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‘Leaky’ Vaccines May Fuel Evolution of Deadlier Viruses

Some vaccines may cause viruses to evolve into deadlier forms, a new study suggests. Chickens that are vaccinated against a strain of Herpes known as Marek’s virus may allow the unvaccinated birds in the flock to catch a deadlier version … Continue reading

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Exercise in Teen Years Tied to Lower Mortality Later

Women who exercised when they were teens may have a lower risk of dying from cancer and other causes in middle and older age, according to a new study. In the study, researchers asked 75,000 Chinese women ages 40 to … Continue reading

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When is a jackal not a jackal? When it’s really a ‘golden wolf’

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They look alike, act alike and long have been considered to be the same species. But, in the case of the golden jackals found across parts of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, … Continue reading

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U.S. Air Force closely following SpaceX blast probe: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is involved in and closely following a SpaceX-led investigation into the explosion that destroyed an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket minutes after liftoff from Florida on June 28, a top general said on Friday. … Continue reading

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Saving rhinos in a lab

By Ben Gruber San Francisco, California – Matthew Markus, of biotech company Pembient, is holding up a rhinoceros horn worth thousands of dollars on the black market because a poacher had to risk his life to kill an endangered species … Continue reading

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U.S. lawmakers question NASA, Air Force on blast probe led by SpaceX

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fourteen U.S. lawmakers on Thursday told the Air Force and NASA they had “serious concerns” about the fact that SpaceX is leading an investigation into the June 28 explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket, … Continue reading

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Earth’s ‘magnetic personality’ much older than previously thought

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Earth’s magnetic field has been a life preserver, protecting against relentless solar winds, streams of charged particles rushing from the Sun, that otherwise could strip away the planet’s atmosphere and water. “It would be … Continue reading

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Philae lander shows there’s more to comets than soft dust

By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The comet lander Philae may be uncommunicative at the moment, but the pictures and measurements it took after it touched down on a comet in November have shown scientists that the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterfly on Brink of Revival, Despite Century of Threats

Michael Sainato is a freelancer with credits including the Miami Herald, The Huffington Post and The Hill. Follow him on Twitter at @msainat1. Sainato contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed Insights. Formed nearly 12,000 years ago by … Continue reading

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Too Salty! High Sodium Intake Tied to Increased Blood Pressure

People who increase their salt intake significantly are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure, a large Japanese study finds. Researchers looked at about 4,500 adults in Japan who had normal blood pressure at the beginning of the study. … Continue reading

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