washington post encryption

Why The Washington Post is encrypting its site

In a move to address the privacy concerns of its readers, The Washington Post has encrypted parts of its website so that government surveillance agencies and hackers around the world can’t see what articles visitors to the site are reading.In an article on the newspaper’s website, it claimed it was the "first major general news organization" to take such a step and said digital encryption will be applied to the homepage, national security page, and the...

medicine media influence

Does the press influence which medicines we use?

After an Australian television station aired a two-part special that portrayed the use of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (also known as statins) in a negative light, the number of people who stopped using the medication increased temporarily, according to a new study. Andrea L. Schaffer from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy found a sustained decrease in overall statin dispensing after the program first aired in October 2013. The findings were reported recently in the...

youtube gaming

YouTube unveils YouTube Gaming

Racking up millions and millions of views, gaming-oriented online videos have expanded over the past decade from a small corner of the internet. The website Twitch has fueled this rise of gaming videos, which show everything from complete walkthroughs of a game to various how-to’s. Now, YouTube is looking to get in on the action by launching a service geared to directly rival Twitch –appropriately called YouTube Gaming. “Today, the gaming world is much more diverse...

Does science know all of marijuana’s secrets?

Does science know all of marijuana’s secrets?

Marijuana continues to be a hot topic of discussion in medicine and science as well as in politics and society. For decades, we have known marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means that it proves no scientific or medical benefit thus it is illegal to grow, use, or sell. Well, that was until a few years back when states began legalizing marijuana first for medical use and now for both medical and recreational...

Coffee may help men with erectile dysfunction perk up

Coffee may help men with erectile dysfunction perk up

As rates of overweight and obesity, and their resulting disorders, continue to rise in the U.S., chances are rates of erectile dysfunction will, too — sorry guys. Previous research has found these links to be pretty solid, especially among people with diabetes. Yet, even though these risks exist, there are steps a man can take to… (more…)

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

When Josh Ukrainetz was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with a stutter. Today, 10 years later, he’s speaking fluently and offering his saliva up to the University of Alberta for study. It’s a small gesture of gratitude for the years of help he received, but a great contribution to a research effort determined to find… (more…)

The Chewbacca hoodie and other Star Wars geek gear

The Chewbacca hoodie and other Star Wars geek gear

The new Chewbacca hoodie is seriously realistic. Sure, nobody is likely to actually mistake you for Chewie what with the human head sticking out the top, but you might feel like you're wearing a real Wookiee-fur jacket if you had somehow managed to convince him to let you shave him. There have been other attempts at Chewie hoodies before, but they were all a little underwhelming; basically brown furry hoodies with a kind of fake...

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

3D-printed food is a reality but it has not made its way into the mainstream restaurant scene. But now a Michelen-starred chef will be turning the concept into an edible reality at London’s 3D Printshow. Chef Wouter van Laarhoven, in collaboration with FabLab Maastricht and food designer Marijn Roovers, will be featuring a menu at a… (more…)

Do e-cigarettes really help people quit smoking?

Do e-cigarettes really help people quit smoking?

If you think e-cigarettes are going to help you quit smoking for good, not so fast. Researchers at an American Thoracic Society conference said Sunday there is still too little evidence to show that using e-cigs leads to kicking the habit long-term, and the society urged smokers who wish to quit to consider other alternatives, owing… (more…)

It's not rocket science

It’s not rocket science

Anna Wojtowicz has just started an animated group discussion by asking "What exactly is energy?" With her fellow students, she brainstorms possible answers, while their teacher, Dr Andrew Morris, almost surreptitiously nudges them towards the scientific principles, which the students then go off and investigate. For Anna and her classmates, their regular science lesson offers a… (more…)