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  1. Science

    Slathering Your Meat In Beer May Help Prevent Cancer

    Backyard cookouts are to die for, but fortunately now you don't have to. A new study says that beer marinades may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer potentially posed by eating grilled meat, so summer 2014 is going to be next-level delicious.

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  2. Science

    Survey Shows American People Are Super Gullible and Believe Silly Things

    If you're a rational adult who Googles and debunks every conspiracy theory your weird uncle shares in your Facebook feed (for real, why haven't you just blocked him yet?), prepare to develop a drinking habit. A recent survey has explored just what kind of dumb conspiracy stuff people believe with some disheartening results.

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  3. Tech

    One Day IBM Watson Might Be Able To Treat Your Cancer

    Today IBM announced a new program they're working on that will use Watson, their now infamous Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, to treat cancer patients by analyzing data from their genes. Yeah, let's see how you like it when robots start doing your jobs better than you, oncologists!

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  4. Science

    Not Content With Spermbots, Science Has Made Tiny Motors For Human Cells

    Having mastered the science of magnetically-directing sperm cells, scientists have now decided to implant tiny motors into other human cells in order to direct their motion. Thought to assist with drug delivery, the tiny motors are propelled by ultrasound impulses, and sound way cuter than they probably are in actuality.

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  5. Science

    Diamonds and Gold Take Cell Temperature, May Be Key to New Cancer Treatment

    Cells are tiny, which makes it pretty hard to take their temperature. A recent study published in Nature, however, suggests that diamonds and gold fragments can be used to read the temperature of individual cells. This could open up new avenues of research regarding cell behavior, and may be the first step toward a more deft method of killing cancer cells.

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  6. Science

    Help Cancer Research by Playing a Mobile Game

    A big challenge in cancer research is dealing with the huge volume of data it produces that needs to be analyzed. There's more data than there are researchers to look at it, so Cancer Research UK is taking a novel approach to sorting through it all. They've partnered with mobile game company Guerilla Tea to create a mobile game that lets players break down cancer research data in a fun way.

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  7. Entertainment

    Author Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At Age 59

    The family of Scottish author Iain Banks has said that the writer passed away after a battle with terminal gall bladder cancer. Banks was best known for his novel The Wasp Factory as well as his science fiction work published under the name Iain M. Banks. A statement by his publishers said, "Banks' ability to combine the most fertile imaginations with his own highly distinctive brand of gothic humour made him unique."

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  8. Space

    Mars Science Laboratory Data Suggests Trip to Mars Could Give You Cancer

    Space travel can be pretty dangerous. The Space Shuttle Challenger or Columbia explosions come to mind, but technical failures aren't the only problem we face. One of the big ones we'll have to confront as we go forward with manned missions is the prospect of major radiation exposure during flight. Thanks to data from the Mars Science Laboratory, researchers have calculated the amount of radiation it received during its trip to Mars. The results? Not great unless you like the idea of having cancer.

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  9. Entertainment

    Zach Sobiech, of “Clouds” Viral Video Fame, Loses Battle With Cancer

    In case you haven't had your fill of heartbreaking news this week -- looking at you, Oklahoma tornado -- it's been announced that Zach Sobiech lost his battle with cancer on Monday, May 20th. You may recall him as the young man that went viral late last year with his "Clouds" song, and recently with some help from Rainn Wilson and Soul Pancake. He was 18.

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  10. Science

    Ice Beats Cancer: New Technique Freezes Lung Tumors

    We've seen treatments with lasers, and treatments with tiny gold nanoparticles, but this is a new one on us: Secondary tumors that form in the lungs of cancer patients can now safely be killed using tiny ice crystals. Unlike other treatments, the process known as cryoablation has seen phenomenal success in a small-scale study, allowing patients to return home as soon as the day after their treatment. It is by no means a cure, but it looks like it has the potential to be a safe and reliable way to treat these types of lung tumors, and its future looks bright for more applications as well.

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  11. Entertainment

    Roger Ebert, Legendary Film Critic, Has Died

    The man might have had some misguided notions about what is and is not art -- as evidenced by his personal crusade against video games -- but there's no denying the profound influence Roger Ebert (third from left) had on the world of movies as well as that of film criticism. So it is with heavy hearts that we relay this news: Roger Ebert is dead after a long and public feud with cancer.

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  12. Tech

    Why Google Glass Does Not and Can Not Have a Cellular Connection

    Google Glass is going to do a lot of interesting things. Wearers will be able to get turn-by-turn directions, instantly share videos and pictures with the world, carry on video calls, and get information about the world while still looking at the world... as long as you have your cell phone or there's a Wi-Fi connection. It would be great if Glass was a completely standalone device, but it would need its own cellular connection for that. There is not, and won't be a cellular connection in Google Glass, but there's good reasons for that -- like FCC regulations, and people's irrational fear of cancer.

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  13. Science

    Saudi Researchers Want Clinical Trials for Camel Urine Cancer Cure

    A research team from Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz University is clamoring for more government support for their work -- which isn't exactly surprising, as most research teams are pretty much perpetually clamoring for support for their work. When that work revolves around the careful study and examination of camel urine, though... well, it's exactly as hard a sell as it sounds. Yes, even if that camel urine may show promise as a cancer treatment, because euuuugh.

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  14. Science

    Quadruple Helix DNA Discovered In Human Cells, Is The Double Rainbow Of Molecular Information Storage

    A team of researchers at Cambridge University have spotted the first instances of DNA with four helices present inside human cells. The Cambridge team hopes their findings could have implications for treating cancer, but the discovery more broadly suggests that we still may have a lot to learn about the basic structure of DNA and the shapes it can potentially take.

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  15. Science

    Surprise! Most Skin Cancer-Detecting Apps Don’t Actually Detect Cancer

    Smartphone apps are great at a lot of things. They can make our pictures look terrible "artistic", they can keep us connected to friends, they can even set us up on random blind dates with strangers we know nothing about, but it turns out they're not great at identifying skin cancer -- at least not most of them. A new study shows that smartphone apps designed to identify cancerous lesions misdiagnose them more than half the time. Good news, dermatologists! You haven't been replace by robots yet!

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