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A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …


Drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labor

A new report from PwC finds that drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labor and services across several industries.<p>Infrastructure and agriculture make up the largest chunks of the potential value — some $77.6 billion between them — including services like completing the last mile of …

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The Week in Review: High-GI Diet Linked To Lung Cancer Risk

A diet with a high glycemic index (GI) is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a new study.<p>The study, carried out at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, examined 4,320 people, 1,905 who were recently diagnosed with lung cancer and 2,415 with no health issues. …