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Researchers: Drug Laws Hampering Science

The outlawing of drugs such as cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive substances amounts to scientific censorship and is hampering research into potentially important medicinal uses, leading scientists argued on Wednesday.

Laws and international conventions dating back to the 1960s have set back research in key areas such as consciousness by decades, they argued


Stanford Researching “Perfect” Invisibility


The new material’s artificial “atoms” are designed to work with a broad range of light frequencies. With adjustments, the researchers believe it could lead to perfect microscope lenses or invisibility cloaks.

One of the exciting possibilities of metamaterials – engineered materials that exhibit properties not found in the natural world – is the potential


Researchers Claim HIV Breakthrough Within Months

Researchers believe that there will be a breakthrough in finding a cure for HIV “within months”.

With modern HIV treatment if medication is stopped, HIV reservoirs become active and start to produce more of the virus

Danish scientists are expecting results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is


DARPA Researching Oxytocin

The Pentagon’s loftiest research agency wants to add a little love to national security. Sort of. In a new request for research proposals, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is asking investigators to develop refined techniques for the measurement of oxytocin — a neurohormone implicated in myriad human behaviors, but best


Investor Pumping Billions Into Immortality Research

It may sound like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but Dmitry Itskov, a 35-year-old media mogul, is seeking investors to fund research for technology that will make eternal life possible by transferring human consciousness in an artificial form to avatars (robotic bodies).

“It’s the next space race,” Itskov said at


If All Science Were Run Like Marijuana Research, Creationists Would Control Paleontology


In the face of obstacles to marijuana research from both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and one-time MacArthur Fellow is calling out the federal government on its obstruction of science.

During an address before a medical marijuana conference


Can Flu Research Cause a Deadly Pandemic


Why does H5N1 Avian flu cause uproar every time scientists decide to research it? Well, for a start it is highly pathogenic with a fatality rate of some 60% amongst known cases, it is estimated that many cases occurring in remote regions are unreported and that the case incidence and the mortality rate may well


Military Researching ways to Achieve Mutant Powers

mutant super soldier

The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher Patrick Lin calls “mutant powers.” Greater strength and endurance. Superior cognition. Better teamwork. Fearlessness.

Artist Rendition: Mutant Super Soldier

But the risk, ethics and policy issues arising out of


DOE Funding Huge Push for Battery Technology

battery research

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal to develop battery and energy storage technologies that are five times more powerful and five times cheaper than today’s within five years.

To accomplish this, U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu is taking some lessons from U.S. history.

The DOE is creating a new Joint


AI Monitoring Research Program Bankrolled by EU


A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programs which act as “agents” to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers.

Its main objectives include the “automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence”.

Project Indect, which received nearly


Army Researching Lightning as a Weapon

Today’s military lasers can blind spy satellites or burn enemy vehicles, but tomorrow’s could guide lightning bolts to strike and destroy battlefield targets.

A U.S. Army lab is testing how lasers can create an energized plasma channel in the air — an invisible pathway for electricity to follow. The laser-guided lightning weapon could


Attempts at Bringing Sci-Fi Into Reality




It’s no coincidence that so many of our modern gadgets seem to have come from Star Trek — our inventors and engineers all grew up watching it. In many ways, science fiction, not science, leads the way.

But while it’s easy to imagine watching the hopeful utopia of Star


No Surprise: Drug Researchers Hiding Negative Results

UK experts: Drug studies being suppressed by researchers, could hurt patients

LONDON — A British medical journal says a worrying number of drug studies are being suppressed by researchers and that the lack of public data could threaten patient safety.

One study described by the BMJ journal found the results of fewer than half of


Researchers Manipulate Moral Judgement

Scientists have shown they can change people’s moral judgments by disrupting a specific area of the brain with magnetic pulses. They identified a region of the brain just above and behind the right ear which appears to control morality. And by using magnetic pulses to block cell activity they impaired volunteers’ notion of right


Cell Phones Blamed for Honey Bee Decline

Their disappearance has caused alarm throughout Europe and North America where campaigners have blamed agricultural pesticides, climate change and the advent of genetically modified crops for what is now known as ‘colony collapse disorder.’ Britain has seen a 15 per cent decline in its bee population in the last two years and shrinking numbers has


Cancer Killing Nanobots

RNAi, also known as “gene silencing,” is a cellular mechanism that blocks the production of proteins, and has tantalized doctors as a potential medicine for a number of years now. However, by placing payloads of RNA in a polymer nanobot, scientists have finally shown that this technique can work


U.S. Researching Interrogation Techniques

An elite US interrogation unit will conduct “scientific research” to find better ways of questioning top suspected terrorists, US intelligence director Dennis Blair said Wednesday.

“It is going to do scientific research on that long-neglected area,” Blair told the House Intelligence Committee, without elaborating on the nature of the techniques being tested.

A spokesman for


DoD Presses Importance of Tech to Defend Nation

The U.S. Department of defense has a very large interest and need in advanced education and its resulting research and development as demonstrated in this video depicting past victories related to technological advancement [flashvideo filename= /] [ad]

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