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Orchids: Masters of Deception

Apr 16, 2016
Armada Cover, by Ernest Cline
Broadway Books

Following the rapid rise of his debut novel, “Ready Player One (Random House/2011),” Ernest Cline felt pressure to produce another cult classic.

His latest sci-fi work, “Armada (Broadway Books/2016)," is a New York Times bestseller and is already a hit in tech circles. The novel will be made into a major motion picture.

Sofia Ruzo

Andrés Ruzo first heard about the Boiling River from his Peruvian grandfather, who shared a legend with him when he was a kid about the Lost City of Gold in Peru. “One of the details of the story was a ‘river that boils,’” Ruzo recalls.

How many genes are necessary to create a living cell? These scientists say 473.

Apr 11, 2016
Tom Deerinck and Mark Ellisman/National Center for Imaging and Microscopy Research

Biologist Craig Venter and his team just announced that, after years of failure, they have finally figured out the minimum number of genes necessary to create a living, stripped-down version of a cell. 

Venter, who is founder of both the J. Craig Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics Inc., has been working to create a version of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides with only the bare minimum of genetic instructions required for life. As it turns out, he says, at least 473 genes are essential to sustain life in a lab. 

Want a taste of an ancient Peruvian civilization? Try this 600 AD beer recipe

Apr 10, 2016

Towering 2,000 feet above its surroundings in the southern Peruvian Andes, the Cerro Baúl mesa stands alone in a sun-baked, arid mountain zone. It was here that the Wari culture, a mighty empire that predated the Incas, built a colony — and a massive brewery.

“The Wari were one of the earliest expansive states in the Andes,” says anthropologist Patrick Ryan Williams. “They emerged in the central highlands of Peru some time before 600 AD. … At the height of their reign they actually held sway over an area 800 miles along the Andes."

Diabetes Drug Prices Tripled in a Decade

Apr 9, 2016

Diabetes Drug Prices Tripled in a Decade

Apr 8, 2016
Courtesy of &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">That Dragon, Cancer</a>&rdquo; and Numinous Games

Confession: I am not a gamer.

The sum total of my gaming experience is an intense, elementary school obsession with Oregon Trail. You won’t find Candy Crush on my phone, and my thumbs fumble around the simplest game controllers.

These researchers have figured out a new way to kill cancer cells

Apr 3, 2016
National Cancer Institute

How do you get a cancer cell to gobble up a ball of anticancer drugs and for a direct kill? Cancer researcher Mauro Ferrari says he and his team have finally figured out how to elude a tumor cell’s defenses.

And he says the method works well on hard-to-target metastatic tumors, too.

“The vast majority of deaths due to cancer are because of metastasis — that is when the cancer spreads from the primary organ to the lungs and the liver, primarily,” Ferrari says. “That is the thing that ... nobody’s been able to cure yet despite great advances in the last 20 to 25 years.”

Springtime Brings Unexpected Blooms

Apr 2, 2016

Sorting Out Social Media Feeds

Apr 2, 2016

Springtime Brings Unexpected Blooms

Apr 1, 2016

Spot the Spoof Science Study

Apr 1, 2016

Sorting Out Social Media Feeds

Apr 1, 2016