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Go to Phobos before landing on Mars itself?  I have pushed this idea for twenty years and now some at NASA agree.  Not only is the larger moon far easier to reach and serve as an ideal research platform, it also has two advantages never mentioned in this article.  It can serve as a logistics hum where supplies can be pre-positioned and tended without complex orbital management.  It also might (some figure) be carbonaceous chondritic material, containing volatiles like water.  If these could be mined and stored and prepared, subsequent Mars landing missions would find all the water and rocket fuel they need, lowering both cost and risk by an order of magnitude.  http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a17552/phobos-landing/
Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.
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Science has experienced a renewed interest in psychedelic drugs that alter a person's conscious experience, like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin, found in "magic mushrooms," dimethyltryptamine (DMT), mescaline and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), for the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. An analysis of several small research trials in the Canadian Medical Association Journal by researchers at the University of British Columbia has found that LSD may help alleviate anxiety in patients with terminal illness, that small amounts of psilocybin could reduce the number of days alcoholics consumed alcohol, and that MDMA helped relieve symptoms of adults with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. The studies were small and limited in scope, but the scientists say that they indicate the drugs' therapeutic potential, and that larger trials are feasible. Read more: bit.ly/1JVIyDw

Publication: Psychedelic medicine: a re-emerging therapeutic paradigm. CMAJ, 2015. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.141124
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Scientists have released new results underscoring the importance of a personalized diet, prepared based on complex factors such as your gut microbes and lifestyle. Surprisingly, the foods that raise blood sugar levels differ dramatically from person to person.
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"I'm somewhat skeptical of slippery slope arguments. But, if you ban books that depict sex with dinosaurs, it doesn't take much before you ban books."
"At least with the US government you know the rules it follows," said CloudFlare's CEO.
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In case anyone is at a loss why preserving biodiversity is vitally important.
 
A cure for cancer could be written in elephant genes: http://bit.ly/1OnNtBn
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The medical charity running the hospital says U.S. was repeatedly advised of its location. This horrific strike comes days after the Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in Yemen that killed more than 130 people.
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Cute!! Just watched several of these - I think the fish tank one is my favorite :P
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One (many, really) example(s) of the ways we can attempt to make our world sustainable.
Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. In her talk, she shows us how it's done.
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