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https://www.labiotech.eu/in-depth/cancer-treatments-immuno-oncology/
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New approaches to tame the immune system in the fight against cancer are getting us closer to a future where cancer becomes a curable disease. I spoke with experts in the field to gather a realistic overview of the potential of four of these promising new cancer treatments.
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/
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Iceland has almost eliminated Down syndrome by aborting virtually 100 percent of fetuses that test positive.
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https://www.sciencealert.com/light-into-matter-breit-wheeler-process-hohlraum-experiment-start-2018
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Theoretically, it should be possible to turn light into matter. In practice, well - "easier said than done" is an understatement.
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https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/feeling-wealthy-drives-opposition-to-wealth-redistribution.html
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People’s views on income inequality and wealth distribution may have little to do with how much money they have in the bank and a lot to do with how wealthy they feel in comparison to …
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-mars-deep-space-journey-guts-gi-digestive-animal-study-gastrointestinal-health-a8563926.html
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Previous work has shown that astronauts could age prematurely and have damaged brain tissue after long journeys
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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00650-8
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Synthetic DNA seems to behave like the natural variety, suggesting that chemicals beyond nature’s four familiar bases could support life on Earth. Synthetic DNA seems to behave like the natural variety, suggesting that chemicals beyond nature’s four familiar bases could support life on Earth.
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https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/how-lsd-microdosing-became-the-hot-new-business-trip-64961/
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Regular doses of acid have become the creativity enhancer of choice for some professionals
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https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/hospital-robot-uses-uv-light-to-kill-viruses-and-germs/
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Irish scientists have invented a robot that kills viruses and other germs by emitting UV light—and will be ready for production in one week's time.
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https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/28/health/china-ai-early-education/index.html
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At kindergarten, three-year-old Seven Kong has his schoolmates to play with, but at home his best friend is a kidney-shaped, lime-coloured android named BeanQ.
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https://www.vice.com/en/article/vv74da/we-still-dont-know-jack-about-cognitive-enhancement
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Cognitive neuroscientist Martha Farah offers a warning.
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https://www.quantumrun.com/qr_dev/node/22040
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https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/25/health/baby-toddler-screen-time-wellness/index.html
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Toddlers sat in front of screens for more than 2.5 hours a day in the US, far above what experts recommend.
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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/sea-snail-venom-could-be-the-holy-grail-in-pain-therapeutics/9617670
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Australian scientists are one step closer to developing new pain relief drugs from the chemicals used by venomous sea snails — and they may even have a curative effect.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45919650
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Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk are among a number of entrepreneurs with galactic ambitions.
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https://readwrite.com/2015/05/27/oculus-surreal-vision-acquisition-signal-augmented-reality-intentions/
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https://www.cnet.com/news/ai-makes-key-protein-folding-research-a-million-times-faster/
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Computers can be trained to figure out how these key building blocks of life work, a Harvard researcher finds.
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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/01/future-of-loneliness-internet-isolation
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<strong>The long read: </strong>As we moved our lives online, the internet promised an end to&nbsp;isolation. But can we find real&nbsp;intimacy amid shifting identities and permanent surveillance?
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https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/02/amazon-patents-a-real-time-accent-translator/
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Amazon has been granted a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn't mean the company has made it, but there's also no technical reason why it can't do so.
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https://www.quantamagazine.org/dark-matter-experiment-finds-unexplained-signal-20200617/
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Researchers say there are three possible explanations for the anomalous data. One is mundane. Two would revolutionize physics.
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https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/11/26/366764863/those-phone-obsessed-teenagers-arent-as-lonely-as-you-think/
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Teenagers may not need as much face-to-face interaction as earlier generations to feel connected. And that may explain why a study finds they're not feeling as lonely, either.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/psychedelics-gold-rush-is-coming-how-they-can-help-people-2019-6
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Researchers say that "ego dissolution" is a key part of psychedelic treatment. It's part of why people can quit smoking, stop drinking.