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Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson Says His Crohn's Disease Would Keep Him Off TV — If He Didn't Have Weed!

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Pete Davidson is a total pothead!

But since the comedian has Crohn's disease, he uses medical marijuana for actual medical purposes.

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In an interview with High Times, the Saturday Night Live star revealed he lights up almost every day to alleviate the symptoms of his medical condition — specifically, so he can eat. He explained:

"I got Crohn's disease when I was 17 or 18, and I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things… weed would be the only thing that would help me eat."

The 22-year-old explained that living with Crohn's — a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract — would cause him to be

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Making A Murderer's Steven Avery Is Taking New DNA Tests To 'Conclusively Establish His Innocence' Following Brendan Dassey's Overturned Conviction!

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He could soon be getting his day in court!

It's been nearly 11 years since Teresa Halbach was murdered, but thanks to the success of Making a Murderer on Netflix, the controversial case is still getting new developments to this day.

Fans of the 10-part docuseries were overjoyed two weeks ago when a judge decided to overturn Brendan Dassey's conviction due to a coerced confession, and now we're hearing good news in regards to Steven Avery as well!

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That's because it was reported on Friday that the 52-year-old Wisconsin native has already taken new DNA tests to "conclusively establish his innocence" once and for all… he just needs them to be analyzed!

According to a hand-delivered motion from Steven's lawyer Kathleen Zellner, the improved tests would be "the most comprehensive, thorough, and advanced forensic testing ever requested by a criminal defendant in the State of Wisconsin," saying:

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Scientists Name Newly Discovered Species After Game Of Thrones Dragons!

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The newly identified Pheidole drogon worker ants are called "dragon ants" based on their strange, reptile-like spine.

But these tropical insects also got their name because the scientists who discovered them are obsessed with Game Of Thrones!

According to the study that chronicles the finding of the two separate species, one population in Papua New Guinea and the other in Fiji — explains the ants reminded the researchers of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons in the HBO fantasy series!

But unlike the fire-breathing dragons in the show, you have no reason to be afraid of the harmless drogon worker ants.

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Instead of snacking on charred sheep and the occasional extra-crispy shepherd's boy like Dany's Drogon, these insects are scavengers and collectors of seeds.

But with a gnarly spine and scary spikes around their necks (see below), these ants still look like

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worked! Researchers Say Viral Fundraiser Was Responsible For A Major Gene Discovery!

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The power of the Internet!

Back in 2014, it seemed like everyone was pouring ice water on themselves and uploading it to the internet for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Not only did this viral charity challenge made a big splash with raising ALS awareness, but it's also responsible for scientists making a MAJOR discovery about the nervous system disease!

The ALS Association credits money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a common gene that contributes to the progressive disease.

Photo: Nick Jonas Treats Diabetic Children To A Night Of Fun!

Some of the $100 million raised by the 2014 challenge helped fund a global effort called Project MinE — which aimed to find the genetic drivers of the condition.

According to a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics, Project MinE researchers have identified a connection between ALS and the NEK1 gene, which will help in developing new target therapy for the disease!

AH-Mazing! Who knew watching all those celebrities getting water dumped on them would actually lead to a scientific breakthrough?

Now all we have to do is come up with viral charity challenges for everything else out there!

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Scarier Than Zika?? Scientists Discover 'Super Bacteria' At Rio Beaches Where Olympics Will Be Held!

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This is definitely not smooth sailing!

The 2016 Summer Olympics are just 31 days away from setting sail in Rio de Janeiro, but the Brazilan city just suffered yet another scary setback.

While some athletes and fans are worried about performing in South America due to the Zika virus outbreak, scientists just discovered something even worse in Rio's waters… super bacteria!

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According to a CNN interview with lead researcher Renata Picao out Tuesday, his team came across the drug-resistant microorganisms on four beaches, two of which are located right next to where Olympic sailors will be competing next month!

But if that didn't already take the wind out of your sails… Renata claimed the super bacteria is actually caused by Brazil's pollution problem, saying:

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Low Fat Chocolate?? Scientists May Have Just Found The Holy Grail With New Electrical Trick!

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This is the most delicious news you'll hear all day!

Lowering the fat content in chocolate has been a real challenge for food scientists, as it takes a certain fat percentage for the liquid to be handled during production.

But according to a study at Philadelphia's Temple University, a simple electrical trick might remove some of that necessity.

Apparently when you run the liquid chocolate through an electrical field, the chunks tend to bond into chains, leading to a smoother liquid — meaning it may not need so much fat.

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According to researchers, it should now be easy to remove 10%, possibly even 20% of the fat from processed chocolate — without losing any taste!

The study was partially funded by Mars — makers of Snickers, Milky Way, M&Ms, Twix, & more — so we may see reduced fat content in a LOT of popular candy in the near future.

For now, the lower fat chocolate still needs to pass more tests — for texture, nutrition information, and longevity in storage.

But with demand so high, we're guessing the process will go smoothly…

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