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…)

Why Google is building a smart teddy bear

Why Google is building a smart teddy bear

A world full of smart teddy bears and artificially intelligent toys may soon be upon us, courtesy of Google. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a Google patent application for dolls capable of detecting and looking at users when spoken to as well as perceiving voice commands. The patent describes robots that would… (more…)

Why 90s babies may be 'Generation Fat'

Why 90s babies may be ‘Generation Fat’

According to a recent British study, individuals born in the 1990s are between two to three times more likely to be obese than individuals born between the 1940s through 1980s. The situation is similar in the U.S., and experts have reiterated their warning that if something is not done now to tackle widespread obesity there will… (more…)

Furiosa and Max just ruined Jurassic World

Furiosa and Max just ruined Jurassic World

Avengers: Age of Ultron was quite good, but Mad Max: Fury Road crystallizes exactly how much we’ve been settling for in recent years. Mad Max: Fury Road will make you want to take up arms in old and exhausted fights with all the ecstatic fervor of a War Boy hopped up on feral blood. We don’t… (more…)

A mental health revolution is brewing — At the nation's largest jail

A mental health revolution is brewing — At the nation’s largest jail

One-third of the inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago are mentally ill, branding it as one of the largest psychiatric facilities in the country. Cook County is also the biggest jail in the U.S., housing some 9,000 prisoners on a daily basis. Now, a clinical psychologist, Nneka Jones Tapia, will be taking over the jail… (more…)

Looking at liberals and conservatives through the lens of science

Looking at liberals and conservatives through the lens of science

How do you write about the intersection of political beliefs and science without tripping over the usual biases and stereotypic characterizations? Everyone’s got a point of view and no one, not even the most rational-minded of scientists, remains completely objective at all times. While some fascinating studies demonstrate the ways in which liberals and conservatives differ,… (more…)

How Twitter can address public health needs

How Twitter can address public health needs

For as harmful as social media can be, it can also help to shine light on transgender health needs, finds a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles. "Transgender individuals are at risk for some of the most important public health problems, such as HIV, substance abuse, and depression," Sean D. Young, study co-author… (more…)

Just like Grandpa, the measles virus hates change

Just like Grandpa, the measles virus hates change

It turns out that people aren’t the only ones who can be stodgy curmudgeons unwilling to get with the times. The viruses that infect us can be sticks in the mud too, according to a new study published in Cell Reports. It found that one of our long-time microbial foes, the measles virus (MeV), is unable… (more…)