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Conservative Heads Explode Over Kentucky's Bigoted County Clerk

The recently jailed Kim Davis has some Republican presidential candidates sputtering unconstitutional nonsense<p>Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, …

30 minute ice-packs could be key to burning away body fat, say scientists

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DNA viruses shift from solid to liquid to infect - Futurity

A transition from solid to liquid may explain how the usually rigid DNA packaged inside a virus flows from the virus to infect the cell.

Biology

Dengue virus pumps out RNA to evade attack - Futurity

A newly discovered pathway lets the dengue virus avoid being destroyed by the body's antiviral response.

Why is Coffee Bitter? – The Chemistry of Coffee

Mention coffee, and caffeine is the chemical compound name that immediately springs to mind. However, whilst caffeine’s effects on the brain are well …

The Keyboard’s Strange Impact On Your Baby’s Name

Parenthood is filled with emotional, semi-rational decisions, and none of these is more visceral than naming a baby.<p>Today’s most popular names have a weird commonality – they’re mostly written with the right hand on a typical keyboard.<p>For the past few years, researchers have been developing …

University of Chicago

Virus programmed to unlock and kill cancer - Futurity

Bioengineers have designed a virus that on its own is benign. When it encounters certain enzymes, however, it "unlocks" to kill cancer.

Cancer

An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can't Be Eradicated

Since Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, the National Cancer Institute has poured some $90 billion into research and treatments. Yet a cure remains elusive. Experts have plenty of targets for blame, including a flawed emphasis on treatment over prevention, and Big Pharma betting on …

Massive dose of measles vaccine clears woman's cancer

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Mayo Clinic researchers announced a landmark study where a massive dose of the measles vaccine, enough to inoculate 10 million people, wiped out a Minnesota woman's incurable blood cancer.<p>The Mayo Clinic conducted the clinical trial last year using virotherapy. The method …

Rare byproduct of marine bacteria kills cancer cells by snipping their DNA

(Phys.org) —Yale University researchers have determined how a scarce molecule produced by marine bacteria can kill cancer cells, paving the way for …

There is no gender gap in tech salaries

<i>Read Cynthia’s response to reader questions about this article.</i><p>Silicon Valley has long suffered the reputation of being unwelcoming to women, from brogrammer attitudes to sexist apps to gender inclusivity, but whatever problems women may have with the tech industry, wage discrimination isn’t …

Computer Science

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Smallpox: Last refuge of an ultimate killer

In July 2014, long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box were discovered at a research centre near Washington. Until then, it was believed that only two places on Earth guard the last remaining samples of this killer virus. As Rachel Nuwer discovered in this feature, first published …

Disease

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

Acid technique could lead to new era in regenerative medicine<p>A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

Biology

Newly-discovered virus has voracious appetite for anthrax

The newly-discovered anthrax-devouring Tsamsa virus, found in a zebra carcass in Namibia, could lead to new ways to combat deadly anthrax bacteria.<p>An …

No 'dawdle' keeps fruit flies young - Futurity

A protein called 'dawdle' blocks a cleansing mechanism in fruit fly muscles. Suppression of dawdle extends the life of fruit flies by up to 20 …

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Microbiology

Alcohol without the hangover? It's closer than you think

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

Fascinating Hypothesis: The Whole Idea Of Species Doesn't Apply To Certain Organisms

One group of scientists is arguing that certain organisms, about a millimeter in size or slightly smaller, don't form species at all.<p>Meiofauna are pretty weird. That's the term for all organisms that are an in-between size, about one-half to one millimeter, so they're much bigger than bacteria, but …

World’s Strongest Beer Has 67.5 Percent Alcohol by Volume, Is Called Snake Venom

After their record-breaking 65% alcohol beer was considered “too weak” by their hard-core fans, Scottish brewers Lewish Shand and John McKenzie came …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

Beer

Science Indicates That Sprite Might Be A Great Hangover Cure

Thank you, Chinese researchers.<p>Let's say you're hung over, and you're given the option of two hangover cures: one is a Chinese pain-relieving tea made of <i>huo ma ren</i>, or hemp seeds, and one is a dusty can of Sprite from the bodega down the street. Your instinct might be to stay away from the …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

Here's the psychology behind the disturbing act.<p>Their deaths are protected under the Death With Dignity law.<p>Gastineau, who suffers from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, gave an emotional plea<p>"In the worst cases, the penis may resemble an eggplant."<p>A month after the deadly Parkland school shooting, …

Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

That loud guy at the gym might actually be onto something.<p>With the rise of the multi-hyphenate trainer, is it safe for your trainer to be a one-stop wellness shop?<p>Researchers are working on turning Alzheimer's into a manageable chronic disease.<p>Have you ever pushed yourself this hard?<p>If Tom Cruise's …

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