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Scientists Seek UN Approval to Create Asgardia, Earth's "First Space Nation"

The First Space Nation<p>Ambitious plans to create the world’s first nation in space were unveiled this week in the hopes of ushering in a new era in …

Brian Cox: We Won't Be Hearing From Alien Civilizations

Far too advanced<p>English physicist Brian Cox believes we won’t be contacting intelligent extraterrestrials — nor will we hear from them — anytime soon …

Paranormal

Self-Learning AI: This New Neuro-Inspired Computer Trains Itself

A Computing Road Less Traveled<p>A team of researchers from Belgium think that they are close to extending the anticipated end of Moore’s Law, and they …

"Reversing" Combustion: We Can Now Convert Carbon Dioxide Back Into Ethanol

Direct Conversion<p>Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a catalyst that “essentially reverses” the …

Scientists May Have Identified the Protein That Controls Aging

A Powerful Protein<p>In addition to being the “powerhouse of the cell,” the mitochondria could also be home to a certain protein that’s in charge of the …

Alzheimer's Disease

4 Best Lenses for Your Sony a7 (Producing Amazing Images)

The Best Lenses for the Sony a7<p>This discussion is to identify the <b>best lens for the Sony a7</b>.<p>The Sony a7 is a <b>full-frame mirrorless</b> single lens digital …

Cancer blogger Anna Swabey always 'my wife' says fiance

<b>The fiance of a cancer blogger who died on the eve of her wedding says he does not "need a piece of paper or a ceremony" to feel like her husband.</b><p>Anna Swabey, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, died the day before she was due to marry Andy Bell.<p>Her target of raising £100,000 for Brain Tumour …

Terminally ill Mike Brandon 'cancer free' after US treatment

<b>A man with terminal leukaemia whose wife's online plea to fund his treatment in America went viral appears to be beating the disease.</b><p>Mike Brandon, 32, from Bristol, underwent treatment in Philadelphia after UK doctors were unable to help .<p>His wife Kate said his biopsy results were clear for the …

Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer'

<b>A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.</b><p>The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells but when injected into tumours it replicates and releases substances to help fight the cancer.<p>Trial results …

Defeating cancer, the 'evil genius'

<b>"If you had to describe cancer I would say it's an evil genius."</b><p>It's a vivid metaphor from Dr Udai Banerji, of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden, for the challenge facing patients, scientists and clinicians.<p>Over the past 18 months, I've been part of a Panorama team that has …

Skin cancer trial results 'exciting'

<b>The results of two international trials against advanced skin cancer have been hailed as "exciting and striking".</b><p>Both treatments, for advanced melanoma, are designed to enable the immune system to recognise and target tumours.<p>The findings were released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology …

Lung cancer therapy is 'milestone'

<b>A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a "milestone" trial shows.</b><p>Nivolumab stops cancerous cells hiding from the body's own defences, leaving the cancer vulnerable to attack.<p>The results from 582 people, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, …

Cancer drug combination 'shrinks 60% of melanomas'

<b>A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60% of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested.</b><p>An international trial on 945 patients found treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab stopped the cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases.<p>UK doctors presented the data at …

Two new kidney cancer drugs 'work'

<b>Two new therapies for hard to treat advanced kidney cancer could change treatment of the disease, say experts at the European Cancer Congress.</b><p>Both drugs increased survival in trials which are also published in the New England Journal of Medicine.<p>One drug takes the brakes off the immune system while …

Cancer drug combination 'shrinks 60% of melanomas'

A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60% of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested.<p>An international trial on 945 patients found treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab stopped the cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases.<p>Fergus Walsh reports.

Brain-like memory gets an AI test drive

Scientists showed that memristors could run a neural network.<p>Humanity just took one step closer to computers that mimic the brain. University of Southampton researchers have demonstrated that memristors, or resistors that remember their previous resistance, can power a neural network. The team's …

The Brain

Astronomers Just Found a Second ‘Dyson Sphere’ (‘Alien’) Star

Amongst the far reaches of space, there resides a mysterious alien star whose odd variations in brightness and tendency to dim inexplicably have left …

Immunotherapy cancer drug hailed as 'game changer'

<b>An immunotherapy drug has been described as a potential "game-changer" in promising results presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology congress.</b><p>In a study of head and neck cancer, more patients taking nivolumab survived for longer compared with those who were treated with …