The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes has led to an increasingly fierce public health dispute - the great vape debate, if you will. On the one hand, there are doctors and advocates who insist that vaping is a relatively safe, appealing way for smokers to wean themselves off much more dangerous tobacco products. On the other, there are those who say that vaping's risks are unclear and might still rival that of traditional smoking. A study in mice, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is sure to provide fodder for both sides.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.