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Mental Health Fixes Won’t Stop Mass Shootings, Experts Warn

Mental Health Fixes Won’t Stop Mass Shootings, Experts Warn

Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty ImagesIn the aftermath of the United States’ latest mass shooting, political reactions diverged along well-trodden lines. For some, it was all about gun control. But for
A Less Effective Vaccine Worsened The Flu Season This Year

A Less Effective Vaccine Worsened The Flu Season This Year

US flu activity CDCA severe flu season is at its peak nationwide with reports of one dangerous strain falling while another surges, according to newly released federal health data.“All indications are
Here’s How Trump Unlawfully Delayed New Energy Rules For Air Conditioners, Boilers, And More

Here’s How Trump Unlawfully Delayed New Energy Rules For Air Conditioners, Boilers, And More

DOE headquarters. Public Domain / Via en.wikipedia.org The Department of Energy violated the law by indefinitely putting on hold four rules requiring air conditioners, boilers, and other products to
No, “Sonic Weapons” Did Not Give US Diplomats In Cuba Concussions

No, “Sonic Weapons” Did Not Give US Diplomats In Cuba Concussions

The US Embassy in Havana. Yamil Lage / AFP / Getty ImagesUS diplomats in Cuba who, in 2016, reported hearing loss, fogginess, and vertigo after hearing chirping sounds, suffered from concussion
Here’s How EPA Penalties For Polluters Dropped In Trump’s First Year

Here’s How EPA Penalties For Polluters Dropped In Trump’s First Year

Joshua Roberts / Reuters The Environmental Protection Agency closed far fewer pollution cases in its first year under Donald Trump — 48 cases, garnering $30 million in civil penalties — than previous
A Woman From Oregon Is The First Person Ever Infected With This Gross Cattle Parasite — In Her Eye

A Woman From Oregon Is The First Person Ever Infected With This Gross Cattle Parasite — In Her Eye

An eyeworm on Abby Beckley's eye, before doctors removed it with a tweezer. OHSU OphthalmologyTwo summers ago, Oregon resident Abby Beckley found herself standing in front of a mirror on an Alaskan
These Women Just Met With The FDA Chief To Try To Ban A Birth Control Option They Say Is Dangerous

These Women Just Met With The FDA Chief To Try To Ban A Birth Control Option They Say Is Dangerous

From left: Angela Lynch, Amanda Dykeman, and Angie Firmalino. Azeen GhorayshiOn Wednesday, FDA chief Scott Gottlieb held a private meeting with patients, lawyers, and advocates to discuss Essure, the
Flu Is On Track To Infect 34 Million People In The US

Flu Is On Track To Infect 34 Million People In The US

Flu activity. CDCA dangerous US flu season is still striking the elderly and infants, federal health officials warned on Friday, and looks likely to continue for several weeks. One out of every 10
Scientists Are Doubting A Famous Study That Claimed You Can Be Easily Tricked Into A False Confession

Scientists Are Doubting A Famous Study That Claimed You Can Be Easily Tricked Into A False Confession

Innovatedcaptures / Getty ImagesOn the night of April 19, 1989, Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white woman, was jogging in Central Park when she was severely beaten, raped, and knocked into a 12-day
Astrophysicist Christian Ott Was Just Fired From His New Job In Finland After Harassment Scandal

Astrophysicist Christian Ott Was Just Fired From His New Job In Finland After Harassment Scandal

Tuorla Observatory Xepheid / WikipediaThe University of Turku in Finland on Wednesday announced that it was terminating the employment of astrophysicist Christian Ott, who last year resigned from
It Happened: Elon Musk Sent His Sports Car To Mars On A SpaceX Rocket

It Happened: Elon Musk Sent His Sports Car To Mars On A SpaceX Rocket

Thom Baur / ReutersA red sports car belonging to billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk is on its way to the orbit of Mars, following the firing of a booster rocket Tuesday evening. Earlier in the
Flint’s Lead-Poisoned Water Also Carried A Deadly Bacteria

Flint’s Lead-Poisoned Water Also Carried A Deadly Bacteria

Brett Carlsen / Getty ImagesThe lead-poisoned water that flowed into Flint homes at the peak of the crisis three years ago carried another deadly threat: Legionella bacteria that triggered an
This Biohacker Just Injected Himself With A DIY Herpes Treatment

This Biohacker Just Injected Himself With A DIY Herpes Treatment

Courtesy / Michael HendersonAaron Traywick was taking off his pants because, he explained to his audience, he needed access to his thigh muscles. Still wearing a suit jacket, he planted his bare left
This Flu Season Is Breaking Records For Hospitalizations And Getting Worse On The East Coast

This Flu Season Is Breaking Records For Hospitalizations And Getting Worse On The East Coast

CDC / Via cdc.govA dangerous flu season is continuing across the US, federal health officials reported on Friday, showing only the first signs of decline in western states but growing stronger on the
“We’re Terrified”: This EPA Program On Toxic Chemicals Is Struggling To Keep Its Staff

“We’re Terrified”: This EPA Program On Toxic Chemicals Is Struggling To Keep Its Staff

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images A wave of retirements has hit the Environmental Protection Agency’s research program to identify and evaluate toxic chemicals, and more staff departures are on the
These Bird Scientists Say Feral Cat Advocates Are Lying About Science Just Like Climate Deniers

These Bird Scientists Say Feral Cat Advocates Are Lying About Science Just Like Climate Deniers

Ornitolog82 / Getty ImagesBy downplaying the dangers of feral cats, animal advocacy groups are distorting science just like climate deniers. Or at least that’s the message of a new report from
This Professor Resigned From Caltech After Harassing Two Students. Now He Has A New Job.

This Professor Resigned From Caltech After Harassing Two Students. Now He Has A New Job.

Tuorla Observatory Xepheid / WikipediaAstrophysicist Christian Ott, who resigned from his tenured faculty position at Caltech last August after an investigation determined he had harassed two female
“I Have The Best Words.” Here's How Trump’s First SOTU Compares To All The Others.

“I Have The Best Words.” Here's How Trump’s First SOTU Compares To All The Others.

President Donald J. Trump during his first State of the Union address on Jan. 30. Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesThere were some words never spoken by a president on this stage before: “spine,”
Trump's CDC Director Just Resigned After Reports That She Bought And Sold Tobacco Stock On The Job

Trump's CDC Director Just Resigned After Reports That She Bought And Sold Tobacco Stock On The Job

David Tulis / APBrenda Fitzgerald, the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned from her role at the agency this week.Fitzgerald's departure was announced by the US Department
The Head Of The EPA Just Proposed A “War On Lead” At His Rowdy Oversight Hearing

The Head Of The EPA Just Proposed A “War On Lead” At His Rowdy Oversight Hearing

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt at a House committee hearing in December 2017. Pete Marovich / Getty ImagesAt a contentious Congressional hearing about the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, Democrats