Christine Althen

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Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

CHICAGO (AP) — Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation …

June 2014: The Water Issue

Letter From The Editor<p>The Stuff Of Life<p>What To Do About Water<p>What’s The World To Do About Water?• <b><br>Move It:</b> Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead• <b><br>Test It:</b> What's In Your Drinking Water? [Infographic]<br>• **Clean It: **Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring …

The Month In Plagues: A Polio Emergency, A Tornado of Mosquitoes, And More

<b>In pathogens news</b><p>Health experts are still arguing whether or not to save the last stores of smallpox, which are in high-security labs in the US and Russia. Quartz, io9, and Nature News have stories. And speaking of smallpox, a new smallpox-like-virus emerged in Georgia (the country).<p>Polio continues …

Public Health

The Week In Numbers: Turning Light Into Matter, A New Dragon Spacecraft, And More

<b>$71 million per astronaut</b>: amount NASA pays Russia for trips to the International Space Station (Elon Musk says he can drop that figure to $20 million with the new, reusable Dragon V2 capsule)<p><b>20,000</b>: objects aboard the ISS, all of which will be tracked by a new robot<p><b>March 35, 2041</b>: date a giant …

John Steinbeck On Why 'Camping Is For The Birds'

In the May 1967 issue of Popular Science, John Steinbeck argued that "the American passion for moving about in motorized caravans... results in little permanent damage beyond divorce and bankruptcy."<p><i>Earlier this month, we published John Steinbeck's 1966 letter to the editor of</i> Popular Science_, in …

The Reality Of 'Silicon Valley'

The "compression algorithm" storyline on the new show isn't all fantasy<p>When Mike Judge, creator of <i>Office Space</i> and <i>Beavis and Butt-head</i>, set out to write his HBO comedy series, <i>Silicon Valley</i>, about Bay Area coders, he wanted to conceive a simple, believable widget for his characters to invent. So he …

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity<p>In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, …

Singularity

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Harvard

Why Do So Many Churches Have "First Church of" in their Names?

<i>Reader Nick from New York wrote in to ask</i>, “Why do so many churches have 'First' in their names? Why do we rarely see 'Second' or 'Third' …

Baptist Church

38 Bleak Photos of Abandoned Shopping Malls

Abandoned and forgotten places have always been a fascination for people, especially photographers. There is a something grim, but inherently cool, …

10 Facial Reconstructions of Famous Historical Figures

Why look at a painting of a historical figure when you can come face to face with one? Forensic facial reconstruction using scans of skeletal remains …

4 Coin Flips That Changed History

Rock-paper-scissors aside, flipping a coin has become the ultimate unbiased decision maker. Calling it in the air often settles friendly disputes …

Pop Culture

9 Intriguing Excerpts From Old FBI Files

Under J. Edgar Hoover, everybody who was anybody had an FBI file. Here are some interesting things we found while poking around their archives.<p>1. …

Albert Einstein

Will Wild Mice Use Running Wheels?

Scientists and animal rights activists have long wondered if wheel running was a neurotic behavior exclusive to captive mice. But new research on …

Maps

Where Are They Now? Diseases That Killed You in Oregon Trail

You have died of dysentery.<p>These are five words familiar to anyone who has attempted to caulk a wagon and ford rivers en route to the Willamette …

Public Health

Why Does Bacon Smell So Good?

It is an immutable fact that nothing will get a person's mouth watering like the smell of bacon cooking. Even my mother, who has kept a mostly …

5 Questions: Types of Trucks

1 of 5<p>Who played the serial womanizer who fell in love with Molly Ringwald in the 1987 film <i>The Pick-up Artist</i>?<p>2 of 5<p>What oil company's logo features …

Where Does Space Begin?

If <i>Star Trek</i> has taught us anything, it’s that space is “the final frontier.” But where exactly does that frontier lie? It depends on whom you …

Behavioral Sciences

Even If Keystone Pipeline Rejected, Oil May Still Cross Neb. By Rail

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has generated controversy, especially in Nebraska, where opposition to transporting crude from the oil sands of Canada has delayed a national decision on the project.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Now let's look at a crude reality of the debate over the Keystone XL …

Sleepy brains neglect half the world

Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a patient with hemispatial neglect might eat food from only one side of their plate, dress on only one …

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

Channing Tatum

Gravity versus the Standard Model

The two behemoths of theoretical physics are Einstein's theory of general relativity, and quantum field theory.<p>General relativity describes gravity, and the geometry and development of the universe on enormous scales. Quantum field theory, in the Standard Model of particle physics, describes the …

Caliche: the conflict mineral that fuelled the first world war

The active ingredient of war<p>One of the forgotten battles of the first world war was fought for Chilean dirt. It wasn't just any dirt, though – it was <i>caliche,</i> a whitish substance rich in the crucial mineral sodium nitrate. Nitrates are the active ingredient of bombs and bullets, and they became the …

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's …

Cancer scientist kills neighbour's cat with rat poison

Scientist who developed new lighting equipment to treat cancers pleads guilty to causing unnecessary suffering after his neighbour's cat ate poison he put down for rats<p>A respected cancer scientist inadvertently killed his next-door neighbour’s cat after putting down poison to try and wipe out the …

Roofing

Scientists Prime The Immune System As A Powerful Cancer Weapon

Watch out, cancer cells. Humanity is learning how to use our built-in weapon – our own white blood cells – to kill you.<p>Early results showing that genetically modified white blood cells, called T-cells, can make cancer cells disappear, at least temporarily, in 50% to 90% of patients with certain …

Futuristic science: Electronics that melt away

Imagine tossing your old phone in the toilet, watching it dissolve and then flushing it down, instead of having it wind up in a landfill.<p>Scientists are working on just that: electronic devices that can be triggered to disappear when they are no longer needed.<p>The technology is years away, but …

Articles about 6 small kitchens big style on Dwell.com - Dwell

The exhibition "Small Scale, Big Change" opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this Sunday.<p>Bring the sleek, sophisticated look of marble into your kitchen with these cheaper, more durable alternatives.<p>Upgrading a kitchen is seldom a cheap endeavor, but you can save yourself a pretty penny …

Laundry Rooms

Articles about tiny architecture 5 modern outbuildings on Dwell.com - Dwell

It’s been awhile since we last visited the City of Light, so here’s a jaunt to five modern abodes we adore.<p>Laure Tixier's series of felt pieces for the show Plaid Houses explores the idea of architecture as fiction, born under the...<p>Architecture critic Alexandra Lange invites Dwell along as she …

Architecture

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