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Where and what is nano? How will it shape our future? Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The strange world of nanoscience – it can take you into atoms and beyond the stars.

Stephen Fry does a very good job at describing what nano is. Very interesting.

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A look at the many strange effects of placebos.

Placebos effects are really weird but it’s very interesting.

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A Russian scientist claims to have created his own version of the fountain of youth. He says, when perfected, all you’ll have to do is pop a pill to defy the aging process. The medicine is currently undergoing tests, but could be on sale within a few years. RT’s Natalia Novikova has been finding out more.

This is really interesting, I hope he succeeds in making a cheap and affordable pill that makes us live longer.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder—PTSD—can linger years after someone has experienced or witnessed something extremely upsetting. It may be accompanied by panic attacks, flashbacks, and nightmares, and it can be fiendishly difficult to treat. But experimental types of treatment could soon lend a hand.

In a pilot study, South Carolina psychiatrist Michael Mithoefer is targeting PTSD with a controversial drug: methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy. He gave MDMA, along with psychotherapy, to 21 participants who had developed treatment-resistant PTSD as a result of experiences with crime or war. Only 15 percent of the MDMA-treated subjects continued to experience PTSD afterward, as opposed to 85 percent of the subjects who received psychotherapy with a placebo. Mithoefer considers the findings especially notable given that 20 of the 21 participants had previously failed to obtain relief from FDA-approved treatments. “The next step is to find out if this can be replicated elsewhere,” he says. The study, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, was the first FDA-approved trial evaluating MDMA’s therapeutic applications. Additional clinical tests examining MDMA-based treatments for PTSD are under way in Switzerland and Israel.

I don’t know what to say about this, it’s good that they find new treatments for PTSD but I don’t know if ecstasy is the right way to go.

I guess we’ll have to see where this leads us…

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I know I´m a little late with this story but what the hell….

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Rarely though would you expect to find a medical miracle working behind the counter of the mall’s hobby shop.

That however is what Lee Spievak considers himself to be.

“I put my finger in,” Mr Spievak says, pointing towards the propeller of a model aeroplane, “and that’s when I sliced my finger off.”

It took the end right off, down to the bone, about half an inch.

“We don’t know where the piece went.”

The photos of his severed finger tip are pretty graphic. You can understand why doctors said he’d lost it for good.

Today though, you wouldn’t know it. Mr Spievak, who is 69 years old, shows off his finger, and it’s all there, tissue, nerves, nail, skin, even his finger print.

And how did he get his finger back?

Well that’s the truly remarkable part. It wasn’t a transplant. Mr Spievak re-grew his finger tip. He used a powder – or pixie dust as he sometimes refers to it while telling his story.

Mr Speivak’s brother Alan – who was working in the field of regenerative medicine – sent him the powder.

For ten days Mr Spievak put a little on his finger.

“The second time I put it on I already could see growth. Each day it was up further. Finally it closed up and was a finger.

“It took about four weeks before it was sealed.”

Now he says he has “complete feeling, complete movement.”

Thats really cool and I want to see that in a few years, maybe they be able to re-grow lost limbs or organs?

If you read here they are trying it on war vets to help them re-grow fingers.

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