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Gene editing used in China in a failed but promising attempt to cure HIV

Rachael Rettner | 
Scientists in China have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to treat a patient with HIV, but it didn't cure the patient, ...
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How Nazi Germany pioneered the use of performance enhancing drugs in WWII

Mindy Weisberger | 
The remarkable endurance of German and Allied soldiers during World War II had a secret ingredient: performance-enhancing drugs. During the ...

Destructive diets: Are we eating Earth’s large animals to extinction?

Brandon Specktor | 
In new research published [February 6] in the journal Conservation Letters, scientists surveyed the populations of nearly 300 species of megafauna ...
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Can aggressive cancer cells be transformed into ‘harmless fat’?

Rachel Rettner | 
Imagine if you could turn aggressive cancer cells into harmless fat. Scientists in Switzerland say they've done just that, in ...
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Not so-sterile brains? Researchers find harmless bacteria living there

Rachael Rettner | 
In the latest example of bacteria being "literally everywhere," scientists appear to have found evidence of microbes living harmlessly in ...

‘People are primed for ET’: Why the discovery of alien life won’t frighten us

Mindy Weisberger | 
On [October 30] 80 years ago, actor Orson Welles announced to audiences in a chilling radio performance that Martians were ...

Longer lives for humans? Here’s what it will take

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
How healthy will the world be in 2040? If things continue as they are now, the answer is better off ...
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Medieval graves yield genetic clues about kinship of Germanic warrior family

Laura Geggel | 
A dozen lavish medieval graves holding the remains of 13 people have finally spilled their genetic secrets, now that researchers ...
Why get certified in Artificial Intelligence

Here’s why so many of us are spooked by artificial intelligence?

Mindy Weisberger | 
[N]ot everyone is ready to welcome AI with open arms. In recent years, as computer scientists have pushed the boundaries ...
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Why dreams are so hard to remember and what you can do about it

Bahar Gholipour | 
In waking life, [quickly] forgetting recent experiences would surely land you in a doctor's office. With dreams, however, forgetting is ...

Do you have second ‘brain’ in your colon?

Brandon Specktor | 
You're reading these words because you have a brain in your head. But did you know you also have a ...

King David’s United Monarchy: Is this 3,000-year-old Israeli house evidence of ‘lost’ biblical kingdom?

Owen Jarus | 
Archaeologists have discovered a sprawling, possibly 3,000-year-old house that suggests a biblical kingdom called the United Monarchy, ruled by King ...

About phosphorous and why extraterrestrial life may be a long shot

Marcus Woo | 
Phosphorus is an essential element for life — but that there was enough of it for life to start on ...

Searching for Hóp, the lost Canadian Viking settlement from lore

Owen Jarus | 
A lost Viking settlement known as "Hóp," which has been mentioned in sagas passed down over hundreds of years, is ...

‘Spreading depression’: The silencing of electrical activity in dying brains

Rafi Letzter | 
Harvard biologist Aristides Leão described finding a sudden silencing of electrical activity in the exposed brains of his unconscious experimental animals after ...
111-year old mystery solved: Egyptian mummies from 2000 BCE are half-brothers, DNA analysis shows

111-year old mystery solved: Egyptian mummies from 2000 BCE are half-brothers, DNA analysis shows

Laura Geggel | 
Two Egyptian mummies that rested next to each other for nearly 4,000 years are not full brothers, but rather half ...

How your brain steps on the brake after starting a task

Rafi Letzter | 
To stop an activity, your brain must engage in very precise timing that involves the careful coordination of three distinct ...
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