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Help from Kelp

Researchers at Rice University have used inexpensive size-tunable microsponges derived from seaweed to store biomarkers in a device the size of a credit card which can be magnified and viewed by a microscope assembly the size of a toaster. That … Continue reading

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Free Range Flu-Free Free Flying Friers

scientists have successfully developed genetically modified (transgenic) chickens that do not transmit avian influenza virus to other chickens with which they are in contact. This genetic modification has the potential to stop bird flu outbreaks spreading within poultry flocks. This … Continue reading

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Cholera Still Killing in Haiti

In the 10 weeks since an epidemic erupted in Haiti, cholera has killed more than 3,000 people — partly because the distribution of health supplies remains a logistical nightmare. … Cholera has spread to all of Haiti’s 10 departments or … Continue reading

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This is Your Brain on Cats

Are  there two people in the room with you? Odds are, at least one of you is infected with the parasite toxoplasma gondi, which you got from your cat. The disease it transmits is not serious, really, unless you’re pregnant. Toxoplasmosis … Continue reading

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“Do You Believe in Maaaaagic?”

Belief unconstrained by evidence can lead to this: At least 45 people, most of them voodoo priests, have been lynched in Haiti since the beginning of the cholera epidemic by angry mobs blaming them for the spread of the disease … Continue reading

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Cold Plasma Disinfectant

Plasma –the “fourth state” of matter– is normally found only in extremely hot environments, like, say, the surface of the sun; but scientists have recently been able to generate a stable plasma at just above room temperature. Svetlana Ermolaeva and … Continue reading

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A New Species of Homo

I think it inevitable now that we will go through a wrenching era of climate change and instability. The global population may well peak at a time when global food production shrinks dramatically. In that case, the Great Extinction we … Continue reading

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The UN in a Time of Cholera

The Associated Press reports that French epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux has concluded that there was no doubt that the cholera originated in contaminated water next to a U.N. base outside the town of Mirebalais along a tributary to Haiti’s Artibonite river. … Continue reading

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Diabetes Surges

The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has been on the rise for 20 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released data by county, and Slate has published a sweet graphic, showing that some counties are far … Continue reading

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