Category: Science & Health

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average […]

Scientists Set to Boost Microscopes’ Magnifying Power

Scientists Set to Boost Microscopes’ Magnifying Power © Fotolia / CapifruttaTech11:56 19.04.2018Get short URL 0 0 0 A Russian-British research team involving Tomsk Polytechnic University and Bangor University experts has confirmed a unique optical anomaly for the first time in history. This phenomenon makes it possible to boost the magnifying power of microscopes and to […]

Ahead of 420, advocates and critics reflect on pot in the US

America’s marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday: Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state […]

European Space Agency Hopes Skripal Case Won’t Affect Work With Russia

European Space Agency Hopes Skripal Case Won’t Affect Work With Russia © Sputnik / Maksim BlinovTech07:41 19.04.2018(updated 07:54 19.04.2018) Get short URL 0 10 COLORADO SPRINGS (Sputnik) – The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes that the Skripal case will not affect the agency’s cooperation with Russia, ESA Director-General Jan Woerner told Sputnik. “In our case, […]

Russia Launches Heavy Rocket with Military Satellite

Russia Launches Heavy Rocket with Military Satellite © Sputnik / Oleg UrusovMilitary & Intelligence06:03 19.04.2018Get short URL 0 50 MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Russian carrier rocket with a military satellite blasted off early on Thursday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed. “The Proton-M heavy-lift rocket with a payload commissioned by the Defense […]

WATCH: Jets Conduct ‘the Ultimate Intercept’ in Chasing the Moon

WATCH: Jets Conduct ‘the Ultimate Intercept’ in Chasing the MoonFacebook screengrab Tech01:04 19.04.2018Get short URL 0 0 0 Three US aircraft tried to conduct what one pilot called “the ultimate intercept” this year during the solar eclipse and ended up spending three minutes in the moon’s shadow. US actor Will Smith provided some timely narration. […]

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better. The livers keep functioning until they’re transplanted thanks to a machine that pumps them full of blood […]