A science fiction favorite joins the cast of Orphan Black!

Agents of SHIELD's adding another comic book character, played by Bill Paxton! Amazing Spider-Man 2 will answer many of your lingering questions in the first 5 minutes. The stars explain why Sandman and Warcraft are different than your usual huge tentpole movies. Plus promos for LEGO Movie and Penny Dreadful. … » 1/14/14 6:00am 1/14/14 6:00am

A Brief History of Painkillers (And Why They Work)

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without pain relief. We depend on these drugs to an unspeakable degree, yet few of us know what’s available or how they even work. Here’s a quick primer on painkillers and why they’re so good at easing the pain. » 10/25/13 11:20am 10/25/13 11:20am

Prescription Painkillers Now the Leading Cause of Accidental Deaths

Car accidents are no longer the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. According to a recent report published by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, this dubious distinction now belongs to drug poisoning. What's at the root of this trend? A river of prescription painkillers. » 6/19/12 12:25pm 6/19/12 12:25pm

The scientific breakthrough that will turn cannabis into the new aspirin

Yesterday scientists announced that they'd discovered a way to harness the painkilling powers of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, while eliminating the high. What this means is that a special, non-hallucinatory version of THC could become the new aspirin. » 4/04/11 8:00am 4/04/11 8:00am