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Octavia Butler would have been 71 years old today. Today’s Google Doodle honors legendary science fiction writer Octavia Butler. At a time when the overwhelming majority of science fiction writers were white men, Butler wrote women and people of color as protagonists in stories of time travel, postapocalyptic survival, alien civilizations, and vampires. Her work
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Shutterstock A Massachusetts startup called Aclarity has what it calls a transformational method for clean H2O: Using electricity to zap away pathogens, metals and other impurities from water. Co-founder Barrett Mully says the technology could solve crises like one that occurred in Flint, Michigan, where lead leached from aging pipes after the city switched its source from one river
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Scripps Research Professor Ben Shen of The Scripps Research Department of Chemistry studies microbial cultures to identify clues as to why cancer cells can become resistant to chemotherapy agents. Penicillin and morphine are two ‘naturally derived’ drugs that everyone is likely to recognize. Penicillin originally came from mold, whereas morphine comes from a plant and
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Shutterstock A new review and analysis of several studies has found that probiotics do not improve self-reported anxiety symptoms in humans, not even a little. The study reviewed 36 preclinical studies in total, 14 involving humans and 22 involving rats and mice. That’s a decent-sized sampling of the research covering a variety of probiotic strains, and it turned
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Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Stage IV lung cancer survivors Emily Bennett Taylor and Sandy Jauregui were featured as part of The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s #BeatLungCancer billboard campaign to address the stigma surrounding lung cancer patients. David Brooks, the highly-regarded columnist for The New York Times, recently wrote about Americans having a tremendous
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NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI) Various long-exposure campaigns, like the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) shown here, have revealed thousands of galaxies in a volume of the Universe that represents a fraction of a millionth of the sky. Ambitious, flagship-class
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