Popular Science

A new opioid could provide pain relief—without causing addiction

If it works in humans, anyway
pain killers

Pixabay

Opioids come with a lot of downsides. They are highly addictive, and come with a slew of unwanted side effects like constipation, not to mention life-threatening ones like respiratory distress. But we just can't quit them: Opioids are extremely effective at controlling pain. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get the beneficial, pain-relieving effect of opioids without

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science3 min read
Blow Flies Help Us Solve Murders—but Climate Change Is Forcing Them Out
A chrysomya megacephala, commonly known as a blow fly. Muhammad Mahdi Karim Climate change has spurred the spread of invasive insects that devour crops, destroy homes, and spread disease. Now, rising temperatures are driving cadaver-eating blow flies
Popular Science3 min readTech
Not All Twitter Bots Are Bad
All my friends are bots. Eleanor Cummins and her incredible screenshotting abilities Twitter is cracking down on bots. A fundamental part of the social media platform’s appeal, these automated accounts provide information—and comedy and artistry—in w
Popular Science3 min read
Wi-Fi Could Get Much Faster Thanks To A Proposed Change In The Wireless Spectrum
More space in the spectrum could free up room for additional devices. Pixabay Whether you’re sitting in a crowded Starbucks or in your busy home streaming Netflix, you want the Wi-Fi network to be fast. Earlier this week, the FCC suggested a change t