines for males

The American Psychological Association is on the defensive over its newly released clinical guidance for treating boys and men, which links ...
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Using stem cells to trace autism’s development to earliest days of pregnancy

Figuring out how autism starts is complicated. … [A] large international team obtained skin cells from eight autistic people and ...
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Plague genome offers clues about origins of Black Death pandemic

Yersinia pestis, the subject of [Barbara Bramanti’s] research, is the bacterium responsible for three bubonic plague pandemics over human history ...
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Searching for the genetic links to ADHD risk

If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection ...
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Missing data? African study shows why we need to expand the human reference genome

The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, ...
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Does being a night owl increase breast cancer risk?

A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute [November 5] has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: ...
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Can llamas give us a universal flu vaccine?

Llama antibodies are different from ours. Our antibodies are a mix of two pairs of proteins, heavy and light, wrapped ...
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300,000-year-old stone tools found in Saudi Arabian desert could shed light on human migration out of Africa

Stone tools unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s inhospitable Nefud Desert indicate that members of our genus Homo had ventured beyond the ...
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‘Gender-equality paradox’: Why are differences stronger in wealthier, gender-equal nations?

In Sweden, girls are just as likely to go to school and university as boys are. Women make up a greater ...
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