Polymorphism, bacteria inside us help dictate inflammation, antitumor activity

A common polymorphism can lead to a chain of events that dictates how a tumor will progress in certain types of cancer, including a form of breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer, according to new research. The research reveals a more explicit role about the symbiotic relationship humans have with the various bacteria that inhabit our body and their role during tumor progression. —> Read More Here

Televised medical talk shows: Health education or entertainment?

Millions of viewers around the world watch the televised medical talk programs ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ and ‘The Doctors’ for medical advice, but how valuable are the recommendations they receive? In a first of its kind study, researchers have examined the recommendations given on those two shows to see if there is believable evidence to back up the claims presented. The results were revealing. —> Read More Here

Star Trekking: We Humans Can Beam Tools Into Space Without A Transporter

Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space. Credit: NASA

Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space. Credit: NASA

In the 1960s, we thought the best way of sending stuff between Earth and space was through a transporter. These days, turns out all it takes is an e-mail and a special 3-D printer. The first tool created in space, a rachet, was made last week on the International Space Station using plans beamed from Earth. Now, we get to see if it actually works.

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Look Out Below! Rosetta Will Give Its Comet A Close Buzz In February

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko spins in this animation of 24 montages obtained by the Rosetta spacecraft between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 2014. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Remember how breathless we felt when the Philae lander actually made it to the surface of its target comet a few weeks ago? Sure, the maneuvers didn’t go as planned, but the images the spacecraft obtained in its brief spurts of activity on the surface are still being shared and discussed eagerly by scientists (amid a controversial image release policy, to be sure.)

Well, the truck delivery for Philae — the Rosetta spacecraft, still doing maneuvers above — is going to do something special in February. The machine is going to scoot down real close to the comet, just before heating from the Sun could make it dangerous to do so due to gas and dust emissions.

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