Top stories: A controversial infertility treatment, tumor-killing vitamins, and Mount St. Helens’s chamber of secrets
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Top stories: A controversial infertility treatment, tumor-killing vitamins, and Mount St. Helens’s chamber of secrets

Nonreligious children are more generous

A cross-cultural study that is the first large-scale analysis of its kind suggests that religion and moral behavior don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand for kids. Children ages 5 to 12 were asked to share stickers with a group of unknown peers. Contrary to common stereotypes, the children from secular households shared significantly more than the children from religious households.

Deep magma chambers seen beneath Mount St. Helens

Geophysicists have imaged two giant magma chambers, one below the other, that likely blew the lid off Mount St. Helens in its infamous 1980 eruption. Matching the new magma reservoirs with earthquake data may explain how the eruption occurred. So far, researchers have only generated a two-dimensional picture, but if they find the chamber extends to the north or south, that would imply that it could feed volcanoes throughout the Cascades.

Just a nudge could collapse West Antarctic Ice Sheet, raise sea levels 3 meters

It’s going down, and we’re yelling timber! A new study finds that it won’t take much to cause the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet to collapse—and once it starts, it won’t stop. Previous research has highlighted the vulnerability of the ice sheet, suggesting that its downfall is inevitable and probably already underway, but a new model shows just how a nudge could unfold the fall and lead to the rise of global sea levels by as much as 3 meters.

Study suggests unprecedented 3-week hepatitis C cure

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects 150 million people worldwide. Fresh on the heels of recent approvals of four new combinations of HCV drugs that clear infections of many different types of the virus in about 3 months, a team of researchers mixed and matched various compounds to see whether they could further shorten the route to a cure for the liver-damaging virus. The stunning results find that after being given 3 weeks of treatment with the combination of drugs, patients met the standard definition of being cured.

Feature: A controversial company offers a new way to make a baby

A controversial fertility company called Ova24小时娱乐在线 is preoccupied by an enduring mystery in human biology—why eggs fail—and the palpable hope that we can do something about it. The company offers a new treatment based on what it considers to be egg precursor cells found in a woman’s ovaries. The treatment, which costs up to $25,000, relies on mitochondria from putative egg precursor cells to boost the success of in vitro fertilization. With 17 babies born so far, this costly treatment has the infertility world in an uproar, sparking disbelief as well as hope.

Vitamin C kills tumor cells with hard-to-treat mutation

We know vitamin C is beneficial in many ways, but a new study finds that it can also kill tumor cells that carry a common cancer-causing mutation and—in mice—can curb the growth of tumors with the mutation. If the findings hold up in people, researchers may have found a way to treat a large swath of tumors that has until now lacked effective drugs.

Updated: Canada reinstates mandatory census, to delight of social scientists

The new Canadian government announced this week that it will restore the country’s mandatory long-form census. Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science, and economic development announced that Canada’s plan for open and fair government starts with restoring this form, which will roll out in 2016. Residents who fail to complete the census form could face criminal prosecution.

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