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Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Cancer

Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe -- as well as another planet like our own -- are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.<p>That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not …

The US government wants to create an experimental city for testing wireless tech

Like Rapture, but for spectrum sharing<p>The US government has for years been trying to encourage "spectrum sharing" as a way of getting more and faster wireless connections around the country. The idea is to convince the organizations that own rights to transmit data over specific airwaves — such as …

Why the 67 Giant Snails Seized in L.A. Are Harmful

African giant land snails can wreak havoc on crops and pose a health risk, experts say.<p>In a case of illegal snail mail, officials at Los Angeles International Airport intercepted a shipment of 67 live giant African land snails from Nigeria earlier this month.<p>The mollusks—which can measure nearly 8 …

How We'll Talk To Aliens

New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials<p>Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book from NASA called <i>Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication. _(Kudos to Jesus Diaz</i> …

Paranormal

Feeding 9 Billion

Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint<p>For most of history, whenever we’ve needed to produce more food, we’ve simply cut down forests or plowed grasslands to make more farms. We’ve already cleared an area roughly the size of South America to grow crops. To raise livestock, we’ve taken over even …

Wolverine Assembles the X-Men in Final Days of Future Past Trailer

The sheer size of the cast alone—about a dozen A-listers and counting—indicates that <i>X-Men: Days of Future Past</i> is massive. But the final trailer for …

Opinion: Science Is Running Out of Things to Discover

The advancing age when Nobelists receive their prizes could suggest fewer breakthroughs are waiting to happen.<p>Call it confirmation bias, but I keep seeing signs that science—and especially fundamental physics, which seeks to discern the basic rules of reality—is running out of gas, just as I …

Medical Miracles: Lab-Grown Vagina Implants A Success

According to doctors, four teenage girls that received lab-grown vagina implants between 2005 and 2008 due to Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome …

5 Science And Technology Claims That Should Be Jokes But Aren't

We wish these were April Fools pranks.<p>This April Fools' Day, we're feeling grumpy. Below are five major claims that have crossed our science-and-technology radar in the past few months, and that we only wish were jokes. The pushers of these items continue to make mischief, meaning people are still …

Geography Of Beer: How A Bubbly Brew Took Over The World

Hooray for beer!<p>Beer, that magical fermented brew, is the third-most consumed beverage on the planet. Only water and tea are more popular.<p>These and other facts—complete with academic-level history and analysis—are crammed into a new textbook called “The Geography of Beer”. The $129 printed …

India Pale Ale

How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct

Many animal lovers have made peace with their decision to eat meat.<p>But the Center for Biological Diversity has a new campaign that hopes to convince them that a hamburger habit does wildlife a disservice.<p>"We need to see a drastic reduction in meat consumption to protect land, water and wildlife," …

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new …

The Future

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

Cannabis

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

Certain People Are Much More Prone To Catch Contagious Yawns

Susceptibility seems to decrease with age.<p>If you see or hear somebody else yawn, or even think or read about yawning, there's a good chance that you may yourself yawn; between 40 and 60 percent of people are susceptible to contagious yawning. Previous studies (for example here and here) suggest …

Psychology