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Top Stories: Marijuana Memory Loss, Lingering Lice, and Synesthesia

22 November 2013 2:00 pm
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Top Stories: Marijuana Memory Loss, Lingering Lice, and Synesthesia

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Painkillers May Curb Memory Loss From Medical Marijuana

Marijuana helps alleviate pain and nausea, but it can also cause memory loss and a decreased attention span. Now, scientists have found that over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen can actually curb these side effects. Researchers hope the results will broaden the use of medical marijuana and help those who want to reap the drug’s benefits without getting stoned.

European Parliament Approves Horizon 2020 Funding Plan

The European Parliament has formally approved Horizon 2020, the European Union's funding program for research and innovation for 2014 through 2020. This leaves just one formal step to go before the program's actual rollout.

Autistic People May Have a Tangling of the Senses

A new study has found a link between autism and synesthesia, a condition when one sense triggers another (like seeing sounds in color). The overlap should help us understand autism better and helps explain why people with autism seem to experience a more extreme version of the world than the rest of us.

Lice Eggs Linger Before Hatching

Here’s some lousy news: Lice eggs can take 2 weeks to hatch in human hair, making standard 7-day delousing treatments ineffective in some cases. New research shows that if conditions are right, lice eggs can sit dormant during treatment, only to pop later and reinfest the scalp.

Do-It-Yourself Biologists Doing No Harm

Everybody relax: DIY biologists aren't trying to take over the world and kill us all. A new survey finds that at-home biology hobbyists are instead improving public engagement with science, creating useful products, and even contributing to scientific research. Still, some argue that a regulatory framework is necessary for the community.

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