Homeopathic treatment claims to ‘cure’ autism in NZ
Aug 19, 2019

By Farah Hancock A homeopathic treatment regime invented to ‘cure’ autism is in use in New Zealand. Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, or CEASE therapy as it is known, has drawn international condemnation and the United Kingdom advertising watchdog is now cracking down on false claims made by hundreds of homeopaths offering the treatment. …

Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon
Aug 16, 2019

By Davide Castelvecchi Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring. Initial studies of …

Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet
Aug 15, 2019

By John Timmer Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn’t stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, the radiation it emits starts driving off the gas, eventually leaving a disk with nothing but dust behind. That creates a narrow window for the formation …

‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter
Aug 15, 2019

By Gretchen Vogel In hundreds of grocery stores here, shoppers can pay a few extra cents for eggs stamped with a heart and the word respeggt—to show that they were laid by hens that did not hatch alongside male chicks destined for slaughter. This week, the eggs will be available for the first time in stores …

Drinking bleach will not cure cancer or autism, FDA warns
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

By Tim Stelloh and Brandy Zadrozny Federal regulators issued a warning Monday urging people not to drink a chlorine dioxide solution that is often promoted online as a remedy for autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other conditions. The products — known as Miracle Mineral Solution, MMS and Chlorine Dioxide Protocol among other monikers — have not been approved …

Astronomers Uncover 39 Ancient Galaxies — Moving So Fast That Even Hubble Can’t See Them
Aug 14, 2019

By Rafi Letzter Ancient, massive galaxies haunting the dusty reaches of our universe have been in hiding, invisible to the eyes of the famous Hubble Space Telescope. But now, astronomers sifting through infrared data have discovered 39 of them — lurking in strange places from the early universe where (and when) the night sky would …

Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Suddenly Lit Up and Nobody Knows Why
Aug 14, 2019

By Becky Ferreira The supermassive black hole that lives at the center of our galaxy has been mysteriously sparkling as of late, and nobody knows the reason. This dark behemoth, known as as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), is four million times as massive as the Sun. Though no light escapes its boundaries, astronomers can observe the hole’s …

Trump administration weakens Endangered Species Act
Aug 13, 2019

By Jonathan Lambert President Donald Trump’s administration is making drastic changes to how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is applied. The revisions weaken protections for threatened species, and will allow federal agencies to conduct economic analyses when deciding whether to protect a species. The changes, finalized by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the …

No Tie Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence
Aug 7, 2019 · 2 

By Arash Javanbakht, Wayne State University President Donald Trump called for reform of mental health laws on the heels of two deadly shootings that claimed the lives of at least 31 people and left a grief-stricken country in disbelief. The president, saying that “hatred and mental illness pulls the trigger, not the gun,” also called for better identification of …

A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon
Aug 6, 2019

By Daniel Oberhaus IT WAS JUST before midnight on April 11 and everyone at the Israel Aerospace Industries mission control center in Yehud, Israel, had their eyes fixed on two large projector screens. On the left screen was a stream of data being sent back to Earth by Beresheet, its lunar lander, which was about to …

Darwin’s Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use
Aug 6, 2019

By James DeGregori and Robert Gatenby This year at least 31,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of their body, such as bones and lymph nodes. Most of them will be treated by highly skilled and experienced oncologists, who have access to 52 drugs approved …

Video Game Violence
Aug 6, 2019

By Steven Novella Recent mass shootings have once again fueled discussion about the role of video game violence (VGV) and aggressive behavior. This is an enduring controversy, which is a real scientific controversy (not just a political one) because the research is highly complex. Part of that complexity is that there is just one question, …