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Nano Superballs Offer Refined Control Of Optogenetics

New nanoparticles and nanoclusters dubbed “superballs” offer more control to optogenetics. Optogenetics is a technique that uses light to control cells within living tissue. The biological technique controls cells in tissues genetically modified for light sensitivity. Drawbacks are that the light can activate several genes at once and that it must penetrate deeply to be […]

Coal Ash Rule Amendments Would Risk Putting Carcinogen In Water

Proposed amendments to the U.S.’s federal 2015 Coal Ash Rule risk putting carcinogenic hexavalent chromium in water supplies across the country, preliminary findings indicate. Allowing coal ash to be spread on soil or stored in unlined pits and landfills will raise the risk that several toxic elements could leach out of the coal ash, the […]

MDMA, Brazil, Omega-3

MDMA treatment for alcoholism could reduce relapse, a story in the Guardian is reporting.  While it is encouraging to see major media coverage for psychedelics research, the title is a bit misleading. That is because it implies that using MDMA, also known as ecstasy, can treat alcoholism, whereas it is actually MDMA-assisted psychotherapy that is […]

New Technologies For The Brain Require Ethical Approaches To Innovation

Brain technologies are all the rage these days. Entrepreneurs are selling wearable devices in the open marketplace with claims of benefits to memory, attention and concentration. Neurosurgeons and psychiatrists are exploring new ways and further developing old invasive ones to intervene in the brains of people with major mental illnesses whose conditions are resistant to […]