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What the Rich Won’t Tell You

Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. Then she made a confession: She took the …

Demographics

How HIV Became a Cancer Cure

The immunologist behind the revolutionary new treatment set to win approval from the FDA.<p>Philadelphia<p>When Ben Franklin proposed in 1749 what eventually became the University of Pennsylvania, he called for an academy to teach “those Things that are likely to be most useful.” Today the university …

Medicine

Tammy Bruce: The incredible truth about how far legacy media is willing to go to manipulate and mislead Americans

<i>Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared in the Washington Times.</i><p>Fake news has become known for being a false story, gossip or even lies promulgated by the legacy media. We know what our news media establishment often delivers is nothing more than opinion masquerading as news. That …

Big Data Shows Big Promise in Medicine

Computers are already outperforming doctors in some ways (though their bedside manner leaves something to be desired).<p>In handling some kinds of life-or-death medical judgments, computers have already have surpassed the abilities of doctors. We’re looking at something like promise of self-driving …

Scientists solve longstanding biological mystery of DNA organization

Stretched out, the DNA from all the cells in our body would reach Pluto. So how does each tiny cell pack a two-meter length of DNA into its nucleus, …

Biology

Foxconned

How much is Wisconsin paying for a Taiwanese manufacturer's jobs?<p>This week, the electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn unveiled its plans to build a massive factory in Wisconsin to make flat-screen displays—evidence, the White House proclaimed, of both an American manufacturing renaissance and the …

Economics

Helix’s Bold Plan to Be Your One Stop Personal Genomics Shop

Every day you make thousands of decisions, from the imperceptibly quotidian to those that will change your life forever. But what if instead of …

Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

The approval of gene therapy for leukemia, expected in the next few months, will open the door to a radically new class of cancer treatments.<p>Companies and universities are racing to develop these new therapies, which re-engineer and turbocharge millions of a patient’s own immune cells, turning them …

Immunotherapy

Clinical trials for cancer could use more older people

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040. Yet seniors are underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.<p>The newest evidence of the imbalance comes from a Food and Drug …

Clinical Trials

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on.<p>Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at …

That Drug Expiration Date May Be More Myth Than Fact

The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless.<p>But to Lee Cantrell, who helps run the California …

Pharma

A Branch of Google’s Parent Company is Releasing 20 Million Mosquitos in California to Fight Zika

Automated Mosquito-Rearing System<p>Verily, the life sciences arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has created a robot that raises about one …

ICOs won’t replace venture, they’ll benefit from it

The latest oversimplification of the story around initial coin offerings, or ICOs, is that the venture capital industry might eventually find itself replaced by this hot new form of cryptocurrency-based fundraising.<p>As much as ICOs are a fascinating innovation, as are the blockchain technologies …

Cryptocurrency

Life Where the Murder Rate Is Sky-High

RIO DE JANEIRO — Sergio Vicente Goulard’s body lay naked on a hospital stretcher, waiting to be identified. A few hours earlier, paramilitaries had shot him in the head inside his home. Luiz Carlos Barbosa was found on the street in the middle of a favela controlled by two criminal gangs; he had …

Crime

Maize, rice, wheat: alarm at rising climate risk to vital crops

Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found.<p>The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme weather events could …

Climate Change

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment

RICHMOND, Ky. — Just 24 hours old, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay already was having a rough day.<p>Convulsions rocked her tiny body as she lay under warming lights in the nursery of the Baptist Health Richmond hospital. She vomited and made strange, high-pitched cries.<p>The infant was going through opioid …

Pregnancy

An Exciting New Cancer Treatment Has Just Been Endorsed by FDA

We can reprogram immune cells!<p>Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that …

Immunotherapy

Three health experts emerge finalists for top job at WHO in its first-ever election

<b>Geneva:</b> A British physician, an Ethiopian ex-health minister and a Pakistani expert in non-communicable diseases are the three finalists vying for …

World Health Organization

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

From gigil to wabi-sabi and tarab, there are many foreign emotion words with no English equivalent. Learning to identify and cultivate these experiences could give you a richer and more successful life.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>Have …

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and a polemical African American social scientist (Lytton Strachey and WEB Du Bois), having now plundered more than a century of Anglo-American prose, and with at least two more centuries to come, it’s a good moment to …

Literature

New Organisms Have Been Formed Using The First Ever 6-Letter Genetic Code

This could be the beginning of a whole new life form.<p>Scientists have engineered the first ever 'semi-synthetic' organisms, by breeding <i>E. coli</i> …

Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

Obama Administration

Early Signs of Alzheimer's Identified

<i>Summary: Researchers confirm both amyloid beta and tau are present in brain areas associated with memory and information processing during very early</i> …

A Second Pharma Giant Just Promised to Ditch Crazy Drug Price Hikes

Danish pharma and diabetes drug giant Novo Nordisk (nvo) is joining a nascent biopharma industry movement to voluntarily limit its hikes on …

Free Shipping Is A Lie

Free shipping is a top priority for online shoppers, but many merchants are struggling to keep up with the costs.<p>When shopping online, you tend to run into the lie pretty quickly.<p>Spend a certain amount—perhaps $15 or $20—and your shipment is free. Take advantage of competitive holiday promotions …

A history professor who has accurately predicted three decades of US presidential races is calling a Trump win

Nevermind the <i>Access Hollywood</i> tape about groping women against their consent. Or the growing list of female accusers alleging an array of sexual indiscretions by Donald Trump. Or the emotional backlash triggered by Trump’s comments in the third presidential debate about “bad hombres” or that “nasty …

Donald Trump

One more reason to swear off tobacco: The inflammatory trap induced by nicotine - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

An Umeå-based team in collaboration with US researchers reveals a new link between nicotine and inflammation. They report that nicotine strongly …