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Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Thousands of years ago, across the Eastern Mediterranean, multiple Bronze Age civilizations took a distinct turn for the worse at around the same time. The Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire both collapsed, and there was a widespread societal crisis across the Ancient Near East and the Aegean, manifesting as declining populations, destruction, …

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The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

When babies in the African countries of Guinea Bissau and Uganda were given the tuberculosis vaccine, something remarkable happened. Instead of the vaccine only protecting against the target bacteria – Myocbacterium tuberculosis – the tuberculosis vaccine offered broad protection against a range of unrelated infections, including respiratory infections and serious complications such as sepsis.   Australian researchers have …

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Astronomers Say They've Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

Astronomers Say They’ve Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

It’s a record that has been broken multiple times over the past two years alone, and one that we expect to see broken again soon. Astronomers using the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have announced the discovery of what appears to be the most distant galaxy yet.   If this sounds familiar, it’s …

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The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn

The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn

In the middle of the night, the world can sometimes feel like a dark place. Under the cover of darkness, negative thoughts have a way of drifting through your mind, and as you lie awake, staring at the ceiling, you might start craving guilty pleasures, like a cigarette or a carb-heavy meal.   Plenty of …

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Incredible New Footage Captures Two Stars Colliding Like We've Never Seen Before

Incredible New Footage Captures Two Stars Colliding Like We’ve Never Seen Before

The aftermath of an epic collision involving at least one neutron star has been captured for the first time in the millimeter range of radio frequency wavelengths. The result is a recording of a short-duration gamma-ray burst – one of the most energetic ever observed, and one of the brightest lingering afterglows we’ve ever seen. The data can help …

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