The study of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) has been shrouded in controversy and conflict since its inception in the latter half of the 20th century. Amateur ufologists (and surprisingly, well-respected scientists) butted heads with sceptics, while the majority of the scientific community dismissed the field as pseudoscience. Today, scientists studying extra-terrestrial intelligence, as part of a new Harvard research project, have called for a structured, interdisciplinary study of UFOs, with an emphasis on embracing the considerably better equipment we have to study now them compared the ‘50s and ‘60s.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here