Immunotherapy offers hope for once nearly-untreatable cancers

Immunotherapy offers hope for once nearly-untreatable cancers

Though scientists have explored immunotherapy for more than 100 years, only recently has it been taken seriously, said James Allison, chair ...
Virtual reality sex might soon be a reality. What can we expect?

Virtual reality sex might soon be a reality. What can we expect?

VR sex simulation is not the same as porn. The term “VR porn” is therefore somewhat misleading. When viewing photos ...
2020's most important human evolution discoveries

2020’s most important human evolution discoveries

Since many scientific articles are years in the making, a lot of exciting discoveries were still revealed in 2020! … ...
IVF 14-day rule: Scientists and ethicists reconsidering how many days an embryo can be studied outside the womb

IVF 14-day rule: Scientists and ethicists reconsidering how many days an embryo can be studied outside the womb

As early as 1979, regulators responded to [in-vitro fertilization ethical] concerns by establishing the ‘14-day rule’. It soon became an internationally accepted ...
‘Fossil Men’: Did humans evolve from apes or apes from humans?

‘Fossil Men’: Did humans evolve from apes or apes from humans?

In “Fossil Men: [The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind,” Kermit] Pattison weaves the multiple intrigues ...
Viewpoint: Fears grow that Trump’s anti-science extremism could fuel rise in creationism

Viewpoint: Fears grow that Trump’s anti-science extremism could fuel rise in creationism

Loss and humiliation do not make bad ideas go away. Rather, they can take on wilder and more outrageous forms ...
7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

Researchers have already identified DNA errors as the cause of nearly 7,000 diseases. Thankfully, the growing world of genome editing could ...
Genetically modified tomato developed to naturally produce Parkinson's fighting L-DOPA drug

Genetically modified tomato developed to naturally produce Parkinson’s fighting L-DOPA drug

The John Innes Centre led team modified [a] tomato fruit by introducing a gene responsible for the synthesis of L-DOPA ...
Viewpoint: Halo Band not ready for primetime – Amazon’s invasive wearable health tracker gets a poor review

Viewpoint: Halo Band not ready for primetime – Amazon’s invasive wearable health tracker gets a poor review

You haven’t exercised or slept enough, reports Amazon’s $65 Halo Band. Your body has too much fat, the Halo’s app shows ...
5 ways CRISPR has begun changing the world

5 ways CRISPR has begun changing the world

[W]hile thousands of life scientists pivoted to trying to understand how the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the human body, and others transformed their ...
What the brain looks like when we're lonely

What the brain looks like when we’re lonely

A new study, headed by a team at McGill University, has now identified neurobiological signatures in the brains of lonely ...
The Serena Williams effect: Why younger siblings are more likely to become elite athletes

The Serena Williams effect: Why younger siblings are more likely to become elite athletes

While Venus has enjoyed a magnificent career, winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, Serena has won 23 Grand Slams and is widely acclaimed ...
Reopening cold cases: The new tools revolutionizing DNA crime detection

Reopening cold cases: The new tools revolutionizing DNA crime detection

Puzzle solvers by nature, genealogists tie the loose ends of a person’s familial tapestry for answers… It’s an emerging practice ...
Saints and psychopaths, light and dark: Which personality type is more likely to succeed?

Saints and psychopaths, light and dark: Which personality type is more likely to succeed?

There is an oft-touted saying that ‘Nice guys finish last’ and, on the face of it, this might seem correct ...
Who are the most notorious (and most dangerous) anti-vaccination activists?

Who are the most notorious (and most dangerous) anti-vaccination activists?

I decided to bring to you the people behind the [anti-vax series The Truth About Vaccines].  It is quite a ...
13 discoveries in 2020 that have transformed what we know about human evolution

13 discoveries in 2020 that have transformed what we know about human evolution

Here are some of the most eye-raising anthropological findings of 2020. … 2) Certain Neanderthal genes, researchers found, code for proteins ...
Exploring the science and mystery of dreams

Exploring the science and mystery of dreams

While there is a vigorous debate over whether the actual conscious experiencing of dreams while they occur serves a function, ...
Video: Instead of paying with a credit card, what if you could simply touch a scanner with your finger?

Video: Instead of paying with a credit card, what if you could simply touch a scanner with your finger?

Instead of inserting a card or scanning a smartphone to make a payment, what if you could simply touch the ...
Does being born first help in life? Yes, but just a little bit

Does being born first help in life? Yes, but just a little bit

An analysis of a longitudinal study that tracked 3,763 Americans across 50 years found no evidence that birth order is linked to the ...
How Neanderthal genes found in most non-Africans impact the health of modern humans

How Neanderthal genes found in most non-Africans impact the health of modern humans

A researcher at the University of Tartu described new associations between Neandertal DNA and autoimmune diseases, prostate cancer and type ...
COVID tests often yield false results, underscoring the limits of testing to control pandemics

COVID tests often yield false results, underscoring the limits of testing to control pandemics

National coronavirus test shortages have emphasized testing’s critical role in containing and mitigating the pandemic, but these inconvenient truths remain: ...
Pigs are ‘hot’ as family pets. Are they as social as dogs?

Pigs are ‘hot’ as family pets. Are they as social as dogs?

Pork is now the most widely eaten meat in the world. At the same time, owing to the creation of novel, smaller ...
China attempting to develop ‘biologically enhanced super soldiers’, US spy chief claims

China attempting to develop ‘biologically enhanced super soldiers’, US spy chief claims

China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced ...
‘Extinguishing of other species is one of our defining traits’: How humans are destroying the world’s animals, insects and plants

‘Extinguishing of other species is one of our defining traits’: How humans are destroying the world’s animals, insects and plants

If extinctions are events, they are so only in geological time, and geological time is rather vast. The late Devonian ...
Plants poised to become a critical source to make vaccines for dengue and other diseases

Plants poised to become a critical source to make vaccines for dengue and other diseases

Dengue is a pathogenic mosquito-borne virus belonging to the Flaviviridae family that causes 390 million infections per year. A safe, ...
We assume life originated as a freak occurrence in a disordered, primordial soup of chemicals. Is this model wrong?

We assume life originated as a freak occurrence in a disordered, primordial soup of chemicals. Is this model wrong?

What is becoming increasingly clear is that interacting collectives of “dumb” particles can evolve into specialized structures with fine-tuned relationships ...
Skull of two-million-year old human cousin found in South Africa illustrates how ancient species adapted to new challenges

Skull of two-million-year old human cousin found in South Africa illustrates how ancient species adapted to new challenges

Academics from La Trobe University’s Archaeology Department in Melbourne, Australia led the excavation and reconstruction of the large-toothed rare skull from the Drimolen ...
Facial recognition is growing with COVID – and sparking a burgeoning resistance movement

Facial recognition is growing with COVID – and sparking a burgeoning resistance movement

Facial-recognition technology (FRT) has long been in use at airport borders and on smartphones, and as a tool to help ...
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