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Cancer can be difficult to treat because its highly proliferative cells spread throughout the body, effectively evading the immune system’s surveillance. One opportunity that scientists are pursuing for cancer treatment involves “reactivating” the patient’s immune system.

A new metal-organic framework (MOF) can adsorb nearly twice its own weight in moisture. And, the MOF can adsorb and release liquid hundreds of times without collapsing, making it a potential candidate for dehumidifying indoor environments, says Mohamed Eddaoudi, a chemical scientist at King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

A needle as thin as a human hair can deliver micro-doses of drugs to millimeter-sized regions deep within the brain.

The relationship between wastewater disposal from oil and gas recovery and earthquakes is becoming clearer. In parts of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains, the number of earthquakes has increased dramatically since 2009.

A major source of air pollution may be right underfoot. Agricultural land is responsible for between 20% and 32% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) air pollution in California, according to new research.

A team of scientists led by Jennifer Doudna, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, has created a new DNA detection system based on CRISPR biology.

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