A study, recently published in Nature, outlines the identification of a specific area of olfactory cortex involved in the stress hormone responses of mice when they are exposed to odors related to their predators.
MDMA, or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, which is the main ingredient in ecstasy, could potentially have medicinal uses. A network of researchers is currently conducting a range of clinical trials that could result in the drug being distributed by pharmacies as early as 2021.
Because it is currently most ingested as a party drug that is typically purchased on the street, it is often cut with dangerous chemicals. However, when ingested under medical supervision, the drug's effects have the potential to be extremely therapeutic.
Researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have successfully surgically implanted a novel device that has restored the movement in the hands of a quadriplegic. This is the first instance of a paralyzed person regaining the ability to move simply by thinking.
Drone delivery has been discussed by major companies like Amazon and Google, but postal engineers in Australia are testing out drone delivery service to more efficiently deliver packages to customers in rural areas whose mailboxes are far away from their houses. This would eliminate the need for these people to travel far distances to obtain their packages.
For pediatric oncologist Dr. Joshua Schiffman, cancer hits close to home. Schiffman himself was treated for pediatric cancer while in high school and his father, Dr. Fred Schiffman has been a hematologist/oncologist for decades. But Dr. Joshua Schiffman's work with elephants didn't begin until 2012.