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Satellite Data Maps Sea Floor's Hidden Depths

A vibrant map of never-before-seen terrain<p>While many detailed maps exist of Earth’s continents, what lies beneath our planet’s waters has remained somewhat of a mystery. So far, only 10 percent of the seafloor has been mapped at high resolution, leaving researchers pretty eager to know what’s going …

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Building Better Knees For The NBA

New techniques mean better outcomes for athletes.<p>The stress of repetitive jumping makes NBA players particularly prone to painful, even career-ending cartilage lesions. For decades, microfracture surgery—pricking holes in the knee bone to stimulate tissue regrowth—was the gold-standard repair. But …

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Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions<p>The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have …

Why a MERS Vaccine Won't Be Easy

Economics and timing complicate vaccine research.<p>Two years ago, the virus didn't even have a name. A year ago it had infected roughly 50 people, half of whom died. Now, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been confirmed in more than 600 people, and killed nearly 30 percent of its …