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Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
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Top Stories: A New Dolphin Species, Why Not to Fight a Fever, and Earth's Life Expectancy
24 January 2014 4:30 pm
In the Amazon Basin, local legends claim that it's bad luck to kill a river dolphin. But that's not the only reason to protect these animals. Researchers recently identified a whole new species of river dolphin in Brazil—and discovered that each species of river dolphin is much rarer than we thought.
Good news, everyone! New studies show that the sun won’t vaporize our planet's water for at least another 1 billion to 1.5 billion years—hundreds of millions of years later than we thought. The findings won’t change your retirement plans, but could imply that habitable, Earth-like alien worlds are more common than scientists thought.
A pair of researchers has used a simple epidemiological model to track the use of Facebook and found that it has spread just like a contagion. Moreover, their model suggests that, just like Myspace before it, Facebook will suffer a colossal fall within the next few years.
This week, the European comet-chasing probe Rosetta successfully roused itself from a 2.5-year sleep and signaled anxious controllers on the ground. Rosetta has traveled 6.2 billion km in an attempt to do something never done before: to catch up with a comet, 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it speeds toward the sun and to go into orbit around it.
Taking medication to control your fever when you have the flu may not actually be a good idea. Scientists say that lowering your body temperature when you have a fever may make the virus replicate faster and increase the risk that you will transmit it to others. In fact, a new study claims that there are at least 700 extra flu deaths in the United States every year because people suppress their fever.