Modern myths about cancer from chemicals in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have made the disease more common is a gross exaggeration but increasingly prevalent. We separate fact from fiction Cancer is not up there with one species of dinosaur suffered from blood-vessel tumours and misinterpretations of some small studies and claims by self-styled wellness gurus that…

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Just Some Other Totally Legit Microbes That Will Definitely (Not) Make Your Tech Startup a Unicorn

The idea spread through Silicon Valley like—well, ironically, like a virus, even though the idea centered around a protozoan. According to an article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, people infected with the microbe Toxoplasma gondii might be more likely to be entrepreneurs, to start up startups or venture…

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Preparing for the Asteroid Apocalypse

Among Earth’s natural disasters—hurricanes, floods, earthquakes—the one humans probably ponder least is asteroids, huge objects zipping through our solar system at ludicrous speeds. Federal officials call an asteroid or comet collision “low probability but high consequence,” NASA-speak for it will probably never happen, but if it does we’re toast. With that in mind, the U.S. and…

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Einstein’s travel diaries reveal ‘shocking’ xenophobia

Private journals kept by the scientist and humanitarian icon show prejudiced attitudes towards the people he met while travelling in Asia The publication of Albert Einsteins private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icons racist attitudes to the people he met…

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Four Reasons Scott Pruitts Luck May Be Running Out

Scott Pruitt has shown an astonishing ability to stay on as director of the Environmental Protection Agency through scandals that would have felled nearly anyone else. President Donald Trump fired Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services, over less. Price was under fire for inappropriate taxpayer-funded travel. Pruitt has…

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