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This Radical Research to Extend Human Life is About DNA Lengthening

“We let kids die when there are potential treatments.”<p>Patience isn’t Elizabeth Parrish’s strong suit.<p>As the CEO of BioViva, a biotech firm focused on …

Telomere

Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer's Protein From The Brain

This could be huge.<p>An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid …

Dementia

Coyotes Invaded America by Mating With Your Pets, and They're Still At It

These promiscuous canines have their sights set on new territory.<p>A hundred years ago, it would have been scary if a wild coyote wandered into a …

Ecology

Developer pushes back construction of Nova Scotia rocket launch site | The Star

“I’ve been delighted by the level of support from the community,” said Matier, adding that AJ’s Pub Dining Room and Lounge in Canso has created a …

Nova Scotia

‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’? The recording that’s dividing the internet

First it was the dress, then the flip-flops. Now the internet is in a virtual battle over an audio recording that’s either saying “Yanny” or …

Humanities

Baby bibs, blankets contain toxins Canada banned in other products: report

Baby bibs, mats and blankets tested by scientists with NAFTA's environmental arm contain toxic chemicals linked to higher rates of cancer, …

Toxins

Up in smoke: a new health hazard for non-smokers

Inhaling secondhand smoke or passive smoking has been well-documented as a health hazard for non-smokers. According to a new study published last …

Particles

With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean...

It’s already long forgotten here, but the theocratic regime in Iran was really our baby. After all, in 1953, the CIA and British intelligence …

Middle East

A Rogue Star Hurtling Towards The Solar System Is Going to Arrive Sooner Than We Realised

Yikes...<p>According to new calculations, we may have a little less time to prepare for a star on course to kiss the edges of our Solar System.<p>Yep. …

Universe

The Pasta Sauce Hailed as the World's Best Is Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

Just as Julia Child changed the way Americans felt about French cooking, Marcella Hazan changed the way they felt about Italian cooking. And though …

Nutrition

These are the 15 countries with the most troops ready to fight right now

Head-to-head comparisons of militaries are hard to make. Each force brings different capabilities to the table and excels in different environments.<p>Global Firepower's 2017 Military Strength Ranking tries to compensate for those differences by drawing on more than 50 factors — among them diversity …

Military

NASA successfully tested a nuclear reactor that works in space

If space is an ocean, the International Space Station is a raft tethered to the shore. The moon is a nearby island that we’ve visited briefly. To go any further or stay any longer, humanity needs more power.<p>Now, NASA may have the source: A tiny nuclear reactor called KRUSTY, for Kilopower Reactor …

Space Exploration

Scotland-Sized "Dead Zone" in Arabian Sea Is a "Disaster Waiting to Happen"

Scientists say the situation is worse than they originally feared.<p>In the Gulf of Oman, the water is still. But tranquility isn’t always a positive …

Arabian Sea

This Timeline Shows The Entire History of The Universe, And Where It's Headed

This is how we'll die.<p>If you're the type of person who sometimes wakes up at 3am and lies in bed trying to wrap your tiny mind around the achingly …

Universe

Controversial Russian floating nuclear power plant heads out to Baltic Sea

Russia’s controversial floating nuclear power plant has headed out for its first sea voyage.<p>The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed …

Baltic Sea

Cancer Dormancy: Why Do Cancer Cells Go to Sleep?

Cancer has always been thought of as something that grows rapidly and uncontrollably, but this view may be wrong. New evidence suggests that cancer …

Cancer

Meet a New Species of One of the Strangest Birds on the Planet

The courtship displays of the superb bird-of-paradise may be some of the strangest in the world—the bird seemingly transforms into a bouncing, fuzzy …

Ice Age

‘Dead zone’ larger than Scotland found by underwater robots in Arabian sea

An underwater “dead zone” larger than the area of Scotland has been discovered by robots exploring the Arabian Sea.<p>Scientists say the situation is …

Arabian Sea

Elon Musk Shares Stunning Footage of Comet’s Surface Passing Rosetta

Elon Musk shared an incredible video on Thursday of a rare glimpse at a natural wonder. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta satellite, which …

Space

NHS preparing to offer ‘game-changing’ cancer treatment

Health service chief calls for affordable access to CAR-T, which modifies immune system to destroy cancer cells<p>The NHS is preparing to fast-track a “game-changing” cancer treatment into hospitals, its chief executive has said, calling for the manufacturers to help by setting an affordable …

Immunotherapy

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

Dr. Oliver Sartor has a provocative question for patients who are running out of time.<p>Most are dying of prostate cancer. They have tried every standard treatment, to no avail. New immunotherapy drugs, which can work miracles against a few types of cancer, are not known to work for this kind.<p>Still, …

Cancer

The world risks a full-blown oil shock within months

The world risks a full-blown oil shock within months as three geostrategic crises come to the boil and Saudi Arabia hints at US$100 crude, setting …

The Connoisseur's Guide To Harvesting Weed Plants

You’ve grown your cannabis plants for months and the time has finally come to take them down, dry and cure them. Even though you’re in the final …

Northern California

General Relativity explained like you've never seen before

A super-quick, super-painless guide to the theory that conquered the universe.<p>scroll down<br>to begin<p>For 100 years, the general theory of relativity has …

Physics

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Could Potentially Detect the First Stars and Black Holes

×<p>Gravitational Lensing Diagram<p>Close<p>×<p>Hubble Frontier Field Abell 2744<p>Close<p>One of the key science goals of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is to …

Canada developing quantum radar to detect stealth aircraft

<b>Canada has invested $2.7m (£1.93m) into developing quantum radar - a new technology that would greatly improve the detection of stealth aircraft.</b><p>The technology is being developed by the University of Waterloo to replace existing Arctic radar stations.<p>Quantum radar can theoretically detect objects …

Antioxidant found to wind back the clock on blood vessel function by up to 20 years

Much mystery surrounds the physiological processes by which humans age, but scientists are learning more all the time. With this knowledge come new …

Wellness

Why Do Russian Journalists Keep Falling?

Maybe Maxim Borodin was depressed in ways his friends just didn't recognize and threw himself off of his fifth-floor balcony this week in Yekaterinburg, Russia.<p>Maxim Borodin was 32 and a reporter for the local Novy Den website, for which he had done tough stories about crime and political …

Journalism

Even the Queen is not immune to Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau has the rare status of being both a world leader AND a pin-up.<p>And it seems even the Queen is not immune to the charms of the Canadian …

Revolutionary ‘artificial pancreas’ could change type 1 diabetes forever

The revolutionary artificial pancreas is giving new hope for people with type 1 diabetes.<p>Up till now, diabetics have had to religiously monitor their …