A court case against the son of one of New York’s most notorious modern gangsters, John Gotti Junior, has been dropped by prosecutors for the fourth time in a row.
The fourth court case against the son of one of New York’s most notorious modern gangsters, John Gotti Junior, has been dropped by prosecutors. "In the course of five years, juries in four trials failed to reach a verdict against John Gotti on charges of murder and racketeering. Justice officials said they would not seek a fifth trial. John Gotti, who has been free on bail of $2m (£1.6m), insists he left organised crime in the late 1990s. US Attorney Preet Bharara issued a one-paragraph statement saying that prosecutors had decided not to seek another trial ‘in light of the circumstances’, and Judge Kevin Castel approved the request. The repeated failure of juries to agree on a verdict has earned Mr Gotti comparisons to his late father, who escaped conviction in a series of trials in the 1980s and early 1990s and gained the nickname the Teflon Don because charges would not stick to him."
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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