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The answer to a longstanding mystery about cancer may be buried deep inside of elephants

Naked mole rats, for instance, can live for more than 30 years, yet never have a single incidence of cancer.<p>Elephants, similarly, present an even more mystifying conundrum. Despite their size and nearly comparable lifespan to humans — a whopping 50 to 70 years — they have a shockingly low …

Cancer

Scientists Draft The Most Comprehensive Tree Of Life To Date

From plankton to penguins to pterodactyl, every species that exists or has ever existed on planet Earth is related in some way. But try actually mapping out 3.5 billion years of evolution, and that’s when things get complicated. Of the tens of thousands of family trees that have been published over …

Biology

Dinosaur discovery in Alaska: A duck-billed herbivore that didn't fear the snow

In a remote area of northern Alaska, scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur the size of a minibus that roamed above the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago.<p>The newly described herbivore was dubbed <i>Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis</i> (pronounced oo-GREW-na-luck KOOK-pik-en-sis), which means …

Blood Moon and asteroid impact WON'T herald biblical Apocalypse on September 28, says NASA

NASA has ruled out an asteroid striking the Earth on September 28 - an impact supposedly foretold by the Blood Moon.<p>The space agency says it is …

Puerto Rico

Extraordinary Discovery: Paleontologists Have Unearthed The World’s First Single-Boned Dinosaur

It’s an exciting day for science, because paleontologists in Argentina have dug up something absolutely remarkable!<p>According to a report released …

Turning cancer back into healthy tissue

<b>Scientists believe they may have found a way to turn cancerous cells back into healthy tissue.</b><p>Their lab-based work suggests there is a biological step that can restore normality and stop cells replicating out of control.<p>When the US researchers added molecules called microRNAs, it put the brakes on …

Cancer

Here's What Happened to 1 Man When He Ate 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day

It wasn't pretty.<p>Sugar is everywhere and it's in so much of the food that makes up a Western diet, but for the past six years, Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau has managed to steer relatively clear of added sugars. He then voluntarily decided to consume 40 teaspoons of sugar a day (or the amount …

Nutrition

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

Here's what happened when scientists erased memories of using meth in mice

This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs —methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA — relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of …

Research
Communicate

Crispr: Breakthrough announced in technique of 'editing' DNA to fight off deadly illnesses

A revolutionary technique for “editing” the human genome with extreme precision has been used for the first time to “cut and paste” the genes of a …

As a video for three-ingredient cheesecake gets 1.6 million hits - these are the other genius recipes that are as easy as 1, 2, 3

• <b>A Japanese souffle with just three ingredients has sent social media crazy</b>• <b><br>The cake was created by YouTube user Ochikeron over two years ago</b>• <b><br>It now has</b> …

Kepler-452b: How long would it take humans to reach 'Earth 2' and could we live there?

NASAIf it would take 33,000 years to get there will we ever reach it?<p>The US space agency announced last Thursday that after 20 years of searching the …

Universe