Meet Maged1: The gene behind cocaine addiction and associated behaviors

While the release of dopamine in our brains when we eat, sleep, have sex and do drugs is a known phenomenon, scientists have discovered the gene that controls how much of it you get, and why you may be addicted. Published in EMBO Reports, the discovery was made by a Belgian team from the Université […]

Content creation on automated steroids: Lessons from Associated Press (VB Live)

VB LIVE: Curating, creating, and delivering fresh content pushes your marketing game to the next level. Your goal: Get the right content to the right people, when and where they want to see it. To learn about how to growthhack content creation, don’t miss this VB Live event. Register here for free. The Associated Press, […]

EPA blasts Associated Press journalist over report about Houston superfund sites

AP Photo/Jason Dearen The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday released a lengthy statement condemning a recent Associated Press report that said the regulator was nowhere to be found at dangerous, potentially toxic sites submerged by flooding in Houston. On Saturday, the AP reported that the EPA was not present at at least five flooded so-called […]

Martin Shkreli is buying websites associated with the names of journalists critical of him and customizing them with mocking messages

Thomson Reuters Over the past several months, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has trolled journalists who have written or tweeted about him by purchasing the internet domains associated with their names. After sitting on the domain names for months, Shkreli appears to be customizing the sites, explicitly mocking reporters who have tweeted about him. On a website named after Vanity […]

Low levels of simple chemical associated with aging, DNA damage

Enlarge (credit: NIH) Approximately ten thousand times each day, the DNA in our cells receives some damage, but most of that damage is repaired by our cells’ built-in DNA repair systems. The efficiency of these DNA repair systems decline with age, however, and that’s thought to lead to age-related health problems and cancer. A recent paper published in Science […]