Ray Kurzweil Predicts Humans Will Merge with Computers by 2029

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, predicts that humans will have computers implanted in their brains by the year 2029.


Trump’s Pick for FDA Chief Has Drug and Biotech Industry Ties

President Trump’s pick for head of the FDA, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry, receiving big bucks from drug makers.


Marijuana Strain Recalled in Oregon over High Pesticide Levels

The state of Oregon issued its first-ever marijuana recall after a strain called Blue Magoo was found to have high levels of pesticides.


The United Nations Says It Will Monitor the Fentanyl Market

The UN will add two chemicals used to make fentanyl to an international list that makes it easier to track suspicious orders and transactions.


Subway Sues TV Network over Report that its Chicken is 50% Soy

Subway is fighting back with a lawsuit against a Canadian broadcaster’s claims that its chicken products contain about 50 percent soy filler.


Maryland House Overwhelmingly Votes to Ban Fracking

A majority of members of Maryland’s House of Delegates voted to ban fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in the state. The bill now moves to the Senate.


California Desert “Superbloom” is Rare and Beautiful

A superbloom (profusion) of wildflowers has occurred in California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and will be visible until late March 2017.


Investigation Reveals Subway Chicken is only About 50% Chicken DNA

A new Canadian investigation has found that Subway’s chicken strips only contain slightly more than 50% chicken DNA.


IKEA Launches Sustainable DIY Indoor Garden

Continuing its trend of offering environmentally-friendly products, IKEA has developed an indoor grow room that can feed a whole neighborhood.


Are E-cigarette Explosions just a “Small Trend?”

E-cigarette explosions are occurring more often and causing major injuries. Most incidents have been traced to the devices’ lithium-ion batteries.


What Future Does Legal Marijuana Have Under a Trump Presidency?

Votes in 2016 made marijuana legal in the majority of U.S. states; but Trump and his likely cabinet picks, Christie and Giuliani, may stop the progress.


Pharma Companies Spend 19x more on Marketing than Research, and Returns are Dropping

Report shows the pharmaceutical industry is spending much less on research and development investments because they are no longer paying off.


Study: Even “100% Safe Listening” Headphones may Cause Hearing Problems

A products recommendation website recently tested 30 sets of children’s headphones to see which ones have the greatest potential to damage kids’ hearing.


Britain’s Fertility Regulator has Approved 3-Parent GMO Babies

The UK’s fertility regulator says fertility clinics can apply to start using techniques to create embryos from 3 parents.


Researchers can Prevent Outbreaks by ‘Vaccinating Fewer People’

Researchers have figured out how to vaccinate as few people as possible to prevent the spread of disease, though globalization would make it a challenge.


Trump Picks Dow Chemical CEO to Head Manufacturing Council

Donald Trump chose Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris as head of the American Manufacturing Council. Some fear Liveris could use his position to benefit Dow.


Genes for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are Found in Beijing Smog

Researchers have discovered in Beijing’s smog the genes that make bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and it’s not clear how much of a health risk they pose.