The use of MDMA in treating anxiety of those with life-threatening illnesses has been approved. MDMA is a psychoactive drug the was invented back in 1912 by the pharmaceutical company Merck. It causes the release of certain neuortransmitters, as well as others.
Scientists have identified a new virus that seems to infect archaea beneath the sea floor. This virus targets and mutates one of its own genes. This could be helping it adapt to defense mechanisms evolved by the host. The findings were posted in Nature Communications. Most viruses are dependent on other cells to copy themselves.
Scientists have recently snapped a photo of a rare teddy-bear like animal called the Pika. People haven’t seen this animal in over 20 years. It’s native to the Tianshan Mountains of northwestern China. The reason why this animal is hardly seen is because it is endangered. A 1990’s estimate said that only 2,000 are left. Only 29 has been spotted in over three decades.
A cheap and long-lasting rechargeable battery, that charges fast could be in stores soon .It’s made of aluminum, which makes it safer than to the conventional lithium ion and alkaline batteries that is in use now. The challenge is trying to find a voltage after repeated cycles of charging and discharging. An international led by Stanford’s Hongjie Dai discovered a simple solution using graphite.