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We’re Getting Smarter

Contrary to popular belief, cancer rates are declining and average IQs are rising.

“We often overlook the many good things that are happening in the world around us today,” says Ronald Bailey, Reason’s science correspondent. In the August/September edition of Reason Magazine, Bailey lists seven surprising pieces of good news about the modern world we live in.

For example, people are getting smarter. While this may come as a surprise to anyone who has watched reality television lately, a person of average IQ today would have been in the top 15 percent of same-age scorers 50 years ago. “About half of Americans two generations ago would have been diagnosed as mentally retarded based on today’s IQ tests,” says Bailey.

Naked Mole Rats & Cancer

Naked mole rats, the butt of many jokes, those pale ugly subterranean rodents, might just hold a new key to cancer research. Alex Dainis of Bite Sci-zed explains.

How Do Cancer Cells Behave?

How do cancer cells grow? How does chemotherapy fight cancer (and cause negative side effects)? The answers lie in cell division. George Zaidan, host of Pocket Science, explains how rapid cell division is cancer’s “strength” — and also its weakness. H/T TEDed


Windows Implanted in Mice

To be able to observe internal cancers develop in real-time, scientists have implanted windows into mice so the researchers can peer inside. SourceFed reports.

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