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    Ticks are here to stay. But scientists are finding ways to outsmart them

    Thanks, Holly Gaff. Soon, anyone straining to tweeze off a mid-back tick can find answers to the obvious question: What if humankind just went after the little bloodsuckers with killer robots?

    Gaff, who calls herself a mathematical eco­epidemiologist, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., is one of the few people collecting real field data on the efficacy of tick-slaying robots....

    08/09/2017 - 11:00 Animals, Science & Society
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    Vaccines may offer defense against dengue, Zika and chikungunya

    Humans can’t easily protect themselves from the most dangerous species on Earth. The predator slips invisibly into homes, quietly stalks its prey and bites before a victim knows what happened. There’s little chance of escape.

    The attacker is Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that has, over time, developed a taste for people. It’s a city dweller that hovers in undisturbed crannies and can breed...

    06/15/2016 - 08:00 Immune Science, Health, Clinical Trials
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    Ancient famine-fighting genes can't explain obesity

    The obesity crisis has given prehistoric dining a stardom not known since Fred Flintstone introduced the Bronto Burger. Last year, “Paleo diet” topped the list of most-Googled weight loss searches, as modern Stone Age dieters sought the advice of bestsellers like The Paleo Solution or The Primal Blueprint, which encourages followers to “honor your primal genes.”

    The assumption is that...

    09/05/2014 - 14:00 Genetics, Health
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    Furry Friends Forever

    A good friend will make you laugh, defend you in an argument, cheer you on when you’re doing well and cheer you up when you’re feeling sad. Best buds can be good for your health, too. Maintaining close relationships means less stress and a longer life.

    And you don’t even have to be human.

    Just as with people, animals of other sorts...

    03/23/2012 - 09:59 Animals
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    Helping Bats Hold On

    When Donald McAlpine and his colleagues broke through a snow barricade at the entrance to a cave in New Brunswick this March, bat carcasses covered the floor. The biologists had been conducting winter surveys throughout the Canadian province for two years, monitoring the health of hibernating bats. As of early winter, all appeared healthy. But now hosts of corpses lay shrouded in a pale...

    08/26/2011 - 11:38 Life & Evolution
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    Tortoise Genes and Island Beings

    Not far from where the Galápagos Islands' most famous loner spends his days, tourists disembark by the inflatable boatload at a modern dock. A path takes them past marine iguanas sneezing brine from their salt-caked nostrils and striated herons roosting in the red mangroves to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Within the station, another walkway leads...

    11/06/2007 - 13:06 Ecology
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    Science News of the Year 2004

    A Spectrum of Choices

    In the Web page below, the writers of Science News have selected what they consider the most compelling stories of 2004. However, visitors to our Web pages at Science News Online have their own favorites. As we track the number of visitors to each Web...

    12/15/2004 - 16:09 Humans & Society
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    Underwater Refuge

    Sanctuary. One definition, according to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is "a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal."You'd think, therefore, that the United States' 13 national marine sanctuaries—more than 18,000 square nautical miles of underwater real estate along U.S. coasts—should be safe havens for their denizens. In fact, most are anything...

    04/25/2001 - 09:00 Ecology
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    Science News of the Year

    12/18/1999 - 00:00
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    Biology

    09/05/1998 - 00:00