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Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

Are Calorie Counts on Nutrition Labels Making Us Fat?

Misleading calorie counts on nutrition labels may be steering us toward energy-dense, processed foods.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>For the first time in two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed sweeping changes to the familiar nutrition</b> …

The ideal gas law – why bubbles expand if you heat them

Pressure, temperature, volume and the number of particles of a gas can help predict how it will behave<p>Think of a cake. When you put it in the oven, it starts off at a particular volume and then, an hour later, it has risen to perhaps double its size. It is obvious what has happened – the air …

24 Hot & Spicy Recipes for Sriracha Week—or Any Week

From mapo tofu to jerk chicken, here are 24 spicy recipes guaranteed to make you sweat.<p>If you haven't figured it out already, we're big spice fiends here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>. So fiendish, in fact, that we're dedicating an entire week to foods that tingle our tongues, light our mouths on fire, and make us …

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How to Know If Someone’s Really Dead

<b>Correction added Feb. 28, 2014</b><p>Dead is dead—except when it isn’t. That’s the lesson 78-year old Walter Williams of Holmes County, Miss., learned late …

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture | Colossal

<p>Anyone who follows Colossal knows that digital animation and motion graphics are a rarity here, but this clip is a solid exception. Created by …

The sugar-slashers are on the warpath

First fat, then salt – now the sweet stuff is being targeted for removal from the British diet<p>The jaunty slogan on the metallic green tin is meant to convey the carefree essence of childhood: “Don’t Grow Up. 7 Up.” When viewed through the lens of recent headlines, however, the phrase acquires a …

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Bill Nye v Ken Ham: should scientists bother to debate creationism?

The public debate between Bill Nye and the president of a US creationist museum gives creationism a scientific legitimacy that it isn’t entitled to<p>Last night, we were treated to a two-and-a-half hour debate between noted science communicator Bill Nye, and the president of Kentucky’s Creation …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Breakthrough could help battle diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's but ethical concerns remain over animal testing<p>Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

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Brain Injuries: what NICE doesn't tell you

The UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) determines the guidelines that British doctors should follow. But recent revisions mean that potentially life-saving information about brain injuries isn't given to patients<p>The title of this post is a play on the title of the …

90-Minute DNA Screening Available Soon For Law Enforcement

The rapid test is being evaluated by the Pentagon.<p>Current human DNA tests take two to three weeks to be completed, and must be sent into an accredited laboratory. But a new rapid test, which could analyze human DNA in 90 minutes in the field, is nearly complete, Pentagon and industry officials told …

Whoa there! Brain area found to help spot bad decisions

Ball of tissue named lateral frontal pole found to be crucial in analysing alternative decisions – and may be unique to humans<p>A new brain region that appears to help humans identify whether they have made bad decisions has been discovered by researchers.<p>The size and shape of a large Brussels …

Pregnant women are doing it wrong

Despite it being possibly the most stressful and demanding time of their lives, many seem to feel that pregnant women aren’t sufficiently panicked about their situation. Luckily, there’s always another study or news story around the corner to further pile on the doubt and worry<p>I’ve never been …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes<p>Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a …

The eyes in Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa are said by some to follow viewers around the room, but in this clever optical illusion the entire head of a dinosaur appears to move with the camera. Watch it here: http://fw.to/00HXuwg

What do compassionate doctors say? - Futurity

Researchers recorded and analyzed doctor-patient conversations to determine what compassion sounds like. The findings may lead to better medical …

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Her Objects of Affection: Movie Men Infatuated with Mannequins, Dolls and Droids

In Spike Jonze’s acclaimed new film <i>Her</i>, the titular pronoun refers to the female voice of a computer operating system, with whom a lonely writer …

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Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 13, 2013 141<p>I present to you… the trashiest of the sweet potatoes.<p>It’s like every single …

The man behind Silk Road – the internet's biggest market for illegal drugs

On a bright Tuesday afternoon at around 3.15pm, a handful of plain-clothed FBI agents climbed the stone stairs of Glen Park Library, an unobtrusive building on Diamond Street in San Francisco. They entered the library in staggered succession, gradually making their way towards its far corner: the …

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