Monthly Archives: June 2010

Stem cell misadventures: shady stories from hot places

A man staggers off a plane on to a hot tarmac. He’s flown thousands of miles in the hope that this visit to a country famous for its beautiful beaches, among other things, will mend his broken heart — medically, … Continue reading

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Need to know: troubled oceans, lurking flu, vuvuzela filters and more

A handful of need-to-knows this week: The oceans are in trouble even without rigs dumping oil into them. Science’s coverage of the issues in its latest issue, is, well, oceanic. The direst of the problems seems to be that the oceans’ pH … Continue reading

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Awash in oily news from the Niger Delta

Whoa. Could it be that the universe/Gods of justice/media heard my complaint from 12 days ago? On June 5th, I wrote about the bigger spill (the one that even the NYTimes isn’t saying much about) because I was peeved that the … Continue reading

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Now Big Brother wants your DNA too (psst, it might already have it)

Whether it’s a good thing or not is debatable, but the truth of the matter is that Big Brother, a.k.a, the federal government, already has gathered a little too much info about us by snooping on our digital lives. Govt.-commissioned … Continue reading

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10 year old human genome feels the weight of false expectations

It’s annoying when people pick on the human genome. Especially since this June marks its 10th birthday (scientists unveiled its first draft 1o years ago), and we should be throwing the genome birthday bashes, not bashing it up. And particularly … Continue reading

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New ways of hitting cancer: peptide rockets and nanobombs

You can make a cancer drug that only targets cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. You can even tailor a cancer drug so that it specifically targets genetic mistakes that are unique to the particular subtype of cancer that … Continue reading

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The Neanderthalizer and other weapons of mass instruction

Want a Neandertal makeover? There’s an app for that. There’s also an app to keep tabs on NASA. And a couple for beating climate-change skeptics and anti-evolutionists at their own game. These and scores of other nerdy downloads are some … Continue reading

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