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First successful study of virus attack on cancer

It's a new weapon in the arsenal of cancer fighting treatments: utilizing genetically modified viruses to invade cancer cells and destroy them from the inside. Now scientists have found that stage IIIb to IV melanoma patients treated with a modified cold sore (herpes) virus had improved survival.

Quasi-sexual gene transfer drives genetic diversity of hot spring bacteria

New work from a multidisciplinary team of scientists used massive DNA sequencing of bacterial populations that grow in the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park to determine their genetic diversity and explore the underlying evolutionary dynamics. Show More Summary

Schoolkids have a new science classroom — in space

Ardusat is a startup dedicated to enabling young scientists to conduct data experiments in space.

Designers as data scientists

Download a free copy of “The New Design Fundamentals” ebook, a curated collection of chapters from our Design library. Note: this post is an excerpt from “Designing with Data,” by Rochelle King and Elizabeth F. Churchill, which is included in …

Scientists Have Worked Out Why Swiss Cheese Has Holes

6 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The holes in Swiss cheese lend it a very distinctive appearance. But new analysis reveals that they’re not a result of gas produced bacteria in the cheese, or cheeky nibbling by mice—but something else entirely. Read more...

New human ancestor species from Ethiopia lived alongside Lucy's species

Holotype upper jaw of a new human ancestor species found on March 4, 2011. Credit: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Cleveland Museum of Natural History A new relative joins "Lucy" on the human family tree. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Show More Summary

Amnesia research takes new turn after scientists use light pulses to revive lost memories in mice

13 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study reported. Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with some researchers arguing that it occurs when cells are damaged and...

Extreme Rainfall Becoming More Common, New Analysis Finds

19 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

As floodwaters ravage Texas and Oklahoma, a new analysis finds that heavy downpours have increased dramatically since 1950. And scientists project that precipitation patterns will become increasingly erratic as the climate changes. The Northeast had a 31 percent increase in heavy downpours between the 1950 to 1959 period and the 2005 to 2014 period. Show More Summary

A Proposal to Modify Plants Gives G.M.O. Debate New Life

19 hours agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

Some scientists are hoping techniques that give back to plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them might be more acceptable to opponents of genetically modified organisms.

Mutant Bacteria Detects Disease by Changing the Color of Your Urine

20 hours agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Scientists are working on a number of ways to better identify diseases early and noninvasively. A new pair of studies out this week in Science Translational Medicine show promising results from the use of bacterial "biosensors" to detect disease. Show More Summary

Lucy has a cousin?

CURATOR DISCOVERS NEW HUMAN ANCESTOR SPECIES Scientists have long argued that there was only one pre-human species at any given time between 3 and 4 million years ago, subsequently giving rise to another new species through time. This was what the fossil record appeared to indicate until the end of the 20th century. However, the naming [...]

Wastewater treatment may be creating new antibiotics

For years, scientists have been aware of the potential problems of antibiotics being present in wastewater, and new research is showing that treatments to clean wastewater may actually be creating new antibiotics and further contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance in the environment.

Marine Scientist: Orcas Belong in The Ocean, Not SeaWorld

A new TEDx talk is presenting the latest scientific proof against SeaWorld, in case anyone needed some more. Dr. Naomi Rose, Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist, spoke at a Read More The post Marine Scientist: Orcas Belong in The Ocean, Not SeaWorld appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Sexual intrigue in nematodes: In battle of the sexes, a single night with a New York male is enough to kill

Men and women often enter relationships with different long-term goals. In the animal world, differences in approaches to reproductive success can lead to sexual conflict. In a new study, scientists show that sexual conflicts can evolve rapidly in natural populations, driven by competition among males for mating success.

Can science make you less sexist while you sleep?

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

No matter how open-minded you think you are, you're chock-full of what scientists call implicit biases -- prejudices you don't even realize that you have that color your actions. But a fascinating new study suggests that these biases can be cut down in your sleep. Show More Summary

Genetic analysis of the American eel helps explain its decline

The numbers of American eels in freshwater areas have been decreasing rapidly but scientists have been puzzled as to why the fish can't recolonize. Now, a new look at eel genetics finds that there are differences between eels that feed in freshwater and eels that feed in brackish environments that were previously thought to be genetically interchangeable.

The Big Bang Theory STEM Scholarship Set At UCLA

The Big Bang Theory helped make scientists look cool on TV. Now the hit CBS/Warner Bris. TV sitcom and its executive producer Chuck Lorre are looking to help foster new generations of scientists with financial aid for low-income college students. Show More Summary

Protecting women from multiple sclerosis

An innocent mistake made by a graduate student in a lab who accidentally used male mice instead of female mice during an experiment, has led scientists to a novel discovery that offers new insight into why women are more likely than men to develop autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Scientists discover key to what causes immune cell migration to wounds

Immune cells play an important role in the upkeep and repair of our bodies, helping us to defend against infection and disease. Until now, how these cells detect a wounded or damaged site has largely remained a mystery. New research has identified the triggers which lead these cells to react and respond in cell repair.

"Our Invisible Universe" --The Foamy Structure of Spacetime

A new study combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, and the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array (VERITAS) in Arizona is helping scientists set limits on the quantum nature of space-time on extremely tiny scales....

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