Science: August 2005 Archives

Faster, faster!

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Scientists got light to travel faster than c, the accepted speed of light. Apparently, this doesn't violate all that relativity stuff, but that's just more stuff that I don't understand yet. I hope to, eventually, of course.

No Such Disease

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In The Pipeline discusses cancer, and why it won't be easy to kill. Among his points is one I don't see mentioned often: there is no such disease as cancer.
There's a widespread myth at work here: that there's a disease called cancer. Cancer is actually the end result of what are probably hundreds (thousands?) of different diseases. We have confused ourselves by giving them the same category name - it's like the old-style classification of infections as various "fevers." There are many, many ways that a cell can end up with (and maintain) the deranged growth profile that we think of as cancerous, and it's going to take a lot of different treatments to do anything about them.
A good read.
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