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NASA Reveals How Its Groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe Will "Touch the Sun"

The science behind why it won’t melt.<p>The Parker Solar Probe is not only one of NASA’s most ambitious missions, but it seems to defy logic. The …

Astronomy

NASA prepares to launch Parker Solar Probe, a mission to touch the Sun

Early on an August morning, the sky near Cape Canaveral, Florida, will light up with the launch of Parker Solar Probe. No earlier than Aug. 6, 2018, …

Astronomy

The FDA just approved a new cancer drug that’s part of a groundbreaking approach to tackling the disease

The FDA just approved a new drug to treat a form of blood cancer.<p>The drug, Tibsovo, is used to treat acute myeloid leukemia and is made by Agios Pharmaceuticals. It's the second approval for the company, whose first drug, Idhifa is also used to treat AML with particular genetic mutations.<p>The two …

Cancer

'Natural insecticide' kills advanced prostate cancer cells

One of the hallmarks of advanced prostate cancer is a faulty PTEN tumor suppressor gene. Now, after screening compounds for their effect on cells …

Cancer

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine's Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It …

Neuroscience

Tardigrades — the microscopic, oddly cute toughest animals on Earth — explained

Six facts about the toughest animal on Earth.<p>Paul Bartels gets a rush every time he discovers a new species of tardigrade, the <b>phylum</b> of microscopic animals best known for being both strangely cute and able to survive the <b>vacuum of space</b>.<p>”The first paper I wrote describing a new species, there was a …

Biology

Promotion of natural tooth repair by small molecule GSK3 antagonists

Article |<p>Open | Published: 09 January 2017<p>Vitor C. M. Neves<br>• , Rebecca Babb<br>• , Dhivya Chandrasekaran<br>• & Paul T. Sharpe<p><i>Scientific Reports</i> <b>volume 7</b>, Article …

Clinical Trials

Scientists aim to grow humans in plastic bag after successful test on baby sheep

An external, artificial womb scientists call Biobag successfully grew fetal lambs, and could one day solve the complications premature human babies …

Bug-zapping laser will only kill bad insects

There are good insects, and then there are bad bugs. And the folks at Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures Lab (IVL) have been working on a device that will only kill pests and leave the others unharmed. It's called the Photonic Fence, and has been in development as early as 2009, but according to a</i> …

Strange Atomic Ripples in Graphene Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

Leukemia: Mushroom protein could be used in future treatments

A protein found in the edible mushroom known as "shaggy ink cap" might be able to kill a type of leukemia cell, new research suggests.<p><i>Coprinus …

Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

Scientists studying the body’s cancer-fighting T cells have a serious problem: When they culture them in the lab, the T cells sit around at …

A stubborn blood cancer, but there is hope

A leading French hematologist came to lecture on multiple myeloma. It is still incurable, yet new drugs may eventually offer more than maintenance of …

Deadly Cancer Cells Can Be Knocked Out By Combining Antibiotics With Vitamin C

🍊 🍊 🍊<p>The key to stopping potentially-deadly cancer stem cells from developing into tumours could be prescribing a combination of antibiotics and …

Cancer

Drug-resistant cancers kill millions – here's how we're tackling them

Cancer treatment is often highly effective at first, yet patients’ tumours sometimes stop responding – even to the most advanced therapies. Or in …

Cancer

Lab-grown blood stem cells produced at last

Two research teams cook up recipe to make long-sought cells in mice and people.<p>After 20 years of trying, scientists have transformed mature cells …

The world’s fastest camera captures the movement of light at five trillion photos per second

High-speed cameras are certainly useful for slow motion, but they can also find their application in science. Elias Kristensson and Andreas Ehn, …

Chemistry

CRISPR gene-editing tool targets cancer's "command center"

The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system can do some pretty amazing things, giving us new ways to fight muscular dystrophy, blindness, and even HIV. But …

Genetics

Researchers Find a Way to Create Cancer-Fighting Cells

Artificial Thymus<p>Many artificial organs are being developed as an alternative to donated organs, which are only temporary solutions that require the …

Immunotherapy

No, We Can’t Say Whether Cancer Is Mostly Bad Luck

How some media outlets magnified the problems with a controversial new paper<p>Two years ago, <i>Time</i> wrongly reported that “Most cancer is beyond your control.” <i>The Guardian</i> incorrectly wrote: “Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes.” And the BBC misleadingly said: “Most …

Scientists discover mechanism that causes cancer cells to self-destruct: Modifying specific proteins during cancer cell division unleashes a natural killing mechanism

Modifying specific proteins during cancer cell division unleashes a natural killing mechanism<p>A new study reveals the role of three proteins in …

Cancer Cells

Cancer cells cast a sweet spell on the immune system

Shrink yourself small enough to swoop over the surface of a human cell, and you might be reminded of Earth’s terrain. Fats, or lipids, stay close to …

Immune System

NASA Is Going To Put Data On Laser Beam To Send Information From Space To Earth

NASA is working on a laser so sophisticated it will be able to send data to Earth from space and back. This type of technology will help data from …

Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing

BLOOD from the young seems to have healing powers, but how can we harness them without relying on donors? The discovery of a protein that keeps blood …

Unexpected new lung function discovered: Making blood

Our bodies still hold plenty of secrets, and scientists have just uncovered a doozy: the lungs play a key role in producing blood. Until now, this …

Cancer Genes Can Exist Outside Our Chromosomes

It's survival of the sneakiest.<p>Cancer sucks, in no small part because many types of tumour eventually develop a knack for dodging our best treatments.<p>…

Genetics

Is a Hormone in Our Brains the Key to Burning Fat?

For the first time, researchers have found a hormone in the brain that stimulates fat metabolism. Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) …

Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain's ability to form new memories, study in mice shows

Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for …

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NASA is close to figuring out how to put space crews in cryostasis on long space journeys

Longer trips to say Europa, Titan or even the Outer Oort cloud will almost certainly require some form of suspended animation, in the form of …