Archive for June, 2016

High School Students Having Less Sex

High School Students Having Less Sex

Researchers have noted a sharp decline in teen participation in several risky behaviors. Among those behaviors are sexual activity, using alcohol and other drugs, and smoking. A spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy remarked, “I think you can call this the cautious generation.” In a national survey of high school […]

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Scientists May Create a Human in the Lab

Scientists May Create a Human in the Lab

A group of 130 scientists and entrepreneurs met by invitation-only, and behind closed doors at Harvard Medical School, to discuss a ten-year project to create synthetic human genomes.  The genome is the complete set of DNA containing the instructions needed for an organism to survive and thrive. The proposed project would use chemicals in the […]

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Residents of Colorado Don’t Want Legal Pot

Residents of Colorado Don’t Want Legal Pot

Some Colorado residents have filed lawsuits asking a federal judge to close the state’s recreational marijuana industry. They say that legalization of marijuana has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors. They also claim that under federal racketeering laws they can seek damages from marijuana businesses that openly […]

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Man Receives Penis Transplant

Man Receives Penis Transplant

The first U.S. penis transplant has been performed on a 64-year-old cancer patient. The 15 hour operation occurred in May, 2016, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, using a penis from a deceased donor who matched the patient’s blood type and skin tone. In 2012, Thomas Manning of Halifax, MA, was severely injured in an […]

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North Carolina and South Carolina Correcting Their Borders

North Carolina and South Carolina Correcting Their Borders

Legislators in North Carolina and South Carolina have agreed to redraw the boundary between their states. GPS technology confirms that the current border differs several hundred feet from the original boundary. Legislators of the two states aim to correct that error. In 1735, King George II of England sent surveyors to his American colonies to […]

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