Welcome to the cyborg fair – How cancer cells fuel their growth – The Mystery of When to Stop Antidepressants


Today's Science

March 09 - 2016


"The concept of enhancement is what distinguishes cyborgism from other medical implantation, or from the ordinary fact of having to wear corrective glasses. This is not about therapeutics or repair, but about augmenting human senses beyond the norm."

Frieda Klotz from mosaicscience on:

Welcome to the cyborg fair

Frieda Klotz visited the ‘world’s first cyborg fair’ with one question: are cyborgs a real thing, or are these people just kidding themselves?


"To determine where cells, including those in tumors, were getting the building blocks they needed, the researchers grew several different types of cancer cells and normal cells in culture dishes. They fed the cells different nutrients labeled with variant forms of carbon and nitrogen, allowing them to track where the original molecules ended up. "

Anne Trafton from MIT News on:

How cancer cells fuel their growth

Scientists surprised to find amino acids, not sugar, supply most building blocks for tumor cells.


"While the most popular drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, appear to be very safe, even long-term studies tend to follow people for only a few years."

Andrea Petersen from The Wall Street Journal on:

The Mystery of When to Stop Antidepressants

Researchers are seeking clues in the brain for hints on who is most likely to suffer a relapse of depression, information that could help doctors decide who needs the medication long-term


"IBM’s software draws from 600,000 medical evidence reports, 1.5 million patient records and clinical trials, and two million pages of text from medical journals to help doctors develop treatment plans tailored to patients’ individual symptoms, genetics, and histories."

Simon Parkin from MIT Technology Review on:

The Artificially Intelligent Doctor Will Hear You Now

U.K.-based startup Babylon will launch an app later this year that will listen to your symptoms and provide medical advice. Will it help or hinder the health-care system?


"This is only a tour of some of the solutions to climate change floating around. None is both adequate and likely. So maybe it’s better to think in terms of management: How can the crisis be slowed, halted, and reversed as soon as possible?"

Robinson Meyer from The Atlantic on:

What's the Answer to Climate Change?

It’s not enough to let the market handle it or depend on geo-engineering.


"Normally, the remaining life expectancy of a person goes down as time passes and the person gets older. When someone is 50 years old, for example, one thinks that they have a shorter remaining life expectancy than when the person was 30."

Håkon Skaarud Karlsen in his Blog on:

If you're alive in 30 years, chances are good you may also be alive in 1000 years


"In populations exposed to a warning event, survival rates upon a second exposure two hours after the warning are higher than in populations not previously exposed."

ScienceDaily on:

Collective memory discovered in bacteria

Individual bacterial cells have short memories. But groups of bacteria can develop a collective memory that can increase their tolerance to stress. This has been demonstrated experimentally for the first time.


"But a growing number of studies show sewage plants can't kill the superbugs. Instead the facilities serve as "a luxury hotel" for drug-resistant bacteria, a place where they thrive and grow stronger, said Pedro Alvarez, a professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, one of the scientists studying the problem."

Melody Peterson from Los Angeles Times on:

Deadly superbugs from hospitals get stronger in the sewers and could end up in the Pacific Ocean


"The lily pad beetle moves across the surface of the water in a kind of self-powered windsurfing."

New York Times' ScienceTake on:

Surfing Beetles


"We’re all familiar with the story of the red tent, the place where women in ancient times were sent when menstruating to separate them from the men. The Romans, meanwhile, thought menstruating women possessed the power to kill crops and turn dogs mad. The French thought sex during a woman’s period would result in the birth of a monster."

Glynnis Macnicol from Fusion on:

The case for women skipping work for 'period days'


"His method is remarkable because the fake fingerprints are two-dimensional—earlier techniques required raising the ridges of a fake fingerprint with latex or wood glue."

Kaveh Waddell in Defense One (via The Atlantic) on:

So That Thumbprint Thing on Your Phone Is Useless Now


"So, with transportation researchers at Penn State University and with funding from 3M, Meeker and his team started exploring how to improve the the Highway Administration’s Standard Highway Alphabet, the design originally developed in 1945 and, again, known colloquially as Highway Gothic."

Margaret Rhodes in Wired on:

America’s Highway Fonts Got More Drama Than The Bachelor


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