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Nanoparticles Could Manufacture Cancer-Killing Drugs Inside Your Body

MIT researchers have built a nano-scale, drug-producing factory that could provide precision cancer tumour-killing inside your body. Drugs made of proteins are good at killing cancer tumours, but the human body in turn is good at killing foreign proteins that show up our bloodstream.


The Secret To Bats' Super-Efficient Flight Could Help Make Better Military Drones

When a team of biologists, physicists and engineers at Brown University put their heads together to look at batwings, they discovered how wings on everything from military vehicles to batman could become 35 per cent more efficient.


Dental X-Rays Linked To The Most Common Brain Tumours

Cancer researchers have found that certain types of older dental X-rays may increase the incidence of the most common type of brain tumour in the United States: meningioma.


Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Brain Damage

If a human tried chopping wood with his head, he’d lose at least one eye and sustain permanent brain damage. But woodpeckers do it all the live long day and sustain zero headular damage. How do they do it?


Tough Times Are Written In Your DNA

You’ve seen the reports that individuals with a lower economic and social status suffer from poor health more often than folks in higher tax brackets. Now, thanks to a multi-year study of rhesus macaques monkeys, researchers have found genetic changes caused by stressful environments are likely contributing to that poor health.


The Gorgeous Spiral Staircase You Can Put Literally Anywhere

Why should a staircase only be for getting to the next floor? The modular and portable nature of the Elementstair, which was inspired by water slides and designed by Floris Schoonderbeek, means you can have a stairway in your home that simply gives you a new point of view. Kind of a fancy version of standing on your chair a la Dead Poets Society.


Scientists Find First Definitive Genetic Links To Autism

Scientists have uncovered several gene mutations that sharply increase the chances of developing autism. It’s the first time researchers have pinpointed a specific genetic component with the spectrum of disorders, which includes Asberger’s.


We've Been Treating The Deadliest Form Of Breast Cancer All Wrong

One of the worst things you can hear from you doctor is that you, or a loved one, has “triple negative” breast cancer. It stubbornly refuses to respond to the best treatments available, so doctors have to resort to chemotherapy. It strikes 16 per cent of breast cancer patients, most of them younger than 40. But we may finally have figured out how to beat it.


Exercise And Caffeine Is A Cancer-Fighting One-Two Punch

This is the study that many of us have been waiting for: exercise combined with caffeine will greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer caused by sun exposure.


Mammogram False Positives Lead To Needless Chemotherapy, Mastectomies

A new study shows that up to 25 per cent of women who have harmless breast tumuors undergo invasive cancer treatments anyway, because mammograms lead to a significant number of false positives.