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How tiny bioelectronic implants may someday replace pharmaceutical drugs

Scientists are using bioelectronic medicine to treat inflammatory diseases, an approach that capitalizes on the ancient "hardwiring" of the nervous system.

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  • Bioelectronic medicine is an emerging field that focuses on manipulating the nervous system to treat diseases.
  • Clinical studies show that using electronic devices to stimulate the vagus nerve is effective at treating inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Although it's not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, vagus nerve stimulation may also prove effective at treating other diseases like cancer, diabetes and depression.
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Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

One bill hopes to repeal the crime of selling sex and expand social services; the other would legalize the entire sex trade.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Today in the majority of the United States, it is a crime to sell sex, buy it, or promote its sale.
  • The Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act would decriminalize prostitution in New York state while maintaining punitive measures against buyers and pimps.
  • Opponents suggest this law would only push the illegal sex trade further underground and seek full decriminalization for everyone involved.
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    Physicist creates AI algorithm that may prove reality is a simulation

    A physicist creates an AI algorithm that predicts natural events and may prove the simulation hypothesis.

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    Surprising Science
    • Princeton physicist Hong Qin creates an AI algorithm that can predict planetary orbits.
    • The scientist partially based his work on the hypothesis which believes reality is a simulation.
    • The algorithm is being adapted to predict behavior of plasma and can be used on other natural phenomena.
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    Japan finds a huge cache of scarce rare-earth minerals

    Japan looks to replace China as the primary source of critical metals

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    Technology & Innovation
    • Enough rare earth minerals have been found off Japan to last centuries
    • Rare earths are important materials for green technology, as well as medicine and manufacturing
    • Where would we be without all of our rare-earth magnets?
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    Mind & Brain
    Why do some people fight and others flee when confronting violence?
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