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Cell Death Might Be Reversible, and Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why

It tells us something important about cancer.<p>A mysterious cell process named anastasis (Greek for "rising to life") challenges our idea of life being a linear march towards death, and suggests that cell death can actually be reversed under certain conditions—essentially allowing cells to …

SpaceX Is About to Send a Lethal Superbug Into Orbit

To mutate the hell out of it.<p>SpaceX is preparing to launch a lethal, antibiotic-resistant superbug into orbit on February 14, to live its days in the …

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on creating those jaw-dropping visual effects

Whether you loved every aspect of Marvel’s <i>Doctor Strange</i> or, like our critic, were somewhat underwhelmed by the origin story at the heart of the …

Final Fantasy 15's New Outfits Delayed Because They Look Too Much Like Power Rangers

Square Enix recently revealed details of new Final Fantasy XV DLC that's on the way, but at least one piece of it is set to change before release, possibly due to legal concerns.<p>Earlier this week, Square Enix announced the Booster Pack for Final Fantasy XV, slating it for a release on February 21. …

Power Rangers

Donald Trump 'taking steps to abolish Environmental Protection Agency'

Donald Trump will work towards the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency – and any employees cleaving to the Obama era should be “very worried” by the prospect of Scott Pruitt taking over the agency, a key aide of the president has told the Guardian.<p>In an exclusive interview, Myron Ebell …

Donald Trump

Canada considering global fund to counter Trump abortion directive

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will increase its funding for global sexual and reproductive rights, possibly through a safe-abortion fund announced by the Netherlands this week that was in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's order banning U.S. funding for …

Hackers downloaded US government climate data and stored it on European servers as Trump was being inaugurated

As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data.<p>A spreadsheet detailed their …

Donald Trump

The military reportedly turned down a suggestion from Trump's team for tanks and missile launchers at the inaugural parade

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team reportedly wanted to include tanks and missile launchers during the inaugural parade Friday.<p>The Huffington Post cited sources saying that Trump's team wanted to have the military featured front and center as Trump took office, plans the military …

Donald Trump

America: behold, your Snowflake-in-Chief

If you’ve ever sat through a rightwing YouTube rant or spent five minutes on Twitter, you’ve likely heard the word “snowflake”. The term has supplanted the old standby of “social justice warrior” to describe a certain kind of liberal. This is thanks in large part to the far-right blog Breitbart, …

Donald Trump

US woman killed by superbug resistant to every available antibiotic

A woman in Nevada has been killed by a superbug that proved resistant to every antibiotic available in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said.<p>The woman’s condition was deemed incurable, and 26 different antibiotics were tested in vain before she died in September.<p>She …

Public Health

Netflix gives birth to boy with smartphone brain

If you thought <i>Black Mirror</i> had the market cornered on stories about the dark side of technology, you’d better think again!<p>Netflix just released the official trailer for a new movie called <i>iBoy</i> and, as its name implies, there’s a certain tech connection. Check it out below:<p>The movie tells the story …

Black Mirror

REPORT: Trump briefed on unverified claims that Russian operatives have compromising information on him

US intelligence officials gleaned the information from a former British intelligence operative who provided the FBI with a series of memos in August 2016 detailing how Russia has tried to cultivate Trump for at least five years.<p>The Kremlin denied these allegations in a statement Wednesday …

Donald Trump

The President Needs a Psychiatrist

And no, it’s not about the man who’s about to occupy the White House.<p>In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a devastating stroke that left him partially paralyzed, semi-blind and so fragile that his wife and doctor hid him from the public. In 1923, Wilson’s successor, Warren G. Harding, died …

Mental Health

How many chapters in 'Final Fantasy 15'? Full list, tips and a quick guide

Playing through <i>Final Fantasy 15</i>successfully takes a delicate balance of completing main storyline missions while also chipping away at its large …

J.K. Rowling's Heartfelt Christmas Tweets Are What We All Need Right Now

"Astonishing reversals of fortune happen every minute."<p>J.K. Rowling delivered a heartfelt Christmas message of hope via Twitter on Saturday.<p>The Harry Potter series author posted 12 tweets offering encouragement to people who are “going through tough times” over the holiday season that may be …

Truth is evaporating before our eyes

Given how little content the 2016 presidential debates contained, how rarely specific policies or programs were outlined or even mentioned, it often seemed that the only thing left for journalists – and ordinary citizens – to do was tally the number of lies each candidate told.<p>By some counts, …

Donald Trump

BREXIT: The flight of capital has begun

"We believe that the difficulty in properly assessing the ramifications of Brexit, as well as the sheer length of the process, mean that downsides risks will only materialise gradually over time and lead to growth being lower for longer, rather than a crash and rebound," the pair advised clients …

United Kingdom

Trump Tells Supporters: You Were 'Vicious' But After Win Are 'Mellow'

ORLANDO, Fla. — President-elect Donald Trump tried to tamp down supporters calling to “lock up” Hillary Clinton by telling them while they were "vicious" before the election, "now you’re laid back, you’re cool, you’re mellow."<p>But his words seemed not to have their intended effect — a supporter …

Donald Trump

Sony Hopes The Lost Property Office Is the Next Harry Potter

The right franchise can make or break a film studio and the easiest way to find a franchise is in the world of literature. Studios regularly scoop up …

Department Of Energy Defies Trump, Won't Name Climate Change Workers

The Department of Energy is refusing the Trump transition team's request to name those who have worked on climate change within the department, because of concerns about what the incoming administration will do with the names. President-elect Donald Trump has denied climate change is real.<p>NPR's …

Clean Technology

Obama signs medical research bill

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama signed a $6.3 billion bill Tuesday to boost spending for medical research on cancer and other diseases as well as address the country's mental health crisis and opioid epidemic.<p>The 21st Century Cures Act, which has a part of its legislation named in honor of Vice …

Mental Health

Nobel laureates have spoken out – the battle to defend science under Trump has begun

More than 2300 scientists—including 22 Nobel laureates—this week issued an open letter, outlining how they want the Trump administration and 115th Congress to make use of scientific evidence and expert advice. It remains open for signatures here.<p>The letter calls on the president-elect to appoint …

Trump Administration

Obama's dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world

Seemingly little connects a community in India plagued by toxic water, a looming air pollution crisis in South Africa and a new fracking boom that is pockmarking Australia. And yet there is a common thread: American taxpayer money.<p>Through the US Export-Import Bank, Barack Obama’s administration has …

Fossil Fuels

OBAMA: Here's my advice for Trump

President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview the day after the election that was published Tuesday what advice he would give President-elect Donald Trump in their meeting after Trump's win.<p>Obama said the biggest piece of advice was: "No. 1, however you campaigned, once you're in this …

Why science news embargoes are bad for the public

Embargoes allow journals, universities, nonprofits, and corporations to decide what’s important — and when. That should be up to journalists.<p>This Thursday, dozens of news outlets will publish stories on the same new study in the journal <i>Science</i>. On Friday, many of those same news outlets will all …

Describing Words Finds Adjectives For the Noun You're Writing About

When you’re writing, adjectives give you the most flexibility to create a vivid picture. It’s also easy to slip into a cliche series of mundane, …

Creative Writing

British Serial Killer Gets Life Sentence for Murdering Four Gay Men

British serial killer Stephen Port was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday for the murders of four young gay men whom he met online.<p>Judge Peter Openshaw said Port should die in prison for his "dreadful offenses."<p>Relatives of the victims cheered and clapped as the sentence was …

Crime

Lung cancer cells spread like unanchored tents, study says

<b>Spreading lung cancer cells are like tents which have collapsed and are adrift in the wind, scientists from the University of York have discovered.</b><p>Communication between two proteins is what triggers the cell tent to lose its shape and become unanchored, their research found.<p>This allows the cells to …

Syrian girl thanks J.K. Rowling for her 'Harry Potter' books

It's been a series of magical moments for Bana Alabed.<p>The 7-year-old girl who has been tweeting from a war zone in Aleppo, Syria is now able to …

Michigan cop dies after he was shot in the head

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Detroit man pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of a Wayne State University police officer.<p>DeAngelo Lamar Davis, 31, will remain in jail without bond, the judge said. The probable cause hearing for Davis is scheduled for …

Crime