Ecstasy-like drugs might relieve social difficulties in autism

Ecstasy-like drugs might relieve social difficulties in autism

Mouse studies hint that social difficulties in autism might be caused by faulty serotonin signalling in the brain and can be helped with serotonin-boosting drugs An ecstasy-like drug has been tested on mice that display autism-like behaviourEdd Westmacott/Alamy By Alice Klein Mimicking the effects of the drug ecstasy seems to restore normal social behaviour in […]

Zambia to kill 2,000 hippos because they might spread anthrax

Zambia to kill 2,000 hippos because they might spread anthrax

Hippos are to be culled in Zambia over the next five yearsBorn Free Zambia has announced that it will resume the trophy hunting of hippos in order to prevent the spread of anthrax. However, wildlife activists say the cull will help fuel the hippo ivory trade. The country aims to cull 2,000 hippos living around […]

As Regulators Question Way ahead for DACA, What might It Be on for Democrats to shield Visionaries?

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are continuing to debate the future of DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants permission to live and work in the United States. Republican lawmakers are pushing to include an amendment to punish so-called sanctuary cities as part of any immigration legislation to […]

Results community's echolocation might work like gorgeous surveillance sonar

Results community's echolocation might work like gorgeous surveillance sonar

Top Story New research suggests that the Egyptian fruit bat is using similar techniques to those preferred by modern-day military and civil surveillance. The results could inspire new directions for driverless cars and drones. While most other bats emit high-pitched squeals, the fruit bat simply clicks its tongue and produces signals that are more like […]

Election 2017: What an Honestly Counted US Election Might Look Like

Election 2017: What an Honestly Counted US Election Might Look Like

Democracy The overarching analogy here is to the pool shark: missing makeable shots is part of the hustle, indeed essential to the hustle. Same for a poker cheat. If you win every hand, either no one will play with you or they will start making you play in short sleeves. You save those up-sleeve aces […]

The mass extinction that might never have happened

The mass extinction that might never have happened

Richard Bizley/Science Photo Library By Colin Barras Should the “big five” really be the “big four”? For decades, we have recognised five devastating mass extinctions that punctuate the last half-billion years of evolution. But now two geologists are controversially arguing that the end-Triassic extinction – often described as the third largest – has no place […]