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New Study Dramatically Cuts Treatment for Latent TB

Treating latent tuberculosis normally requires nine months of daily pill-taking, but a new study shows that a far shorter course of medication, with once-a-week drugs, works just as well...

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Climate Study Gets Pulled After Charges of Plagiarism

Evidence of plagiarism and complaints about the peer-review process have led a statistics journal to retract a federally funded study that condemned scientific support for global warming...

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Wikileaks Cables Show Race to Carve Up Arctic

Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources--oil, gas and even rubies--as the ice retreats. They suggest that Arctic states, including the US and Russia, are all pushing to stake a claim. The opportunity to exploit resources has come because of a dramatic fall in the amount of ice in the Arctic...

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Inflation and Economic Hooliganism

In a way, I miss the months that followed Lehman's failure. O.K., not really--but if it was a time of terror, it was also a time of clarity. The whole world was going to hell in a handbasket, and policy makers everywhere shared a common goal: stopping the plunge...

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Setback for New Stem Cell Treatment

In an unexpected setback to efforts to harness a promising new type of stem cell to treat diseases, researchers reported on Friday that tissues made from those stem cells might be rejected by a patient's immune system--even though the tissues would be derived from the same patient...

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Endeavour Blasts Off on Its Final Flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander's wounded wife, U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands...

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Melting Icebergs Fertilize Ocean

Efforts to remove climate-warming carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere appear to be getting a helping hand from a surprising source: the iron in meltwater from Antarctic icebergs...

from Science News

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New Technologies Lead to Major Achievements in Health Benefits

World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan reports new vaccines, medicines and other technologies are successfully combating killer diseases and saving lives. Chan delivered a generally upbeat message on the state of global health at the start of the organization's 64th World Health Assembly...

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