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Doomed Explorer Reached South Pole 100 Years Ago Today
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On this day (Jan. 17) 100 years ago, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and four weary companions reached their long-sought goal — the South Pole. It was a bittersweet day for the party, perhaps more bitter than sweet, and a milestone that would eventually prove to be their undoing. Not only had their two-and-a-half month […]

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Swallowing Parasitic Worms May Heal Your Ails
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Parasitic worms may be useful in treating lung disease and healing wounds, according to a study published online today (Jan.15) in Nature Medicine. Although far from benign — these intestinal parasites infect more than a billion humans worldwide and kill or sicken hundreds of millions of people yearly — the worms appear to trigger key […]

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Moon and International Space Station
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About this Image Multiple images of the International Space Station flying over the Houston area have been combined into one composite image to show the progress of the station as it crossed the face of the moon in the early evening of Jan. 4. The station, with six astronauts and cosmonauts currently aboard, was flying […]

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Researchers use sugar to halt esophageal cancer in its tracks
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ScienceDaily (Jan. 15, 2012) — Scientists working at the Medical Research Council have identified changes in the patterns of sugar molecules that line pre-cancerous cells in the esophagus, a condition called Barrett’s dysplasia, making it much easier to detect and remove these cells before they develop into esophageal cancer. These findings, reported in the journal […]

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Couples’ friendships make for happier marriages, relationships
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ScienceDaily (Jan. 13, 2012) — While the value of friendship has been well established for individuals, little had been known about the impact of married couples’ forming and keeping friendships with other couples. These relationships often make for happier marriages and also improve the bonds between adults who are unmarried partners, concludes a new book, […]

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