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Poliovirus kills off cancer cells, stops tumor regrowth

Researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, may have discovered a new way of killing off cancer cells.<p>The team was jointly led by Dr. Matthias …

AI has helped doubled YouTube's take-down rate for extremist videos

In the past month, over 75% of the violent videos YouTube removed were spotted by machine learning before a human viewer notified the firm<p>Machine …

Two Babies Have Been Cancer-Free After Receiving Treatment Created With Gene Editing

A Novel But Promising Therapy<p>Cancer continues to be one of the major diseases that plagues humanity. Around the world, approximately 1 in 6 deaths is …

Solar Energy’s Potential $2.8 Trillion Prize

A new projection put the opportunity in solar at $2.8 trillion and there's plenty of money to go around.<p>We are just beginning to scratch the surface …

What if we’re living in a computer simulation?

Have you ever wondered if life is not exactly what it’s cracked up to be? OK, let’s take that thought a little further. Have you ever suffered from an identity crisis? Yes? One in which you suspected that you’re not a real person, but instead an extremely sophisticated computer simulation of a real …

Singularity

Master genes trigger cascade of damage to other genes after brain trauma

It wasn't that long ago that sportspeople were expected to simply shake off blows to the head and keep on playing, but evidence continues to mount …

Neuroscience

Andrea Park Survived a Traumatic Brain Injury—And Discovered a New Kind of Normal

On August 3, 2014, I woke up in a hospital bed somewhere in San Francisco with a catheter and tubes snaking down my throat and up my nose.<p>I looked at my hands and noticed an IV stuck in my left forearm. The left side of my head throbbed in pain. As I attempted to sit up and understand where I was, …

Mind

What Tesla’s new Gigafactory means for electric vehicles

Tesla‘s new Gigafactory opened at the end of July in Nevada, with much excitement from both the media and the general public. Only 14 percent of the massive structure has been built, with the rest of the $5 billion project to be concluded by 2020. According to Tesla, battery cell production will …

Canada Is In Extreme Bubble Territory

<b>Canada Is In Extreme Bubble Territory-Here’s How To Profit</b><p>There’s trouble brewing in the Great White North.<p>Jared Dillian, former Lehman Brothers …

Jimmy Carter: I Thought I Had 'Two or Three Weeks to Live' After Cancer Diagnosis

Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he put on "a false, optimistic face" for months after he was diagnosed with skin cancer, telling fellow Habitat for Humanity workers that when he got the news last year, "I just thought I had a few weeks to live."<p>Speaking in Memphis, Tenn., at the …

Gene editing records 'memories' in human DNA

Scientists have been recording data in DNA for a while, but it has usually involved bacteria and other simple organisms. MIT, however, just took a big leap forward. Its researchers have used the CRISPR gene editing technique to record histories in human cell DNA for the first time. They've crafted …

Genetics

What If All U.S. Coal Workers Were Retrained to Work in Solar?

The global economy is in a massive transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to one using sophisticated renewable energy technologies. For tens of thousands of fossil fuel workers, though, the energy industry outlook is not promising. For coal industry workers, the future looks particularly …

Republican platform aims to dismantle US environment and climate laws

The final Republican platform, released Monday, would pull the United States out of the international climate accord, open national forests for …

Innocent women tortured in Mexico to boost arrest figures, report says

Tailyn Wang was two months pregnant when federal police officers broke into her house in Mexico City, ripped off her nightgown and threw her to the ground. They groped her breasts while punching and kicking her in front of her terrified children, before taking her blindfolded to a police base – …

Crime

“He’s kind of perfect for the job”: Obama hints at a future in VC, and Silicon Valley is salivating

In seven months, Barack Obama will leave the White House as president of the United States. He’s going to need a job. In an interview with Bloomberg on June 13, he hinted at the possibility of joining entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.<p>Obama said “had I not gone into politics, …

We're about to become more intelligent than at any other point in human history

We know of humans that we consider super-intelligent, but we don't yet know how to engineer that intelligence — or exceed it — in people.<p>But some researchers think that advances in genomic science and machine learning are going to open up new avenues of possibility in that realm, potentially …

Stanford researchers ‘stunned’ by stem cell experiment that helped stroke patient walk

Stanford researchers studying the effect of stem cells injected directly into the brains of stroke patients said Thursday that they were "stunned" by the extent to which the experimental treatment restored motor function in some of the patients. While the research involved only 18 patients and was …

Medicine

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

The Brain

After 150 years, the American productivity miracle is over

Economist Robert Gordon has spent his career studying what makes the US labor force one of the world’s most productive.<p>And he has some bad news.<p>American workers still produce some of most economic activity per hour of any economy in the world. But the near-miraculous productivity growth that …

Economics

We Talked to Bill Nye About the Solar Sail He’s Sending to Space

The former Science Guy believes LightSail 2 could lead to better space travel, debris cleanup, and solar weather monitoring.<p>The Planetary Society, a citizen-led non-profit that focuses on space exploration, announced Monday that it has received the official designation for its next solar sail …

The Australian who shot a North Korean propaganda film

<b>Last September Australian film-maker Anna Broinowski went to South Korea to screen a film she shot partly in North Korea, working alongside Pyongyang's leading film directors. Here she describes her surreal experiences inside the North Korean propaganda machine, the friends she made there, and the</b> …

Alzheimer's treatment closer as brain inflammation shown to be key

Scientists have fresh hopes for an Alzheimer’s treatment after experiments to reduce inflammation in diseased mouse brains prevented memory and behavioural problems in the animals.<p>Alzheimer’s disease has long been linked to disruption in the brain’s immune system, but the latest research adds to …

Dementia

What makes one person more generous than another? It could be in the genes

Kalina Dunne Farrell wrote a note to the tooth fairy last month, asking for extra cash in exchange for a lost tooth so that she could help Syrian refugees.<p>Kalina, 10, had already amassed her savings from her weekly allowance, and offered to do extra chores, such as scrubbing floors and picking up …

'Jolie gene' linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's patients have less BRCA1 protein like those who carry the 'Jolie gene'<p>The ‘Jolie gene’ which drives breast and ovarian cancer may also be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have discovered.<p>The gene BRCA1 is crucial for repairing DNA and protecting against cancer, but people who …

Alzheimer's Disease

Why China is now the world’s biggest champion for a united Africa

Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa.<p>It may also show his desire to reassure Africa that, …

This country just passed China as the fastest-growing in the world

India's similarity to its Asian neighbor China suggests they are almost interchangeable and that India becoming the global growth leader would make little difference to the world. Both China and India:<p>are the two most rapidly growing economies in the world,<br>• rank among the top 10 largest economies in …

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

Frozen giant virus still infectious after 30,000 years

It's 30,000 years old and still ticking: A giant virus recently discovered deep in the Siberian permafrost reveals that huge ancient viruses are much more diverse than scientists had ever known.<p>They're also potentially infectious if thawed from their Siberian deep freeze, though they pose no danger …