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Lab-Grown Meat: One Startup Has an Idea That Could Dramatically Slash Costs

Lab-Grown Meat: One Startup Has an Idea That Could Dramatically Slash Costs

Lab-grown meat could offer a more ethical alternative to traditional meats — and now, thanks to one London-based startup, prices could drop to just $15 per burger. is working on reducing the cost of one of the biggest components of lab-based meat. The technology works by encouraging more animal cells to grow in a bioreactor, but the growth formula used to encourage the cells is usually very expensive, and can involve harming animals. The team, made up of students from Imperial College London, believe they may have the means to encourage the same cell growth with a cheaper, animal-free...

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Mike Brown
August 27, 2019
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Scientists discover the reason why anxious people smoke marijuana

Scientists discover the reason why anxious people smoke marijuana

When we’re stressed or anxious, we tend to turn to things that make us feel better — and for some, that means cannabis. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons for smoking weed or taking CBD, according to a 2009 study on young adults. But despite its popularity as a salve for anxious brains, scientists don’t know how the chemicals in marijuana work to calm anxiety — but the discovery of a molecule that affects an anxiety-producing super-highway in the brain could hold the key. In a study published this week in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a powerful molecule called 2-AG,...

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Ali Pattillo
January 14, 2020
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Napping: 2 huge benefits come out of a midday snooze

Napping: 2 huge benefits come out of a midday snooze

Some people swear by an afternoon nap – whether it’s to catch up on lost sleep or to help them feel more alert for the afternoon ahead. Even Boris Johnson supposedly favors a power nap during his workday (though the prime minister’s staffers contest this claim). Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci were all famous nappers. But while many of us may not feel we usually have enough time to squeeze a nap into our day, working from home during the pandemic may now afford us an opportunity to give napping a try: 1. Napping is a great way to feel more rested and alert 2....

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In Controversial Study, Tiny Fish Appears as Self-Aware as Chimps, Dolphins

In Controversial Study, Tiny Fish Appears as Self-Aware as Chimps, Dolphins

on Filed Under , , & ontroversial new research shows that a tiny, unsuspecting species of fish can that’s widely considered the gold standard of . As far as we can tell, only a few of the most intelligent non-human animals pass this mirror self-recognition test: great apes (gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans), bottlenose dolphins, and Asian elephants, and a . In light of the unexpected new findings, some researchers are arguing it’s time for scientists to rethink how they test .In a published Thursday in the journal PLOS Biology, an international team of researchers led by , a...

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Peter Hess
February 8, 2019
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Psychologists Determine How "Obama Is the President Most Similar to Trump"

Psychologists Determine How "Obama Is the President Most Similar to Trump"

By on Filed Under , , & t’s not hard to see how President differs from previous presidents. He has never held political office or served as a military general, he’s a former reality TV star, and he’s declared bankruptcy . When the 2016 election began, his seemingly different speaking style, confident and simple, also stood out. Psychologists point out, however, that beneath the and rhetoric, President Trump is not so unlike the presidents who came before him.Instead, the published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explains, Trump is the culmination of a...

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Sarah Sloat
February 13, 2019
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Greenland's Melting Glaciers Are Problematically Worth Billions of Dollars

Greenland's Melting Glaciers Are Problematically Worth Billions of Dollars

By on Filed Under & reenland’s glaciers are melting at the — disappearing so quickly that an has recently been revealed under half a mile of ice. Thanks to , glacier melt is now the status quo. Taking inspiration from the old adage “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” some scientists are suggesting that Greenland make the best of this scary situation: Find a way to turn catastrophe into cash.In an published Monday in Nature Sustainability, researchers point out that all of the sand and sediment being liberated from the melting glaciers is worth a lot of money. The world is currently,...

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Yasmin Tayag
February 13, 2019
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MDMA Users May Have a Social Advantage Over People Who Use Other Drugs

MDMA Users May Have a Social Advantage Over People Who Use Other Drugs

on Filed Under , & he reputation of the synthetic drug has changed dramatically since it was outlawed . Right now, it’s of a Food and Drug Administration-approved Phase III clinical trial on its ability to the damage caused by post-traumatic stress disorder when used alongside therapy. While those trials are underway, scientists are seeking to understand the long-term impacts of MDMA, preparing for a future where it’s widely used to treat illness.A released Tuesday in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests there’s no reason to be concerned. Long-term MDMA users, it shows, have higher...

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Sarah Sloat
February 11, 2019
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Teens in States With Medical Marijuana Use Medical Marijuana Less

Teens in States With Medical Marijuana Use Medical Marijuana Less

By on Filed Under , , & s more states consider around marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes, questions remain about the .A released Thursday in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse provides a new answer that may inform future policy about marijuana use.This study collected survey data from 861,082 teens from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveys between 1999 and 2015. During that period, 11 states enacted a marijuana decriminalization law — the details of these laws differ by state, but they tend to lessen or remove penalties for possession of small amounts of...

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Emma Betuel
February 16, 2019
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The Age of Sperm Can Have a Huge Impact on Reproduction, Say Scientists

The Age of Sperm Can Have a Huge Impact on Reproduction, Say Scientists

By on Filed Under , & igh school sex ed textbooks all contain some variation on a classic photo: One big, beautiful egg, surrounded by a whole lot of tiny, wriggling . Because all those are simultaneously released in , we don’t often think about the unique characteristics of each individual swimmer, but as research published Thursday in shows, some of those sperm are better off than the others.There’s an advantage, the team of scientists from University of East Anglia and Uppsala University write, for sperm that live a certain length of time, at least for the zebrafish sperm they...

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Yasmin Tayag
February 16, 2019
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Brain Scans Reveal Why "Night Owls" Have It Rough in a 9-to-5 Society

Brain Scans Reveal Why "Night Owls" Have It Rough in a 9-to-5 Society

By on Filed Under , & he 9-to-5 workday originated with in the 1800s, and today, the eight-hour workday is the norm. But however normalized the schedule, it is directly opposed to something more powerful: biology.In , scientists report that people whose internal body clocks tell them to go to bed late, but are then forced to wake up early, have a lower resting brain connectivity in the regions of the brain linked to consciousness.Scientists shared their findings Friday in the journal , with the article, “Circadian phenotype impacts the brain’s resting state functional connectivity,...

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Sarah Sloat
February 16, 2019
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