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Swine flu strikes New York City flu expert's daughter

On Thursday, Scott Harper, an influenza expert at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was speaking at a symposium on H1N1 swine flu.  With 356 confirmed cases in the city, the recent pandemic has been striking close to home.  In fact, it recently struck his home...

May 29, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Genetic survey finds healthy human skin is crawling with bacteria

Think a good antibacterial hand soap is keeping your skin relatively microbe and bacteria free? You might want to think again.

Scientists and germophobes alike have long known that human skin—from head to toe—is literally crawling with bacteria and microbes...

May 28, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Powerful quake rocks Honduras, 4 confirmed dead

A powerful earthquake struck off the Caribbean coast near Honduras this morning, leaving four or more dead on shore, and injuring 40 others.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake was centered 75 miles north of La Ceiba at 3:24 a.m...

May 28, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Biologists aren't keeping track of endangered species, GAO says

The coastal California gnatcatcher has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1993.  You would think that when construction of the Sky Ranch development east of San Diego was predicted to harm seven gnatcatcher breeding pairs three years ago, the government would keep close tabs on those numbers, termed “incidental take.”

Not so, says a new report issued by the U.S...

May 27, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Could water in a dog's bowl + sunshine start a fire?

You remember the time as a kid when you set an ant on fire. You positioned your dad’s magnifying glass a few inches above the ground, adjusting the angle ever so slightly until the spotlight of refracted rays rested precisely on your target.* Then you waited. 

It was innocent fun—except for some of us more sensitive folk—a sort of right-of-passage, backyard science experiment...

May 27, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Don't cure cancer, stabilize it

What if we didn’t try to cure cancer, but simply kept tumors from growing too big? That’s what radiologist Robert Gatenby of the Moffitt Cancer Center proposes this week in the journal Nature ...

May 27, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

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