Deborah Jackson

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A Single Gene May Determine Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu

It's hard to predict who will get the flu in any given year. While some people may simply spend a few days in bed with aches and a stuffy nose, others may become so ill that they end up in the hospital.<p>Until now, researchers could only point generally at differences between flu patients' immune …

Medicine

Kobani falls: Kurds take city from ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kurdish fighters have taken the Syrian city of Kobani from ISIS' grip after 112 days of fighting with the Sunni extremist group, multiple sources said Monday.<p>The announcement comes a day after an Iraqi official declared that Iraq's Diyala Province had been "liberated" from ISIS.<p>Idriss …

Middle East

Restorationists Irreparably Damage King Tut’s Mask

In what may be the worst (or second worst) restoration fumble of all time, conservators at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum admitted to the press that sometime last year King Tut’s famous, 3,000-year-old mask was irreversibly damaged, in the process of removing and reattaching his beard. There are differing …

Keep Calm and Put Down the Sriracha

It has come to my attention that some of you are becoming unable to eat good food unless it is spiced to within an inch of its life.<p>I've been …

Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

<b>Editor's note, Jan. 15, 2015:</b> Mae Keane was one of the last "radium girls," but not the last one. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the full correction note.<p><i>Before turning the page on 2014,</i> All Things Considered <i>is paying tribute to some of the people who died this year whose</i> …

Review: Did Anyone Have a Good Time Making Night at the Museum 3?

M.C. Escher’s “Relativity,” the 1953 lithograph that plays with gravity and perspective, receives a delightful tweak in <i>Night at the Museum: Secret of</i> …

Archaeologists Unearth Entryway to King Herod’s Palace

Israeli archaeologists are showing off the monumental, many-arched corridor that led to Herod the Great's hilltop palace near Jerusalem in the first century. The corridor in the ancient fortress of Herodium, about 7 miles (12 kilometers) south of Jerusalem, has been excavated to reveal a space 65 …

Archaeology

On Mars, NASA rover discovers mysterious methane emissions

This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity …

Earth Could Face Another Mass Extinction in Next 200 Years: Study

Extinction

CDC: Flu shot less effective this year because current virus has mutated

Scientists are concerned about what they're seeing so far this flu season, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, a day after the agency advised doctors this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated.<p>Dr. Tom …

Is Milk Actually Bad for You?

New research is souring milk's reputation. But is it warranted?<p>Chances are, you had a mom/doctor/teacher who told you that milk is good for your bones and your health because it's a good source of calcium, vitamin D, and protein, and can prevent osteoporosis. Even the government recommends three …

5 Creative Ways to Cook with Spaghetti Squash (There Will Be Funnel Cake)

Stop! Don't douse that spaghetti squash with marinara sauce—try one of these recipes, instead.<p>Here's the thing about spaghetti squash. We don't actually want it to be spaghetti-like. We'll just use plain ole spaghetti for that one; there's no use trying to re-fashion squash to act like pasta.<p>And …

Cooking

ISIS extremists line up and kill 50, ​Iraqi officials say

<b>BAGHDAD</b> -- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq's Anbar province, …

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

<b>The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.</b><p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world's electricity can - and must - be produced from low-carbon …

Climate

Elusive Fanged Deer Spotted For First Time In 66 Years

Fangs for showing up again, deer.<p>A species of fanged deer that hasn’t been seen in 66 years was recently spotted by scientists in northeastern Afghanistan, according to a Wildlife Conservation Society news release published Friday.<p>The Kashmir musk deer, which is one of seven similar species found …

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say

ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.<p>ISIS also launched attacks against Mosul Dam, a strategic prize, and also renewed …

Ebola-free Nigeria hailed as 'success story' in battling outbreak

It was an epidemiologist's worst nightmare: one of the world's deadliest contagious diseases loose in one of the world's most densely populated and sometimes chaotic megacities — Lagos, Nigeria.<p>With its teeming slums, bogus pastors selling miracle cures, six-hour traffic jams and street vendors …

Disease