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FDA Approves Use Of Engineered Herpes Virus To Treat Cancer

The first of what may be many virus-based treatments<p>Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the drug Imlygic to treat late-stage melanoma on the skin and lymph nodes. The drug, which relies upon a genetically engineered herpes virus to attack and kill the …

Astronaut Scott Kelly Takes His First-Ever Spacewalk

NASA's yearlong spaceman, Scott Kelly, chalked up his first spacewalk Wednesday just hours before he sets a record for the nation's longest trip off the planet. Kelly found himself repeatedly wiping away excess grease while lubricating the snares on the tip of the International Space Station's big …

Mystery object WTF has come home

It was the first time astronomers knew just when and where a piece of space debris would reenter Earth’s atmosphere. It was last night, over the …

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Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the …

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This may explain why more deaths aren't prevented by breast cancer screening

Although women have been getting mammograms for decades, the incidence of metastatic breast cancer — the kind that has already spread to another organ by the time it is found — has remained essentially unchanged since 1975. Data from the National Cancer Institute show that the rate of new cases has …