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  • Charles Manson, cult leader and killer, dead at 83

    Charles Manson, the wild-eyed and diminutive cult leader convicted of orchestrating the gruesome slayings committed by his followers of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others in the summer of 1969, has died. Manson was 83. He had been in custody for what came to be known He died...
  • HIV/AIDS – Causes, Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) refers to a range of symptoms which are caused due to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIC) infection. After the infection occurs, the person usually does not experience very pronounced symptoms but may go through influenza-like symptoms. Following this, there is a long period that is typically...
  • HOW TO BUILD A ROBOT THAT WON’T TAKE OVER THE WORLD

    SAAC ASIMOV’S FAMOUS Three Laws of Robotics—constraints on the behavior of androids and automatons meant to ensure the safety of humans—were also famously incomplete. The laws, which first appeared in his 1942 short story “Runaround” and again in classic works like I, Robot, sound airtight at first: A robot may not...
  • Scientists Unleash CRISPR on RNA

    The CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system allows scientists to permanently alter the human genome faster and more precisely than ever before (see Sep 2014 news; May 2016 news). What if scientists wanted to make a temporary change, by targeting RNA instead? In the October 25 Science, researchers led by Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute of...
  • Kite’s Yescarta™

    Kite, a Gilead Company, (Nasdaq: GILD)  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted regular approval to Yescarta™ (axicabtagene ciloleucel), the first chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR T) therapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or...
  • Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It’s Posted Online

    Interest in “Properties of Expanding Universes” is at an all-time high: Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis of that name has crashed Cambridge University’s open-access repository on the first day the document was posted online. The Cambridge Library made several PDF files of the thesis available for download from its website,...
  • LUNAR SCIENTISTS WANT TO HITCH A RIDE ON AMERICA’S NEXT MOONSHOT

    AT THE BEGINNING of the month, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US, at long last, will go back to the moon. At least, some day. Pence didn’t give a date, details, or even a ballpark cost during his speech at the opening of the National Space Council. But he...
  • Heating Dirt Could Cause a Runaway Rise in Carbon Emissions

    Tucked into the apple-growing hills of Western Massachusetts is the Harvard Forest, a 3,700-acre wooded preserve that hosts school kids on field trips, day-tripping hikers, and, for more than a quarter century, a highly unusual science experiment. For the past 26 years, strings of subterranean electrical wires have heated...
  • Nobel Prize honors technique for seeing molecules’ details

    Three researchers based in the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developments in electron microscopy. The 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize is shared by Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank at New York’s Columbia University and Richard Henderson of MRC...
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