Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

When The Freshman, one of the first books released on the app, prompted me to pick a name for my character, I typed mine in full: Somdyuti Datta Ray. In Choices, players can pick interactive stories or “books” across genres like adventure, romantic drama, horror, fantasy, and mystery.

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Now, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new tool that promises to help doctors recognize precancerous growths during a colonoscopy: an artificial intelligence system made by Medtronic.

These Doctors Are Using AI to Screen for Breast Cancer

These Doctors Are Using AI to Screen for Breast Cancer

When Covid came to Massachusetts, it forced Constance Lehman to change how Massachusetts General Hospital screens women for breast cancer.Lehman says the AI approach has helped identify a number of women who, when persuaded to come in for routine screening, turn out to have early signs of cancer.

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

Other versions of white nationalism function like parasitic infections (e.g., the disease caused by tapeworms), spreading less quickly, but involve machinery more intimately linked with human biology.This is an important connection, because one might erroneously analogize white nationalism to cancers caused by somatic mutations.

30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What’s Next?

30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What’s Next?

A few years later, he found himself working on the front lines of the young field’s marquee moon shot: the Human Genome Project.Eric Green: I was inside the Human Genome Project from day one, and I can’t stress enough how back then we didn’t know what we were doing.

Tarantulas: Color, Cancer and Cramps

Tarantulas: Color, Cancer and Cramps

© Saoirse Foley Their results show tarantulas have eyesight-relevant genes so color may indeed matter for showing off and for hiding.But as far as spider bites, they may helpful than harmful: research is finding the venom of tarantulas and other species is soothing for cancer and cramps.

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

The expedition’s chief scientist, Lisa Levin, a professor of integrative oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, says the goal of the cruise is to understand the habitat and how animals interact with the mineral-laden rocks.

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

I think especially now, when we’re feeling in some ways estranged from our own bodies and disconnected, having that visceral experience of hearing the music and language is just compelling.

What If You Can't Avoid the Hospital as Covid-19 Spreads?

What If You Can't Avoid the Hospital as Covid-19 Spreads?

Like much of the internet, groups and subreddits for people with serious medical conditions are buzzing with coronavirus concerns, but with an urgency that is considerably more concrete and specific.

Crispr'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial

Crispr'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial

Last year, each cancer patient received infusions of about 100 million of their own T cells, which had been genetically modified in a University of Pennsylvania lab.

Artificial Intelligence Makes Bad Medicine Even Worse

Artificial Intelligence Makes Bad Medicine Even Worse

Google researchers made headlines early this month for a study that claimed their artificial intelligence system could outperform human experts at finding breast cancers on mammograms.Machine-enabled healthcare may bring us many benefits in the years to come, but those will be contingent on the ways in which it’s used.

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

Learning that the disease could have been detected earlier if doctors had recognized the signs on previous mammograms, Barzilay, an expert in artificial intelligence , used a collection of 90,000 breast x-rays to create software for predicting a patient’s cancer risk.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

In March, Yoshua Bengio received a share of the Turing Award, the highest accolade in computer science, for contributions to the development of deep learning—the technique that triggered a renaissance in artificial intelligence , leading to advances in self-driving cars , real-time speech translation , and facial recognition .Now, Bengio says deep learning needs to be fixed.

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

He would be eligible to participate in the first-ever clinical trial to assess the safety of trying to cure both the cancer and the infection in a single procedure using the gene-editing tool called Crispr .In July of 2017, doctors in Beijing blasted the patient with chemicals and radiation to wipe out his bone marrow, making space for millions of stem cells they then pumped into his body through an IV.

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

But they won't know for sure until they sample it, which could entail a helicopter and a bucket on a rope (ain't science grand).WIRED sat down with Don Swanson, a geologist with the USGS, to learn more about why Kilauea's been transforming of late, why it's not going to blow Hawaii to pieces, and why it's good news that the volcano's lava is a bit runny.

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

The nuanced answer is that no one knows for sure, because neither carbon ion nor proton therapy has “gold standard” evidence from randomized Phase III clinical trials showing patients live longer with the treatment than with standard radiation.

How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World

How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World

Published today in Science , it not only traces these cells’ prolific colonization of human’s best friend, it also begins to unravel the mystery of the cancer’s bizarre evolutionary success, offering a glimpse of how humans might one day tame their own.“Human tumors don’t have much time to evolve—years, maybe decades—so they exhibit very strong competition,” says Adrian Baez-Ortega, a PhD student in Murchison’s lab and the study’s lead author.

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

The group of researchers considering this possibility were called cancer immunotherapists, and by the time Emily Whitehead showed up at the hospital, they had already spent decades on the problem.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News. Canine cancer research could also help humans, there's an Amazon phishing scam to watch out for, and Facebook gets hit with a record settlement.

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

By combining DNA sequence data with gene expression profiles from deer, goats, and sheep, the consortium scientists identified a handful of genes that work together to keep such species cancer-free, even as they grow pounds of new tissue on their heads each year.

These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy

These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy

Just like small-molecule drugs, protein-degraders will impact not just receptors in, say, tumors, but anywhere cells are displaying them, including in healthy tissues.

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Gabriele Grunewald, seen here at the 2017 USA Track & Field Championships, reached an elite level of racing even as she managed treatments for cancer. I too had a struggle that was like, and also deeply unlike, hers: a cancer diagnosis that came after running a fast marathon time, a struggle, a scar.

The True Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

The True Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

Then this spring, the Health Evidence Review Commission, which guides reimbursement decisions, considered new limits: Patients with certain chronic pain conditions would gain coverage for alternative treatments under Medicaid but would have to taper off opioids, even if they have been stable on their doses for many years.

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

When new research emerged in the late ’90s and early 2000s suggesting that UV-blocking ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens could be absorbed into the human body, the agency began to ask any companies bringing new molecules to market to include such data in their safety studies.

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming's Home Invasion

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming's Home Invasion

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming's Home Invasion. Atari's console wasn't the first to commandeer TV screens, but in the late '70s the VCS skyrocketed in popularity because it was so versatile. The company let outside publishers build games for the VCS too.

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Caused by psittacine circovirus — also called beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) — this disease is most common in parrot and cockatoo species from both the Old World (Australia, Africa) but can affect parrots from the Americas.

A Clever New Strategy for Treating Cancer, Thanks to Darwin

A Clever New Strategy for Treating Cancer, Thanks to Darwin

In 2014 the Moffitt team managed to get the first small study to test this adaptive therapy approach off the ground, recruiting Robert Butler and a small group of other men with advanced prostate cancer.

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

“You may think burning plastic means ‘poof, it’s gone’ but it puts some very nasty pollution into the air for communities that are already dealing with high rates of asthma and cancers.” Hugging the western bank of the Delaware River, which separates Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Chester City was once a humming industrial outpost, hosting Ford and General Motors plants.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.