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Naloxone, available as a nasal spray called Narcan or in injectable form, resuscitates 100% of people who overdose if administered quickly. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

This overdose-reversal medicine could reduce opioid deaths – so why don’t more people carry it?

Opioid overdoses killed 47,000 Americans in 2017 — more than gun violence. Many fewer would have died if they'd been treated with the life-saving drug naloxone, also called Narcan.
Many of us are connected some way, somehow. Arthimedes/Shutterstock.com

Our world is getting smaller

Social networks connecting us through kinship and friendship are often small. This can often lead to surprising points of connection between two people who do not know each other.
A proposal to increase the Pell Grant award amount could help restore the grant’s original purchasing power when it was created in 1972. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Pell Grants are getting their due in the 2020 campaign

A proposal to double the value of Pell Grants for college students could finally start to restore their value to what they were when they were created back in 1972.
African Americans have worse health outcomes and die earlier than whites. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Study: Racism shortens lives and hurts health of blacks by promoting genes that lead to inflammation and illness

The recent death of Elijah Cummings at age 68 underscores a disturbing statistic: black men die, on average, five years younger than white men. A study shows racism's effects on gene activity.
A team photograph of the 1919 Chicago White Sox squad, many of whom would be implicated in throwing that year’s World Series. Heritage Auctions

How gambling built baseball – and then almost destroyed it

Up until the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, gambling and baseball had a marriage of convenience. A century later, gambling is again being seen as a solution to the sport's woes.
What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate. Yurchanka Siarhei/Shutterstock.com

Why a computer will never be truly conscious

Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
Red quantum dots glow inside a rat brain cell. Nanoscale Advances, 2019, 1, 3424 - 3442

Quantum dots that light up TVs could be used for brain research

These tiny nanoparticles might provide a new way to see what's happening in the brain and even deliver treatments to specific cells – if researchers figure out how to use them safely and effectively.