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This Week in Science: Oct 13 – Oct 20

Imitation smoked salmon, robot lecturers, legalized weed, and more.

Victor TangermannOctober 19th 2018

We’ll truly be pampered in the future: from imitation smoked salmon to legalized weed. What could we possibly have to complain about?

Here’s what inspired us in the world of science this week:

The Percentage of Unvaccinated U.S. Toddlers Has Quadrupled Since 2001. Vaccination rates amongst children in the United States have decreased in recent years, according to a new report from the CDC.

You’ve Heard of Fake Meat. How About Fake Fish? A new Wall Street Journal story looks at the rise of imitation tuna, shrimp, and even smoked salmon. The surprise conclusion: It’s pretty convincing.

Get Ready for Pills Programmed to Respond to Your Cells’ Individual Needs. A new paper suggests it could be possible to create smart pills that tailor medical treatments perfectly to a patient’s needs.

Five Products That Use Science to Maximize Your Meditation Sessions. Practicing meditation can improve both physical and mental health, boost self control, and improve productivity. These science-focused products can help.

A Humanoid Robot Gave a Lecture in a West Point Philosophy Course. In 2017, Bina48 became the first AI-powered robot to complete a college-level course, and now, it’s the first to co-teach one.

Canada Legalized Weed, and It Could Be a Huge Opportunity for Scientists. On Wednesday, Canada legalized cannabis, and the move provided medical researchers with the opportunity to develop promising new treatments.

Read More: This Week in Science: Oct 6 – Oct 12

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