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Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:52:23 -0400

A Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare includes $45 billion to treat opioid addiction. But it wouldn't make up for deep cuts to Medicaid in that same bill that has funded much of that treatment.

Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:13:00 -0400

Joel Clement, who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis during the Obama administration, says in a newspaper op-ed that he was reassigned to an "accounting office."

Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:30:00 -0400

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."

Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

AI isn't on the way … it's already here.

Viewing The Great American Eclipse

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:53:00 -0400

There's something deeply moving about watching the sun become progressively covered by the moon — and you have a rare chance to see this in the U.S. on Aug. 21, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Whether people consume news in a social setting or alone can affect how likely they are to fact-check. Research suggests people let their guard down when they're in groups and become less skeptical.

Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The first-ever international high school robotics competition is happening in Washington, D.C., this week. Over 150 countries from six continents sent teams to compete.

New Research Suggests Why Mid-Sized Animals Are The Fastest

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:28:00 -0400

New research suggests the biggest animals run out of fuel for their fast-twitch muscles before they reach the maximum speed their bodies could achieve. Animals like cheetahs are born to run fast.

In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids' Health Care At Risk

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Doctors, consumers and politicians say big federal cuts to Medicaid funding would jeopardize the treatment a lot of kids rely on. The state would either have to make up lost funding or cut benefits.

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:47:00 -0400

Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.

Elon Musk Warns Governors: Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Existential Risk'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:39:00 -0400

At a bipartisan governors conference in Rhode Island, the CEO of Tesla urged politicians to impose proactive regulations on AI development.

Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 02:05:17 -0400

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.

Maryam Mirzakhani, Prize-Winning Mathematician, Dies At 40

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:24:00 -0400

Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal. She worked at Stanford University, which confirmed her death Saturday.

NOAA Halts Whale Disentanglement Efforts After Rescuer Dies

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:39:00 -0400

Boat captain Joe Howlett died on Monday after freeing a right whale that was tangled in fishing gear in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence.

There's An Amazing New Drug For Multiple Sclerosis. Should I Try It?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:25:00 -0400

The innovative drug Ocrevus looks as if it could be a game-changer for people with MS. But it's very, very expensive. And as with any new medication, the long-term safety risks are unknown.