Monthly Archives: January 2016

Three hits to fight lung cancer

A new study in mice has shown that cancers with KRAS-related gene mutations might benefit from a triple therapy with two experimental drugs plus radiation therapy.

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Best of 2015: The Idiot’s Guide to Pluto

What was the biggest news in astronomy this past year? The editorial board of Discover has helpfully provided an answer, one that I heartily endorse (and not only because I wrote the related story in the magazine): It was the exploration of Pluto by th...

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Walking Military Robots Stumble Toward the Future

A four-legged robotic mule that underwent years of field trials with U.S. Marines may never see action on future battlefields after being rejected as too noisy. But the U.S. military's ongoing interest in walking military robots capable of moving like headless animals or even bipedal humans will almost certainly lead to other future prototypes. Several versions of the robotic mule--made by Google-owned company Boston Dynamics--were built and tested for the purpose of carrying up to 400 po

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Had enough of meteorological mayhem? Sorry, thanks to El Niño, things are likely to get even worse

From preternatural Christmas warmth enveloping the eastern U.S., to deadly tornados raking the nation's midsection, to historic flooding that followed close behind, and most recently to a monstrous storm that unfroze the Arctic, the past several weeks ...

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