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FDA approves drug that uses herpes virus to fight cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Tuesday approved a first-of-a-kind drug that uses the herpes virus to infiltrate and destroy deadly skin cancer tumors.<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved the injectable drug from Amgen Inc. for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma, the deadliest …

Eating red and processed meat isn't going to increase your risk of cancer by that much

Contextualizing the World Health Organization's cancer report<p>Yesterday, the World Health Organization threw everyone into a panic by releasing a report categorizing red and processed meat as cancer-causing agents. After reviewing 800 scientific studies, the WHO's International Agency for Research …

New Wearable Device Could Protect Against HIV and Pregnancy

This intravaginal ring will be the first of its kind to begin clinical trials.<p>If a sexually active woman wants to protect herself from unwanted pregnancy and HIV using a single method, she has always been limited to condoms. A new paper, released today in PLOS ONE details a first-of-its-kind device …

Jumbo Black Hole's Dizzying Spin Twists Space

A rapidly spinning black hole points to smooth formation of early galaxies.<p>A monster black hole rotates at roughly half the speed of light, astronomers reported on Wednesday, twisting space as it turns. (Read "Star Eater" in <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.)<p>Most galaxies, including our own spiral Milky …

Acid test: LSD used as drug therapy for the first time in 40 years

Swiss scientists broke a four-decade-long informal ban on LSD research yesterday when they announced the results of a study in which cancer patients received the drug to curb their anxiety about death.<p>The study, which was published in the <i>Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i>, looked at the safety …

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants

Home-spun medicine<p>We've mentioned this before, but one of the coolest candidates for Material of the Future is silk. It's insanely tough, and in the human body, doesn't put the same strain on tissue that metal does. It can also harmlessly degrade in the body over time, which it makes it handy for …

HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial

A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells that are resistant to the virus has been declared a success by scientists following the first clinical trial.<p>The treatment, which has never been tested on humans before, raised patients' defences against HIV by replacing some of …

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside! 

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside!

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

6 of the World’s Longest-Lived Animals

Wildlife<p><b>The world’s oldest flamingo flew</b> <b>to that great big aviary in the sky last week</b><b>. Greater, as it was known, was the most famous flamingo in Australia’s Adelaide Zoo when it was put to sleep at age 83.</b><p>The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind; zookeepers decided that …

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

Human brain reacts to emoticons as real faces

Just a few decades after they were invented, emoticons have become an indispensable part of online communication - so much so that the human brain now reacts to them in the same way as a real face<p>Emoticons such as :-) have become so important to how we communicate online that they are changing the …

Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks Look Incredible Under A Microscope

Whether you're a fan of cocktails, beers, liquors or a fine wine, since the dawn of time alcohol has played a key role in being the social lubricant …

Letters From Charles Darwin

From the Popular Science archives. Happy Darwin Day!<p><i>These letters originally appeared in the March 1903 issue of</i> Popular Science. <i>The "Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Charles Darwin" were compiled and edited by Darwin's son, Francis Darwin, and the British botanist Albert Charles Seward. Today would</i> …

A Hypnotic Visualization Of The Polar Vortex From Space

Here on terrestrial Earth, the polar vortex is making all of our lives miserable, from frostbite-inducing chills in the North, to snow and ice blanketing Florida, to drivers in Atlanta getting stuck in traffic for 22 hours and comparing the scene to a zombie movie. As visualized from space, though, …

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Physicists find a new 'state of matter' in the eyes of chickens

An unusual arrangement of particles has been discovered in the cells of chicken eyes. It's the first time scientists have seen such a system in a …

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First Study Of LSD's Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

Today <i>The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i> published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured …

Spin of distant black hole measured at half of speed of light

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A supermassive black hole inside a distant quasar spins at about 336 million mph (540 million kph) or roughly half the speed of light, according to research published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this …

Elizabeth Newson obituary

Developmental psychologist who made important advances in autism research<p>The developmental psychologist Elizabeth Newson, who has died aged 84, challenged the orthodoxy of her profession by emphasising the importance of observing children at play and of involving parents in assessments of their …

Air Force researchers test mild electric shocks as a caffeine substitute

Can you shock your brain into performing better? Maybe.<p><i>The Boston Globe</i> reports that the US military is exploring passing mild electrical current through the brain as a replacement for soldiers' coffee and energy drinks, especially during long stretches of mind-numbing drone surveillance or data …

First Fecal Transplant Bank Opens

The Massachusetts-based company has delivered stool samples to 13 hospitals around the country.<p>A lot of people don't give a crap. But OpenBiome, a company based in Cambridge, Mass., does, quite literally. The group has opened a facility that collects stool samples from healthy, pre-screened …

7 Reasons You Should Teach Your Children To Speak French

The New Republic's John McWhorter recently came out with an essay on why we should stop pretending French is an important language.<p>The piece comes in response to a New York Times article about a new initiative from the French government to increase the amount of French instruction in American …

Artists Keep Some Strange Objects In Their Studios

"If I had known exactly how long it was going to take, I'd never have had the guts to do it," Trigg told Business Insider.<p>What she ended up with was a book, "Studio Life," which came out toward the end of last year. It's about the ways artists behave in their studios, and the strange objects they …

Soldiers Exposed To Blasts At Increased Risk Of PTSD, Brain Injury

The Institute of Medicine released a comprehensive report last week on the long-term risks of blast exposure for service members.<p>The majority of these blasts are caused by improvised explosive devices (IED). More than 33,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been wounded by an IED, but …

The Craziest Looks From The 3-D Printed Fashion Catwalk

Fashion met science and it was pretty darn cool.<p>If this is the future of fashion, it's pretty wild: models wore 3-D printed garments on Wednesday night at the 2014 3D Printshow in New York City. The event featured an entire gallery of art crafted by 3-D printer tech, along with a catwalk showcasing …

The Scent Of Your Earwax May Yield Valuable Information

Warning: It doesn't get any less gross from here.<p>As an Asian lady, I can't get over that people of African and European descent have moist earwax. I learned this years ago. I still can't get over it! I assumed everyone had earwax like me, so it was just too weird to learn otherwise.<p>Don't know what …

Chew This: What Does Science Tell Us About Teething?

“Why wasn't some more humane and less grisly teething process naturally selected for our species a few million years ago?” a friend asked on an email list recently.<p>And he had a point: teething, from what I’ve heard, is the pits. Babies start cutting their first teeth around 6 months, and gain one …

What would happen if Earth stopped spinning?

Our planet's rotation goes almost unnoticed in our day-to-day lives, but what would happen if it stopped spinning altogether? Or span in the opposite direction?<p>Earth rotates at around 1,670 km/h, but how important is this rotation to our lives? If this stopped suddenly the effects would be …