Herpes virus cell therapy may halt skin cancer

Herpes virus cell therapy may halt skin cancer

A melanoma skin cancer immunotherapy treatment made from genetically-engineered cells of the herpes simplex virus-1 may be effective for patients both in early and advanced stages of the disease. Results of a phase three clinical trial, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, of the experimental drug found cancer didn’t progress in 16.3 percent of the… (more…)

What do humans have in common with yeast?

What do humans have in common with yeast?

Yeast has been making our dough rise and our beer alcoholic for centuries, but for an even longer time yeast has been a distant relative, sharing some of the same genes as humans. Now, a new study shows just how interconnected we all are; despite over a billion years of evolving on our own, scientists were… (more…)

The booming market for breast milk

The booming market for breast milk

Lurking in a corner of the World Wide Web, there lives a rough-hewn site where lactating women post ads with alluring titles like “Producing Like a Holstein—Have Plenty $1/oz” or “Athletic, Young Mom with Excess Creamy Breastmilk!! $2/oz” or “Fresh Supply from My Breast to Your Lips! Price: $60.” The site, Only the Breast, looks a… (more…)

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

When Josh Ukrainetz was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with a stutter. Today, 10 years later, he’s speaking fluently and offering his saliva up to the University of Alberta for study. It’s a small gesture of gratitude for the years of help he received, but a great contribution to a research effort determined to find… (more…)

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

3D-printed food is a reality but it has not made its way into the mainstream restaurant scene. But now a Michelen-starred chef will be turning the concept into an edible reality at London’s 3D Printshow. Chef Wouter van Laarhoven, in collaboration with FabLab Maastricht and food designer Marijn Roovers, will be featuring a menu at a… (more…)

Rat droppings and human urine found in fake beauty products

Rat droppings and human urine found in fake beauty products

Rat droppings, human urine and arsenic - these are just some of the substances found in fake beauty products that police say are putting consumers' lives at risk. Make-up, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods being highlighted by the City of London Police in a campaign called: "Wake up -… (more…)

How to trick your Fitbit into thinking you're working out

How to trick your Fitbit into thinking you’re working out

Most people buy fitness trackers like those made by Fitbit and Misfit because they want to keep track of their own activity. But increasingly, insurance companies and workplaces are giving them out -- attached to real money rewards in the form of incentives or lower rates. But the system can be gamed, as demonstrated by a… (more…)

The ironic science of astrological signs

The ironic science of astrological signs

Most of us have explored the mystical world of astrology to either mock or devotionally leave our fate to the stars. The astrology chart tells us our astrological sign, along with several characteristics based on our birth month, but does it hold any scientific value? According to a recent study published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology,… (more…)

Single women turn down ugly guys after being rejected by hotties

Single women turn down ugly guys after being rejected by hotties

It’s said that absence makes the heart fonder. But it seems that romantic rejection sure doesn’t, at least when it comes from a certified hottie, according to a new study in Social Psychological and Personality Science. It found that when hopeful women were rejected by an attractive man, they themselves became cold-hearted toward less attractive prospects,… (more…)

Why Alaskan bars are dispensing free pregnancy tests

Why Alaskan bars are dispensing free pregnancy tests

At Anchorage’s Peanut Farm Bar and Grill a wall dispenser hangs in the women’s bathroom, reports Alaska Dispatch News. A sign across the machine's face reads: “Remember the last time you had sex? Take a pregnancy test before you drink tonight.” Simply press the button and out pops a free pregnancy test. In addition to the… (more…)