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What Will It Be Like to Live in a Dome for 8 Months, Pretending It's Mars?

Martha Lenio, first woman to command a Mars simulation, describes the dome that will be her team's home as NASA studies the psychology of long-term missions.<p>On Wednesday, three men and three women will step inside a thousand-square-foot dome on the north side of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. For …

When should we worry about food safety?

Food processing decisions are all about compromise.<p>Apples contain formaldehyde and formaldehyde is carcinogenic. However, at the levels present, and especially given the benefits most people would enjoy from a diet with more fruit and vegetables, no one worries about it.<p>When you pasteurize milk you …

4 Scenarios For The Future Of Transportation

Self-driving cars manage to backfire on Los Angeles and cause even more traffic. Meanwhile, New Jersey has invested in public transit and become a commuters’ paradise.<p>It’s 2030. Google has taken over Atlanta’s transportation system. Automated cars have failed to solve Los Angeles’s traffic problems …

Urban Design

Cloning Cows From Steaks (and Other Ways of Building Better Cattle)

Can animal geneticists breed—or clone—a cow that will taste great and have a smaller environmental hoofprint too?<p>The clones were so glad to see us, out on the frozen pasture, that they almost wouldn't let us out of the pickup. I had to shove one aside with the door to get out. Kelly Jones had …

Blood cells modified by researchers hunt cancer — with success

19 of 30 patients treated with genetically-modified T cells remain in remission from otherwise-fatal leukemia<p>The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s …

Get ready for 'Drone Nation'

We’re taking the drone out for a spin. It’s a sun-drenched Friday in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and though it’s late afternoon the …

5 Health Myths That Aren't True

<b>The truth:</b> Digestion and exercise both need your blood, but as long as you’re not gunning it like Michael Phelps after chowing down, you’re fine. “As with any exercise immediately after eating, you might feel somewhat uncomfortable after a big meal, but it’s very unlikely you’d be completely …

The Stradivarius Affair

It isn’t every day that a street criminal—a high-school dropout with two felony convictions—is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even …

Revenge porn Bill upsets British nudists

Nudists have written to Chris Grayling asking him to differentiate in the Bill between full-frontal nudity and pornography<p>Naturists in Britain have written to Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary complaining that the new Revenge Porn Bill discriminates against people who practice nudism.<p>Last week …

4 Ways Cameras Are Changing Healthcare

When discussing innovation in healthcare technology, much of the terminology is exotic-sounding and futuristic. Recent examples from this column include: functional MRIs to detect lies, active cancellation of tremor (ACT) to stabilize food utensils for Parkinson’s patients, and virtual assistant …

These Are The Sleepiest Parts Of The Internet

Strangely, people in some countries actually stop looking at computers when the sun goes down<p>New York City is the city that never sleeps, and if a new study from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering is any indication, it’s home to plenty of active Internet …

Ebola pet threat? No evidence that dogs or cats spread the virus

Public health experts and animal lovers are carefully monitoring the health of a Dallas-area resident who may have had close contact with Nina<p>Pham, the nurse being treated forEbola virus diseaseat Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.<p>So far, there are no indications that Bentley, Pham's 1-year-old …

Disease

NYC rats are infected with at least 18 new viruses, according to scientists

Fortunately bubonic plague was not found<p>Rats: some people enjoy their company as pets, to many others, they are virulent pests that helped the spread of the bubonic plague ("black death") in Medieval Europe. For New Yorkers, they are just one of many interesting local daily sights on the subway …

Is Mars One ready to colonize the Red Planet? MIT engineers say no

A team of engineers at<p>MITthat studies the technology needed for humans to live on other planets has determined that the Mars One plan to send four people to colonize the Red Planet by 2025 is not possible.<p>"The claim they make is that no new technology is required for their mission," said Sydney Do, …

Mars

Doctor involved in botched execution 'experimented' on inmate, suit claims

Family of Clayton Lockett, who was killed in prolonged execution, names doctor and says he violated rule established at Nuremberg trials<p>The 21st century death chamber: $100,000 for an execution<p>The family of Clayton Lockett, the death row inmate in Oklahoma who suffered a long and apparently …

Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims

American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report.<p>The New …

Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device

Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.<p>The man had been using the technology for around 18 hours a day – removing it only to sleep and wash – and complained of feeling irritable and argumentative …

Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus

In its struggle to beat back the virus, your immune system's reaction ravages the rest of your body, leaving your blood vessels weak and leaky.<p>Soon, blood and plasma start pushing through, sometimes coming out of your pores and every orifice.<p>But long before the body begins to fail — around the time …

Disease

Courts reject another Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's authority to confront its illegal immigration woes was again reined in Wednesday when a federal appeals court threw out a …

Why Protective Gear Is Sometimes Not Enough in the Fight Against Ebola

When it comes to Ebola, the full-body Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] suit is probably the best way to prevent infection. But a PPE can also be …

CDC to Send Dallas Healthcare Worker Infected with Ebola to Special Hospital

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S., was a warning to hospitals that a patient infected with the deadly virus could walk …