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Carpe diem? Not for long.

In the perpetual debate about whether humans are good, greed scored another point.

Researchers in Europe and North America invented a game in which players had to cooperate to receive both individual cash and a reward for achieving a public-good  – the example used was avoiding climate change. The longer players were willing to wait for their pay-off, the bigger the reward.

But their research report, published in the peer-reveiewed journal Nature Climate Change, shows that while many individual players opted for the generational reward, achieving it required cooperation – and none of the groups met that goal.

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Scientists debunk Liberation Treatment for MS

New medical research struck a “death knell” for hopes a magic bullet could aid multiple sclerosis, a devastating disease with some 2.3 million sufferers globally, reports Facts and Opinions in a new Science story.

But curiously, Liberation Treatment is now a social-media phenomenon – and while this week’s study debunked the theory behind the controversial medical procedure, it leaves two conundrums unsolved: why some patients report benefits from it, and how science is affected by online social media that advocates for medical treatments and research.

The report, by Deborah Jones, is accessible in Dispatches with a $1 day pass for the entire site, or by subscription.

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