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Ashley Yeager

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Ashley Yeager joined the Science News team as web producer in August 2013, and she writes the Science Ticker blog. She worked as a science writing intern for Science News in 2008. Previously Ashley worked at Duke University, where she covered physical sciences and created multimedia content for the university's news office. She also handled social media for Duke Research, the university's science website. An astronomy enthusiast, Ashley previously worked as a public information officer for the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in science writing from MIT.

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    Hepatitis C treatment appears extremely effective

    A mix of four medications has provided the most effective way to date to counter the hepatitis C virus in humans.

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    How cells keep from popping

    The protein SWELL1 stops cells from swelling so much that they burst, a new study shows.

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    Huge space rock rattled Earth 3 billion years ago

    An asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island may have plowed into Earth 3.26 billion years ago, leaving its mark in South Africa’s Barberton greenstone belt.

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    Amoebas’ munching may cause diarrheal disease

    Amoebas biting and swallowing pieces of human cells may be what causes amebic dysentery, a potentially fatal diarrheal disease in the developing world.

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    Small step taken for quantum communication

    A single atom can change the state of a photon, which may help build quantum networks.

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    Atlantic razor clam inspires robot to dig deeper

    A robot digs using the same method as the Atlantic razor clam.

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    El Gordo galaxy cluster as hefty as 3 million billion suns

    The galaxy cluster El Gordo, which is Spanish for “the fat one," is roughly 43 percent more massive than earlier estimates.

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    Changes in kids’ genomes linked to chronic stress

    In a study of 40 nine-year-old boys, kids from underprivileged backgrounds had telomeres that were 19 percent shorter than those of boys from more privileged environments.

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    Father’s obesity linked to autism in children

    A father-to-be’s body mass may be a greater risk factor for his child’s development of autism than the body mass of the mother.

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