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Drugs Hailed as a 'Major Breakthrough' in Treating Skin Cancer

Two new drugs can significantly increase survival in patients with metastatic melanoma, the advanced and generally lethal form of skin cancer, researchers reported.

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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Moving Mirrors Make Light From Nothing

A team of physicists is claiming to have coaxed sparks from the vacuum of empty space. If verified, the finding would be one of the most unusual experimental proofs of quantum mechanics in recent years and "a significant milestone," says John Pendry, a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London who was not involved in the study.

from Nature News

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EU Seeks E. coli Solutions as Compensation Claims Grow

German health authorities still don't know the source of the E. coli outbreak, but European ministers are discussing how to react. The first likely decision will be to avoid overhasty public warnings in future.

from Deutsche Welle

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After 90 Years, a Dictionary of an Ancient World

Ninety years in the making, the 21-volume dictionary of the language of ancient Mesopotamia and its Babylonian and Assyrian dialects, unspoken for 2,000 years but preserved on clay tablets and in stone inscriptions deciphered over the last two centuries, has finally been completed by scholars at the University of Chicago.

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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Energy Industry Shapes Lessons in Public Schools

In the mountains of southwestern Virginia, Gequetta Bright Laney taught public high school students this spring about a subject of keen interest to the region's biggest employer: the economics of coal mining.

from the Washington Post (Registration Required)

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Drones Are Ready for Takeoff

During a test flight last year off the Pacific coast of Latin America, an aerial drone launched from the USS McInerney relayed back to the ship video of an open skiff speeding across the water. The frigate's crew had long experience chasing drug smugglers, so they knew what they were seeing. The skiff was 20 miles ahead of the frigate and moving away as the sun went down. In the flight control room, operators instructed the drone to take up the chase.

from Smithsonian Magazine

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Millions Fewer Girls Born Due to Nuclear Radiation?

Nuclear radiation from bomb tests and power plant accidents causes slightly more boys than girls to be born, a new study suggests. While effects were seen to be regional for incidents on the ground, like Chernobyl, atmospheric blasts were found to affect birth rates on a global scale.

from National Geographic News

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Old Buildings Combine Sustainability, Preservation

Much to the consternation of developers and redevelopment agencies intent on demolishing historic buildings and constructing new ones, these days, in the name of going green, preservationists are making the case that "the greenest building is the one already built."

from Miller-McCune

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