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Malaria During Pregnancy Could Bolster Babies' Immunity

A mother and baby from the village of Pomerini, Tanzania. It’s estimated that the disease kills 60,000 to 80,000 people there annually. (Credit: Franco Valpato/Shutterstock) You have a bit of your mother in you, literally. When scientists performed biopsies of young adults’ organs, they’ve found maternal cells embedded in hearts, …

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This Exoplanet Is So Hot, It Might Be Evaporating

Kelt-9b and its parent star, which heats its surface to temperatures nearly as hot as the sun. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)) Astronomers recently announced the discovery of the hottest known giant exoplanet. Sitting 650 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, Kelt-9b is a scorching ball of gas roughly three times …

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The Ketamine Consensus?

Ten years ago, ketamine was a drug best known for its popularity on the rave scene. Yet it has since enjoyed a remarkable rebirth – as an antidepressant. Starting out with a handful of small clinical trials, there are now numerous reports that ketamine produces rapid antidepressant effects. In the …

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The Universe According to Emmy Noether

In the early 20th century, a young mathematician developed a theorem. Eventually it would become a bedrock of modern physics and used to discover new particles and better understand black holes. In 1915, two of the world’s top mathematicians, David Hilbert and Felix Klein, invited Emmy Noether to the University …

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Egyptian Mummy DNA Reveals the Region's Rich, Diverse History

The outer sarcophagus of a woman buried at Abusir el-Malaq. (Credit: bpk/Aegyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, SMB/Sandra Steiss) DNA recovered from ancient Egyptians mummies is revealing the mosaic of cultures that came to dominate the region. German researchers gathered genetic data from over 100 mummies stored in museum collections and analyzed it with updated sequencing …

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