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The Ice Bucket Challenge Pays Off and a Call to Eliminate Daylight Saving Time


It’s time for “Nerd News,” covering the most important news for your brain you may have missed.  Here’s a quick rundown of this week in science . . .

1.  This isn’t a cure, but there’s a promising new treatment for ALS that slows it down.  And some of the money that paid for the study came from the Ice Bucket Challenge.  It went viral back in 2014 and raised over $200 million for ALS research.

2.  A study in Australia found that the venom from honeybees is really good at killing breast cancer cells.  And it could lead to a new treatment.

3.  Junk food doesn’t just affect your waistline.  A new study found that ultra-processed foods also mess with your chromosomes and make you age faster.

4.  Researchers at Princeton say it’s theoretically possible to build wormholes in outer space that would let you travel across the universe and survive.

5.  The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is now calling for an end to Daylight Saving Time.  They say there’s plenty of evidence that shifting the clocks twice a year is bad for us.  So it’s just not worth it.