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  1. tick attached to skin
    Health & Medicine

    New approaches may help solve the Lyme disease diagnosis dilemma

    Lyme disease is hard to detect, but scientists are investigating new diagnostic approaches.

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  2. Langoustine claws
    Chemistry

    How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

    Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells could put a dent in the world’s plastic waste problem.

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  3. southern ocean in Antarctica
    Climate

    The Southern Ocean may be less of a carbon sink than we thought

    The Southern Ocean’s ability to suck up much of the carbon that humans pump into the atmosphere is in question.

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  4. border station
    Science & Society

    How the battle against measles varies around the world

    Measles is a global health threat. Snapshots of several countries show how stopping its spread depends on local conditions and beliefs.

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  5. measles infection
    Health & Medicine

    Measles erases the immune system’s memory

    The measles virus can usher in other infections for months, or even years.

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  6. 1 year old girl getting MMR vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Finding common ground can reduce parents’ hesitation about vaccines

    Physicians are examining whether discussing shared health goals can bring vaccine-hesitant parents on board.

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  7. Artificial intelligence gaming illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    AI can learn real-world skills from playing StarCraft and Minecraft

    By playing StarCraft and Minecraft, artificial intelligence is learning how to collaborate and adapt.

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  8. flamingo lagoon
    Earth

    The search for new geologic sources of lithium could power a clean future

    Futuristic clean-energy visions of electric vehicles are driving the hunt for lithium.

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  9. Chiasson, Ricci and Snorkel
    Agriculture

    Can Silicon Valley entrepreneurs make crickets the next chicken?

    Entrepreneurs are bringing automation and data analysis to insect agriculture to build a profitable business that helps feed the planet.

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  10. Trichomonas vaginalis
    Health & Medicine

    How an obscure sexually transmitted parasite tangos with the immune system

    Scientists are working out how Trichomonas vaginalis, one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections, causes problems in women and men.

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  11. anxious child
    Psychology

    When anxiety happens as early as preschool, treatments can help

    Researchers are seeking ways to break the link between preschool worries and adult anxiety.

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  12. Alaska landscape
    Climate

    Climate change made the Arctic greener. Now parts of it are turning brown.

    Arctic browning could have far-reaching consequences for people and wildlife, affecting habitat and atmospheric carbon uptake as well as increasing wildfire risk.

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