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Watch out Hawaii: Veggies may harbor rare parasite

Three people in Hawaii have come down with what appears to be a rare parasitic disease called rat lungworm disease in recent weeks. Two of the victims (friends who had a meal together) told the Honolulu Star Bulletin that they experienced "agonizing pain" after eating raw vegetables – and physicians fear they may have accidentally swallowed slug larvae hidden inside folds of raw peppers.

January 8, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Costa Rica rocked by earthquake

Residents of San Jose, Costa Rica, took to the streets today just after lunch as an earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale shook the capital city.

January 8, 2009 — David Biello

CMV: A virus in search of a vaccine

With the exception of the so-called cervical cancer vaccine, no shots have been approved specifically to prevent malignant tumors. But cervical cancer, which is caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), isn't the only tumor linked to a virus; another is cytomegalovirus (CMV), a usually harmless form of herpes that's the target of a possible therapeutic cancer vaccine for brain tumor patients.

January 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Mount Everest climbers show survival on record-low oxygen

It's no secret that scaling Mount Everest tests the limits of human survival; more than 200 people have died trying to reach its summit. Today we have new information about just how seriously climbers push their bodies on the world's highest peak: Those who manage to stay alive do so on an amount of oxygen that is so minute it would only be seen, at sea level, in people who were in cardiac arrest or dead.

January 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Quantum repulsion could make nano devices even tinier

Of all the puzzling physical effects predicted and explained by quantum mechanics, one of the most counterintuitive is that fluctuations in a vacuum can exert forces on objects—almost as if those objects are getting something from nothing.

January 8, 2009 — John Matson

U.S. students say "yay for science"

Educrats may bemoan the sorry state of American students' performance in math and science relative to their peers overseas, but the kids themselves are enthusiastic about pursuing brainiac careers.

January 8, 2009 — Jordan Lite

CES: New netbooks combine mobility and power

Editor’s note: I will be Twittering and blogging from CES this week. To follow my posts, visit my Twitter page, Scientific American ’s Twitter page and Scientific American.com ’s 60-Second Science blog.

January 7, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

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