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Federal 'Meth Lab' Was Less Breaking Bad, More Terrible Science Fair Experiment

The news that an explosion at high-tech federal science lab last month might have been caused by meth production quickly precipitated a string of Breaking Bad jokes. But as became clear at a US District Court in Greenbelt on Friday, this particularly meth lab was nowhere near as sophisticated as Walter White’s. It was small, crude, and pretty much destined to self-destruct.


Is Modafinil Safe As A 'Smart Drug'? Over A Decade Of Study Suggests So

Modafinil, along with being a “wakefulness promoter” prescribed to narcoleptics and chronic fatigue sufferers, has found a niche as a smart drug or “nootropic” that anyone can take to boost concentration and focus. While the risks haven’t been studied conclusively, a new paper has made a brave attempt to collate research from the last 14 years to form some sort of conclusion.


Scientists Have Hacked Yeast To Produce Narcotics

Yeast, that magical microorganism that provideth bread and beer, can now make narcotics, too. In a much-anticipated update, a team of scientists from Stanford University has engineered a strain of common brewer’s yeast to turn simple sugars into opioid drugs.


This Patch Delivers Drugs When You Flex Your Skin

Doctors have been trying to find simpler and more convenient ways of giving patients drugs for years. Now a team of researchers at North Carolina State University has just developed a device that’s about as hassle free as can be: It looks like a bandaid, and it releases drugs automatically when the skin flexes and contracts.


A New Drug Erases Memories To Treat Addiction

Methamphetamine is one of the nastiest drug addictions to overcome, in part because memories of the high are so powerful. But what if scientists could erase those drug-infused recollections? Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a drug that’s able to do just that in mice.


The FDA Just Lost A Lawsuit That Could Change How Drugs Are Regulated

A small drug company has won an early fight in its case against the FDA, which will allow it to promote its fish-oil pill for treatments not explicitly approved by the agency. The federal case has huge implications for the future of prescription drugs in the US and could weaken the FDA’s power to regulate how drugs are marketed.


How Long Will It Be Until You Can Get An Anti-Ageing Pill?

Last month a team of doctors and scientists made the case to regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider approving anti-ageing drugs as a new pharmaceutical class. Such a designation would treat ageing as disease rather than a natural process, potentially opening the door to government funding for anti-ageing drug trials.


Antibiotic Resistance Actually Makes Some Bacteria Stronger

We used to think that antibiotic resistance came at a cost for bacteria, making them weaker. It turns out that for some bacteria, resistance can make them stronger and more virulent.


Who Needs Google's Dreaming Robot? Just Eat Some Shrooms Instead

The first week of July 2015 will forever be known as the week the internet freaked out about a bunch of trippy images generated by a snoozing computer. Please. In my day we didn’t need Google to help us see melting dog faces with six eyes that are actually snails with centipedes crawling on their shells. We did it the old-fashioned way.


Narcotics And Medicines Look Beautiful Under A Microscope

These stunning macro photos — micrographs — captured by Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers are going to show you a whole new world, which still seems familiar on many levels.


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