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Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine

Thanks to a secret vaccine ingredient as well as a net of worldwide researchers and successful vaccination campaigns, smallpox was finally eradicated in 1977. A new study provides an in-depth investigation of the mysteries associated with the development of smallpox vaccine and is a rich and interesting account of how the vaccine lymph was spread worldwide.

Orangutan mama fashions a rain hat of leaves for baby and herself

On International Orangutan Day, we celebrate one of humankind’s closest relatives.

This border collie is so excited to be working at the farm

A border collie is very excited to be spreading some hay.

New Bioimaging technique is fast and economical

A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue -- such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing.

To reduce postoperative pain, consider sleep — and caffeine

A new preclinical study found that a brief period of extended wakefulness before surgery enhances pain and prolongs recovery time after surgery. Caffeine administration helped to reduce the harmful effects of sleep loss on subsequent surgical pain.

Astrophysicist predicts detached, eclipsing white dwarfs to merge into exotic star

Astrophysicists have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively. White dwarfs are the remnants of Sun-like stars, many of which are found in pairs, or binaries.

Ocean channel in Bahamas marks genetic divide in Brazilian free-tailed bats

Brazilian free-tailed bats are expert flyers, capable of migrating hundreds of miles and regularly traveling more than 30 miles a night. But they pull up short at a narrow ocean channel that cuts across the Bahamas, dividing bat populations that last shared an ancestor hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Eclipse research: Following in the moon’s slipstream to capture high-res sunspot images

While much of the research around the eclipse on Monday will focus on the effects of the Sun's brief, daytime disappearance on Earth and its atmosphere, a group of solar physicists will be leveraging the rare event to capture a better glimpse of the star itself.

Study of California kidney cancer shows declining incidence, end of a trend

A study of kidney cancer incidence in California over 25 years is the first report to demonstrate that the rising rate of kidney cancer seen in the US over the past two decades may have ended.

Can Twitter aid disaster response? New research examines how

With over 500 million tweets sent every single day, new research is investigating innovative ways to use that data to help communities respond during unexpected catastrophes. Next Page »

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