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Enzymes Versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. A chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people , including children , triggered the Trump administration’s recent missile strikes against the Syrian government. The use of illegal nerve agents – apparently by the Assad regime – violated international law ; ...

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Enzymes Versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. A chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people , including children , triggered the Trump administration’s recent missile strikes against the Syrian government. The use of illegal nerve agents – apparently by the Assad regime – violated international law ; ...

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Should You Get Screened for Prostate Cancer?

A panel of experts in preventive medicine released a draft proposal Tuesday on screening for prostate cancer. “Another one?” you may ask, remembering an earlier recommendation . Don’t worry; we’re here to help you avoid whiplash: What’s new? What was emphatic before is wishy-washy now. The last time the US Preventive Services Task Force weighed in on prostate cancer screening via blood ...

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Should You Get Screened for Prostate Cancer?

0SHARESShare A panel of experts in preventive medicine released a draft proposal Tuesday on screening for prostate cancer. “Another one?” you may ask, remembering an earlier recommendation . Don’t worry; we’re here to help you avoid whiplash: What’s new? What was emphatic before is wishy-washy now. The last time the US Preventive Services Task Force weighed in on prostate cancer screening via ...

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Atmosphere found around Earth-sized planet GJ 1132b

0SHARESShare Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time. They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away. Their observations suggest that the “super-Earth” is cloaked in a thick layer of gases that are either water or methane or ...

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Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

0SHARESShare What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. The US and Japanese team found that the brain “doubles up” by simultaneously making two memories of events. One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, they found. It had been thought that ...

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Violent end as young stars dramatically collide

0SHARESShare Scientists have captured a dramatic and violent image of the collision between two young stars that tore apart their stellar nursery. Located in the constellation of Orion, the explosive event happened some 500 years ago sending giant streamers of dust and gas across interstellar space. Researchers say the clash produced as much energy as our Sun would over 10 ...

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Damage to Great Barrier Reef 'unprecedented'

0SHARESShare Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 1,500km (900 miles) stretch of the reef, according to scientists. The latest damage is concentrated in the middle section, whereas last year’s bleaching hit mainly the north. Experts fear the proximity ...

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Poultry in England allowed outside as anti-bird flu measures relaxed

0SHARESShare All poultry in England will be allowed outside again from Thursday, having been kept indoors to protect them from an infectious strain of bird flu. The government has carried out a new assessment of the risk they had of becoming infected by wild birds. The move brings the rules for poultry in higher-risk areas in line with the rest ...

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Climate change scientists' bid to drill Everest glacier

0SHARESShare Media playback is unsupported on your device Climate-change scientists are to travel to the Himalayas in a bid to become the first team to successfully drill through the world’s highest glacier. The Aberystwyth University-led group will use a drill adapted from a car wash to cut into the Khumbu glacier in the foothills of Everest. They will work at ...

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