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Marker Tip—Without Ink!—Makes a Hardy Medical Sampler

Simple swabs and vials play crucial roles in transporting blood, saliva and other fluids during medical lab tests. Samples on cotton swabs dry out rapidly, however, and vials can require an additional transfer step before analysis. Now researchers have...

News Briefs from around the World: August 2022

ITALY For the first time, scientists retrieved a human genome from volcanic ash–encrusted remains found in the ancient city Pompeii. They identified the individual as a man in his 30s, with markers for spinal tuberculosis, and...

Rubbing against coral seems to be a popular skin treatment

Bottlenose dolphins appear to seek out certain corals and sponges that produce compounds with antibacterial or hormone-like properties ...

How Climate Change Is Leaving Some Species with ‘Nowhere Left

For millennia, many animals and plants have coped with occasional climate changes by moving into new areas. But humans’ relatively recent burning of fossil fuels is pushing global temperatures upward at an exceptionally rapid rate, placing many species on...

Disposable Hospital Gowns Could Expose Health Workers to Infection

Disposable gowns designed to deflect the splatter of bodily fluids, used in thousands of U.S. hospitals, have underperformed in recent and ongoing laboratory tests and may fall short of safety standards, leaving health care workers with a greater risk...

Waste wood chemically recycled to produce material stronger than steel

A treatment process can turn old pieces of wood into a new super-strong material called "healed wood" ...

Scientists pinpoint the moment warm-bloodedness evolved in mammals

Scientists have pinpointed the moment in time our earliest ancestors evolved to be warm-blooded, and it happened much later and far more quickly than the researchers expected.The discovery, made by studying the minuscule tubes of the inner ear, places...

Epo does not help with neurological damage to newborns: The

Adding erythropoietin to cooling therapy for term newborns with birth asphyxia has no benefit over cooling therapy alone, a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings contrast with results from small trials in which...

NYC beaches briefly closed for swimming after ‘multiple’ shark sightings

Editor's note: This article was updated to include a comment from NYC Parks. All beaches on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, New York, were temporarily closed for swimming on Tuesday (July 19) after officials reported "multiple shark sightings" near the...

NASA’s gargantuan Mega Moon Rocket could head to space as

 NASA's Artemis mission — which will ultimately return humans to the moon's surface for the first time in 50 years, including the first woman and person of color to set foot there — could launch as soon as late...
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