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Senators buck Sessions, move to protect state medical marijuana laws

Enlarge / U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (credit: Getty | Chip Somodevilla ) The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a budget amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from cracking down on state-legal medical marijuana—likely to the consternation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The amendment prevents the Department of Justice from using any…

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Almost time for a “major pucker factor,” as Falcon Heavy readies for launch

Enlarge / Rendering of a Falcon Heavy on the launch pad. (credit: SpaceX) Thursday night, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that the Falcon Heavy rocket would make its maiden launch in November from Launch Complex-39A in Florida. Although this event has been long promised by the company, with real hardware being tested and moved across…

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A brief history of quantum alternatives

Enlarge (credit: Central Press/Getty Images) In 1915, Albert Einstein, with a ee pittle help from his friends, developed a theory of gravity that overturned what we’d thought were the very foundations of physical reality. The idea that the space that we inhabit was not perfectly described by Euclidean geometry had been inconceivable—so much so that…

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Specific area of the brain helps keep the body young

Enlarge (credit: Daniele Meli ) Age may not be a state of mind, but the brain is definitely involved. That’s the conclusion of a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, which provides compelling evidence that a specific structure in the brain, called the hypothalamus, plays a significant role in controlling the entire body’s…

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As dominance of launch market looms, SpaceX now valued at $21 billion

Enlarge / Maye Musk and Elon Musk attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills. (credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images) After two serious accidents in 2015 and 2016, SpaceX has been on a tear in 2017 with 10 successful launches, including the historic re-flight of two used boosters and a used Dragon spacecraft. These…

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Tiny pillars put light and sound in a quantum superposition

Enlarge / It’s now possible to precisely fabricate very small pillars. (credit: Stanford University ) In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in coupling sound and light together. Admittedly, we’ve been doing this for a long time, but we’ve always been limited in terms of what we can do with how nature puts…

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Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all

Claude Doumet-Serhal The Canaanites are famous as the bad guys of the Book of Joshua in the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. First, God orders the Hebrews to destroy the Canaanites along with several other groups, and later we hear that the Canaanites have actually been wiped out. Among archaeologists, however, the Canaanites are a…

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Goop doctor says she’s not really Goop’s doctor, calls site a “caricature”

Enlarge (credit: https://aviva.herb-pharm.com/ ) A doctor who appeared to vouch for and defend Gwyneth Paltrow’s high-profile lifestyle and e-commerce site, Goop, now says that she does not see herself as a Goop doctor and would not endorse the site, according to an interview with Stat . Two weeks ago, Dr. Aviva Romm provided a signed…

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In wake of CTE study, Ravens’ smarty John Urschel retires from football at 26

Enlarge / John Urschel, #64 of the Baltimore Ravens, retired from football. (credit: Getty | Matt Hazlett ) John Urschel, a Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman and PhD candidate in applied mathematics at MIT, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 26. The announcement comes just days after publication of a case study…

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Report: Human embryo edited for first time in US, pushes limits

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Media for Medical ) A team of researchers in Oregon have become the first in the US to attempt genetically altering human embryos, according to reporting by MIT Technology Review . The attempt is said to represent an advance in the safety and efficacy of methods used to correct genetic defects…