Archive: 10/25/2007

How to design a cancer-killing virus

One new way to treat individuals with cancer that is being developed is the use of viruses that infect and kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. These viruses are known as virotherapeutics. In a new study, ...

dateOct 25, 2007 in Cancer
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String Theory's Next Top Model

Ernest Rutherford used to tell his physics students that if they couldn't explain a concept to a barmaid, they didn't really understand the concept. With regard to the cosmological implications of string theory, ...

dateOct 25, 2007 in General Physics
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Probing Question: How does anesthesia work?

Many inventions of the 19th century -- telephones, airplanes, phonographs -- have helped to shape the modern world. However, it could be argued that the 1846 discovery of effective surgical anesthesia holds a place of honor ...

dateOct 25, 2007 in Other
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Linguists looking for a Pacific Northwest dialect

Linguists generally believe the West is too young to have evolved separate identifiable accent features or words, as has happened in other areas of the United States, and they usually lump together everyone living west of ...

dateOct 25, 2007 in Other
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Alice on Trial, Redux

When Alice revs her engine at the start of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge qualifying rounds on October 27, multitudes of cameras will be pointing at her. But she'll only ...

dateOct 25, 2007 in Engineering
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Ancient DNA reveals that some Neanderthals were redheads

Ancient DNA retrieved from the bones of two Neanderthals suggests that at least some of them had red hair and pale skin, scientists report this week in the journal Science. The international team says that N ...

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