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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Electronic waste from just this year will outweigh the Great Wall of China

"It's a call on consumers to return their electronics because without that, the alternative is the need to mine the materials, which is a lot more environmentally damaging."

As masses of plaintiffs pursue Roundup cancer compensation, migrant farmworkers are left out

Hampered by fear and deprived of resources, migrant farmworkers are unlikely to come forward and seek restitution.

WATCH: A global fertility crisis

"Reproduction is a basic human right ... to have that taken away from you from causes that are not within your control is what I'm most concerned about."

Understanding poverty and children’s health before natural disasters strike

Preparing for and building back after natural disasters should not be a one-size-fits all approach.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

New federal legislation proposed to curb plastic pollution in national parks

"Plastic pollution threatens our ability to live in healthy communities and to enjoy the beauty and majesty of our national parks, today and in the future."

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