Saturday, April 29, 2017

Looking for the quantum frontier

Credit: Michael Bremner/ A team of researchers from Australia and the UK have developed a new theoretical framework to identify computations that occupy the 'quantum frontier' --..

Actress Kiruna Stamell debates gene editing with ethicist Dr. Christopher Gyngell

Two papers published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, debate gene editing and the health of future generations. Stage and screen actress Kiruna Stamell, who has a rare form of dw..

Concise consent forms are effectively understood by clinical trial participants

Shortening consent documents makes no significant difference to how well potential research participants understand a clinical study, according to a study published April 26, 2017, in the open-access ..

Do medical marijuana laws promote illicit cannabis use and disorder?

Illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders increased at a greater rate in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states, according to new research at Columbia University's M..

Rice’s John Boles offers new exploration of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson

Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University HOUSTON -- (April 26, 2017) -- In a new book spanning more than 640 pages, Rice University's eminent scholar of the American South, John Boles, takes a fres..

Serious violence in England and Wales drops 10 percent in 2016

The Number of people injured in serious violence dropped by 10% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a national report on serious violence published by Cardiff University. The study, which examine..

In a neuro-techno future, human rights laws will need to be revisited

New human rights laws to prepare for advances in neurotechnology that put the 'freedom of the mind' at risk have been proposed today in the open access journal Life Sciences, Society and Pol..

The fast and the crashed: Study shows collisions 5 times more likely for street...

Credit: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Ontarians who have street-raced at least once in the past year are five times more likely than other drivers to have crashed their vehicle at some poi..

Thought Antarctica’s biodiversity was doing well? Think again

Twenty-three experts involved in the study "Antarctica and the strategic plan for biodiversity," recently published in PLoS Biology, debunked the popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean ar..

Extinction risk for many species vastly underestimated, study suggests

Credit: Don J. Melnick, PhD A new study indicates that the number of plant and animal species at risk of extinction may be considerably higher than previously thought. A team of researchers, howeve..