'Fear was gone': Hallucinogen eases depression in cancer patients, studies find

'Fear was gone': Hallucinogen eases depression in cancer patients, studies find

The record for psilocybin in the small studies so far shows "very impressive results," said Dr. Craig Blinderman, of the Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Ground beneath our feet is poised to make global warming worse, scientists find

December 8
Ground beneath our feet is poised to make global warming worse, scientists find
Carbon release could offset efforts to cut emissions.

Our ancient relative Lucy spent more time in trees than previously thought

December 8
Our ancient relative Lucy spent more time in trees than previously thought
Lucy climbed trees, walked with a wobbly gait and had stronger muscles than humans, according to a new analysis of our ancient ancestor's fossilized remains.
Science
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Science briefs: Python caught in Everglades had 3 deer inside

Scientists examining poop from a Burmese python bagged in the Everglades discovered the ravenous snake had three deer inside. Scott Boback, the lead author of…
Science
12:45am

Health briefs: Hemophilia drug shows promise in early trial

An experimental hemophilia drug helped control bleeding among hard-to-treat patients in an early-stage trial, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals said. Fifty-six percent of patients on Alnylam’s drug, called…
Science
December 9

Campaign confronts elderly isolation, which carries health risks

A dramatic increase in the number of elderly Americans living alone — combined with research showing the consequences of social isolation — has resulted in…
Science
December 8
John Gregoire of Windham, Maine, received a customized synthetic voice...

Volunteers create a 'human voicebank' to share their voices with the speech-impaired

Ryan. Alex. Siri. These are names of robotic voices that are often programmed on electronic tablets. They also become default identities for people with speech…
Science
December 8

FDA agrees to new trials for ecstasy to help soothe post-traumatic stress

CHARLESTON, S.C. – After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C.J. Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North…
Science
December 8

Researchers working on antidote to carbon monoxide poisoning

Scientists are on the trail of a potential antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, an injected “scavenger” that promises to trap and remove the gas from…
World
December 7

Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list

The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.
World
December 7

From pole to pole, twin sea ice records stun scientists

We already knew there was something pretty odd about last month, November, in the Arctic. And in the Antarctic. At both poles, much of the…
Nation
December 6

Climate change will intensify storms in U.S., study says

Heavy rainstorms may become more frequent. The biggest increase would be in the Northeast and the Gulf Coast.
Nation
December 6

Buzz Aldrin being treated by doctor named David Bowie after South Pole evacuation

File this under “earth oddity,” perhaps. Buzz Aldrin, the famed former NASA astronaut who was the second man to walk on the moon, had to…
Nation
December 5

There is no safe smoking level, new research finds

There's bad news for people who think it's safe to smoke a few cigarettes a day or even a week: They face a substantially higher…
Science
December 3

Science briefs: Tiny island now powered almost entirely by solar

A small island in American Samoa is making the switch from diesel generators to 100 percent renewable energy. Ta’u, the easternmost of the Samoan islands,…
Science
December 3

Health briefs: For a longer life, consider taking up tennis

You probably know that exercise is good for you, but do you know whether you’re better off riding a bike or swimming laps in the…
Variety
December 2
Kevin Schafer of south Minneapolis played with his cats Patty, top, La...

The science of why cats always land on their feet when dropped

Studies of why cats always land on their feet when dropped have led to key advances in physics.
Science
December 2

Allina hospitals see progress with stepped-up approach to stroke therapy

  A more aggressive approach to stroke therapy at Allina Health hospitals has helped patients get back up to speed with daily life. Therapists have…
Science
December 1

New tricks in canine cancer treatment aim to help humans, too

Field of comparative oncology focuses on finding new ways to treat cancer in pets, and that can lead to trials and treatment for people as well.
Science
December 1

Which language uses the most sounds? Click 5 times for the answer

!Xoon is spoken by a few thousand people in Africa.
Science
December 1

Gravity signals may provide a little extra warning before an earthquake

Hypersensitive machines could help limit damage.
Science
December 1

Glacier destabilization in West Antarctica may date back to 1940s

First signs of un-grounding appeared after mega-El Niño, scientists found
Science
December 1
In an undated handout photo, members of the Hadza tribe of Tanzania, w...

Born to move: Study of tribe suggests the need for activity is built into our being

Study of tribe suggests our bodies, particularly our hearts, want to be worked regularly.