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Decades later, Vietnam vets may be silently fighting cancer-causing parasite

Enlarge / An adult Clonorchis sinensis. (credit: PLoS Medicine ) A small pilot study hints that a startling number of Vietnam veterans may be infected with a liver parasite that can induce a rare type of cancer, the Associated Press reports . The study, conducted by the Northport VA Medical Center in New York, involved…

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Chasing ‘Oumuamua—unfortunately human technology isn’t up to the task

Enlarge / An illustration of a New Horizons spacecraft atop an illustration of ‘Oumuamua. Nothing is to scale. (credit: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser ) A little more than a month ago, an interstellar visitor now known as ‘Oumuamua passed within 24 million kilometers of Earth. It is now moving rapidly away from our planet…

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Before Peter Thiel invested, research on herpes vaccine began in US hotel rooms

(credit: ZaldyImg ) The researcher who conducted a controversial 2016 herpes vaccine trial on the island of St. Kitts without federal safety oversight had secretly begun the trial in the US three years earlier. He began them in hotel rooms not far from his academic lab. That’s according to a new investigation by Kaiser Health…

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British water utilities admit they use divining rods to find leaks

Enlarge / A woman—but probably not a British water professional—uses a divining rod. (credit: VeloBusDriver ) Ten out of 12 water utilities in the United Kingdom admitted that their technicians use divining rods to find underground leaks or water pipes, according to an investigation by science blogger Sally Le Page . Dowsing is a centuries-old…

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Drugs that switch your brain into squirrel-mode may save you from a stroke

Enlarge / Aww. Well, if the 13-lined ground squirrel doesn’t save your brain, maybe it’ll warm your heart. (credit: Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan ) Stroke treatments have been a tough nut to crack. So, naturally, scientists have turned to squirrels for inspiration. In the latest cache of data, researchers dug up…