Could Zika become a cancer treatment?

This virus can kill brain cells that might otherwise morph into a deadly cancer.

The Zika virus struck fear into the hearts of parents and would-be parents, last year. Moms who were infected during pregnancy often gave birth to babies with serious birth defects, including small brains. A number of the problems linked to the disease came from how the virus impacted the developing nervous system. But someday, Zika might also gain renown as a medical therapy — to treat deadly brain cancers.

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Climate change is shifting when Europe’s rivers flood.

Seasonal events such as snowmelt affect when, and if, waterways overflow their banks

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New 'magnet' pulls pesky nonstick pollutants from drinking water.

It targets toxic chemicals, which can themselves stick around in the environment — potentially forever

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New material could filter water contaminants that others miss.

New material could filter water contaminants that others miss

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Enzymes aid rice plants’ arsenic defenses.

BOSTON — Rooted in place, plants can’t run away from arsenic-tainted soil — but they’re far from helpless. Scientists have identified enzymes that help rice plant roots tame arsenic, converting it into a form that can be pushed back into the soil. That leaves less of the toxic element to spread into the plants’ grains, where it can pose a health risk to humans, researchers reported February 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   

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Mapping rainforest chemistry from the air reveals 36 types of forest.

Chemical signatures of the Peruvian tree canopy reveal previously unrecognized biodiversity

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Oyster deaths linked to 'atmospheric rivers.'

California storms diluted salt to deadly levels, researcher suggests

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When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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