Biology

The miracle of science – new experimental cancer therapy clears baby girl of "incurable" leukemia after only two months

Take a good, hard look at the beautiful little lady above – she may have just made history.  One-year-old Layla Richards was suffering from incurable leukemia (a form of cancer).  Her parents were told there were no options left to save their baby.  Chemotherapy failed.  So did bone-marrow transplants.  Finally, doctors tried a new form of experimental therapy – they gave Layla "genetically-altered immune cells" that attack the leukemia cells while leaving all of Layla's normal cells alone (doctors gave the treatment the unruly name "TALEN gene-edited allogeneic CAR-T therapy").  After two months, Layla was cancer free.  She is now back at her home with her parents. Doctors explained, "As this was the first time that the treatment had been used, we didn’t know if…
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Umm, yummy electrons – scientists discover bacteria that eat pure electrons

Scientists at the University Of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that survive on nothing but electricity. Rather than eat food, they eat (and excrete) pure electrons. This is a, ahem, shocking discovery as almost all life on earth survive by consuming sugar to survive. Everything you eat is first digested and then converted into glucose sugars. The sugars that result carry excess electrons (using a molecule called ATP) which are ferried from the sugar to the oxygen you breathe creating a flow of electrons – or energy. Your body uses this energy to do everything from moving around a room to picking your nose. The bizarre bacteria discovered by the USC geeks however, do not need to process sugars to start up the flow…
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One-ton (2,200 pounds) man-eating crocodile caught in Uganda

The 2,200 pound bad-boy crocodile had already killed four men and injured many more when the villagers, who were terrified to approach Lake Victoria where the man-eater lived, finally had enough. Angry villagers approached the Uganda Wildlife Authority (presumably with torches in hand) demanding they do something about it – and they did. After a four-day search, the man-eating croc was trapped by officials using the old “meat on a hook” trick. The crocodile measured about 20 feet long, weighed in excess of one ton, and was estimated to be about 80 years old (yeah, I know, you’d think with 80 years of life experience behind him, he wouldn’t have fallen for the “meat on a hook” trick). Tipping the scales at 2,205 pounds, the…
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Six new species of Dracula Ants discovered (and that’s six too many if you ask Reeko)

Scientists from California say they have discovered six new species of Dracula Ants (which the big scientists call Adetomyrma), those strange blind ants with big fangs that get their name from their bizarre habit of sucking the insect blood out of the colony’s own baby ants (called larvae).  Scientists say that although it really creeps them out, sucking the insect juice out of the babies doesn't seem to hurt the baby ants (although they noted the babies fight like crazy to escape the bigger Dracula Ants which indicates it must not be a pleasant experience for them). Here’s a picture of the ants sucking the insect goo out of a larvae. Dracula Ant colonies can contain as many as 10,000 blood suckers.  The worker ants…
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Uh oh. How come this map just released by NASA is glowing RED!!!

NASA just released this satellite image of an eerie red glow over the Midwestern and Eastern United States.  If your reaction was similar to Reeko’s (he threw on his hat and ran to the closet to grab his suitcase), you might think this is a bad thing.  It’s not.  As plants carry out photosynthesis, their chlorophyll also creates a very small amount of fluorescence, a type of radiation.  This radiation is invisible to our eyes but the superhumans at NASA however, have the technology to detect the fluorescence on satellite images and display on this map.  The brighter red areas show where greater amounts of photosynthesis have taken place from 2007 through 2011.
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