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Google begins demonstrating self-drive cars to press (Video)

Google begins demonstrating self-drive cars to press

Google is “very actively” working on how to put its driverless cars to public use in the next three years, according to the founder of its experimental “X” lab, after the search company’s recent breakthroughs in autonomous navigation of city streets. They’re not just for freeway driving anymore. Those self-driving cars from Google are now roaming city streets, whirling through ... Read More »

Scientists identify genetic marker for OCD

Scientists identify genetic marker for OCD

Scientists have stumbled onto a genetic marker that’s linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). “If this finding is confirmed, it could be useful,” said lead study author Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of Johns Hopkins’ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program, via a press release. “We might ultimately ... Read More »

NASA shows how neutron stars collide to form black holes (Video)

NASA shows how neutron stars collide to form black holes

An amazing new NASA video shows two super-dense neutron stars tearing each other apart in a cataclysmic cosmic merger that ultimately forms a black hole. The neutron star collision video, which was produced by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is a supercomputer simulation. It starts off with two neutron stars — the city-size, dense remnants of a violent ... Read More »

Medications can help people quit drinking, Study

Medications can help people quit drinking, Study

Medications that could help alcoholics quit drinking are rarely prescribed, according to a new study released Tuesday. The drugs — acamprosate and naltrexone — reduce cravings for alcohol, but researchers say there’s a lack of awareness and understanding of their efficacy among doctors. Read More »

Nigeria Ready To Talk To Boko Haram Rebels

Nigeria Ready To Talk To Boko Haram Rebels

Nigeria is ready to talk to Islamist militants Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, a minister has told the BBC. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said on Monday that captured girls who had not converted to Islam could be swapped for jailed fighters. Special Duties Minister Tanimu Turaki said that if Shekau was sincere, he ... Read More »

Lac-Megantic: Charges brought in Quebec railway disaster – Update

Lac-Megantic: Charges brought in Quebec railway disaster - Update

Three men arrested in the Lac-Megantic train disaster have been freed after being arraigned on 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death. Thomas Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie each had to post $15,000 bail after appearing in a makeshift courtroom in Lac-Megantic this afternoon. They were then freed on various conditions pending their next court appearance on Sept. 11. ... Read More »

Certain common chemicals linked to breast cancer, Study

Certain common chemicals linked to breast cancer, Study

A new peer-reviewed study says that many chemicals demonstrated to cause mammary cancer in rats are linked to breast cancer in women. The team, led by Ruthann Rudel, research director of the institute, did a structured online literature review of 102 known rodent mammary carcinogens to identify measurement methods for biomarkers of exposure; that is, specific chemicals or their metabolites ... Read More »

US Military Pressed on Climate Change, Report

US Military Pressed on Climate Change

The military must do more to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, including updating war plans and building more ships to operate in the Arctic, a report by a group of retired military officers will say Wednesday. The report by CNA Corp., a nonprofit research group that frequently does work for the Navy, says the military must be ... Read More »