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What we know about how war wounds the brain

18 hours ago

Conflicts around the world have left too many casualties to count. And while there are many visible war wounds, from missing limbs to scarred flesh, battle also leaves hidden injuries — to the brain.

Military doctors are starting to pay more attention to concussions and other traumatic brain injuries on the battlefield, and to the possible role that brain trauma might play in conditions such as PTSD.

Zika vaccines are ready for testing

Jul 18, 2016

Several vaccines for Zika virus — including a traditional inactivated virus vaccine, as well as newer DNA vaccines — have triumphed in animal tests and are now ready for human trials.

Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the vaccines can’t be ready too soon. 

The Real Science in the New Ghostbusters

Jul 16, 2016

The Health Costs of Racism

Jul 16, 2016

Sorting Out Your Recycling Questions

Jul 16, 2016

The Juno spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter on July 4, is just one of many groundbreaking NASA missions to study the far reaches of our solar system. Other spacecraft have been deployed to study Pluto, Saturn, and even Ceres — a dwarf planet in the inner solar system. The information being gathered by these missions is completely changing the way we think about the composition of our solar system. 

For one thing, scientists are pretty sure Pluto has an ocean.