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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To understand rivers, let physics be your guide.

New book explores science of waterways

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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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