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Can renaissance in psychedelic drug research survive Trump era?

Psychedelics are poised to become treatments for mental illness and addiction but a renewed war on drugs could scupper this promise, says Kevin Franciotti Read more

Obamacare’s replacement a giant step backwards for US healthcare

A Republican overhaul of health reforms pledged by Donald Trump will turn out to be a big blow for the well-being of millions of Americans, warns Laudan Aron Read more

That faddish gluten-free diet may be raising your diabetes risk

Going gluten-free without a diagnosis? Growing evidence of potential health harms suggests you might want to think again, says Angry Chef Anthony Warner Read more

Why overzealous breastfeeding advice can be bad for babies

An excessive focus on breastfeeding at all costs in the first few days after birth may be harming babies when their mums can’t make enough milk Read more

Great lettuce crisis is a taste of climate crop chaos to come

The UK's lettuce shortage is a stark warning of how even the world's wealthy will find their food supply disrupted by climate change, warns Olive Heffernan Read more

Science stood apart from politics for a long time, not any more

A march for science to protest at Donald Trump's presidency has sparked debate about researchers getting too political. Why the fuss, wonders Michael Brooks Read more

Billionaires in space: A return to golden age of exploration

Space tourists will offset the costs of SpaceX R&D. And they herald a return to when rich benefactors not governments funded art, exploration and science Read more

Plankton can save the ocean. But who will save the plankton?

It's not just warming oceans we need to worry about. Crucial plankton have been discovered behaving strangely, but they may point the way to better geoengineering Read more

Subway chicken row shows faith in food is still a battleground

Complex, opaque supply chains mean consumer trust in processed foods is vulnerable like never before. What can be done, wonders science writer Nicola Temple Read more

Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on Oregon train

According to police, the assailant on a light-rail train in Portland used “hate speech or biased language” as he ranted on many topics before attacking the women, one of whom wore a hijab. Read more