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Scientists To Test Whether Zika Can Kill Brain Cancer Cells

Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer. The research will focus on glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of barely 5 percent. Zika causes severe disability ...

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Sometimes, Facts Can Actually Trump Ideology

In this highly polarized environment, it may seem unbelievable that we can use science to get people to go against their ideological blinkers. Plenty of research has shown that political ideology induces motivated reasoning , where people pre-select a certain conclusion and reach that conclusion regardless of the facts. In fact, those who view a politician positively and learn negative ...

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Fixing the Tomato: CRISPR Edits Correct Plant-Breeding Snafu

From their giant fruits to compact plant size, today’s tomatoes have been sculpted by thousands of years of breeding. But mutations linked to prized traits—including one that made them easier to harvest—yield an undesirable plant when combined, geneticists have found. It is a rare example of a gene harnessed during domestication that later hampered crop improvement efforts, says geneticist Zachary ...

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Wing Windows Reveal Insect Origami

Scientific American is part of Springer Nature, which owns or has commercial relations with thousands of scientific publications (many of them can be found at www.springernature.com/us ). Scientific American maintains a strict policy of editorial independence in reporting developments in science to our readers. Click here to Read from the source

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Bizarre Star Dims Again, and Astronomers Scramble to Catch It in the Act

The star often called the most mysterious in the galaxy has begun darkening again. Scientists are now rushing to watch the event with as many telescopes as they can muster to attempt to understand what is causing its bewildering fluctuations of light. The star, called KIC 8462852 and nicknamed “Tabby’s Star” after Yale University astronomer Tabetha “Tabby” Boyajian, first made ...

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New Concrete Recipes Could Cut Cracks

There’s a stretch of highway in Pennsylvania, along US-422. “And like every probably 20 feet you see a big pothole or cracking at the joint. Like everywhere. It was so bad.” Yaghoob Farnam is a construction materials engineer at Drexel University in Philly. And this road is pretty much his worst nightmare. “Yeah and just imagine I was driving like ...

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Drunk Mice Get the Munchies

If you give a mouse a beer, he is going to want a cookie—and another, and another. If you give a person enough beer, she might find herself wolfing down a plate of greasy nachos or some other caloric snack. A study published in January in Nature Communications helps to explain why binge drinking, in both mice and humans, so ...

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Causes and Treatment of Lower Back Pain

The main causes of low back pain include muscle strain, herniated disks, arthritis, and more.  You can treat low back pain with ice/heat, stretching, a back brace, and more. Keep reading to hear the main causes and treatments. Last episode , we tagged along with Lori, a 46-year-old bakery owner who went to see her doctor for three days of ...

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The Curious Case of the Caterpillar's Missing Microbes

Many animals, including humans , can’t live healthy lives without the microbes in their guts. These intestinal residents break down food and help to fight off disease-causing microorganisms. But the latest research suggests that some species, including caterpillars, can do just fine without them. It’s possible, say scientists who have studied these symbiotic bacteria, fungi and other microbes, that gut microbiomes ...

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Exocomets Light Up 100 Billion Kilometers of Space

Caleb A. Scharf Dr. Caleb A. Scharf is Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University,and has an international reputation as a research astrophysicist, and asa lecturer to college and public audiences. The UK’s Guardian newspaperhas listed his blog Life, Unbounded, as one of their “hottest scienceblogs,” while an editor at Seed Magazine called it “phenomenal.Informed, fresh, and thoughtful.” Scharf is author ...

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