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Cannabis eases painful sclerosis stiffness: study

PARIS — Use of cannabis extract helps ease painful muscle stiffness among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a large trial published on Tuesday in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The “Phase III” test — the final stage in a process to vet a new drug or…

Study: Autistic children prompt worrying by wandering from safe places

Almost half of US children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder wander away from safe places, and about half go missing long enough to alarm their parents, a new study out Monday found. The study published in the journal Pediatrics on research by the Kennedy Krieger Institute that looked at more…

Bill Nye slams GOP Rep. on science committee: Creationism is ‘not in the national interest’

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) sits on the House science committee, but Bill Nye doesn’t think he’s much of a science guy. Reacting to a video of Broun dismissing various scientific theories, including the theory of evolution, the longtime children’s television host declared that Broun’s creationist views “are not in the…

Nobel Prize-winning stem cell research holds dramatic potential

Research in reprogrammed cells, which on Monday earned the 2012 Nobel Prize, has been hailed as a new dawn for regenerative medicine but remains troubled by several clouds. Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka were honoured with the world’s paramount award in medicine for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).…

Why Einstein never received a Nobel prize for relativity

Nobel prizes often attract controversy, but usually after they have been awarded. Albert Einstein’s physics prize was the subject of argument for years before it was even a reality. There was a lot riding on Einstein winning a Nobel prize. Beyond his academic reputation, and that of the Nobel Institute…

Scientists claim ‘effective’ way to kill destructive starfish responsible for devastating coral reefs

An Australian research team said Monday they have found an effective way to kill the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish, which is devastating coral reefs across the Pacific and Indian oceans. The discovery by James Cook University’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Queensland state comes after a study showed…

Teacher told Nobel winner John Gurdon career in science was ‘total waste of time’

Veteran British scientist John Gurdon, who shared the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, is often described as the “godfather of cloning” for his work on stem cell research but was once told by his teacher not to pursue a career in science. Based at Cambridge University, Gurdon shared the…

Teen’s stomach removed after drinking nitrogen cocktail

A teenager has had her stomach removed in life-saving emergency surgery after she drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen during a night out in northern England. The 18-year-old, named in media reports as Gabby Scanlan, was rushed to hospital after she began feeling breathless and suffering severe stomach pain on…

British-Japanese duo win Nobel for stem cell research

Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John B. Gurdon of Britain won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their groundbreaking work on stem cells, the jury said. The pair were honoured “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent,” it said. The two discovered “that mature,…

Activists stockpile urine and boulders to disrupt mass badger-killing in the U.K.

Dark days are approaching for badgers. Since the government gave the go-ahead to a trial cull in an attempt to protect cattle from bovine TB, up to 100,000 badgers could be shot. Trained marksmen are preparing for the cull, which will involve using bait to lure the creatures out of…

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