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Ebola vaccine is 100% effective after 10 days

An international group of researchers associated with the World Health Organization published its final report on the Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea, finding that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent...

Cooler temps and climate skeptics align on map

Experiencing record high or low temperatures affects people’s stated belief in climate change, new research finds. The work began when Robert Kaufmann, professor of earth and environment at Boston University, and PhD candidate Xiaojing Tang...

How hearing long songs can make you late

Something as random as a song’s length could determine whether you miss an important deadline or arrive late for an appointment, research suggests. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, shows that...

This branch of physics explains why ketchup’s hard to pour

When Henry J. Heinz started selling ketchup in bottles in 1876, he chose glass to show his product was pure and uncontaminated. However, Heinz created an unintended consequence—how to get the condiment out of...

World’s lakes would cover land with 4 feet of water

The total shoreline of the world’s lakes is more than four times longer than the global ocean coastline, according to the most complete global database of lakes to date. And, if all the water in those...

Greenland was ice-free. Scientists worry it could be again

For a period about a million years ago Greenland wasn’t covered in ice. Researchers say the discovery suggests it’s possible the ice sheet could go away again. Before now, scientists didn’t know whether Greenland’s ice...

Are the dark rings around this star hiding planets?

Astronomers have for the first time mapped gases in three dark rings around a distant star. The rings mark spaces where planets are thought to have formed from dust and gas around the star. “The...

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Despite ongoing global pollution, researchers have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of B.C. have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. Surprisingly, mercury in seabirds is now actually...

Meteorites tell us when Jupiter wandered around

Scientists suspect that Jupiter probably was not always in its current orbit, but the timing of the planet’s formation and migration has been a mystery. That’s where meteorites known as CB chondrites come in. They...

Could there be life in Pluto’s syrupy sea?

Pluto is thought to possess a subsurface ocean, which is not so much a sign of water as it is a tremendous clue that other dwarf planets in deep space also may contain similarly...
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