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Hurricane Matthew death toll jumps over 800

The storm has left at least 842 people dead in Haiti with tens of thousands homeless and outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives. Hurricane …

FACT CHECK: Should You Avoid Getting a Flu Shot?

CLAIM<p>The flu shot is dangerous and full of risks the pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know about.<p>RATING<p>ORIGIN<p>Every flu season sees an …

Immunotherapy cancer drug hailed as 'game changer'

<b>An immunotherapy drug has been described as a potential "game-changer" in promising results presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology congress.</b><p>In a study of head and neck cancer, more patients taking nivolumab survived for longer compared with those who were treated with …

Cancer

2016 October 9 - Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station

<b>Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Expedition 9 Crew, International Space Station, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> Ninety percent of the houses on …

Space

Scientists Are Using Milk to Make Edible Food Wrappers

That convenient plastic wrapper around your string cheese could soon be edible, thanks to the work of scientists at the USDA. According to a release by the American Chemical Society, a team of chemists have developed a new food safe, biodegradable, and edible film out of a milk protein called …

These bacteria leave dangerous uranium ‘immobile’

A strain of bacteria that “breathes” uranium may be key to cleaning up polluted groundwater at sites where uranium ore was processed to make nuclear …

To Tackle Food Waste, Big Grocery Chain Will Sell Produce Rejects

It's easy to blame someone else for food waste. If this is really a $2.6 trillion issue, as the United Nations estimates, then who's in charge of fixing it?<p>Turns out, we the eaters play a big role here.<p>When we shop with our eyeballs in the produce aisle, our expectations for perfection contribute …

Scientists Discover 400,000-Year-Old Tartar on Cavemen Teeth

Even cavemen had to deal with pollution. Researchers found evidence of charcoal in 400,000-year-old tartar, a sign that early Paleolithic people had inhaled smoke while roasting meat indoors.<p>The tartar was found on teeth discovered in the Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, Israel. Sealed for 200,000 years, …

'Aliens know where to find us': How we'll meet extraterrestrial life in 20 to 30 years

Aliens probably already know we exist - according to scientists who are saying, if something is living, it is probably lurking beneath the surface<p>A comment made by former astronaut John Grunsfeld said "Aliens know where to find us" and will be able to spot humans from afar from the changes we make …

Now You Can 3D-Print Objects Made Of Wood Fibers

Cellulose offers sustainable alternative to metal and plastic<p>From prosthetic hands to an entire bridge, you can pretty much 3D print anything you can imagine. But the materials to make them are diversifying a bit more slowly. Now researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have …

3D Printing

NASA Satellites Show How Bad Earth’s Water Supply Is Getting

California's not the only one with water problems<p>We live on a planet that is mostly covered in water, but only a small portion of that liquid is drinkable. There are freshwater rivers and streams, but increasingly, we rely on aquifers, natural stores of freshwater found deep in the earth to quench …

Water

Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Pope Francis today issued a sweeping 184-page papal letter, writing that climate change is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences — especially for the poor. He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to …

Blood clots on a chip may mean better life-saving drugs

A device the size of a memory stick could shake up drug testing<p>Emulate, Inc. wants to miniaturize our bodily functions. The tech company is commercializing Harvard-pioneered technology known as Organs-on-Chips — a method of simulating organ systems on tiny microchips — and it now has used the …