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1. A chemical derived from cannabis may be capable of extending the life expectancy for those with pancreatic cancer, suggests a new study. The drug, FBL-03G, a derivative of a cannabis “flavonoid”, significantly (P < 0.0001) increased survival in mice with pancreatic cancer compared to controls.

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2. Researchers say they’ve identified 14 molecules in blood that are tied to dying from any cause, and that a score based on the molecules can predict risk of death over a 5- or 10-year period. The team hopes their find encourages lifestyle interventions and helps doctors make treatment decisions.

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3. “Global Hate Highway” models show that policing online hate on a single platform (i.e. Facebook) causes discourse to flourish by driving individuals toward other platforms. To better curb the spread of hate, small groups of individuals should be banned across multiple platforms, researchers suggest.

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4. Abortion Bans Based on So-Called “Science” Are Fraudulent – Our silence in the face of new anti-choice laws across the U.S. is deafening

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5. Cannabis is effective at reducing pain, and may be an alternative to opioids, with relatively minimal negative side effects, suggests new study of mobile app data, which found that the average user had a 3-point drop in pain suffering on a 0-10 point scale immediately following cannabis consumption.

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6. [US] Black Mirror (2013): Now that Netflix has ordered more episodes, discover (or revisit) this science fiction anthology reflecting on the darker side of technology and human nature..

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7. Most approaches to increase a metal’s strength do so at the expense of flexibility – and as metals become more resistant to bending, they’re more likely to crack under pressure. A new mechanism for bending might allow engineers to strengthen a material without running the risk of fractures.

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