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We're about to get some key lung cancer data — and it could affect how hundreds of thousands of cancer patients are treated

Three pharmaceutical companies are about to release data that could change how we treat lung cancer.<p>Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and Roche, are looking at how their drugs can be used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer. These treatments are part of a new field of cancer treatment called …

Cancer

Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years

Hatchlings from a vulnerable turtle species have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.<p>At least 80 Olive Ridley turtles have made their way into the Arabian Sea from nests on the southern end …

Turtles

Ashya King cleared of cancer three years after his parents abducted him from hospital for treatment abroad

An eight-year-old boy has been cleared of cancer, three years after his parents were jailed for abducting him from an NHS hospital to seek innovative brain tumour treatment abroad.<p>Ashya King was due to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Southampton General Hospital in August 2014, when his …

A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life

There’s a new place to look for life in the universe.<p>Astronomers announced on Wednesday the discovery of an Earth-size planet around a small red star in our corner of the galaxy. The planet could hold liquid water and conditions favorable for life.<p>The star, Ross 128, is not the closest with a …

Solar System

War veterans: Confessions of a Japanese kamikaze pilot, Nazi officer, Russian war hero and more...

Photographer Sasha Maslov has tracked down more than 100 Second World War veterans over the last decade - and has travelled around the world to photograph them at home. Among his subjects are a Japanese pilot who was recruited at just 14, a German officer who risked execution by his own country to …

50 perfect plants for a family garden

According to conventional wisdom, children and ornamental gardens are mutually incompatible. If you want the former, you should accept your lot and embrace a plot comprising a desultory patch of worn lawn adorned with plastic play kit. And if you want a pristine garden full of horticultural …

'I'll pay tax on dividends for the first time ever'

A generation of mainly elderly investors are discovering that their reliance on investments to provide modest dividend income is about to result in a crippling tax blow. For some, such as reader Susan Scott, aged 77, it will be the first time she has ever had to pay tax on this type of income.<p>The …

Solar-powered device can pull water out of thin air, even in the desert

One way of providing drinking water to people in parts of the world where it’s not readily available is to give them the tools to literally suck it …

University of California

How to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on yourself (and yes, it's just as effective)

The Heimlich manoeuvre, a short sharp burst of pressure to the abdomen to clear a blockage in the throat, is just as effective when performed by the person who is choking, experts have found.<p>Doctors from the Royal Brompton Hospital in London warned that too often people were embarrassed when they …

The Future Of Energy Isn't Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It's Nuclear Fusion

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the climate doesn’t matter. That we’re completely ignoring the connection between carbon dioxide, the Earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, global temperatures, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. From a long-term point of view, we’d still need to plan …

Nuclear Fusion

A New Flavor of CRISPR Could Tackle Some of the Worst Genetic Diseases

Most of the time, when people talk about the cutting edge gene editing technology CRISPR, they are actually talking about CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR, you …

Scientists capture first ever image of dark matter web that connects galaxies

For the first time ever, scientists have captured an image of a dark matter bridge, confirming the theory that galaxies are held together by a cosmic …

Buying on the cheap a no-brainer for long-term investors

Buying stocks that are cheap can be extraordinarily difficult to do. Stocks that are inexpensive are often that way because they are those that …

Scientists Found a Good Use for Surplus Sperm

A team of German scientists were wondering how to deliver medications into the female reproductive tract and realized, hey, why come up with …

On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers

They pick up the dead and wounded from burning buildings, terrorist attacks and gun battles. And they get paid £1 a day<p>The impact of the explosion sent Muhammad Safdar flying backwards. He looked up from where he had landed and saw that the windows of his parked ambulance had shattered. As he tried …

Terrorism

How to make your investments pay a monthly 'salary'

It is the goal of many investors: getting a regular income from a portfolio without having to lift a finger.<p>In the past, receiving a monthly income from a portfolio could be problematic, as dividend payments were sporadic.<p>Now there are a range of options for those who want their portfolio to pay …

Why you need a bird house (or two) in your garden – and which ones to buy

According to the British Trust for Ornithology, natural nesting sites for birds are on the decline across the country. As more people begin to tidy their gardens and repair old buildings, previous nesting sites for birds such as holes in trees and nooks in old buildings are being destroyed.<p>Birds …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Ask Ethan: What's The Difference Between A Fermion And A Boson?

There are only two types of fundamental particle known in the entire Universe: fermions and bosons. Every particle — in addition to the normal properties you know like mass and electric charge — has an intrinsic amount of angular momentum to it, colloquially known as spin. Particles with spins that …

How to cut the new £20,000 'death tax'

In one of the most unpopular moves of recent years, the Government is introducing a dramatic rise in probate fees, which is likely to take effect next month.<p>A “grant of probate” allows the executor to pay inheritance tax (IHT), settle debts and carry out the wishes of the deceased as expressed in …

Stars Born Inside Violent Black Hole Jets Spotted for the 1st Time

Infant stars have been discovered inside raging streams of material spewed into space by a monstrous black hole, according to a new study.<p>The rather …

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.<p>Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate …

26 magical lost cities that you really can visit

How Big Was The Universe At The Moment Of Its Creation?

You might think of the Universe as infinite, and quite honestly, it might truly be infinite, but we don’t think we’ll ever know for sure. Thanks to the Big Bang — the fact that the Universe had a birthday, or that we can only go back a finite amount of time — and the fact that the speed of light is …

What is the Treaty of Rome?

March 25th 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the agreement that effectively gave birth to the European Union. Here's everything you need to know about the Treaty of Rome.<p>The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community (EEC) which is seen as a major stepping stone in the creation of …

What should you do with your money before the tax-year ends?

You only have six weeks left to beat the Taxman by using all the allowed tax breaks available for the current tax-year.<p>With such low interest rates …

These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make “The Martian” | Backchannel

<b>On November 5, 2013,</b> a rocket launched toward Mars. It was India’s first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan, and a terrific gamble. Only 40 percent …

Prefab tiny home, sustainable and 3D-printed, offers idyllic high-tech living

Into sustainable design and tiny homes? You’ll dig this<p>Eco-design nerds will dig this: A Ukrainian company, PassivDom, recently unveiled modulOne, an off-grid, solar-powered 3D-printed prefabricated home.<p>That’s a lot of buzzwords, sure, but the modulOne—which features an insulating …

Prefab Homes

Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option

The true impact of activism may not be felt for a generation. That alone is reason to fight, rather than surrender to despair<p>Last month, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden had a public conversation about democracy, transparency, whistleblowing and more. In the course of it, Snowden – who was of …