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  1. New York Pill Bottles Get GPS Tags to Combat Drug Theft

    Crimes related to the theft of pharmaceuticals are a growing problem in and around New York City. Have no fear, though -- the city's police department has the answer, and it's only mostly a George Orwell wet dream. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced today that the NYPD would take the unprecedented step of attaching GPS tags to prescription pill bottles, allowing the bottles -- and the person they're with -- to be tracked in the event that the drugs are stolen.

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  2. It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Solo Pop Stars Twice as Likely to Die Young as Those in Bands

    Rock stars and pop idols are well known for their propensity to live hard, die young, and leave behind a grotesquely booze-swollen corpse. According to a study in the journal BMJ Open, though, solo music stars are twice as likely to die young as entertainers who make their name as part of a band. Presumably, this is because while being part of a band has the detrimental effect of meaning you always have someone around to help you mainline a shot of Jack, it also means that there's someone awake enough to call the amublance when that goes pretty much the only way it can.

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  3. We May Have Finally Figured Out What Makes The Placebo Response Tick

    For as large a role as it plays in modern medicine -- from testing to treatment -- the mechanics of the placebo effect remain a remarkably ill-understood mystery. A team of researchers at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School may have just had a break in the case, though. According to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers have identified the first ever genetic difference between patients who respond to placeboes and patients who don't. Finding a genetic marker for the placebo effect might impact how some diseases are treated, but its real value could be in revolutionizing the way clinical trials are conducted and new drugs are approved for use.

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  4. Amazon Makes No Profit on Kindle Sales, Follows Drug Addiction Sales Model

    The trick to being a drug dealer, or so I'm told, is understanding that one must build a clientele. The key to financial success is to offer a taste for free in order to hook folks. You're want to provide a service, after all, not just score a single sale. This mindset is also apparently shared by Amazon, as they make no profit on the sales of their Kindle Fire HD or Paperwhite. Amazon's profits instead come from the odds and ends purchased via these platforms.

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  5. Dude, Have You Ever, Like, Thought About How Pot Works In Your Brain? This Is How

    With marijuana decriminalization on the ballot in several states this year, it looks like the country might be on the verge of deciding, yeah, maybe smoking some pot shouldn't be a reason for a person to spend years of their life in prison. You know, on account of how stupid that notion is right on its face. So there's no better time than now for ASAP Science take a look at how marijuana actually works in your brain.

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  6. Ancient Chinese Secret: Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Cures Tied to Spirtiuality

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has no grounding in science, reality, facts, or even fact-shaped objects. It couldn't be mistaken for science from across a crowded room in poor light. It is, for all intents and purposes, bunk of the highest order. Here's the frustrating thing, though -- in spite of all of that, it tends to work surprisingly well for some patients. A new survey shows that the resilience of the techniques, like acupuncture, may be closely tied to the spirituality of patients, suggesting that it may be more effective for people with a strong belief in the principles at play.

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  7. Fine-Tuning Drugs With Sonic Levitation Is As Cool As It Sounds

    Nope, it's not an illusion or a trick -- that's just what it looks like when you suspend particles of a liquid in mid-air using an awesome technique known as acoustic levitation. Those two pedestals are actually speakers, transmitting sound waves at 22 khz -- just outside the range that humans can hear. By transmitting waves that interfere with one another perfectly, scientists can create points in the wave form where no energy is transferred, effectively canceling out gravity at that point, called a node. Pretty cool right? You have no idea -- hit the jump to for video of acoustic levitation doing it's thing, which is totally spectacular.

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  8. Mathematical Model Reassures Us That Placebo Effect Is Still Awesome, Confusing

    We're getting better at understanding how our bodies and minds work every day, but one key factor binding both together remains a mystery. For all our new understanding of genetics, nanotechnology, and other new treatments, the placebo effect remains a mystery to us -- and a powerful one at that. Biology and mathematics researchers at the University of Bristol have published the results of a series of mathematical models that give some weight to the theory that the placebo effect is an evolutionary adaptation -- the result of our bodies' immune systems not running at full speed all the time to conserve energy.

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  9. The U.S. Military is Designing Anti-Suicide Spray

    A scientist from the Indiana University School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Army to design a nasal spray that should suppress thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that the military would be looking into alternative methods to keep soldiers from killing themselves. According to RT, 116 U.S. soldiers have died of suspected suicide in 2012, and the army currently has the highest recorded rate of suicide in its history.

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  10. Wake Up With a 5-Hour PCP [Video]

    Have trouble getting up in the morning? Try a 5-Hour PCP. "It'll get you through the day, you just won't remember how!" And if that doesn't cut it, go for the gallon.

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