Finding the "Cancer Beacon" That Immune Cells Recognize

When the body’s immune system fights cancer, how does it choose a specific target? Researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (HHMI) have spent decades studying the molecular structure of the immune system in an effort to answer this question. In December 2017, they reported a screening method that allowed them to identify which “signals” displayed by cancer cells were being recognized by the immune system, effectively discovering a “cancer beacon.”
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How Virtual Reality Is Used to Explore Empathy at Stanford, With Reflections from VHIL Director Jeremy Bailenson (PDF in new tab)

Virtual Reality (VR) may bring to mind advanced gaming possibilities and simulated, entertaining, sensory experiences. The team at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) is using VR in an innovative way: to teach and explore human empathy. They create immersive experiences in which learners virtually become a different person or even a member of a different species, and they are discovering that VR can powerfully affect and formulate our world views and behavior.
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“Inspire! Engage! Empower!” An Interview with Darlene Cavalier, Founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter

At first glance, science and cheerleading may not seem like fields that overlap very often. But thanks to Science Cheerleader Founder Darlene Cavalier, NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers are being celebrated and are leading the way for other young women in the sciences. Darlene is a perfect example of a woman who breaks stereotypes—her professional successes have spanned the fields of cheering, science, education, media, and publishing, and she’s far from finished!
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8 Amazing Early Women Aviators

There have been countless female aviators since 1903, when Aida de Acosta, at 19, took the women’s first solo flight on a dirigible in Paris. This article cannot attempt to honor them all. But in celebration of Women’s History Month, and also Women in Aviation Worldwide Week (March 7–13), let’s look at a few shining stars of female flight. De Laroche was the first woman to receive a pilot’s license in France in 1910. She was the daughter of a plumber, and was a gifted actress, balloonist, engin
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