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Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning
Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

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Mice Fed a Highly Processed Diet Are More Susceptible to the Flu
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Nov 18, 2022 | 3 min read
It’s not clear why grain-fed mice are better able to recover after infection, but a study’s findings suggest food type may skew the results of animal studies.
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Researchers in Brazil Struggle to Get Solid COVID-19 Death Counts
Chris Baraniuk | Jun 4, 2020 | 4 min read
After combing through data on public death notices in Minas Gerais state, scientists say the coronavirus death toll in the country is worse than reported.
Spending Bill Boosts US Science Budgets, Unlocks Gun Research
Ashley Yeager | Dec 17, 2019 | 2 min read
The legislative package for 2020 allots $25 million for gun-violence research, which has been on hold for more than two decades.
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Metabolic Biomarker “Score” May Predict Death in Next 5–10 Years
Emma Yasinski | Aug 20, 2019 | 3 min read
The researchers intend for the tool to eventually help doctors make treatment decisions.
Trial in Africa Probes Antibiotic’s Effects on Child Mortality
Abby Olena, PhD | Aug 14, 2019 | 3 min read
In Niger, fewer kids die when health workers administer azithromycin routinely, perhaps because of a shift in the composition of gut microbes.
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Government Scientists Launch Investigation into Whale Deaths
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 3, 2019 | 1 min read
About 70 gray whales have been found dead this year on the west coast of the US.
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Genetic Mutation that Prevents HIV Infection Tied to Earlier Death
Emma Yasinski | Jun 3, 2019 | 3 min read
Those with two copies of the Δ32 allele in the CCR5 gene are 21 percent more likely to die by age 76, although it’s not clear why.
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Image of the Day: Beached Birds
Chia-Yi Hou | May 30, 2019 | 1 min read
Biologists recover the bodies of puffins from a mass mortality event.
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Jef Akst | May 28, 2019 | 1 min read
A comparison of thousands of former athletes in the two sports finds that NFL players were more likely than MLB players to die from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, in particular.
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CDC Reports About 700 Pregnancy-Related Deaths Each Year in the US
Chia-Yi Hou | May 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Black women and Native American women die roughly three times more often than white women, and 60 percent of all maternal deaths may be preventable.
New Study Questions Whether Death Rate Levels Off in Old Age
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 21, 2018 | 7 min read
A demographer’s model suggests the “mortality plateau” in the extreme elderly could be explained by clerical errors. Not everyone agrees.
Study: Human Life Span Maxed Out
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 6, 2016 | 2 min read
Scientists argue that current medical advances cannot crack Homo sapiens’s natural age limit.
Spice of Life?
Tracy Vence | Aug 6, 2015 | 1 min read
A large prospective study links the consumption of spicy foods to reduced mortality risk.
Flipped Fat-burning Linked to Cancer Cachexia
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 22, 2014 | 2 min read
Conversion of white fat to brown is associated with muscle atrophy and weight loss in cancer patients.
For Whom the Biomarkers Toll?
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Feb 27, 2014 | 1 min read
Study finds that a handful of biological indicators can predict a healthy person’s risk of dying within five years.
Killer Cups?
Kerry Grens | Aug 16, 2013 | 2 min read
Heavy coffee drinkers under 55 are more likely to die sooner, a study shows.
Isolation Harms Health
Kate Yandell | Mar 25, 2013 | 3 min read
Being socially isolated could increase death risk in the elderly even if they don’t feel lonely.
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