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Vaccination could halt ‘troubling’ spike in whooping cough cases: Idaho health officials

Idaho health officials on Tuesday urged vaccination to combat what they said was an alarming rise this year in the number of cases of whooping cough, which has killed an infant and afflicted 240 other state residents since January. The 241 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, reported in Idaho…

Scientist tells Neil deGrasse Tyson how she stumped New York Times’ sexist reporting

The head of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn, Carolyn Porco, told astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that New York Times editors asked a reporter to delve into her love life while working on a profile focusing on her career. “[The reporter] submits it to her editors and…

California has hottest start to year while Midwest chills

Originally published at Climate Central The heat records keep falling for California. The state has had its hottest first seven months of the year, crushing the previous mark. Neighboring states have also baked, though not quite at record levels, helping contribute to both the spread of drought and large wildfires. At…

SETI Institute: We could find alien life, but politicians don’t have the will

By Seth Shostak, SETI Institute While alien life can be seen nightly on television and in the movies, it has never been seen in space. Not so much as a microbe, dead or alive, let alone a wrinkle-faced Klingon. Despite this lack of protoplasmic presence, there are many researchers –…

Tortoises trained to use touchscreen as part of spatial navigation study

Previous research has demonstrated that red-footed tortoises are proficient in several types of spatial cognition tasks, including the radial arm maze. …

China to send orbiter to moon and back

China will launch its first recoverable moon orbiter later this year, the government announced, in the latest step in its ambitious space programme. The mission will be launched before the end of the year and will travel to the moon before returning to earth, the State Administration of Science, Technology…

WATCH: NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ goes for a test spin 180,000 feet above the Earth

In recently released footage from NASA, scientists show off one their latest innovations, the ‘Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator,’ on a test model ‘flying saucer,’ 180,000 feet above the Earth. As part on NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) program designed to test the technology needed to one day land massive…

Keystone XL pipeline may create more pollution than previously calculated

A proposed pipeline from Canada to the United States may result in much higher greenhouse gas emissions than previously calculated as it could fuel greater oil consumption through higher production and lower prices, a study said Sunday. Researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute used a mathematical model to estimate the…

Now water and air are all you need to make one of world’s most important chemicals

Researchers have developed a method to produce ammonia simply from air and water. Not only is it more energy efficient than the century-old Haber-Bosch process currently in use all over the world, but it is also greener. Ammonia – made up of three parts hydrogen and one part nitrogen (or…

What’s the best way to brush your teeth?

The advice most of us have received on how we should brush our teeth is "unacceptably inconsistent." …

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