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Space Station science: Fungus found at Chernobyl could protect astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation

Galactic cosmic radiation remains a troubling impediment to a sustained human presence in space. This unresolved problem is starting to ...
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We may need to genetically engineer astronauts to protect them from radiation during long space flights

One of the main health concerns with space travel is radiation exposure. If, for example, scientists could figure out a way ...
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Orange skin? That’s just one of the ways our bodies might evolve if we settle on Mars

Over time, we should expect a fair bit of evolutionary divergence between Mars settlers and the human population on Earth, ...
Podcast: Medical scans boost your cancer risk? Recent research raises troubling questions

Podcast: Medical scans boost your cancer risk? Recent research raises troubling questions

We explore the latest findings suggesting that low doses of radiation from medical scans may enhance the growth of cancer ...
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Why does human skin color have so much variation?

Human skin color reflects an evolutionary balancing act tens of thousands of years in the making. There’s a convincing explanation ...
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Searching for infectious canine cancer in the shadow of Chernobyl

After the [Chernobyl] explosion, over 90,000 people were evacuated from hundreds of towns and communities in the vicinity of the ...
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Blasting rodents with cell phone radiation increased cancer risk. Here’s why that means nothing for humans

Last week the National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued an update on the results of the largest animal experiment to assess ...
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Deep space travelers could face ‘significant’ gastrointestinal damage from radiation

Deep-space travel could even cause significant gastrointestinal (GI) damage to astronauts, according to one new study. Researchers at Georgetown University ...
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Viewpoint: Despite what you might hear, food irradiation is safe—and necessary

Take a good look at those crisp lettuce leaves in your salad, or consider the barley that has gone into ...
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Viewpoint: Despite what you might hear, there’s still no evidence linking cell phones to cancer

[Recently] the Observer published an article by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie on a disturbing topic – the idea that telecoms giants ...
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How gene therapy could help astronauts survive deep space deadly radiation

Over the past five decades, space travel advocates have been pushing to expand our footprint in space. They dream about lunar ...
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Do cell phones cause cancer? Unlikely, but activists are skeptical of journalists who present the facts

While it has been theorized that radiation from cellphone usage has the ability to cause cancer, there is no evidence ...
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GMO seeds could be critical for extended space travel, colonization

If we hope to colonize space, scientists must figure out how to feed astronauts on journeys that could last years ...
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Will Chipotle’s food poisoning scare and Fukushima rethink help society overcome radiation phobia?

Hype about radiation dangers is ever present, as we live in a radiophobic society, but the Chipotle food poisoning incidents ...