Science

FDA Approves Sensor-Pill to Confirm Patients Ingested Medication

The FDA has approved a new drug with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) employs an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill. The sensor records that the medication was taken. “The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.” (Nov. 13, 2017)

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Early Stage Research Shows Promise for Autism Drug

Published in Nature Communications, a collaboration between the Scintillon Institute, UCSD School of Medicine; Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and others indicates that a new drug treatment, NitroSynapsin, “largely corrected electrical, behavioral and brain abnormalities in [..] mice” having symptoms associated with autism. (Nov 15, 2017)

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New Species of Great Ape Identified

A group of remote Sumatran orangutans has been identified as being a unique species. Named Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), orangutans number about 800. (Nov 2, 2017)

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It’s International Observe the Moon Night

Any night is a good night to observe the moon, but Saturday, October 28, 2017 is International Observe the Moon night. So go out and enjoy the half-moon through a pair of binoculars or a nice telescope. -- David

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Something New Under the Sun: A Comet from Outer Space

The Minor Planet Center has announced the discovery of an approaching comet that is apparently on a hyperbolic trajectory. The implication is that it is not in orbit around the sun, but rather it is the first identified interstellar comet. (Oct. 25, 2017)

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Breast Cancer Cells Recycle Ammonia

Harvard Medical School researchers have now documented that breast cancer cells recycle their own ammonia waste, a product of metabolism, to fuel their own growth. This suggests potential new avenues to slowing tumor growth by limiting ammonia metabolism. (Oct. 19,...

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Alien Megastructure Ruled Out for Dimming of Tabby’s Star

Astronomers are discounting the possibility that dimming of Tabby's star is due to an alien megastructure. The dimming has been noticed as being more pronounced in the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum than in the infrared (IR) spectrum. This runs counter to the expected...

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