A retroactive population study done in Scotland looked at 20-year old women who were vaccinated for the human papilloma virus at the ages of 12-13. They were encouraged by what they saw. The authors concluded, “Routine vaccination of girls aged 12-13 years with the bivalent HPV vaccine in Scotland has led to a dramatic reduction in preinvasive cervical disease. Evidence of clinically relevant herd protection is apparent in unvaccinated women.” http://bit.ly/2WFHyyu

The long arduous path toward proving that MDMA, the active chemical in the party-hallucinogenic drug ecstacy, has actual therapeutic promise trudges forward. The latest news reports that the drug was able to return the brains of older mice to so-called “critical periods” characterized by increased brain plasticity that typically occur early in life. http://bit.ly/2WK1eBd

You can add Linus Torvalds name to the running list of people who have no love lost with today’s social media landscape. According to the man behind Linux, “”I absolutely detest modern ‘social media’ — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. It’s a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior.” We share that sentiment but also share the sentiment that points out that Torvalds is somewhat notorious for impolite behavior himself. So, it’s a bit rich… http://bit.ly/2WL5DUA

A lab at MIT has managed to maximize the the chemicals responsible for flavor in basil using a cyber-agricultural controlled environment. The experimental container is called the Food Computer. Machine learning was then used to further improve conditions further for the super-basil to grow. http://bit.ly/2WHrFr6

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