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The true story behind the deadliest air disaster of all time

<b>Exactly 40 years ago, at Tenerife-North Airport (formerly Los Rodeos), two Boeing 747s - one belonging to KLM, the other to Pan Am - collided on a foggy runway. Five hundred and eighty-three people were killed in what remains the biggest air disaster in history. In this extract from Cockpit</b> …

Mockups

66% of Cancers Are Caused by DNA Error, Not Environment or Lifestyle, Finds Johns Hopkins Study

We usually attribute cancer to inherited genes such as the BRACA1 or BRACA2 mutations, responsible for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Or else, …

Cancer

Lab-grown meniscus could one day prevent arthritis in knees

San Diego researchers have reported a medical milestone: They’ve grown a whole meniscus, the slippery crescent of cartilage that cushions the knee …

Scientists have figured out how to stop our bodies from fighting electronic implants

Scar tissue may no longer be an obstacle on our road to becoming cyborgs<p>We may dream of one day becoming cyborgs, with RFID chips implanted in our hands or bionic eyes, but the human body won't necessarily cooperate. Implantable devices like pacemakers have been used regularly for decades, but they …

Immune System

Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

It's hard not to get excited about news of a potentially effective treatment for sepsis, a condition that leads to multiple organ failure and kills more people in the hospital than any other disease.<p>But there have been so many false promises about this condition over the years, it's also wise to …

Medicine

What your nose shape says about the evolution of your ancestors

Your nose is ideally adapted to a particular environment.<p>The nose is one of the most prominent features on our faces, but not everyone is happy with …

New study resolves the structure of the human protein that causes cystic fibrosis

Scientists at The Rockefeller University have mapped the three-dimensional structure for one of the more notorious disease-causing molecules in the …

More than two-thirds of cancer mutations are due to random DNA copying errors, study says

More than two-thirds of cancer-causing mutations are the result of random mistakes in DNA replication that occur when normal cells divide, according to a paper published Thursday. The study is sure to renew a vigorous debate over how much people can do to prevent cancer and how much is …

Cancer

The Best New Luxury Train Trips

<i>For</i> Condé Nast Traveler, by Andrew Sessa.<p>Tricked-out new airplane cabins and cruise gadgets tend to steal the spotlight, but 2017 is shaping up as the year of luxury train travel. From Peru to Japan, new and newly refit locomotives are chugging along the rails, treating passengers to gourmet local …

The cruel double standard that could save Obamacare

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you want to know why support for Obamacare is at an all-time high, here's one explanation:<p>A change in complexion leads to a change in perception.<p>That's how some explain the surging popularity of the embattled health care law. A recent poll from the Pew Research Center showed that 54% of …

Great Depression

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood

Things just got complicated.<p>Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new …

What's the Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?

Have you ever stared into your pantry and thought, What the heck is the difference between baking soda and powder? Or looked at a recipe and had to …

A small drug company that's trying to make cancer treatments safer just received a $3.8 billion endorsement

Bristol-Myers has two drugs, Opdivo and Yervoy, that are a part of a new class of cancer treatments called cancer immunotherapy that harness the body's immune system to go after cancer. Specifically, they're a type of immunotherapy called checkpoint inhibitors. These checkpoint inhibitors take the …

Tolstoy Wasn’t Much of an Astronomer

He got the year wrong, but the comet of 1811 was a sight to behold.<p>By<p>David A. Weintraub<p>Great comets are as rare as successful Broadway shows. “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”—a musical based on a “70-page slice” of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”—has been playing at New York’s Imperial …

Astronomy

A startup cofounded by a 30-year-old just got $38 million to revolutionize the way we transplant organs

The company, which launched back in 2015 and is co-founded by Harvard geneticist George Church and 30-year old Luhan Yang, wants to knock out certain genes in pigs that could cause diseases or organ rejection in humans, making it possible for those pig organs to be transplanted.<p>The round is co-led …

Genetics

Cure For HIV, AIDS Found? Scientists Discover 'Holy Grail' Biomarker Capable Of Eliminating Virus Reservoirs

A medical research breakthrough at the Institut de Génétique Humaine in France may have brought the international scientific community one step …

After 100 Years of Debate, Hitting Absolute Zero Has Been Declared Mathematically Impossible

The third law of thermodynamics finally gets its proof.<p>After more than 100 years of debate featuring the likes of Einstein himself, physicists have …

The sexiest new restaurants in New York City are from big names you'll know

NEW YORK — The biggest names in food are making a splash in the Big Apple.<p>Not that New York City really needs the help, but an infusion of top …

America's Next Great Space Engine Is Here

Blue Origin builds it, and Boeing and Lockheed Martin will buy it.<p>Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space start-up aims to have a new rocket engine ready for …

Scientists discovered crystals that defy physics, and we don't know what to believe anymore

Today in your daily dose of science, scientists discovered crystals that defy physics. Prepare to have your mind blown, because we have no idea what …

Explainer: what are blood groups and why do they matter?

If you’ve ever needed a blood transfusion, or donated blood, you probably would have been asked your blood type. While it was once thought all blood …

These 208 Minerals Exist Solely Due to Humans

Over centuries, humans have left a widening imprint on this planet, marked by a growing need for natural resources, and by the rapid expansion of …

Earth Science

The First Woman In Space Turns 80, And You Probably Never Heard Of Her

On June 18, 1983, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched Sally Ride — the first female American astronaut — into space.<p>But that came a full 20 years after Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova’s pioneering voyage.<p>On June 16, 1963, Tereshkova piloted Vostok 6, completing 48 orbits around Earth during …

Space Science

Panpsychism is a crazy theory about consciousness — and it's probably true

Common sense tells us that only living things have an inner life. Rabbits and tigers and mice have feelings, sensations, and experiences; tables and …

Quantum Mechanics

Killing cancer by clogging its garbage disposal system

Beating cancer in all its forms isn't likely to come from a single "eureka!" moment, but numerous little advances and new techniques that add up to …

The Countries Where Private Jet Ownership Is Soaring [Infographic]

Even though yachts and sports cars are some of the most sought-after toys for the world’s super-rich individuals, nothing says “big time” like a state of the art private jet. Despite their exorbitant pricetags (a Gulfstream 450 costs about $41 million), luxury jet registrations have been soaring to …

Eastern Europe

6 Castles Even Your Broke Ass Can Book for Vacation (From $20!)

Talking to you, princess.<p>Now that <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> just had its dazzling world premiere, you probably have castles on the brain. The good news is …

Biocentrism Posits That Death Is Merely Transport into Another Universe

Swiss Engineer Michele Angelo Besso was a close friend of Einstein’s. Upon his death, the father of relativity said, "Now Besso has departed from …

Why Airplanes Still Fly at the Same Speeds They Did in the 1960s Despite Technological Improvements

Wendover Productions explains why airplanes still fly at the same speeds they did in the 1960s despite technological improvements. The answer has to …