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Flu Vaccines Cut Risks For Children, Shows Study

The backlash in the U.S. against vaccines seen over the past decade seems to be dying down. Incidents such as the recent Mumps outbreak at Ohio State University have demonstrated just how dangerous anti-vaccination views are, though anti-vaccine fear mongering is still prevalent in the popular culture. Despite criticism, the science behind vaccines is still marching forward. This week a …

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Ring System Spotted Around Asteroid

Astronomers today revealed that an asteroid in the outer solar system has been confirmed to have its own Saturn-like ring system. The new findings have been published today in the journal Nature. The asteroid, named Chariklo, is a minor planet that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus. The object is also classified as a “centaur,” one of the many …

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Depression Symptoms Alleviated By Social Groups

Researchers have found in a new study that social identification can reduce symptoms of depression in clinical and community settings. Depression, a debilitating mental illness, is characterized by feelings of lethargy, hopelessness, and worthlessness, among other symptoms. It strikes at many different ages and in people of all different sorts of backgrounds and is a leading cause of disability, according …

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Heartburn Symptoms: Distinguishing The Dangerous Ones

Heartburn symptoms affect up to 20 percent of Americans on a weekly basis and share many symptoms with a heart attack, according to WebMD. Because of this, distinguishing which heartburn symptoms are dangerous is important. The brief definition of heartburn is that it occurs when stomach acid splashes from the stomach into the esophagus. The esophagus becomes irritated, causing the …

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Mars Rover Curiosity to Examine Rocks in the Kimberley

NASA today revealed that Mars rover Curiosity will soon make a short stop to examine some more Martian rocks. The rover will examine an area of interest to researchers due to its different intersecting rock textures. “The orbital images didn’t tell us what those rocks are, but now that Curiosity is getting closer, we’re seeing a preview,” said Ashwin Vasavada, …

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Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial Shows Statins Help

A two-year, 140-participant clinical trial has some good news for sufferers of multiple sclerosis and their loved ones. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that destroys the myelin sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It results in a host of symptoms including loss of sensitivity, muscle weakness, difficulty moving, chronic and acute pain, speech problems, and …

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Ebola Outbreak In Guinea; Doctors Without Borders Offers Aid

Medical professionals are working hard to contain the Guinea Ebola outbreak as it has reportedly claimed up to 59 lives. “The Ebola fever epidemic raging in southern Guinea, including the prefectures of Gueckedou and Macenta, since February 9 has left at least 59 dead out of 80 cases identified by our services on the ground,” said Sakoba Keita, the ministry’s …

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USB Flash Drive by Leef Bridges Android Mobile Devices to PCs

We all have our own ways of getting files from one device to another. Whether it’s as high tech as the cloud or Google drives or just emailing it to ourselves, it’s ingrained to our routines. “The Three-Step Drag” is what Wired Magazine calls it: “First, you e-mail the file or upload it to a cloud storage site like Dropbox …

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“Big Bang” Gravitational Waves: More Proof For Inflation

For those that had doubts that there actually was a big explosion (big bang) in which our universe was born, there is more proof to support the theory. Although, there really isn’t a method for us to know precisely what happened 13.8 billion years ago, but scientists announced Monday a breakthrough in getting closer to supporting the big bang inflation …

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Blood Test Foretells Illness

Medical researchers have designed an experimental blood test that can predict Alzheimer’s disease before it fully develops. The disease was detected through plasma phospholipids, which researchers said was more convenient in comparison to costly methods like spinal taps or PET scans. “They decided to start with fats, since it was the easiest and least expensive,” according to a report by CNN. “They drew blood from …

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Cosmic Inflation Confirmed by Gravitational Waves

For decades now cosmologists have widely believed that the cosmic inflationary model of the big bang is correct. However, actually proving that has been one of the most sought-after observations in modern Physics. Now astrophysicists have found definitive proof that cosmic inflation helped shape the universe during the earliest moment following the big bang. This week the scientists of the …

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Big Bang Waves Discovered by Scientists

In 1916, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity. This theory, working with the underpinnings of the big bang, postulated that massive objects “bend” space-time and that this curvature is directly proportional to the energy and acceleration of the object itself. While many scientists of the time and since have felt that Einstein’s theory of general relativity was and …

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