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Monday 16th October 2017

Gamers Wanted to Attack Food Toxin

By playing the online game Foldit, players might help design an enzyme that can stop aflatoxins from making millions sick. -- Read more on

Sunday 15th October 2017

Bizarre Brain-Implant Experiment Sought to "Cure" Homosexuality

In 1970 a psychiatrist at Tulane University electrically stimulated the brain of a gay man while he had sex with a female prostitute. -- Read more on

Saturday 14th October 2017

Long Sleeves on Doctors' White Coats May Spread Germs

The UK already has “bare below the elbow” policies -- Read more on

How Did Scientists Edit the Genes of Human Embryos?

Scientists have successfully edited the genes of human embryos. What does this mean for the future of genetic engineering? -- Read more on

Friday 13th October 2017

Even Jellyfish Need a Nap

Jellyfish exhibit signs of a sleep state, which could mean that sleep predates the evolutionary development of central nervous systems.   -- Read more on

The Evolution of a Scientific American Graphic: Pregnancy in Progress

When we return to a topic where the research has advanced, our visual explanations need to be updated accordingly -- Read more on

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications

The goal is to build a DIY movement to undercut high drug prices -- Read more on

Thursday 12th October 2017

Squirrels Chunk Their Buried Treasure

Under certain circumstances squirrels will bury all of the same kind of nut near each other, a mnemonic strategy known as chunking.   -- Read more on

Cancer "Moon Shot" Effort Nets New Funds with NIH–Pharma Partnership

The $215-million infusion will support immunotherapy work -- Read more on

Cancer "Moon Shot" Effort Nets New Funds with NIH-Pharma Partnership

The $215 million infusion will support immunotherapy work -- Read more on

People Like Government "Nudges," Study Says

Majority is comfortable with gentle behavioral modification -- Read more on

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Wednesday 11th October 2017

Why We Choke Under Pressure--Plus, How to Stop

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals why we choke and how to come through in the clutch -- Read more on

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico May Fuel Drug Shortages

The head of the U.S. FDA says 14 medicines are only made there -- Read more on

Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?

The ubiquitous technique for relieving stress and pain has remarkably little scientific evidence backing it, a group of scientists contend -- Read more on

5 Things We Bet You Didn't Know about the Placenta

The placenta does a whole lot more than just ferry oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and take away wastes and carbon dioxide -- Read more on

Could the "Alzheimer's Gene" Finally Become a Drug Target?

Shutting down the top risk gene holds potential for halting the disease process  -- Read more on

Tuesday 10th October 2017

California Governor Signs Drug-Pricing Transparency Law

Manufacturers must now give notice about significant price hikes -- Read more on

Gene Therapy for Blindness Appears Initially Effective, Says U.S. FDA

The treatment will be reviewed by an outside panel this week -- Read more on

Sexual Victimization by Women Is More Common Than Previously Known

A new study gives a portrait of female perpetrators -- Read more on

Can Scientists Convince the Public to Accept CRISPR and Gene Drives?

Scientists are trying new ways to win over a skeptical public -- Read more on

Culture Shock: Precious Microbe Collections Languish in Threatened Bio-Libraries

Vanishing public repositories of microbes, both beneficial and deadly, have been essential for advances such as penicillin and CRISPR -- Read more on

Monday 9th October 2017

Toward an Imagination Science

Is imagination a fixed ability, or can it be enhanced through targeted intervention? -- Read more on

Unmasking Anxiety in Autism

Anxiety can assume unusual forms—turning uncertainty, or even a striped couch, into a constant worry -- Read more on

Sunday 8th October 2017

The Domestic Dog is the book we've been waiting for since 1995

Featuring two decades of new evidence on dog evolution, behavior, training, and human interaction -- Read more on

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