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Whooping Cough Bacteria May Be Changing Their Ways In Australia

Whooping cough has reappeared in the U.S. and other developed countries in recent years, despite widespread use of vaccines. Researchers in Australia offer a partial explanation: they say the vaccine isn't tailored to fight some of the most common strains of the bacteria.
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How Homegrown Charcoal May Get Your Garden Through A Drought

Biochar has enjoyed a certain revival because it can pull and store the carbon in greenhouse gases from the air. Everyone from California grape growers to home gardeners on YouTube are trying it out.
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Picture An Embryo

As part of an NIH-funded project, Bradley Smith, associate dean for creative work, research and graduate education at the University of Michigan, posted a collection of optical images and MRI scans of human embryos to the web. Intended for a clinical audience, Smith talks about the unexpected response he got from the public.
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'Losing Control' In The Movies

A new romantic comedy opens in theaters this week, and it stars a scientist as the likeable, and only slightly nerdy, main character. The film's writer and director, former scientist Valerie Weiss discusses Losing Control, and why she made the shift from lab bench to big screen.
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Making the Shift To Electric Vehicles

Though the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf entered the market to fanfare, the battery-powered cars haven't been selling as quickly as hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius. Industry experts discuss electric car technology, from batteries to charging stations, and what it might take to encourage drivers to make the shift.
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Archaeologists Revisit Iraq

One of the first American archaeological teams to work in Iraq in 20 years has recently returned from a dig on the outskirts of Ur. Team leader Elizabeth Stone discusses the team's findings, and what the artifacts tell us about life in the region thousands of years ago.

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Alan Alda Asks Scientists "What Is A Flame?"

At age 11, actor Alan Alda asked his teacher what a flame was. He received a confusing answer: "oxidation." In the spirit of better communicating science, he's created the "Flame Challenge," a contest in which scientists do their best to define a flame. Eleven-year-olds from around the world will judge the entries.

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Spacecraft's Wild Ride To Mercury Yields Surprises

Researchers are finding surprises in data from the planet nearest the sun. Among them: a crater with a base that's been lifted up higher than the rim, and new details on Mercury's core.

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