Science & Tech

Dandelion design

Science | Flight of the plant’s seeds astonishes bioengineers
by Julie Borg
Posted 11/15/18, 04:21 pm

The fluffy seeds that make dandelions so prolific as weeds also makes them unique in God’s creation. A team of bioengineers recently discovered dandelions use a type of flight scientists have never seen before, according to a study published in the journal Nature last month.

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Desperate for antidepressants

Science | Unapproved use of a dangerous drug skyrockets
by Julie Borg
Posted 11/08/18, 04:36 pm

Ketamine, a drug first used in the 1960s as an anesthetic for animals and people, is suddenly popping up across the United States as a treatment for depression despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved it for that purpose.

The American Society for Ketamine Physicians, representing about 140 U.S. doctors, nurses, psychologists, and others who offer ketamine treatment, formed last year. Just three years ago, only about 20 ketamine clinics existed in the United States. That number has jumped to 150, according to society co-founder Megan Oxley.

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The itching ears of peer review

Research | Three scholars show the process is more political than academic
by Julie Borg
Posted 11/01/18, 05:46 pm

Three scholars spent the past year submitting absurd, bogus papers to well-known academic journals to show how easily studies can pass the supposedly rigorous peer review process if they spout trendy, liberal dogma. The scholars submitted 20 hoax papers to journals that focused on race, gender, sexuality, and other politically charged issues. Much to the scientific community’s shame, seven of the papers passed peer review and were published.

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