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'Monkey Malaria' Is Poised To Become More Deadly—and More Transmissible

Development and deforestation are helping push a once-mellow form of malaria into virulence.<p>A species of malaria-causing parasite that is increasingly being transmitted from macaques to humans in South Asia has the potential to evolve into a more virulent form that is also capable of being …

Microbiology

The ‘peculiar’ history behind science’s race to bring extinct tortoises back to life

Few things feel as final in the natural world as a species going extinct. But thanks to an odd set of circumstances off the Galapagos Islands involving rugged geography and whalers with hearty appetites, humanity has a chance to bring back what it once obliterated.<p>Upon the very islands that …

Air Pollution

Do Dogs Ever Simply Want to Die to End the Pain?

In early November I spoke with no-kill advocate Nathan Winograd about the possibility that nonhuman animals (animals) can experience irremediable psychological suffering. And, I just discovered an essay he recently published for Huffington Post on this topic called "Irremediable Psychological …

Animals

CRISPR named Science 2015 Breakthrough of the Year

Samantha Lee/Business Insider<p>This year was undoubtedly the one in which CRISPR took over the minds and hearts of science lovers everywhere.<p>On Thursday, Science Magazine announced the gene-editing technique won its Breakthrough of the Year Award, beating out other events such as the discovery of …

Genetic Engineering

The First Test-Tube Puppies Are a Scientific Miracle (And Also Really Gosh-Darn Cute)

Can you guess what's special about these puppies — besides the fact that they're unbelievably adorable and a reminder that there is, in fact, still …

Latest World News, Videos & Photos

Federal immigration authorities have formalized a policy to send deportation agents to federal, state and local courthouses to make arrests.<p>The …

Communist Party

Seismology of elephants investigated

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35129175<p><b>Could putting vibrations into the ground be a way to keep elephants from coming into conflict with humans?</b><p>Already, attempts have been made to scare the animals away from villages using their own very low-frequency alarm calls - with partial …

Geophysics

Growing parasite threat to finches made famous by Darwin

<b>The birds that helped Charles Darwin refine his theory of evolution are in danger of becoming extinct, according to a new study.</b><p>Finches in the Galapagos Islands are being threatened by a parasitic fly that attacks their young.<p>A new mathematical model suggests that the birds may succumb to this pest …

Biology

Mers vaccine 'a step closer', say scientists

<b>An effective vaccine to protect against the Mers virus is a step closer, a report in the journal Science suggests.</b><p>European scientists genetically modified a version of the smallpox vaccine to display Mers virus protein on its surface.<p>The vaccine was able to protect camels - the animal reservoir for …

Public Health