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Breathtaking Human Adaptations / Cell, April 19, 2018 (Vol. 173, Issue 3)

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The insanity of covering a $50,000 knee operation but not a relatively cheap injection

Why give someone with bum knees a once-a-year injection costing as little as a few hundred bucks when you can instead make them undergo complicated knee-replacement surgery costing tens of thousands of dollars?<p>That, in a nutshell, is one reason the U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive in …

Health Care

This AI expert found it “both exciting and scary” that Xi Jinping reads his book

Xi Jinping’s bookshelf includes not only classics on communism but also works on artificial intelligence, as TV viewers spotted during his new year’s speech this year. One of the books that helps the Chinese president understand AI is <i>The Master Algorithm</i>, a 2015 bestseller by Pedro Domingos.<p>In a …

Machine Learning

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But a new breakthrough at MIT enables researchers to spool out …

Nanotech

Scientists create a biomedical tattoo to monitor for a sign of cancer

Sign up for our Morning Rounds newsletter<p>Please enter a valid email address.<p>They implanted the biomedical tattoos in mice who had cancers that either …

Cancer

Cancer Breakthrough Leads China's Biotech Boom

A few days before Craig Chase was discharged from the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Hospital in Nanjing, his doctor told him something he never …

Biotechnology

Promising cancer drug aces human clinical trials

A new cancer drug known as BLU-667 has moved through phase I human trials, and the results are promising. Taken orally, the drug targets what are …

Cancer

1968: the year that changed America

The cliche says that if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. But Hendrik Hertzberg remembers the decade’s most explosive year very well indeed<p>Where were you in the 1960s? And what were you? A toddler, a grade schooler, a teenager? A young adult? Were you already old enough to …

San Francisco

Credit card signatures are ending in the US on April 13th

Please don’t sign on the dotted line<p>Credit card signatures are about to become a thing of the past, with American Express, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover — the four major US credit card companies — set to do away with the requirement for signatures on in-store purchases in the coming days. American …

Identity Theft

Chinese authorities nab fugitive in a crowd of 50k thanks to facial recognition AI

A Chinese fugitive was arrested after an AI-powered facial recognition system alerted authorities to his presence in a crowd of 60,000 people attending a pop concert. Welcome to the age of robot snitches.<p>Wanted for “economic crimes,” the 31 year-old man was reportedly surprised when police …

Personal Data

Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

Exclusive: 71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and death<p>An affordable hepatitis C treatment has been shown to be safe and effective, with very high cure rates for patients including hard-to-treat cases, in interim …

Biotechnology

AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA

“It makes the clinical decision on its own”<p>For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved an artificial intelligence diagnostic device that doesn’t need a specialized doctor to interpret the results. The software program, called IDx-DR, can detect a form of eye disease by …

Artificial Intelligence

Healing process after breast cancer surgery may trigger cancer to spread, study says

Doctors have long wondered why breast cancer patients are more likely to see their cancer spread within the first 18 months after a lumpectomy or mastectomy.<p>A new study suggests the wound healing that follows surgery may trigger this spread.<p>As the immune system works to heal the surgical scar, it …

Cancer

Elon Musk just unveiled a giant tool SpaceX will use to build the biggest and most powerful spaceship in history

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, just showed off a huge development in his quest to build the largest and most powerful spaceship in history.<p>Musk posted a photo of a giant cylinder (below) to Instagram early Monday morning. It reveals a hollow metal spindle with spokes next to a Tesla Model 3 …

Space Travel

This Lung Cancer Drug Could Let Patients Forgo Chemo—And It's Sending Merck's Stock Soaring

Call it “King Keytruda.”<p>Merck stock spiked nearly 4% in early Monday trading, a gain of nearly $5.75 billion in market value, as investors cheered …

Cancer

Two 'newly discovered' human organs aren't what they seem

For a minute there, 2018 was shaping up to be a year of new-organ discoveries. In January, Dr. J. Calvin Coffey, foundation chair of surgery at the University of Limerick, declared that he had "discovered" a new organ, dubbed the mesentery. Then, in March, fledgling science journal <i>Scientific …

Peer-Reviewed

Kim Jong Un 'deeply moved' by K-pop concert in Pyongyang

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, clapped and waved Sunday as he attended a rare concert of South Korean singers and performers in Pyongyang.<p>After the two-hour plus concert, the North Korean leader and his wife shook hands with the pop …

North Korea

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

Black Holes

Cancer Vaccine With 97% Complete Response Rate In Mice Starts Human Trials

Stanford University is sponsoring a phase 1 trial in 15 lymphoma patients, beginning now.<p>Preclinical data showed 87 out of 90 mice had a complete …

Immune System

Twitter in Shock Over Video Showing Local TV Anchors Forced to Read Script About Fake News

Twitter users responded in disbelief and anger over a video compilation of local news anchors across the country being forced to read a script …

Journalism

Charles Darwin's kids doodled all over his "On the Origin of Species" manuscript!

Some of our favorite pieces of our kids' artwork are just doodles on napkins or scraps of paper. Charles Darwin's kids also got the itch to draw and …

Evolution

20 years after Viagra, Pfizer seeks another miracle drug

It has been 20 years since Viagra was introduced, and Pfizer is still searching for another drug with as much earning power as the revolutionary blue …

It’s weirdly hard to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s trash

Private security guards, dead ends, and a whole lot of paranoia: Here’s what happens when you try to rummage through the garbage of the man who owns …

Mark Zuckerberg

University of Michigan opens up its M-Air UAV testing facility to students

Companies and students who want to test an autonomous vehicle at the University of Michigan have the excellent Mcity simulated urban environment. But if you wanted to test a drone, your options were extremely limited — think “at night in a deserted lecture hall.” Not anymore: the school has just …

University of Michigan

FDA Approves BLINCYTO® (blinatumomab) To Treat Minimal Residual Disease-Positive B-Cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia In Adults And Children

<b>BLINCYTO is the First-and-Only FDA-Approved Therapy for Minimal Residual Disease</b><p><b>Detection of Remaining Cancer Cells After Complete Remission is the</b> …

Biotechnology

FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite broadband network

SpaceX has a green light from the FCC to launch a network of thousands of satellites blanketing the globe with broadband. And you won’t have too long to wait — on a cosmic scale, anyway. Part of the agreement is that SpaceX launch half of its proposed satellites within six years.<p>The approval of …

Space Exploration

How lung cancer cells disguise themselves to evade chemo

New research has revealed the chameleonic abilities of lung cancer cells: by adopting the traits of cells from other major organs, lung cancer cells …

Cancer

BioSci Specialty Report On The Novel Cancer Treatment CAR-TCR

Two CAR-Ts (Yescarta and Kymriah) approvals signaled the paradigm shift in cancer management.<p>As the individualized medicine, CAR-T delivers stellar …

Biotechnology

A man in the UK has contracted the first case of untreatable 'super-gonorrhoea' after an encounter with a woman in south-east Asia

The first case of untreatable super-gonorrhoea has been reported in the UK.<p>A man contracted the sexually transmitted disease, believed to be the first case in the world to resist antibiotic treatment, after "sexual contact" with a woman in Southeast Asia.<p>The man's case was described in a report …

South-east Asia

The Best Video Game The Year You Were Born

From 1971 to present, these are the games that moved an entire industry forward<p>From pixels to polygons, here's what was destroying gamers' thumbs the year you were born.

Retrogaming