Pelosi Didn’t Raid Social Security for Impeachment Inquiry

Quick Take A viral, made-up story sowed confusion among social media users over whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has diverted Social Security money to the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. She didn’t. Full Story  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not taken money away from Social Security in order to fund the impeachment inquiry into […]

Trump’s Misguided Tweet on California Gasoline Prices

California’s proposed fuel efficiency standards for cars don’t have anything to do with the state having the highest gas prices in the country, but that’s what President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet. The state is pushing for higher fuel efficiency standards than the Trump administration has proposed for vehicles nationwide, and the president said […]

Fatal Familial Insomnia: The Disease That Kills By Stealing Sleep

(Credit: Rachata Teyparsit/Shutterstock) A brief bout of insomnia can be maddening. You know what it feels like. We all do. Lying awake chasing feverish thoughts from our minds while the slow tick of passing minutes compounds sleep-stealing anxiety. For most of us these episodes are a brief interruption to our sleep schedules. Others experience more […]

Alexei Leonov, First Person to Walk in Space, Dies at 85

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov trains for the Apollo-Soyuz mission in April 1975 . (Credit: NASA) Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, has died at the age of 85 at the Burdenko Military Hospital in Moscow. His death was announced Friday, Oct. 11, by Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency. Born in 1934, Leonov […]

Should You Eat Red Meat? Navigating a World of Contradicting Studies

The new study still finds that reducing unprocessed red meat consumption by three servings in a week is associated with an an approximately eight per cent lower lifetime risk of heart disease, cancer and early death. (Credit: Shutterstock) Another diet study, another controversy and the public is left wondering what to make of it. This […]

Texas Suddenly Stops Issuing Permits For New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical cannabis entrepreneurs are looking for answers after the Texas Department of Public Safety unexpectedly shut down its application process for new dispensary permits on Wednesday. The window was originally intended to last through November 1. No reason was given for the abrupt termination of the application window, which had been announced as a month-long […]

Vapers May No Longer Pay Less For Life Insurance Than Smokers

A major U.S. insurance company is planning to increase life insurance premiums for its customers who vape. The move by Prudential will bring rates for customers who use e-cigarettes into alignment with those charged smokers, the company said in a statement on Thursday. “Prudential will reclassify users of e-cigarettes to treat them as smokers and […]

Aleksei Leonov, First to Walk in Space, Dies at 85

Aleksei Leonov, the Russian cosmonaut who became the first person to walk in space, a thrilling feat that nearly cost him his life but raised Soviet prestige during the Cold War space race against the United States died on Friday in Moscow. He was 85. His death was announced by Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, […]

Life Might Survive on a Planet Orbiting a Black Hole — If It Can Stand the Harsh Light

A more realistic simulation of the black hole featured in the movie Interstellar. (Credit: James et al./IOP Science) In the 2014 movie Interstellar, astronauts investigate planets orbiting a supermassive black hole as potential homes for human life. A supermassive black hole warps surrounding space-time, according to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and at least one […]

ACLU Sues Pennsylvania County To Allow Parolees, Probationers To Use Cannabis

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking on a Pennsylvania county over a new policy that bars people with state medical marijuana cards to use the drug if they were on probation.  In a lawsuit filed this month on behalf of several petitioners, the state chapter of the ACLU asserts that those rules issued by […]